Welcome to the Parish Church of St Peter, Palgrave!
Palgrave (click here for the official village website) is one of the larger villages in the Benefice and has a recognizable village centre. It is a short walk across the border to Norfolk and the market town of Diss. There is a picturesque village green with rows of tall lime and plane trees, and the church and school (Click here for the Palgrave School website) at one end. Palgrave has grown steadily over the centuries, and more rapidly in recent years.
St Peter’s is an ancient church that remains, in all senses, at the centre of a thriving village. The exterior is of flintwork and there are spandrels on the outer arch of the main door carved in relief with St Michael. The 15th century nave has a striking painted single hammer beam roof. The tower is circa 1300 and contains a ring of eight bells, the oldest dating from 1737. In 1995 a stained glass window was installed, created by Surinder Hayer Warboys. On sunny days the congregation are illuminated with great splashes of colour in a perpetually shifting testament to the glory of God. The small but powerful organ was rebuilt and overhauled in 2004.
St Peter’s is an ancient building but it is not a historical artefact. Since a place of worship first stood on this site every generation has left its mark and we too have plans to make some improvements to the interior of the church, now that urgent repair work to the church roof has been completed. Our “Space for Grace” project aims to make the church a more comfortable and flexible space, in which all ages may feel welcome and may encounter God.
There is no shop or pub in the village, but the Community Centre is the venue for a variety of social events organised by the Community Council. There are good working relationships between the church, Community Council and Parish Council. For the past three years, the church has had a tent with information, giveaways and activities at the annual village fête, providing an opportunity for outreach.
The church community (click here for the PDCC website) is lively and forward‐looking, and our worship and outreach is varied. Many of the congregation are involved in worship, reading, leading intercessions and services, and assisting with the chalice. Our bell ringers ring on the second Sunday of the month, as well as at weddings, and we often welcome visiting ringers. There is a weekly Open the Book Assembly in the church and a flourishing Sunday Club, which meets once a month for children aged between 3 and 11, followed by “Coffee and Cookies”. The children and the adults participate in these with enthusiasm.
Palgrave Praise is an informal, monthly service that was launched in September 2013. It is led by lay members of the congregation and includes traditional hymns and contemporary worship songs. We play some recorded music, with video clips, and our band also plays at each service. There is usually a short piece of drama to illustrate the Bible reading or theme. Refreshments are served before and after the service, providing the opportunity for fellowship and chat.
Members of the Mothers’ Union are involved with Open the Book, the Prayer Chain, visiting, and helping at the Deanery Marriage Preparation Day. Midweek housegroup meetings are held twice a month for informal Bible studies and fellowship.
For an overview of our regular pattern of services please click here!
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