The parish church, dedicated to St Peter, is one of the largest churches in Rutland, and dates mainly from the fourteenth century. It is in very good condition, a fact which was recorded in a quinquennial inspection carried out in 2015. There is an active fabric committee and fundraising for the church invariably meets with a good response. The building is warmed by gas convectors and underfloor heating, thus maintaining a reasonable temperature at services.
Organ restoration 2020
There is a good pipe organ, of which restoration begun in February 2020. Find out more about the organ restoration recorded in photoblogs by John Haward.
In December 2003 the then unused south porch was converted into a toilet and servery at a cost of £31,000, and mains water and drainage were connected. 200 new chairs were bought in 2014 replacing those that were over 100 years old. Half of these are wooden, the rest folding chairs which are normally stacked behind the organ. Such facilities make it easier to provide hospitality after services, and during concerts and festivals.
These major events have gained a good reputation and become a regular feature in the church’s calendar, and provide an opportunity to reach all members of the community. The photo gallery contains more photos of events in St Peter's church
The worshipping tradition is central, and for the Eucharist Common Worship Order One is used. There is a peal of six bells which are regularly rung for services, and the robed benefice choir sings monthly at Empingham and at all festival services. There are rotas for sidesmen, readers, those who administer the chalice, and take the intercessions, as well as for flower arranging and cleaning.
The electoral roll currently stands at 52. Expenses have been met from income over the last few years, and the parish share is regularly paid in full. Regular Stewardship Renewal campaigns have been held, the most recent in 2015, when the pledged giving increased by £5000. The annual village fête (shared with the School Parents’ Association) provides about £500 for the Church each year.
There is a Methodist Church in the village which, besides its regular services, holds occasional youth services and events. There is a joint service each year on Remembrance Sunday, alternating between the parish church and the Methodist church. We think that working with the Methodist congregation in Empingham is important.