The parish of St Peter, Long Bredy is one of the five constituent parishes of the Bride Valley Benefice which is served by a ministry team that includes both ordained and lay members.
There are normally two services a month – Holy Communion is celebrated at 11 am. on the first Sunday of the month and an all-age worship service is held at 9.30 am., (with refreshments after), on the third Sunday. If there is a fifth Sunday in the month all the churches of the valley unite for a service at one of the churches and at Christmas and Easter there usually extra services. All are welcome to join us at any of these services. Please see the Bride Valley News to confirm the venues and/or service times.
The churchyard is maintained in a way that provides optimum growing conditions for wild flowers.
The St Peter’s Visitors’ Book
Sitting in the church browsing through the visitors’ book gives an interesting perspective on the role of the church and how it is appreciated by a far wider audience than the regular congregation and residents of Long Bredy.
During 2015, there were at least 53 visitors to the church -not including relatives and friends who came for particular services – coming from far and near. Addresses ranged from Swyre to Sussex; in 2014 there were also visitors from Canberra, The Netherlands and Western Australia.
The written comments reveal why these visitors enjoyed and valued their visit to St Peter’s. People came to search out family graves, see the church where they were christened or because they have relatives who lived in the village and they wished to re-connect with their past.
Walkers paused here:” What a gem of a discovery on a circular walk” wrote someone. A cyclist stopped and reflected on the past life of the village, with the school and school-house next to the church. Many visitors commented on the peacefulness and beauty of the setting – the spring flowers lining the lane and churchyard make the natural surroundings even more beautiful at the moment.
People were surprised and appreciative that the church was open, commenting on it being well-kept and also that it had a peal of bells which they were able to listen to and enjoy. One entry recorded a visit made to the church and village to pay respects to Julian Gribble, VC; another group of visitors wrote “Just visiting – we filled the church with our singing and joy.”
So, when funds are raised to support the maintenance of the church and there are flower arrangements in the weeks when there are no services, they help to preserve and beautify a building which is enjoyed for a host of reasons both by local visitors and those from far beyond the Bride Valley.