Worship the Lord in the splendour of his holiness. Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns!’
1 Chronicles 16: 29–31
As a parish church for the whole community, we welcome people from various backgrounds—from liberal to evangelical—and all are welcome at our services regardless of where you are on your journey of faith. Service times are listed to the right, but generally are at 11 am on a Sunday.
As well as enjoying occasional joint services with our sister churches in the Stour Valley Benefice we participate in a number of ecumenical events with the other church denominations here in Clare. We work well ecumenically, hosting services like the traditional Remembrance Sunday service, taking part in the Walk of Witness—starting at the Catholic church at the magnificent and historic Priory and ending at the Baptist church—sharing the World Day of Prayer between all the churches within Clare, and a host of other special events.
Opportunities to pray abound at St Peter and St Paul. We pray for those in need in our local community every week, both those who are made known to us and for the many and various situations that arise within our community and further afield that may cause concern to individuals.
Music is an important part of worship that we at St Peter and St Paul are passionate about. We have a small but enthusiastic choir and look for opportunities to expand it. We sing a variety of music, from traditional sacred choral music to Gospel. Our choir director, Rachel Musgrove, is always keen to hear from new enquirers, both those new to choral singing and more experienced singers. We do have a minimum standard of note-reading but try to accomodate as broad a range of people as possible. Contact Rachel on , or pop into choir practice on a Wednesday night in the church between 6.30 pm and 7.30 pm.
Young choristers receive free singing tuition and are put through the RSCM Voice for Life scheme with medals earned throughout their time as a chorister. St Peter and St Paul provides a solid musical training and supports choral scholarship applications to senior schools and universities, as well as supporting evidence for Duke of Edinburgh awards.
There are opportunities for young singers to contribute to our services. You do not have to be a regular member of our church to sing ‘Once in Royal’ or to try out as a chorister for a day.
Our resident organist David Musgrove is keen to hear from any young keyboard player who would like to try out the impressive organ here at St Peter and St Paul. Our organ scholarship was launched last year and our first recipient is currently receiving free tuition. The scholarship is useful to those embarking on the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Organ scholarships are available at universities throughout the UK and abroad and can help with applications to Oxbridge. Please contact for further information and to make a date.
There are eight bells in the tower which have been recorded as the heaviest in Suffolk. We have seven bell ringers, and the bells are usually rung before Sunday services, at church festivals and on other special occasions during the year. We often get visiting groups of bell ringers, especially in the summer months, to enjoy ringing our bells.