Groups, Clubs and Organisations

Please do read about the many groups, clubs and organisations associated with our church.  All groups welcome new members. Please contact us Contact Us to find out more about the groups which interest you.

Bell Ringing

Yoxall has a ring of 6 bells, dating back to the 15th century, with a 12 cwt tenor. The bells are rung regularly from 9.30am to 10.00am for Sunday service and from 8.00pm until 9.00pm for practice nights on Wednesdays. Normally we ring call changes, but are making progress with plain hunting.

Ringing Times

We try to ring as often as possible, normally on Sunday mornings from 9.30am onwards, special services and of course for weddings which keeps us quite busy throughout the year.

The Bells

We love our bell tower. It has lots of character, a windy, windy staircase and comfy space for ringing. It’s especially nice when there are lots of people there and we are all trampling over one another scrambling for bells.

The 3rd bell is the oldest dating back to 1450 and was probably cast on site.

The largest or tenor bell weighs 14 cwt.

Bible Study and Prayer Groups

This is a very informal group with a diversity of churchmanship meeting on Monday afternoons all through the year from 2.30 – 4.00pm with breaks for summer holidays and Christmas.

We reflect upon the Old Testament; New Testament; Gospel and Psalm from the previous Sunday and a relaxed atmosphere, encouraged with a cup of tea or coffee we feel free to ask questions and to put forward our ideas and explore more fully the theme for the day.

Christian Meditation

Meeting on occasions for a time of reflective meditation.

Choir

St Peter’s well-trained choir enhances our worship on a monthly basis and holds rehearsals every two weeks.

Coffee shop

Following the Wednesday 10.00am communion service, worshipers and villages are invited to drop in for Tea, Coffee and Buns in Church.

Flower Guild

Flowers in St Peter’s Church are provided by the volunteers of our flower guild. They will be delighted to decorate the Church for special occasions: weddings, funerals, other special services. Flowers supplied via the St Peter’s Church Flower guild remain in the Church.

Ladies Prayer Fellowship

Every 2 or 3 weeks a group of ladies meet together in one of our homes to talk about our faith, thank God for all that is good, and offer prayers to God for our world, our community and church, and the people we know who are suffering in any way. We finish in fellowship with tea and cake. It is a good way for people to join in the life and work of the church if they are unable to come to the regular services.

Men’s Breakfast

A regular monthly event held in Church for the men in the village to enjoy a good breakfast, excellent varied speakers and good discussion. These are very well attended.

Neighbourly Natter

We meet for chat, tea, cake on alternate Tuesdays from 2.30 to 4.00 in St Chad’s room at St Peters. There are usually 10 – 15 of us, mainly retired people. The gatherings are entirely non-religious. Timetabling means that, together with Wednesday morning coffee shop, there is an event almost every week to enliven the week for those with limited social contacts.

Pilgrim Course

Our very successful Pilgrim course brings together those who wish to look at the basics of Christian Faith to grow disciples. This course is run over six weeks and the course run 2/3 times a year.

Mothers Union

St. Peter’s has a small but enthusiastic branch of the Mothers’ Union. We meet monthly on the first Wednesday in each month at 1.45 pm in church.

All meetings are open to anyone, but on occasions, such as earlier this year, we have a special ‘Open Evening’ – this one focussed on ‘Internet Safety for children and young people.’

They are very much aware that they are part of a worldwide movement of Mothers’ Union, with over 4 million members in 84 countries, and as such often focus on the global work that is being done throughout the world and indeed fundraising to support these projects.

However, one of the aims of Mothers’ Union is to support and encourage Christian family life within the communities in which we live and as a result of this the branch at Yoxall works to promote, help and support those around us.  One of the branch projects is to give prayer cards; a booklet to help parents encourage their children’s growth in faith and a Baptism teddy to the parents and godparents of every child baptised at St. Peter’s. A Baptism card is also sent to the family on the anniversary of the Baptism for the first five years.   Another project is supporting women who arrive at our local Women’s Refuge by providing a bag of basic toiletries for each one – many women arrive with very little.  As part of the MU Diocesan project we help to send Christmas Cards to every prisoner in the diocese at Christmastime.

For 2020 we are taking on a new project ‘Life sucks without socks’ whereby we provide socks, pants, hats and gloves to be sent to an organisation working with homeless people. As Mothers’ Union nationally is very much involved with the Clewer Initiative aiming to tackle modern day slavery, we are also seeking ways in which we can support this.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

A team of ‘knitters’ meet in a prayerful atmosphere to knit items such as ‘Prayer Shawls’, ‘Twiddle Muffs’ and ‘Bonding Squares’ which are then blessed and distributed to those ill or in need of comfort.

Searchlights

Searchlights is a regular get together in Church during the 10.00am parish communion for children of all ages to take part in Christian themed stories, crafts and activities.

Tea and Toast

The Mothers Union runs ‘Tea and Toast’ on Monday mornings in term time, when parents, grandparents, carers are invited into church after dropping off their older children at school – some will have a younger child with them too.

Tea and Toast has proved to be popular and sometimes we have visitors who do not have children at school!

The Royal British Legion

Meetings are held monthly in St Peter’s Church.

Other Events

Food plays quite a part in church activities – a basket in church collects items of food to be sent to the Salvation Army food bank in Burton, which also receives food from the Harvest Festival.

Hunger Lunches, Harvest Lunch and a Passover meal are all organised by St. Peter’s and encourage non church goers along with the Good Friday Walk to Jerusalem.

The young mothers of St. Peter’s school have organised events on Shrove Tuesday and also in the summer, events timed to bring in children and Parents as they collect their children from school. They also organise a ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’ collecting food for the Salvation Army food bank.