Welcome to St. Peter's Thornton

St. Peter’s Church is set in the village of Thornton, a linear village on a ridge overlooking the picturesque and popular Thornton Reservoir. 

This old and beautiful church, of medieval origin dates from the 13th century and is Grade 1 listed.  It holds a unique place in the county, and its contents are of great historical interest. Medieval stained glass, linen fold pews from 1560, a working clock over 400 years old, a mid Victorian organ recently completely refurbished are just a few of its assets. These features survive today because, fortunately, no restoration was carried out during the Victorian era. At Christmas 2019, St. Peter's increased its peal of bells to six.


Sunday services include Holy Communion, Morning Prayer and All Age Worship, each followed by tea and coffee.  There is a mid-week daytime informal Communion Service on the fourth Wednesday of each month and a Beta Bible Basics group which regularly meets in a local home.

'Little Angels'  is a group for babies, pre-school children and their adults with songs, stories from the Bible and playtime with juice and biscuits. It is held in church at 2pm on the first Thursday of the month in term time and all are very welcome. 


Working-parties made up of volunteers from the village continue to work hard to tackle maintenance projects in the old churchyard.

Regular services are held at St. Peter’s on most Sunday mornings, with a monthly mid-week communion service on the fourth Thursday morning of each month – see the calendar for specific dates and times. (Click on the text for more information)


Services at St Peter’s, Thornton have now re-started with Morning service at 10.30 am. All are very welcome!

A full risk assessment has been carried out by our church warden and approved by the area dean.

  • The church has been set up so social distancing is easy, hand sanitiser has been placed in the porch and on the book case, posters reminding people to remember social distancing and to use the hand sanitiser are in place.

  • Both inner and outdoors will be left propped open.

  • Places where folk should sit are clearly marked.

  • Service booklets will be on seats already – placed there at least 3 days before the service.

  • There will be no singing and hymn books will not be in use.

  • There will be no refreshments after the service.

  • Please wear facemasks. If that’s not possible, please contact Shirley Garlick on 230422, to let her know before your arrival.

  • The church is cleaned at least 3 days before each service.

  • In other words, every possible precaution is being taken.

Next working party: in the Churchyard form 10am-12 noon on Saturday September 5th

There will churchyard working parties on 5th and 19th September from 10 until noon.  Please bring with you gardening gloves and any tools you think would be useful.  Jobs include removing saplings, ivy and growth etc from boundaries, graves and trees.

Even if you can only spare 30 minutes or so you would be very welcome.

For more information please contact Shirley on 01530 230 422

Christmas 2019 THREE NEW BELLS - click to read report
Friends of St. Peter's

The Friends of St. Peter’s organisation, formed in 1995, works tirelessly to fund projects to maintain and improve the building. Its membership is drawn both from within the congregation and from the wider community and is supported by many of the villagers of Thornton. More information can be found here. 


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Where to find us

St. Peter's Church is at the end of Church Lane, which is a narrow cul-de-sac off Main Street, adjacent to the village shop. There is no parking on Church Lane, but on-street parking is available on Main Street.

St. Peter's Thornton

Church Lane

LE67 1AA


Please note that correspondence should not be sent to this address. Letters, enquiries etc should be sent to the Rectory in Markfield.

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