St Peter’s Church

St Peter’s is a beautiful and important Grade II listed Arts and Crafts church designed by J.P. Seddon and completed in 1875. St Peter’s is one of only thirteen Hertfordshire churches featured in the book “England’s Thousand Best Churches” by Simon Jenkins (1999).

If you would like to know more about the history and architectore of the church please see this page.

Ayot St Peter is part of Welwyn Team Ministry, a group of six churches that share the services of one team rector, a group of team vicars, curates and lay readers. The other churches in the group are Welwyn, Codicote, Woolmer Green, Tewin and Datchworth. The Team Rector lives in Welwyn.

The current church, completed in 1875. The old school house can just be seen in the background

Services are held at St Peter’s church every Sunday at 11.15am. The pattern of services is as follows:-

1st Sunday in the month – Matins, using the Book of Common Prayer

2nd Sunday in the month – Holy Communion, using the Book of Common Prayer

3rd Sunday in the month – Family Service, using a modern language version of the Bible

4th Sunday in the month – Parish Communion, using a modern language version of the Bible

5th Sunday in the month – Holy Communion, using the Book of Common Prayer

Visitors are very welcome at all our services.

The church is open for one day each September for the National Trust’s Heritage Open Days initiative. In 2024 this will be on Saturday 14th September when the church will be open from 10am to 5pm and decorated for the traditional harvest celebration the following day.

An email newsletter entitled “The Churchyard News” is published four times a year for people with loved ones commemorated in either churchyard or on the war memorial. If you would like to subscribe to this free newsletter please contact us, stating your connection to the parish.

Parking is available along the lane outside the church.

The church address is:- St Peter’s Church, Ayot St Peter, Welwyn, Hertfordshire  AL6 9BG

For security reasons, Ayot St Peter church is kept locked when not in use. If you wish to arrange a visit please contact us

To enquire about arranging a wedding or baptism at Ayot St Peter please visit the website of St Mary’s Church, Welwyn and follow the links St Mary’s Church, Welwyn

The church in use as a polling station for the first time – May 2018
August 2018 after the harvest
An aerial view of the west side of the church April 2020 © Mark Bosher

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