Services June, July, August – All benefice


5th June Tur Langton Holy Communion, 10.30 Martin Hathaway, also to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee

5th June Thorpe Langton Holy Communion, 6.00pm Martin Hathaway, also to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee

12th June, Church Langton, Holy Communion, 10:30am Martin Hathaway

19th June Thorpe Langton Holy Communion, 6.00pm Philip Norwood

26th June Shangton Evensong, 6.00pm Maxine Johnson

26th June, Church Langton, Holy Communion, 10:30am, Martin Hathaway


3rd July Thorpe Langton Holy Communion, 6.00pm, service leader to be confirmed

10th July, Church Langton, Holy Communion, 10:30am, Martin Hathaway

17th July Tur Langton All Age Worship 10.30am Maxine Johnson

17th July Thorpe Langton H.C. 6.00pm Philip Norwood

24th July, Church Langton, Holy Communion, 10:30am, Martin Hathaway

24th July Shangton Holy Communion, 6.00pm Brian Davis

31st July Tilton on the Hill Deanery Service 11.00am Revd Jayne Lewis


7th August Thorpe Langton Holy Communion, 6.00pm Martin Hathaway

14th August, Church Langton, Holy Communion, 10:30am, Martin Hathaway

21st August Tur Langton Holy Communion, 10.30 Martin Hathaway

21st August Thorpe Langton 6.00pm, Philip Norwood

28th August, Church Langton, Holy Communion, 10:30am, Martin Hathaway

28th August Shangton Evensong 6.00pm, Hilary Painter

COVID GUIDANCE: All services are now live in church, observing the current UK Government guidance: Masks/face coverings are now optional, but we ask that if you have symptoms, please do not attend. Please check updates on Leicester Diocese’s website

Christmas Greetings 2021

Reading my comments from last year’s Christmas message, I was hoping that things were starting to improve – now I am not so sure! 2020 will certainly go down as Annus Horribilis not only for our group of villages, but the country and the world as a whole. We certainly do not want too many of them in a one hundred year period! We all go through a bad patch from time to time for whatever reason, but for all of us to be thrown into a maelstrom not of our making, is a rare thing indeed.

2021 began as a year of great hope for a return to normal life, which it has, but with one hand tied behind our backs! We try to get our lives back on track, only to find we end up in countless dead ends of red tape and officialdom – and all for our own good! Will this be the new norm? We pray not.

If we feel our lives have not returned to anything like normal, we can look to someone who is a constant source of continuity and comfort. For all his run-ins with officials, Jesus understood that life is not easy, but is made a whole lot easier by being at peace, knowing that you have a Father who loves and cares for you. The saying, ‘a problem shared, is a problem halved’, is never truer than when praying for guidance and support throughout difficult times. We have certainly needed to find peace in this chaos, I know I have.

In Church Langton in 2020 and also 2021, we have been blessed by the arrivals of new babies to several of our young families. Speaking as a child of the village myself, it’s been wonderful to see these precious new lives begin, as mine did, in this most beautiful and peaceful part of the world, and to welcome them into our family community.

At this Christmas time, when we are reminded that humanity was saved by a baby and the peace, joy and love shone around; I pray that you let that love rub off on you, so you see life maybe, in a way you once did, or as a revelation.

Maxine Johnson,
Lay Reader

Service pattern for Christmas for our churches
The Langtons and Shangton

We are delighted to invite you and your families to attend in person – following current Covid-19 guidelines for England.

12th December – Communion Revd Martin Hathaway 10.30am
19th December – Carols, Readings and Communion
Revd Martin Hathaway 10.30am
12th December – Carols/Nativity Maxine Johnson 6.00pm
24th December – Midnight Mass Revd Martin Hathaway 11.00pm
19th December – Carol Service Canon Philip Norwood 6.00pm
25th December – Family Communion Revd Martin Hathaway 10.30am
19th December – Carol Service Tim Tregunno, Chaplain to Oakham School 6.00pm
Christmas worship in the Langtons and Shangton Benefice

St Peter’s woolly nativity

A special date for your diaries in 2022:
We are delighted to invite you to enjoy and sing!
Handel’s ‘Messiah’
Performed by Knighton Chamber Orchestra and Community Choir on
Saturday 14th May 2022 at 7.30 pm.
In aid of St. Peter’s church building fund
Tickets: £5 to sing; £15 to listen
Book tickets: or register your interest by email to

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Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day

Poppies to remember

“When you go home, tell them of us and say
For your tomorrow, we gave our today.”

— John Maxwell Edmonds

Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day are especially important this year as we remember everyone who has given so much in continued difficult times.

Remembrance Sunday Service – in St Peter’s Church

This year our service will be held on in church, which we are so pleased to announce and we hope as many people as possible will join us.

The service starts at 10.30am and the collection will be in aid of Royal British Legion

Afterwards a wreath will be laid at the war memorial where we hope you can join us as well.