Benefice Services & Events

This section of the web site describes the services and events which have been arranged for the whole Benefice.

Lammas Service, East Knoyle - 14th July 2019

Lammas LoafThe Benefice will be holding a special Eucharist service on Sunday 14th July 2019 to celebrate Lammas, the beginning of the harvest. Details of the service are as follows:

  • Where: The Barn at Moors Farm, East Knoyle, Shaftesbury, SP3 6BU (by kind permission of the Reading family)
  • When: 9.30 am on Sunday 14th July 2019

Click here to see a map showing the location of Moors Farm.

Please do come and join us to thank God for our daily bread - all are most welcome.

Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - July 2019

Prayer requests and Thank You's as usual to Julia (tel: 01747 829166), The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427), Theresa (tel: 01747 829188), or The Rev’d Richard (tel: 01747 830174).

Prayer of the Month

This Prayer is based on an old Scottish Prayer, author unknown, but it rather suits the current feelings about how we use our Planet.

Lord of all mercy and goodness,
We promise not to forget to be grateful
for all the wonderful benefits you have given us.
We are reminded this day and every day
by the beauty around us, the wonders of the earth,
that you care for us, your creation.
Help us to realise this,
we ask in the Name of Our Lord Jesus.

** NEW ** Weekday Services in the Benefice



There is going to be a change to the format of weekday services starting on Tuesday 23rd April 2019. Our desire is to have two public weekday services in each church. There will be one service of morning prayer and one Eucharist. Full details are shown below.



East Knoyle Church 9.00 am Morning Prayer
Donhead St Mary Church 10.00 am BCP Holy Communion


Semley Church 9.00 am Morning Prayer
Sedgehill Church 10.00 am Eucharist


Donhead St Mary Church 9.00 am Morning Prayer
Semley Church 10.00 am Eucharist


The Rectory, Donhead St Andrew 9.00 am Morning Prayer
Charlton Church 12.15 pm Eucharist


Sedgehill Church 9.00 am Morning Prayer
East Knoyle Church 10.00 am Eucharist


The Rectory, Donhead St Andrew 10.00 am Eucharist

Note: after Donhead St Andrew church re-opens, the services currently being held in Donhead St Andrew Rectory will take place in the church.

Please do come and join us at these services - all are most welcome.

Benefice Pastoral Visiting Team

We have a trained team of visitors, both ordained and lay, who are available to visit anyone who would like a visit, a chat or some company

For more details, please telephone Sandra, the Pastoral Visitng Team Co-ordinator, on 01747 830471, or the Beneifce Office on 01747 830174.

Benefice Choir

singing choir sThe Benefice Choir is based at St Andrew's Church, Donhead St Andrew, but membership is drawn from across the Benefice. The Choir sings for six services a year and rehearses on the four Fridays before each service. Since its inception, it has grown to around eighteen adult singers. The repertoire is wide-ranging from early music to living composers.


Prayer Circle

Praying HandsThe Prayer Circle meets about every six weeks for one to one-and-a-half hours hours. Our meeting starts with a Prayer, a Bible Reading and some thoughts on the text. Then we review the Prayer List and bring it up to date. We end with a short Prayer and the Grace. We have tea and coffee so that we are sharing in every way. Our commitment is that we all pray regularly for the people on our list. One of us takes the annotated Prayer List home and updates it for the coming period of time.

Each month, we ask for information of need in the Parish Magazine. We also furnish The Prayer of the Month item for the Parish Magazine with a note of why the particular prayer was chosen. On occasions, we publish an extra article in the magazine and, with the person's permission, we tell of answers to prayer.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Prayer Circle, wish to join the group, or would like to submit a prayer request to the Circle, please contact Rev'd June, telephone 01747 828427. Alternatively, you can send Rev'd June an email from this website - to send the email, click here and when the new page opens, select the 'Contact Form' tab, and then complete the form.

Benefice Monthly Magazine - 'Parish News'

parish news sNews and events from around the Benefice of St Bartholomew are published in the monthly magazine 'Parish News'. If you wish to write a piece for the magazine or submit an advert for the publication, please contact the Editor, Suzanne, telephone 01747 830456. If you prefer, you can send an email via this web site to the Editor - click here to open the contact form to send the email.


Articles must be with the Editor by 23rd of each month to ensure publication in the following month's edition.

Partnership between Chalke Deanery and Diocese of Cueibet, South Sudan

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The Benefice of St Bartholomew is part of the Chalke Deanery. In 2012, the Deanery established a partnership with the Diocese of Cueibet, one of the Dioceses in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan. Click here to learn more about this Partnership, and find out about the visit to Cueibet made in November 2014 by a team of five people from the Deanery, including our former Curate, Rev'd Alice Goodall.