Benefice Services & Events

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


Plough Sunday - 27th January 2019

Plough Sunday

A Celebration of the Agricultural Year

at

St Leonard's Church, Semley

on

Sunday 27th January 2019
at 7.00 pm

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Speaker: Mr. Stuart Asbury

Mulled cider and victuals afterwards

All are most welcome

Come, all you jolly ploughmen, of courage stout and bold
That labour all the winter in stormy winds, and cold;
To clothe the fields with plenty, your farm-yards to renew,
To crown with contentment, behold the painful plough!


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - January 2019

We continue to pray for all in need in our Benefice, so please do contact Julia (tel: 01747 829166), The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427), Theresa (tel: 101747 829188), or the Rev’d Richard (tel: 01747 830174) with any news or requests for Prayer.

Every single one of us has need of help in some aspect of our lives so let's begin 2019 acknowledging the need for help in our daily lives. This prayer of St. Anselm is a good one to use regularly.

O Lord our God,
teach our hearts this day
where and how to see you,
where and how to find you.
You have made and remade us,
and you have given us all the good things we possess,
and still we do not know you.
We have not yet done that for which we were created.
Teach us to seek you,
for we cannot seek you unless you teach us,
or find you unless you show yourself to us.
Let us seek you in our longing,
let us long for you in our seeking.
Let us find you by loving you,
Let us love you when we find you.  Amen


*** NEW *** Messy Church - Semley

Messy Church

Activities - Songs - Food
Crafts - Games - Stories 

Messy Church on the fourth Saturday of the month in term time
at Semley Primary School.

From 11.00 am to 1.00 pm
** Lunch included **

Young children to be accompanied by an adult

Fun for all ages

If you are interested in helping, please contact the Rectory on 01747 830174


*** NEW *** The Text This Week

text this weekBible study in the Rectory, Semley - “The Text This Week”

On Thursdays at 7:30pm, during term-time.

The first session is on 20th September 2018 - everyone is welcome.

The idea is that we will explore the text for the coming Sunday (over a glass of wine or cup of tea...)

Come each week - drop in - come when you're reading - it's up to you !


*** NEW *** Evening Eucharist - Thursdays at St Leonard’s Church, Semley

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There will be a Eucharist (25-30 minutes) at 7.00 pm in St Leonard’s Church, Semley on Thursdays during term time for those who wish to come and worship before ‘The Text This Week’ session - or for anyone else.

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.


Midweek Services in the Benefice

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The following services are normally held on weekdays in the Benefice:

a.  Morning Prayer

  • In St Mary's Church, East Knoyle, at 9.00 am on Mondays.
  • In St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary, at 9.00 am on Wednesdays.
  • In St Andrew's Church, Donhead St Andrew, at 9.00 am on Thursdays. Note - midweek morning prayer will NOT be taking place at St Andrew's Church until the church re-opens after the building work has been completed.

b.  Eucharist

  • In St Leonard's Church, Semley, at 10.00 am am on Tuesdays.
  • In St Leonard's Church, Semley at 10.00 am on Wednesdays.

c.  *** New *** Thursday Evening Eucharist at 7.00 pm in St Leonard's Church, Semley. For more information, click here.

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


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.