Benefice Services & Events

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


Lay Pastoral Assistants & Lay Worship Leaders Meetings

Lay Pastoral Assistants (LPA): Hopefully you have had a chance to consider if you are being called to this ministry over the past few weeks. A number of people have expressed an interest in knowing more so we are going to hold two opportunities to meet and explore what this ministry means and is all about. We are therefore holding two meetings. One on Thursday 30th January at 7.00pm at St Mary's Church, East Knoyle. The other possibility is Monday 10th February at 10:30am at St John's Church, Charlton. We look forward to seeing you at one of those meetings. Please also come along if you are interested in becoming a Lay Worship Leader (LWL) as we will also have information for that ministry at these meetings as well.


Plough Sunday, Semley - 19th January 2020

Plough Sunday

A Celebration of the Agricultural Year

at

St Leonard's Church, Semley

on

Sunday 19th January 2020
at 7.00 pm

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Speaker: Mr. John Reading

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 2020

Please do continue to make your requests for prayer known to us. Prayer changes things. Contact any of us: The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427), Julia (tel: 01747 829166), Theresa (tel: 01747 829188), The Rev’d Richard (tel: 01747 830174) or the Rev’d Kevin (tel: 01747 828551). There are many of us in need of that extra help and comfort that comes from knowing someone is praying for us.

Prayer of the Month

The Wise Men came to see Jesus and to worship him and we celebrate their coming in January, this little prayer refers to the gifts they brought, Think about those gifts as you pray this prayer.

God of Gold, we seek your glory,
the richness that transforms our darkness into colour,
and brightens our dullness with vibrant light;
your wonder and joy at the heart of all life.

God of incense we offer you our prayer,
our spoken and unspeakable longings, our questioning of truth,
our search for your mysteries, deep within.

God of myrrh we cry out to you in our suffering;
the pain of all our rejection and bereavements,
our baffled despair at undeserved suffering,
our rage at continuing injustice;
and we embrace you God with us,
in our wealth, in our yearning, in our anger and our loss.

Amen.


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.