Benefice Services & Events

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

Benefice News - 23rd May 2020

Church News

A copy of this week’s Church News can be found here. In addition to news, the document gives full details of all of our services during weekdays, as well as those this coming Sunday and the following Sunday. Do join in with everything that appeals to you.

Sunday 24th May 2020

Amongst the services planned for Sunday 24th May 2020, we are having a Family Service at 9.30 am, and Sung Eucharist at 10.30 am. The service sheet for the Family Service can be downloaded and/or printed here, There are other options as well, and so we hope that you are able to enjoy one or more of the varied acts of worship that have been planned.

Thursday 21st May 2020 - Ascension Day

On Thursday 21st May, we celebrated the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven, and this Festival marks the beginning of the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ season as we await the celebration of the arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.......

Sunday 31st May 2020 - Pentecost

On Sunday 31st May, we will have a Benefice Eucharist celebrating Pentecost at 10:00 am. This will be followed by Brunch or lunch at a Benefice Pentecost Zoom Party. Balloons and party hats optional for Eucharist and Party. 


The Zoom instructions to join all our services (except those where we join with the Nadder Valley team for Evening Prayer) are as follows:

Either click on this link, and then use the password shown:
Password: 867689

Or log on using the Zoom app, and use this ID and password:
Meeting ID: 868 2071 9578
Password: 867689

You can also participate in services by dialling in by telephone to one of these phone numbers: 0203 481 5237 or 0203 481 5240.

For Evening Prayer where we join with the Nadder Valley Team, the Zoom details are as follows:
Meeting ID: 849 6633 2040
Password: 039012

 Click here for more guidance on how to join a Zoom meeting.


The Church of England has produced a book of prayers to be used whilst church buildings are closed. The book can be downloaded and/or printed here.

Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - March/April 2020

We continue to pray as usual so please do keep your requests and news coming. Contact any of us: The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427), Julia (tel: 01747 829166), Theresa (tel: 01747 829188) 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

Just now the world is even more turbulent than ever, and so this prayer by John Johansen-Berg is a Prayer for Peace. It involves lighting a candle and setting aside a little time to think. Sometimes we need to do this to create some peace in our own lives. If there is more than one of you when you do this, just change all the pronouns and make it 'we' instead of ‘I’. It will be even more effective.

I light this candle for peace, Lord.
May its light scatter the darkness
may its flame be a symbol of hope;
may its burning be a sign of faith
joining many other lights for peace.
I light this candle for peace.
May my life be an expression of peacemaking;
may I seek to be a light in a dark world,
pointing to you, Jesus, the Prince of Peace,
and following the way of peace.
Let the candle burn as a sign for peace,
Offered to you. 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 830 471.

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.