Benefice Services & Events

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

Bereavement Service - 30th April 2017

candles2There will be a service at St Leonard’s Church, Semley on 30th April 2017 at 3.00 pm to remember those we have loved. The service will consist of a quiet time of reflection with music and candles, followed by refreshments at the Rectory.


Any offer of scones or cakes will be gratefully received.

Annual Parochial Church Meetings 2017

The 2017 Annual Parochial Church Meetings (APCM) in the Benefice will be held on the following dates:

  • Semley: Sunday 5th March 2017 at 10.30 am in the church
  • East Knoyle: Sunday 19th March 2017 at 11.00 am in the church
  • Sedgehill: Sunday 26th March 2017 at 4.30 pm in the church
  • Donhead St Mary with Charlton: Sunday 2nd April 2017 at 12.00 pm in St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary
  • Donhead St Andrew: Sunday 23rd April 2017 at 11.00 am in the church

Everyone on the Electoral Roll for each Church is entitled to vote at the APCM for their Church, so please do come to your meeting and make your views known to your PCC.

Visit by Mr R Lee from Goa Anglican Centre - 30th April 2017

Last year, we were visited by Mr Richard Lee, founder of the Goa Anglican Centre. We had great feedback from his talks. He will be with us again on April 30th; he will speak at the 9.30 am Sung Eucharist at St Catherine’s Church, Sedgehill, and the 11.00 am Family Service at St John’s Church, Charlton.

All are most welcome.

To find out more about the Goa Anglican Centre, click here.

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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


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

a.  Morning Prayer at 8.45 am:

  • In St Mary's Church, East Knoyle, on Monday mornings
  • In St Leonard's Church, Semley, on Tuesday mornings, followed by coffee
  • In St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary, on Wednesday mornings
  • In St Andrew's Church, Donhead St Andrew, on Thursday mornings

b.  Midweek Eucharist at 10.00 am on Wednesdays in St Leonard’s Church, Semley

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.