Benefice Services & Events

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

Benefice News - 16th April 2021

Church News

holy week sA 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 this coming Sunday and on the following Sunday. Do join in with everything that appeals to you.

Sunday 18th April 2021 - Third Sunday of Easter

There are five services planned for Sunday 18th April that will all be held in church, with two of these also streamed over the Internet using Zoom. Details are shown below, in the right hand margin of this webpage, and on the Benefice calendar here. The service sheet for the Family Eucharist to be held in St John's Church, Charlton, at 11.00 am can be downloaded and/or printed here.

Remembering The Duke of Edinburgh

At Donhead St Andrew church on Sunday 18th April at 11.00 am, the Service of Matins (Morning Prayer) will provide the opportunity to come together to mark the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and to give thanks for his life of service to our Nation and to the Commonwealth. The service will be led by our Lay Minister, Jo Johnson, and will incorporate special prayers and The Duke’s favourite hymn. There will be live organ music as well as recorded hymns sourced from some of Britain’s leading cathedrals and college chapels.

It would be helpful if those who wish to attend the service could contact Michael, telephone 01747 828833, to say how many seats they would like. There will be additional seats available for those who just turn up, but a request in advance before Saturday lunchtime would be appreciated.

Other churches in the Benefice will also be giving thanks for the Duke’s life of service during their acts of worship on 18th April.

Mid-Week Eucharist (Said)

The Rev’d June is leading a mid-week service of Common Worship Eucharist (said) on Zoom each Wednesday at 9.30 am. Please do consider participating in this service if you are able. You can find the Zoom details in the right-hand margin of this webpage.

Churches Opening During the Week

Some of our church buildings will be open at specified times throughout the coming week. Details of the opening days and times for each church are shown below:

  • St Andrew’s Church, Donhead St Andrew: Tuesday and Friday: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
  • St Mary's Church, East Knoyle: Wednesday: 9.00 am to 1.00 pm; Saturday: 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm
  • St Leonard’s Church, Semley: Sunday and Wednesday: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
  • St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary: Monday to Saturday: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

These details may change as we gain experience of our ‘new normal’, so please check this page from week to week for the latest information.

From the Chalke Deanery

Thank you to everyone who donated to the ‘Can You Stand Not Sitting’ appeal for benches and desks for the school in Cueibet. We raised over £1,000 in this Benefice, and the wider Deanery Appeal has raised over £12,000 including Gift Aid. This is a wonderful result. We aim to transfer funds to the Diocese of Cueibet account in time to give the best Easter present possible. Thank you to everyone for making this a reality for the Cueibet Church Primary School.


With many services now being held in our churches on Sundays and some being ‘Zoomed’ at the same time, we require more than one ‘Zoom room' to enable us to Zoom two services from different churches simultaneously. Details of each ‘Zoom room' are shown below.

Important: please ensure that you check in the right hand margin of the this page the Zoom details of the service in which you wish to participate before joining the service.

Zoom 2
Meeting ID: 849 8592 4593      Passcode: 519527

Zoom 3
Meeting ID: 856 4007 3075    Passcode: 2020

Zoom 4
Meeting ID: 287 295 5220      Passcode: 175430

Zoom 5
Meeting ID: 334 187 9558       Passcode: 345123

Zoom 6
Meeting ID: 402 512 8421     Passcode: 1943

Zoom 7
Meeting ID: 832 2316 1580   Passcode: A9494L

Zoom 8
Meeting ID: 822 2689 0974    Passcode: 660923

Zoom 9
Meeting ID: 954 595 0240    Passcode: 0YYUd2

Zoom 10
Meeting ID: 831 4174 0534    Passcode: 174183 

Zoom 11
Meeting ID: 278 813 5839    Passcode: 2020 

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

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

Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - April 2021

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), or Theresa (tel: 01747 829188).

Prayer Of The Month

A Prayer from the Iona Community

Christ our life, you are alive,
In the beauty of the earth, in the rhythm of the seasons,
In the mystery of time and space, Alleluia
Christ our life, you are alive,
in the tenderness of touch, in the heartbeat of intimacy,
in the insights of solitude, Alleluia
Christ our life, you are alive,
In the creative possibility of the dullest conversation,
In the dreariest talk, the most threatening event. Alleluia
Christ our life, you are alive
to offer re-creation to every unhealed hurt.
to every deadened place, to every damaged heart. Alleluia
You set before us a great choice, Therefore we choose life.

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 Visiting 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.