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 October 2020

Don’t forget that Summertime ends this coming Sunday 25th October – or risk being an hour early for church!

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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 25th October 2020 - Last Sunday after Trinity

The services planned for Sunday 25th October will all take place in our churches, and one will be streamed over the Internet using Zoom. Details are shown in the right hand margin of this webpage and on the Benefice calendar here.

We hope that you are able to participate in one or more of the varied acts of worship that have been planned, either in church or on Zoom.

IMPORTANT - All Souls Service, East Knoyle - Sunday 1st November

It will be necessary to let the Church Warden or Benefice Administrator know if you wish to attend the All Souls service - owing to COVID-19 restrictions, we can only accommodate a limited number of folk.

Churches Open for Public Worship

We are now getting used to having services whilst following Government and Church of England Guidance. Please continue to follow directions given by sidespeople and Churchwardens when attending services. We look forward to welcoming you and please remember to bring your face masks unless you are in an exempt category.

Important: we need to know the number of people who are intending to come to our public services each week. Please let either the Churchwarden or Jo, our Administrator, know if you are intending to come to a service the following Sunday. If you don’t let us know, we may need to turn you away at the church door if we have reached our capacity according to Government and Church of England guidelines. We really want to ensure all those who wish to come to a service are able to attend one.

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: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon; Saturday: 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm
  • St Leonard’s Church, Semley: Sunday and Wednesday: 10.00 am to 6.00 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.

Salisbury District Hospital - Services Update

We have recently received a message containing the latest information about services provided by Salisbury District Hospital. You can read the message here.

News from Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral is offering free tickets to churchgoers who wish to visit now that it has started to charge for entry. Click here to find out more.


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

Either click on this link, and then use the password shown:
Password: 057371

Or log on using the Zoom app, and use this ID and password:
Meeting ID: 891 6675 3523   Passcode: 057371

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

Zoom 3

Either click on this link, and then use the password shown:
Password: 2020

Or log on using the Zoom app, and use this ID and password:
Meeting ID: 856 4007 3075   Password: 2020

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

Zoom 4

Either click on this link, and then use the password shown:
Password: 175430

Or log on using the Zoom app, and use this ID and password:
Meeting ID: 287 295 5220   Password: 175430

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 - October 2020

Although we do not meet regularly just now there are still several of us who are committed to praying regularly for those in need so please do continue to give us your requests. 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).

Prayer Of The Month

This Prayer is by Canon Frank Topping and is for forgiveness. I am sure we shall all resonate with this! I certainly did.
Why is it so difficult,
To make peace with each other?
No wonder there are wars.
Is it pride that holds my mouth tight shut,
A childish feeling
that I am not the one who should apologise?
It wasn’t my fault?
In these flare ups
What does it matter whose fault it is?
The only thing that matters is love and harmony.
Lord, turning my back in anger is weakness,
It reduces me as a human being.
Give me the courage,
the stature,
to say I am sorry

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.