Benefice Services & Events

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


Benefice News - 24th September 2021

Church News

trinityA 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 26th September 2021 - Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity

There are five services planned for Sunday 26th September that will all be held in church, with one of these also streamed over the Internet using Zoom. Details are shown in the right hand margin of this webpage and on the Benefice calendar here.

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: Monday to Saturday: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
  • St Leonard’s Church, Semley: Monday to Saturday: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
  • St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary: Monday to Saturday: 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.

Zoom

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

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84985924593?pwd=em4zQ1Q2YkdrdTRuanhYY0lOejZQUT09
Meeting ID: 849 8592 4593      Passcode: 519527

Zoom 3

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85640073075?pwd=akd0WTVKUHpSeDFhZ1NrM1NrTHZKQT09
Meeting ID: 856 4007 3075    Passcode: 2020

Zoom 4

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2872955220?pwd=NTN5OHE0anVTRmNwYmpUVHdoSWI3QT09
Meeting ID: 287 295 5220      Passcode: 175430

Zoom 5

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3341879558
Meeting ID: 334 187 9558       Passcode: 345123

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.


Ride+Stride - 11th September 2021

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Are you looking to raise money for maintenance/repairs to your church?

Why not join Ride + Stride on Saturday 11th September 2021?

Taking part in Ride + Stride is an excellent way to combine raising a bit of money for church repairs and maintenance with spending an enjoyable day out exploring the local area on foot, bike or horseback, and visiting some of Wiltshire’s rich heritage of churches and chapels.

Wiltshire Ride + Stride (or its predecessor the Great Cycle Ride) has been going since 1984 and has raised over £1.5 million for the county’s churches. Half of all money raised goes to your own church, and the other half is used by the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust to award grants to churches with special maintenance needs.

You don’t have to be young and super-fit: just strolling between one church and another can constitute participation in Ride + Stride, and most sponsors are generous enough to reward even the shortest of journeys. For the more competitive, however, there are cash prizes for the best achievers, including several for under 16-year-olds, and parishes which mobilise large numbers of participants can compete for the Brooke Cup (plus £500) and Junior Group Cup for the under-18s (plus £100).

Anyone can join in on 11th September 2021. Plan a route that suits your energy levels or get ideas from http://www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/things-to-do/activities/cycling . The chances are very high that you will enjoy the day!

Information and sponsorship forms are available from Wiltshire Historic Church Trust - https://www.wiltshirehistoricchurchestrust.org.uk/ride-stride/

Wiltshire's Ride+Stride is supported by the National Churches Trust.


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - September 2021

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

In view of the terrible situation in Afghanistan and the difficulties around the world caused by climate change, we have so much to be thankful for at this Harvest Season. This month's prayer reminds us to remember those who are suffering deprivation.

This month's Prayer of the Month is by Lilian Cox:

We dare not ask you bless our harvest feast
Till it is spread for poorest and for least.
We dare not bring our harvest gifts to you
Unless our hungry brothers share them too.

Not only at this time Lord' every day
Those whom you love are dying while we pray.
Teach us to do with less and so to share
From our abundance, more than we can spare.

Now with this harvest plenty round us piled,
Show us the Christ in every starving child.
Speak, as you spoke of old in Galilee,
"You feed, or you refuse, not them but me!"
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 TBA, the Pastoral Visiting Team Co-ordinator, on TBA.


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.