Benefice Services & Events

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

Lent Study Courses - 2019

Are you interested in attending a Lent Study Course?

This year, we are studying a book called  “Why Go to Church”.

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The course will be held as follows:

  • Tuesdays afternoons at 2.30 pm at Coopers Ground, East Knoyle on the dates shown below:
    • 12th, 19th & 26th March 2019
    • 2nd, 9th & 16th April 2019
  • Wednesday evenings at 7.30 pm at Donhead St Andrew Rectory on the the dates shown below:
    • 13th, 20th & 27th March 2019
    • 3rd, 10th & 17th April 2019

If you would like to attend or require more information, or wish to buy a copy of the Study book (price: £10.00), please contact Jo in the Benefice Office - click here for her contact details.

Lent Lunches - 2019

lent sA Lent Lunch will be held every Tuesday at 12.30 pm during Lent on the following dates:

  • 12th March 2019 at Semley Grange
  • 19th March 2019 at The Rectory, Donhead St Andrew
  • 26th March 2019 at Hart Hill Farm, Semley
  • 2nd April 2019 at The Rectory, Semley
  • 9th April 2019 at Donhead St Mary Village Hall

All welcome - please do come and join us.

Mothering Sunday - 31st March 2019

daffs sMothering Sunday - 31st March 2019 - will be celebrated at services in churches throughout the Benefice as follows:

  • 9.30 am: Eucharist at St Mary's Church, East Knoyle
  • 9.30 am: Eucharist at St Leonard's Church, Semley
  • 11.00 am: Family Service at St John's Church, Charlton
  • 11.00 am: Eucharist at St Catherine's Church, Sedgehill

All are most welcome - please come and join us at one of these services.

Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - March 2019

We continue to pray as usual so please do keep your requests and news coming. Contact Julia (tel: 01747 829166), The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427), Theresa (tel: 101747 829188), or the Rev’d Richard (tel: 01747 830174).

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

Messy Church - Semley

Messy Church

Activities - Songs - Food
Crafts - Games - Stories 

Messy Church on the fourth Saturday of the month in term time
at Semley Primary School.

From 11.00 am to 1.00 pm
** Lunch included **

Young children to be accompanied by an adult

Fun for all ages

If you are interested in helping, please contact the Rectory on 01747 830174

The Text This Week

text this weekBible study in the Rectory, Semley - “The Text This Week”

On Thursdays at 7:30pm, during term-time.

The first session is on 20th September 2018 - everyone is welcome.

The idea is that we will explore the text for the coming Sunday (over a glass of wine or cup of tea...)

Come each week - drop in - come when you're reading - it's up to you !

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

  • In St Mary's Church, East Knoyle, at 9.00 am on Mondays.
  • In St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary, at 9.00 am on Wednesdays.
  • In Donhead St Andrew Rectory at 9.00 am on Thursdays (whilst St Andrew's Church is closed for major building work).

b.  Eucharist

  • In St Leonard's Church, Semley, at 10.00 am am on Tuesdays.
  • In St Leonard's Church, Semley at 10.00 am on Wednesdays.

c.  Thursday Evening Eucharist at 7.00 pm in St Leonard's Church, Semley. For more information, click here.

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.