Benefice Services & Events

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

Review of Weekday Services

acornworkflowAfter reviewing attendance at our new weekly service pattern, we have decided to change the services we have during the week. During August 2019, we will have a simplified pattern of weekday services to allow for vacations. From September, we will run a revised pattern of weekday prayer to include Evening Prayer.

As a Diocese, we have our Mission of ‘Renewing Rural Hope: Pray, Serve, Grow.’ With our pattern of prayer during the week, we are seeking to promote times when we can ‘drop into prayer with others’.

Morning Prayer at 9.00am and Evening Prayer at 5.00pm will hopefully open up the possibility for people across the Benefice to find time to pray throughout the week. The service is about 20 minutes and is an informal gathering where we can pray the office from Common Worship.

Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - September 2019

This month, there have been some wonderful answers to our prayers so do not be discouraged. Keep sending in your requests to Julia (tel: 01747 829166), The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427), Theresa (tel: 01747 829188), or The Rev’d Richard (tel: 01747 830174).

Prayer of the Month

I have used this prayer before but it is such a relevant one that I hope you will all pray it again with me.

This Prayer about our journey through life is by Canon Frank Topping.

Lord, you spent your earthly days travelling on foot.
Your greatest journey was on a donkey.
But you left behind a trail of hope, and love and peace.
At least I know that it is not the distance travelled that matters, but the quality of the journey.
In all my travels,
Christ be before me,
Christ be behind me,
Christ be beside me,
Christ be at mine end and at my departing.


Lammas at Moors Farm, East Knoyle - 14th July 2019

Courtesy of June & John Reading

On a beautiful warm summer Sunday morning, the large barn at Moors Farm was the venue for the annual Lammas service, suitably bedecked with large bales of hay all around and some smaller bales arranged centrally for seating. Quite a large congregation heartily joined in the hymn singing accompanied by Roger Brown on the keyboard. The Rev’d Richard, Jo and the visiting ordinand from Cuddesdon, George Meyrick, led the service and distributed the bread and wine, and Jo delivered a thoughtful sermon.

Many thanks to June and John Reading for allowing us to use the barn and for making all the necessary arrangements, including refreshments. Our thanks must also go to those who supplied delicious nibbles to accompany the welcome coffee, tea and cold drinks. Another very pleasant Lammas Day!

Some photographs of the event are shown below - click on each of them to see a larger version.

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.

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.