Benefice Services & Events

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

*** NEW *** Messy Church - Semley

Messy Church

We are starting a

new Messy Church on the fourth Saturday of the month
at Semley Primary School.

The first session will be on Satuday 22nd September 2018 from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm.

We will need volunteers of all ages please!
Please get behind this new venture.
Please make sure that local families are aware that it is happening.
If you are interested in helping, please contact the Rectory on 01747 830174

*** NEW *** 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 !

Harvest Festival in the Benefice - 2018

HarvestHarvest will be celebrated at churches throughout the Benefice at the following services and events:

Donhead St Mary & Donhead St Andrew

A combined Donheads, Charlton, Ludwell and the Coombes Harvest Eucharist will be held at St Mary’s Church, Donhead St Mary, on Sunday 23rd September 2018 at 9.30 am. The Harvest Supper will be held on the previous evening, 22nd September, at Donhead St Mary Village Hall. For more details, click here.

St Catherine’s Church, Sedgehill

The Harvest Evensiong will be held on Sunday 23rd September 2018 at 6.00 pm. The Harvest Supper will take place on Saturday 13th October in Sedgehill Village Hall.  Click here for more information.

St Leonard’s Church, Semley

Harvest Festival Eucharist will be held on Sunday 7th October 2018 at 9.30 am. The Harvest Supper will take place on Saturday 6th October at the Barn, Grove House, Semley. Click here for more information.

St Mary’s Church, East Knoyle

Harvest Evensong will be held on Sunday 7th October 2017 at 6.00 pm. There will be refreshments and finger buffet served in the church immediately after the service - no ticket needed, everyone welcome. For more details, click here.

Please do come and join us - all are most welcome.

New Year — New Choir

The new Roving Choir for the Benefice - come and join us!

A new Roving Choir is being formed for the churches of Charlton, the Donheads, East Knoyle, Sedgehill and Semley.

What is involved?

singing choir sWe will be singing at the main Sung Eucharist at 9.30 arn each Sunday with a short rehearsal at 9.00 am, and an early-evening practice on Wednesdays:

1st Sunday of the month: St Leonard’s Semley
2nd Sunday: Donhead St Mary (but will return to Donhead St Andrew when it reopens)
3rd Sunday: St Mary’s East Knoyle
4th Sunday: Donhead St Mary
5th Sunday: St Catherine’s Sedgehill
(Occasionally we may sing at St John’s Charlton instead)

There may be additional special services for major church Festivals, and possible invitations to sing at weddings.

Come and join us and make a real contribution to worship in all our churches! It’s open to adults and children from about 6 years old upwards - so long as you can read the words of straightforward hymns fairly well. If you can’t read music already, we’ll help you learn. Try it for a few weeks - we hope that you will enjoy it enough to want to stay.

Have fun making music with like-minded people, and learn musical skills that you can use throughout your life. Sing a variety of music from simple unison songs to full harmony in the rich heritage of church repertoire - from Tudor music to living composers; the music will be chosen to suit the available singers. There will be opportunities to take part in festivals and training courses with other church choirs; and also for social and fun events.

Don’t worry if you can’t commit to every week, or would prefer to sing mainly at your “own” church - we’d rather see you sometimes than not at all. (But it will help us to plan if you let us know in advance when you can come.)

All choir members still in full-time education will be paid £1 extra pocket money for each practice or service you attend (paid monthly), rising to £1.50 as you gain more experience!

First practices: Wednesdays 10th, 17th and 24th January 2018 at Donhead St Mary’s Church: Children 5.30-6.30pm; adults 6-7pm. First service: Sunday 28th January at Donhead St Mary. Thereafter, Wednesday practices will be in the same church as the following Sunday’s service -
new members can join the choir at any time.

Want to know more?
Contact Jill, Choir Director: telephone: 01747 830625. Alternatively, you can contact Jill by email from this website - click here, and when the new page opens, select the 'Contact Form' to send your message.

Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - September 2018

Please keep your Prayer requests coming. Contact us: Julia (tel: 01747 829166), The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427) or The Rev’d Richard (tel: 01747 830174).

There are two prayers this month, very different but both about forgiveness.

The first is by the poet Christina Rossetti:

O Lord Jesus, because, being full of foolishness,
we often sin and have to ask pardon,
help us to forgive as we would be forgiven,
neither mentioning old offences committed against us,
nor dwelling on them in thought.
nor being ifluenced by them in heart.
But loving our brother freely,
as You have freely loved us.
For Your Name's sake.  Amen.

Here is modern prayer from the heart by someone called Nancy Martin:

Dear God, I find it so hard to forgive those who are unkind to me,
Or those who blame me for the things which are not my fault.
I go on bearing a grudge even when they try to make up.
It makes me feel bitter and hard.
I know this is wrong.
When Peter asked Jesus how many times he should forgive,
Jesus just gave an impossible number,
meaning go on and on forgiving.
Jesus even prayed for his persecutors from the Cross.
Please help me to be more like him.  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 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 at 8.45 am:

  • In St Mary's Church, East Knoyle, on Monday mornings.
  • In St Leonard's Church, Semley, on Tuesday mornings.
  • In St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary, on Wednesday mornings.
  • In St Andrew's Church, Donhead St Andrew, on Thursday mornings. Note - midweek morning prayer will NOT be taking place at St Andrew's Church until the church re-opens after the building wok has been completed.

b.  Midweek Eucharist at 10.00 am on Wednesdays in St Leonard's Church, Semley.

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

Partnerership Logo
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.