Lammas Service, East Knoyle - 14th July 2019

Lammas LoafThe Benefice will be holding a special Eucharist service on Sunday 14th July 2019 to celebrate Lammas, the beginning of the harvest. Details of the service are as follows:

  • Where: The Barn at Moors Farm, East Knoyle, Shaftesbury, SP3 6BU (by kind permission of the Reading family)
  • When: 9.30 am on Sunday 14th July 2019

Click here to see a map showing the location of Moors Farm.

Please do come and join us to thank God for our daily bread - all are most welcome.


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - July 2019

Prayer requests and Thank You's as usual 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

This Prayer is based on an old Scottish Prayer, author unknown, but it rather suits the current feelings about how we use our Planet.

Lord of all mercy and goodness,
We promise not to forget to be grateful
for all the wonderful benefits you have given us.
We are reminded this day and every day
by the beauty around us, the wonders of the earth,
that you care for us, your creation.
Help us to realise this,
we ask in the Name of Our Lord Jesus.
Amen.


All Souls Service, East Knoyle - 27th October 2019

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This year's All Souls' Service will be held at St Mary's Church, East Knoyle, on Sunday 27th October 2019 at 4.00 pm. This is a quiet service with music and candles to remember our friends and loved ones who have gone before us, and pray for those left behind. The service will be followed by refreshments and a time to share memories.

There is a sheet in each church on which you can write down the names of those you especially wish to remember and have read out during the service. Alternatively, you can send the details to the Benefice Office by email - click here, and when the new page opens, select the 'Contact Form' to send your message.

Please do join us for this special service.


Baby Loss Awareness - Wave of Light Service, Semley - 15th October 2019

baby loss awareness weekBaby Loss Awareness Week takes place from 9th to 15th October every year.

It’s an opportunity for parents, their families and friends to acknowledge and remember their precious babies who have died.

It is led by SANDs in collaboration with over 60 charities in the UK.

Baby Loss Awareness Week is an opportunity:

  • For bereaved parents and families across the world to commemorate their babies’ lives
  • To break the silence around pregnancy or baby loss in the UK
  • To ensure all bereaved parents in the UK get the best possible care, wherever they live, when they need it

Baby Loss Awareness Week culminates with the global ‘Wave of Light* on 15th October, which is also recognised as International Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day

In 2011, our son, Jerome, was born still.

Richard and I would like to invite you to join us and other families across the world by lighting a candle at 7.00 pm on Tuesday 15th October and leaving it burning for at least one hour to remember all babies that have died too soon.

Last year a small group joined us in Semley Church just before 7.00 pm to light candles and we will be doing this again this year.

Wherever you do this, you will be joining a global ‘Wave of Light’ in memory of all the babies who lit up our lives for such a short time.

Each candle lit in memory of a precious and much wanted baby will be supporting SANDs’ vision of a world where fewer babies die and helping to ensure that every bereaved family, wherever they live in the UK, gets the care and support they need, when they need it, for as long as they need it.

If you’re unable to join us but would like a candle to be lit in someone’s memory - please let me know.

Anna Warhurst


Ascension Sunday Service - 2nd June 2019

pentecost sWe shall gather as a Benefice to celebrate the Ascension of our Lord at a Eucharist to be held on Win Green (277 metres / 909 feet above sea level - the highest point in Wiltshire) on Sunday 2nd June 2019. The service will begin at 11.00 am.  Please bring chair(s) (if you need one) and a picnic for after the service. Dogs and children are very welcome.

If you are not familiar with the location of Win Green, click here to see a map showing how to find it.

Should it be very wet, the service will be held at St John's Church, Charlton.

Please do come and join us at this special service.


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - June 2019

There are many of our people who need prayer at this time. Just keep letting us know of your needs. Contact 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

This Prayer of Gilbert Shaw was written nearly 100 years ago and yet it still speaks of today's problems and fears. I hope it helps someone this month:

Lord, give us the grace to hold to you when all is weariness and fear and sin abounds within, without
when love itself is tested by the doubt...
that love is false, or dead within the soul, when every act brings new confusion, new distress,
new opportunities, new misunderstandings, and every thought new accusation.
O Lord, give us grace that we may know
that in the darkness pressing round
it is the mist of sin that hides your face,
that you are there,
and you do know we love you still
and our dependence and endurance in your will
is still our gift of love. Amen.


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - November 2019

Please keep the requests coming to The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427), Julia (tel: 01747 829166), Theresa (tel: 01747 829188), The Rev’d Richard (tel: 01747 830174) or the Rev’d Kevin (tel: 01747 828551). There are many of us in need of that extra help and comfort that comes from knowing someone is praying for us.

Sometimes there is nothing actually wrong but perhaps we need to have a little time just to ourselves. If you manage to grab a few moments like that, why not use that time to think about God and how He can affect your own life.

Loving God,
Here I sit and wait,
Thinking about life
And this wonderful world around us.
I sit in quiet hope that you will come
To water the barren fields of my life.
To make my life blossom
With flowers and fruit like the earth you created.
Be with me day by day I ask,
Help me to live
A life which is a Blessing to others.

Amen


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.

Amen


Bereavement Service - 19th May 2019

candles2There will be a service at St Leonard’s Church, Semley on Sunday 19th May 2019 at 3.00 pm to remember those whom we have loved and lost. The service will consist of a quiet time of music, prayer and light to revive our memories.

The service wil be followed by tea and fellowship at the Rectory.

Any offer of scones or cakes will be gratefully received.


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - October 2019

Do keep asking for prayers and do please let the Minister know at the beginning of a Service if you wish them to pray for someone in the Intercessions. We tend to be careful about saying names unless someone has asked.

Prayer requests and Thanksgivings please give to The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427), Julia (tel: 01747 829166), Theresa (tel: 01747 829188), or The Rev’d Richard (tel: 01747 830174). Perhaps you have a special "Thank-You to God " in the Bounty of this wonderful Harvest Season. It is good to remind ourselves of good things.

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!”


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - August 2019

Many of you have requested prayer these last months but we are always ready to listen and pray for you. Do keep asking - contact Julia (tel: 01747 829166), The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427), Theresa (tel: 01747 829188), or The Rev’d Richard (tel: 01747 830174).

Looking back I realised that it is four years since Richard and Anna came to us. The following is the Prayer I used as Prayer of the Month then as we anticipated their arrival. It is still very appropriate and can never be prayed enough.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God,
teach us to walk in your way more trustfully,
to accept Your truth more faithfully,
and to share Your life more lovingly.
By the power of the Holy Spirit
guide us in our work for Your Church,
so that we may become as one family,
wanting only to serve You and our community.
Amen