Ash Wednesday Services - 14th February 2018

ash wednesday sTo celebrate the beginning of Lent, two services will be held on Ash Wednesday (14th February 2018):

  • Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes at St Catherine's Church, Sedgehill, at 10.00 am.
  • Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes at St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary, at 7.00 pm.

Please do come and join us at one or both of these services.

 


Plough Sunday - 21st January 2018

Plough Sunday

A Celebration of the Agricultural Year

at

St Leonard's Church, Semley

on

Sunday 21st January 2018
at 7.00 pm

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Speaker: The Venerable Alan Jeans, Archdeacon of Sarum

Mulled cider and victuals afterwards

All are most welcome

Come, all you jolly ploughmen, of courage stout and bold
That labour all the winter in stormy winds, and cold;
To clothe the fields with plenty, your farm-yards to renew,
To crown with contentment, behold the painful plough!


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - January 2018

Prayer doesn't stop for Christmas so keep the requests coming to The Rev’d June (telephone; 01747 828427), Julia (telephone 01747 829166), or The Rev’d Richard (telephone 01747 830174).

Two Prayers this month!

A very modern Prayer for Christmas by J. M. Ferguson:

Lord Jesus Christ, come and dwell in our hearts this Christmastide, so that our homes may have You in them and so be filled with joy and peace.
May no ill temper, impatience, jealousy or envy spoil the gladness of Your Birthday but may love shine in our homes and bring light to all.

Amen

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Love came down at Christmas, and that love was seen in Jesus. May that love be with us now.
Peace came down at Christmas, and that peace was seen in Jesus. May that peace be with us now.
Joy came down at Christmas, and that joy was seen in Jesus. May that joy be with us now.
May Love, Joy and Peace be in our hearts as we celebrate the coming of God to His people in Jesus Christ our Lord.


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - December 2017

We continue to pray for everyone who needs our prayers, so please do keep your requests coming to The Rev’d June (telephone; 01747 828427), Julia (telephone 01747 829166), or The Rev’d Richard (telephone 01747 830174). At this time we pray that all in our Benefice will have a Happy and Blessed Christmas followed by a good New Year.

This Prayer is adapted from one written by Richard Baxter sometime in the late 1600’s:

Keep us O Lord, while we pass our way on earth,
in a mind and heart seeking for you.
Keep us aware of your teaching and help us to put it into practise
so that we use the gifts and talents we were born with for the benefit of others. Help us,
we pray, to be aware of your presence and your love
so that we want to share it with our friends, families and neighbours.
Amen.


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - November 2017

Just now we all seem to need a little extra help. Prayer is a great helper for many. Please give your requests and thank you’s to Julia (tel: 01747 829166), the Rev’d June (tel: 01747 82842), or The Rev’d Richard (tel: 01747 830174).

God is there both in our looking back and our looking forwards, and this little anonymous Prayer sums that up beautifully.

Be still and know that I am God
There is no place where God is not,
Wherever I go, there God is,
Now and always he upholds me with his power,
And keeps me safe in his love.
Amen


Advent and Christmas Services in the Benefice - 2017

Advent and Christmas will be celebrated at services in Churches throughout the Benefice as follows:

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Sunday 3rd December - Advent Sunday
6.00 pm: Advent Carols - St Leonard's, Semley

Sunday 10th December
4.00 pm: Carol Service - St Catherine's, Sedgehill
6.00 pm: Advent Praise - St Mary's, East Knoyle. For more details, click here.

Sunday 17th December
4.30 pm: Nine Lessons and Carols - St Mary's, Donhead St Mary. Click here for more information about this service.
6.30 pm: Carol Service - St Mary's, East Knoyle

Sunday 24th December - Christmas Eve
3.00 pm: Crib Service - St John's, Charlton. For more information, click here.
6.00 pm: Carols with Lanterns - St Leonard's, Semley. Click here for more details.
11.30 pm: Midnight Mass - St Mary's, Donhead St Mary

Monday 25th December - Christmas Day
9.30 am: Christmas Morning Service - St Catherine's, Sedgehill
9.30 am: Christmas Sung Eucharist - St Leonard's, Semley
11.00 am: Christmas Sung Eucharist - St Mary's, Donhead St Mary
11.00 am: Christmas Sung Eucharist - St Mary's, East Knoyle

Sunday 31st December
9.30 am: Sung Eucharist - St Catherine's, Sedgehill
11.00 am: Family Service - St John's, Charlton

All are most welcome - please do come and join us.


Remembrance Day 2017

poppy sRemembrance Day services will be held at Churches in the Benefice as follows:

  • St John the Baptist Church, Charlton - Saturday 11th November 2017 at 10.50 am
  • St Leonard's Church, Semley - Sunday 12th November 2017 at 9.30 am
  • St Andrew's Church, Donhead St Andrew - Sunday 12th November 2017 at 10.55 am
  • St Mary's Church, East Knoyle - Sunday 12th November 2017 at 10.50 am

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

 


All Saints Day Service - 1st November 2017

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All Saints Day will be celebrated at a special Eucharist Service to be held on Wednesday 1st November 2017 beginning at 10.00 am

 

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


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - October 2017

Prayer works! Please keep bringing your requests so that we can pray more effectively. Just let us know: The Rev’d June (telephone 01747 828427, Julia (telephone 01747 829166) or The Rev’d Richard (telephone 01747 830174).

Two prayers about acceptance, both from The Oxford Book of Prayer:

The first by Reinholt Niebur 1892-1971

God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things
that cannot be changed.
courage to change the things that should be changed,
and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

Amen.

The second is adapted from one by Michael Hollings and Etta Gullick

Lord, I thank you for teaching me how to live in the present moment.
In this way I enjoy each simple task as I do it, not think I must rush to the next thing.
Thank you for this, help me always to do everything at Your time and Your speed.

Amen.


All Souls Service, East Knoyle - 29th October 2017

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This year's All Souls' Service will be held at St Mary's Church, East Knoyle, on Sunday 29th October 2017 at 4.00 pm. This is a quiet service when we gather to remember our friends and loved ones who have gone before us, and pray for those left behind. Candles will be lit and quiet music will be played. Refreshements will be served after the service.

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.

Please do join us for this special service.


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - September 2017

Do keep your prayer requests coming. We do not always know what is going on but we are always ready to pray for you if you just let us know: The Rev’d June (telephone 01747 828427, Julia (telephone 01747 829166) and the Rev’d Richard or the Benefice Office (both telephone 01747 830174).

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