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.

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


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.


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.


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.

Harvest Festival in the Benefice - 2017

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 Cooombes Harvest Family Service will be held at St John’s Church, Charlton, on Sunday 17th September 2017 at 11.00 am. The Harvest Supper will be held on the previous evening, 16th September, at Ludwell Primary School. For more details, click here.

St Catherine’s Church, Sedgehill

The Harvest Service will be held on Sunday 24th September 2017 at 6.00 pm.
The Harvest Supper will take place in Sedgehill Village Hall on Saturday 23rd September.  Click here for more information.

St Mary’s Church, East Knoyle

Harvest Evensong will be held on Sunday 1st October 2017 at 6.00 pm. The service will be followed by Harvest Supper in East Knoyle Village Hall. For more details, click here.

St Leonard’s Church, Semley

Harvest Festival Eucharist will be held on Sunday 8th October 2017 at 9.30 pm. The Harvest Supper will take place on Saturday 7th October at the Barn, Grove House, Semley. Click here for more information.

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

Ride+Stride - 9th September 2017

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The Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust (WHCT), which helps to preserve churches across the county, has an annual fundraising event. ‘Ride and Stride’ is a sponsored ‘tour’ of selected churches, coordinated at the parish level across Wiltshire. The purpose is to raise funds for the Trust, and also to promote enjoyment of our historic churches and the countryside in which we find them. As the name suggests the event can be undertaken mounted (bicycle, horse or whatever) or dismounted, at walking pace or faster for the more energetic.

This year, on Saturday 9th September 2017, walkers from Semley will be visiting our Benefice churches at Sedgehill, East Knoyle, Donhead St Andrew, Donhead St Mary and Semley (with the more energetic possibly also taking in Ludwell). The planned route will cover 15 miles, but there are options to shorten it along the way.

Anyone from Semley or other parishes in our Benefice would be welcome to join the walk, which will start from St Leonard's, Semley at 10am. Alternatively, you may wish to plan your own route around churches of your choice to raise money for this worthy cause. WHCT returns half of any amount raised to each participant's own church. Anyone who would like to contribute but cannot take part on the day would be very welcome to sponsor those that can!

Further details, including sponsorship forms and a map of the route are available from Andrew (tel: 01747 853 747). To contact Andrew by email, click here, and when the new window opens, click on the ‘Contact Form’ tab, and then complete the form.

Please come and join us on 9th September 2017 or sponsor us to support our beautiful churches!

To read more about the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust, click here.

Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - August 2017

Do keep the prayer requests coming - we are always ready to receive requests. Please contact The Rev’d June (telephone 01747 828427, Julia (telephone 01747 829166) or The Rev’d Richard (telephone 01747 830174).

This Prayer is from ”The Prayer Tree” by Michael Leunig

This is one I find challenges me and it is good sometimes to have to think about whether we really can mean the words of a written Prayer.

God bless our contradiction, those
parts of us which seem out of character.
Let us be boldly and gladly out of
character. Let us be creatures of paradox
and variety: creatures of contrast; of
light and shade: creatures of faith, God
be our constant. Let us step out of
character into the unknown, to struggle
and love and do what we will.  Amen.

Lammas Service, East Knoyle - 13th August 2017

Lammas LoafThe Benefice will be holding a special service on Sunday 13th August 2017 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: 10.30 am on Sunday 13th August 2017

Come and thank God for our Daily bread.

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

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

Ascension Sunday Service - 28th May 2017

pentecost sWe shall gather as a Benefice to celebrate the Ascension of our Lord at a special Eucharist to be held on Win Green (911 feet above sea level - the highest point in Wiltshire) on Sunday 28th May 2017. The service will begin at 11.00 am.  Please bring a picnic for after the service.

The Guest President and Preacher will be The Rev'd Canon Chris Savage.

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 the service - all will be most welcome.