Rogation Sunday - 14th May 2017

Beat the Bounds

and Bring Your Hounds!

HoundRogation days are days of prayerful supplication before God. In years gone by, it was common for the Church to gather on Rogation Days to ask God to bless the crops being sown, to send rain and to give a good harvest later in the year. Often prayers would be said as the church processed around the boundary lines of the parish.

We will be celebrating Rogation Day on Sunday 14th May 2017 by beating the bounds - the traditional walking of the parish boundary - consisting of a three mile walk around Sedgehill. Dogs are very welcome - the more the merrier (and louder!).

We will meet at Lower House Farm, Sedgehill, SP7 9JF, at 9.00 am and at 9.15 am, we will set off. The walk will be 'buggy friendly' and 'dog friendly' so that all may manage it.

The walk will be followed by the Rogation Eucharist at 10.30 am, in the barn at Lower House Farm. Refreshments will be served after the service.

Click here to see the location of Lower House Farm.

All are most welcome.


Bereavement Service - 30th April 2017

candles2There will be a service at St Leonard’s Church, Semley on 30th April 2017 at 3.00 pm to remember those we have loved. The service will consist of a quiet time of reflection with music and candles, followed by refreshments at the Rectory.

 

Any offer of scones or cakes will be gratefully received.


Visit by Mr R Lees from Goa Anglican Centre - 30th April 2017

Last year, we were visited by Mr Richard Lees, founder of the Goa Anglican Centre. We had great feedback from his talks. He will be with us again on April 30th; he will speak at the 9.30 am Sung Eucharist at St Catherine’s Church, Sedgehill, and the 11.00 am Family Service at St John’s Church, Charlton.

All are most welcome.

To find out more about the Goa Anglican Centre, click here.

goa anglican centre


Palm Sunday & Holy Week 2017

Palm Sunday and Holy Week will be celebrated at services in the Churches throughout the Benefice as follows:

EasterSunday 9th April - Palm Sunday
9.30 am: Palm Sunday Service with procession behind a donkey - St John's Church, Charlton. Click here for more information.
11.00 am: Sung Eucharist - St Mary's Church, East Knoyle

Monday 10th April
10.00 am: Eucharist CW1 - St Catherine's Church, Sedgehill

Tuesday 11th April
10.00 am: Eucharist CW1 - St John's Church, Charlton

Wednesday 12th April
10.00 am: Eucharist - St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary

Thursday 13th April - Maundy Thursday
7.30 pm: Holy Communion followed by Watch of Passion - St Leonard's Church, Semley. The evening will begin with Holy Communion, and following this will be a Vigil until Midnght, finishing with Compline.

Friday 14th April - Good Friday
2.00 pm: Good Friday Liturgy - St Mary's Church, East Knoyle

Saturday 15th April - Easter Eve
8.00 pm: Holy Saturday Vigil and first Eucharist of Easter - St Andrew's Church, Donhead St Andrew. The service starts soon after dark with the lighting of a bonfire. It is the most moving and beautiful of the Easter services. The Benefice Choir will lead the singing.

Sunday 16th April - Easter Day
9.30 am: Easter Service - St Catherine's Church, Sedgehill
9.30 am: Sung Eucharist - St Leonard's Church , Semley
11.00 am: Sung Eucharist - St Mary's Church, East Knoyle
11.00 am: Sung Eucharist - St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary

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


Lent Study 2017

lent course 2017 sAre you interested in attending a Lent Study Course?

The course will be held at two venues:

  • At Barkers Hill, Donhead St Andrew, on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 pm beginning on 8th March 2017.
  • In East Knoyle on Tuesday afternoons at 2.30 pm beginning on 7th March 2017.

The course is called “Receiving Christ in Five Different Ways”.

If you would like to attend or require more information, please contact Jo in the Benefice Office for more information - click here for her contact details.

 

 


Annual Parochial Church Meetings 2017

The 2017 Annual Parochial Church Meetings (APCM) in the Benefice will be held on the following dates:

  • Semley: Sunday 5th March 2017 at 10.30 am in the church
  • East Knoyle: Sunday 19th March 2017 at 11.00 am in the church
  • Sedgehill: Sunday 26th March 2017 at 4.30 pm in the church
  • Donhead St Mary with Charlton: Sunday 2nd April 2017 at 12.00 pm in St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary
  • Donhead St Andrew: Sunday 23rd April 2017 at 11.00 am in the church

Everyone on the Electoral Roll for each Church is entitled to vote at the APCM for their Church, so please do come to your meeting and make your views known to your PCC.


Lent Lunches - 2017

lent sA Lent Lunch will be held every Tuesday during Lent on the following dates:

  • 7th March 2017 at Semley Grange
  • 14th March 2017 at The Rectory, Semley
  • 21st March 2017 at Hart Hill Farm, Semley
  • 28th March 2017 at Hart Hill Farm, Semley
  • 4th April 2017 at Donhead St Mary Village Hall

Each lunch will begin at 12.30 pm.

All welcome - please do come and join us.


Mothering Sunday - Sunday 26th March 2017

daffs sMothering Sunday - 26th March 2017 - will be celebrated at services in churches throughout the Benefice as follows:

  • 8.30 am: St Mary's Church, East Knoyle - Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
  • 9.30 am: St Andrew's Church, Donhead St Andrew - Mothering Sunday Service
  • 9.30 am: St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary - Sung Eucharist
  • 11.00 am: St Leonard's Church, Semley - Mothering Sunday Sung Eucharist

All are most welcome - please come and join us at one of these services.


Women's World Day of Prayer Service - 3rd March 2017

Women's World Day of Prayer logoThis year's Women's World Day of Prayer service in the Benefice will be held on

Friday 3rd March 2017 at 2.30 pm
in St Mary's Church, East Knoyle

Every year, women from all around the world gather for prayer in a Service devised buy a different country each time. This year, the Christian women of The Philippines have created a service on the theme:

"Am I Being Unfair to You?"

The global idea is to have prayer being offered for the whole of the 24 hours as the sun follows its path around the world. Let us be part of that wonderful circle.

Please do come and join us for about three quarters of an hour.

Click here to find out more about Women's World Day of Prayer.


Plough Sunday, Semley - 15th January 2017

Plough Sunday

A Celebration of the Agricultural Year

at

St Leonard's Church, Semley

on

Sunday 15th January 2017
at 7.00 pm

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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!


Baby & Toddler Group Christmas Party, East Knoyle - 20th December 2016

baby toddler group

Christmas Party

Tuesday 20th December 2016

from 10.00 am to 11.30 am

at

St Mary’s Church, East Knoyle

Usual games and snacks. etc, but Carols and Chritmas fun as well !!

For more details, please contact Anna, telephone 01747 830174. Alternatively, you can send Anna an email from this website - click here and when the new window opens, click on the heading 'Contact Form', and fill in the form to send your message.

 Bugs