Advent and Christmas Services in the Benefice - 2018

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

Sunday 2nd December
6.00 pm: Advent Carols - St Leonards's, Semley. Click here for more information.

Sunday 9th December
6.00 pm: Advent Praise - St Mary's, East Knoyle. For more details, click here.

Follow The Star

Sunday 16th December
6.30 pm: Carol Service - St Mary's, East Knoyle

Sunday 23rd 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 Catherine's, Sedgehill

Monday 24th December - Christmas Eve
9.00 am: Said Eucharist - St Leonard's, Semley
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

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

Sunday 30th December
9.30 am: Benefice Eucharist - St Catherine's, Sedgehill
11.00 am: Family Service / Carols - St John's, Charlton

All are welcome - please do come and join us.


Plough Sunday - 27th January 2019

Plough Sunday

A Celebration of the Agricultural Year

at

St Leonard's Church, Semley

on

Sunday 27th January 2019
at 7.00 pm

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Speaker: Mr. Stuart Asbury

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!


Ash Wednesday Services - 6th March 2019

ash wednesday sTo celebrate the beginning of Lent, two services will be held on Ash Wednesday (6th March 2019):

  • A Benefice Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes at St Catherine's Church, Sedgehill, at 10.00 am.
  • A Benefice 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.

 


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - January 2019

We continue to pray for all in need in our Benefice, so please do contact Julia (tel: 01747 829166), The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427), Theresa (tel: 01747 829188), or The Rev’d Richard (tel: 01747 830174) with any news or requests for Prayer.

Every single one of us has need of help in some aspect of our lives so let's begin 2019 acknowledging the need for help in our daily lives. This prayer of St. Anselm is a good one to use regularly.

O Lord our God,
teach our hearts this day
where and how to see you,
where and how to find you.
You have made and remade us,
and you have given us all the good things we possess,
and still we do not know you.
We have not yet done that for which we were created.
Teach us to seek you,
for we cannot seek you unless you teach us,
or find you unless you show yourself to us.
Let us seek you in our longing,
let us long for you in our seeking.
Let us find you by loving you,
Let us love you when we find you.  Amen


Lent Study Courses - 2019

Are you interested in attending a Lent Study Course?

This year, we are studying a book called  “Why Go to Church”.

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The course will be held as follows:

  • Tuesdays afternoons at 2.30 pm at Coopers Ground, East Knoyle on the dates shown below:
    • 12th, 19th & 26th March 2019
    • 2nd & 9th April 2019
  • Wednesday evenings at 7.30 pm at Donhead St Andrew Rectory on the the dates shown below:
    • 13th, 20th & 27th March 2019
    • 3rd & 10th April 2019

If you would like to attend or require more information, or wish to buy a copy of the Study book (price: £10.00), please contact Jo in the Benefice Office - click here for her contact details.


World Day of Prayer Service - 1st March 2019

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

Friday 1st March 2019 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 Slovenia have created a service on the theme:

"Come - Everything is Ready!"

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 World Day of Prayer.


Remembrance Day 2018

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

  • St Leonard's Church, Semley - Sunday 11th November 2018 at 9.30 am
  • The Village Cemetery, Lower Street, Donhead St Andrew - Sunday 11th November 2018 at 10.45 am
  • St John the Baptist Church, Charlton - Sunday 11th November 2018 at 10.50 am
  • St Mary's Church, East Knoyle - Sunday 11th November 2018 at 10.50 am

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

 


Lent Lunches - 2019

lent sA Lent Lunch will be held every Tuesday at 12.30 pm during Lent on the following dates:

  • 12th March 2019 at Semley Grange
  • 19th March 2019 at The Rectory, Donhead St Andrew
  • 26th March 2019 at Hart Hill Farm, Semley
  • 2nd April 2019 at The Rectory, Semley
  • 9th April 2019 at Donhead St Mary Village Hall

All welcome - please do come and join us.


All Souls Bereavement Service, East Knoyle - 28th October 2018

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This year's All Souls' Bereavement Service will be held at St Mary's Church, East Knoyle, on Sunday 28th October 2018 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.

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.


Mothering Sunday - 31st March 2019

daffs sMothering Sunday - 31st March 2019 - will be celebrated at services in churches throughout the Benefice as follows:

  • 9.30 am: Eucharist at St Mary's Church, East Knoyle
  • 9.30 am: Eucharist at St Leonard's Church, Semley
  • 11.00 am: Family Service at St John's Church, Charlton
  • 11.00 am: Eucharist at St Catherine's Church, Sedgehill

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


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - December 2018

The Prayer Cycle is always there - for your requests or thank-you’s. Contact Julia (tel: 01747 829166), The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427), Theresa (tel: 101747 829188), or The Rev’d Richard (tel: 01747 830174).

Sometimes it is easy to think that Prayer does not achieve anything, that it is just saying things into an empty, silent space where no one is listening. But, this year there have been some remarkable positive answers to our prayers. We have known those who have recovered from illness and others who have had so much longer with their loved ones than the doctor's thought possible. Those who have found an inner peace and the ability to face their troubles and those who have found new friends and new interests to make life seem worthwhile again.

Of course, sometimes we have not had the answers we would have liked, sometimes we have wondered "Why?" But we in the Prayer Group do believe Prayer makes a difference and we do feel honoured when you approach any one of us and ask us to pray.

Prayer of the Month

This Prayer is inspiring us to look at the past year and pray for the new year to come as we think of the virtues of Saints who followed God all their lives.

You might even get the children to go to the Library and look up some of these Saints as a Christmas Project!

Heavenly Father,
Help us to follow the example of Alden the patient one.
May we walk in the steps of Cuthbert, the gentle one.
Give us the grace to tread the path of Hilda, the wise one.
Encourage us to live as Chad, the willing one.
May we journey on the Pilgrim Way as Cedd, the travelling one.
Amen