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.


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.

 


Talk - ‘God and Science’ - Semley - 16th September 2018

God and Science

talk graphicHas science killed God?
Are a belief in God and a commitment to science compatible?
Is it possible to be a both a Christian and a Scientist?
These questions will be addressed by The Rev’d Professor Keith Charnley in a talk at
7.00pm on Sunday 16th September 2018 in St Leonard’s Church, Semley
Evening Prayer at 6.00pm if you’d like to join us
Drinks and nibbles from 6.30pm

Keith was a professor of biology at the University of Bath until his retirement in 2009, whereupon he trained for ministry in the Church of England at Sarum College, Salisbury. He was ordained deacon in 2012 and priest in 2013. He serves as an associate priest in the benefice of North Bradford-on-Avon and Villages.


Harvest Festival in the Benefice - 2018

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 Coombes Harvest Eucharist will be held at St Mary’s Church, Donhead St Mary, on Sunday 23rd September 2018 at 9.30 am. The Harvest Supper will be held on the previous evening, 22nd September, at Donhead St Mary Village Hall. For more details, click here.

St Catherine’s Church, Sedgehill

The Harvest Evensiong will be held on Sunday 23rd September 2018 at 6.00 pm. The Harvest Supper will take place on Saturday 13th October in Sedgehill Village Hall.  Click here for more information.

St Leonard’s Church, Semley

Harvest Festival Eucharist will be held on Sunday 7th October 2018 at 9.30 am. The Harvest Supper will take place on Saturday 6th October at the Barn, Grove House, Semley. Click here for more information.

St Mary’s Church, East Knoyle

Harvest Evensong will be held on Sunday 7th October 2017 at 6.00 pm. There will be refreshments and finger buffet served in the church immediately after the service - no ticket needed, everyone welcome. For more details, click here.

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


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - September 2018

Please keep your Prayer requests coming. Contact us: Julia (tel: 01747 829166), The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427) or The Rev’d Richard (tel: 01747 830174).

There are two prayers this month, very different but both about forgiveness.

The first is by the poet Christina Rossetti:

O Lord Jesus, because, being full of foolishness,
we often sin and have to ask pardon,
help us to forgive as we would be forgiven,
neither mentioning old offences committed against us,
nor dwelling on them in thought.
nor being ifluenced by them in heart.
But loving our brother freely,
as You have freely loved us.
For Your Name's sake.  Amen.

Here is modern prayer from the heart by someone called Nancy Martin:

Dear God, I find it so hard to forgive those who are unkind to me,
Or those who blame me for the things which are not my fault.
I go on bearing a grudge even when they try to make up.
It makes me feel bitter and hard.
I know this is wrong.
When Peter asked Jesus how many times he should forgive,
Jesus just gave an impossible number,
meaning go on and on forgiving.
Jesus even prayed for his persecutors from the Cross.
Please help me to be more like him.  Amen


Benefice Barbecue, Semley - 25th August 2018

 Barbecue

Benefice Barbecue

on

Saturday 25th August 2018

at

Semley Rectory

starting at 4.00 pm

Additional supplies of food and drink would be appreciated.


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - November 2018

Please keep the prayer requests coming to Julia (tel: 01747 829166), The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427), Theresa (tel: 101747 829188), or the Rev’d Richard (tel: 01747 830174). There are many of us in need of that extra help and comfort that comes from knowing someone is praying for us.

Prayer Of The Month

This little Prayer is adapted from one written by a Christian living in New Guinea. It is a simple but heartfelt prayer which is well worth making our own.

Dear Heavenly Father, as Advent approaches we should all try the key to our heart's door. The hinges may have gathered some rust during the year.

Now is just the time to oil those hinges so that my heart's door may open more easily when Jesus comes knocking at Christmas time.

Dear Heavenly Father, please oil the hinges of my heart's door that it may swing open gently and easily and really welcome the coming of Your Son, Jesus.

Amen


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - August 2018

Please keep your Prayer requests coming. Prayer works! Contact us: Julia (tel: 01747 829166), The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427) or The Rev’d Richard (tel: 01747 830174).

Prayers of the Month

This little prayer is by Gail Ricciuti:

For all things bright and beautiful,
For all things dark and mysterious and lovely.
For all things green and growing and strong,
For all things weak and struggling to push life up through rocky earth.
For all human faces, hearts, minds and hands which surround us,
And for all non human minds and hearts paws and claws, fins and wings,
For this life and the life of this world,
For all that You have laid before us O God,
We lay our thankful hearts before You,
In Christ’s Name. Amen

And this little Prayer from a book of Infant prayers, which somehow can apply to all of us no matter what age we are:

When I wake up in the morning,
Thank you God for being there.
When I come to school each day,
Thank You God for being there.
When I am playing with my friends
Thank You God for being there,
And when I go to bed at night,
Thank You God for being there.


Lammas Service, East Knoyle - 15th July 2018

Lammas LoafThe Benefice will be holding a special Eucharist service on Sunday 15th July 2018 to celebrate Lammas, the beginning of the harvest. Details of the service are as follows:

  • Where: Lugmarsh Farm, East Knoyle, Shaftesbury, SP3 6BX (by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Richard Curtis)
  • When: 9.30 am on Sunday 15th July 2018

Click here to see a map showing the location of Lugmarsh 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 - October 2018

Although we do not meet regularly just now there are still several of us who are committed to praying regularly for those in need; so please do continue to give us 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

it is Harvest time now so this poem/prayer seems appropriate.
It was written by Marie Williams.

 

For Harvest Moon,
And leaves of Gold,
For Autumn beauty.
I give You thanks.
For gentle rains
For sunny days
For misty mornings
For fields of Hay.
I give You thanks.
For Dreams fulfilled
For peace and hope
Abundant grace
You've bestowed.
I give You thanks.
For answered prayer
And tears You've wiped
For restful sleep
All through the night.
I give You thanks. 

For seeds to sow
And open doors
For all of these
And so much more.
I give You thanks.  Amen


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - July 2018

Please keep your Prayer requests coming. Prayer works! Contact us: Julia (tel: 01747 829166), The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427) or The Rev’d Richard (tel: 01747 830174).

Prayer of the Month

This Prayer is from "The Prayer Tree" by Michael Leunig.

Sometimes it is important to remember that as God made us all different, he must enjoy those differences and our sometimes strange reactions to events. This little prayer is a reminder of that and tells us to enjoy our differences as well.

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.