Palm Sunday & Holy Week 2019

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

EasterSunday 14th April - Palm Sunday
9.30 am: Palm Sunday Service with procession behind a donkey - St John's Church, Charlton. For more details, click here.
11.00 am: Sung Eucharist - St Mary's Church, East Knoyle

Monday 15th April
10.00 am: Eucharist - St Catherine's Church, Sedgehill

Tuesday 16th April
10.00 am: Eucharist - St John's Church, Charlton

Wednesday 17th April
10.00 am: Eucharist - St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary

Thursday 18th April - Maundy Thursday
7.30 pm: Sung Eucharist and Footwashing followed by Watch of Passion - St Leonard's Church, Semley. The evening will begin with Eucharist, and following this will be a Vigil until Midnght, finishing with Compline.

Friday 19th April - Good Friday
2.00 pm: Good Friday Liturgy - St Mary's Church, East Knoyle

Saturday 20th April - Easter Eve
8.00 pm: Easter Eve Vigil and first Eucharist of Easter - St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary. 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 21st April - Easter Day
9.30 am: Easter Eucharist - St Leonard's Church, Semley
10.00 am: Easter Service - St Catherine's Church, Sedgehill
11.00 am: Easter Eucharist - St Mary's Church, East Knoyle
11.00 am: Easter Eucharist - St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary

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


Rogation Sunday - 12th May 2019

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 12th May 2019 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!). The walk will be suitable for small children and buggies.

We will meet at St Catherine's Church, Sedgehill, at 9.00 am with the aim to start the walk at 9.15 am. The walk will be followed by the Rogation Eucharist at 10.30 am at St Catherine's Church. Refreshments will be served after the service.

All are most welcome.


Ascension Sunday Service - 2nd June 2019

pentecost sWe shall gather as a Benefice to celebrate the Ascension of our Lord at a Eucharist to be held on Win Green (277 metres / 909 feet above sea level - the highest point in Wiltshire) on Sunday 2nd June 2019. The service will begin at 11.00 am.  Please bring chair(s) (if you need one) and a picnic for after the service. Dogs and children are very welcome.

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 this special service.


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - July 2019

Prayer requests and Thank You's as usual 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

This Prayer is based on an old Scottish Prayer, author unknown, but it rather suits the current feelings about how we use our Planet.

Lord of all mercy and goodness,
We promise not to forget to be grateful
for all the wonderful benefits you have given us.
We are reminded this day and every day
by the beauty around us, the wonders of the earth,
that you care for us, your creation.
Help us to realise this,
we ask in the Name of Our Lord Jesus.
Amen.


Bereavement Service - 19th May 2019

candles2There will be a service at St Leonard’s Church, Semley on Sunday 19th May 2019 at 3.00 pm to remember those whom we have loved and lost. The service will consist of a quiet time of music, prayer and light to revive our memories.

The service wil be followed by tea and fellowship at the Rectory.

Any offer of scones or cakes will be gratefully received.


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - May 2019

Please keep your prayer requests coming in. We do remember you and pray if you but ask. Contact 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

A Prayer for peace in our troubled world by Frances Paget

Almighty God, from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed;
kindle, we pray, in the hearts of all men, the true love of peace;
and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom,
all those who have power in the nations of the earth;
that in peace and tranquility your kingdom may grow,
till the whole earth is filled with the knowledge of your love.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. 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.


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - June 2019

There are many of our people who need prayer at this time. Just keep letting us know of your needs. Contact 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

This Prayer of Gilbert Shaw was written nearly 100 years ago and yet it still speaks of today's problems and fears. I hope it helps someone this month:

Lord, give us the grace to hold to you when all is weariness and fear and sin abounds within, without
when love itself is tested by the doubt...
that love is false, or dead within the soul, when every act brings new confusion, new distress,
new opportunities, new misunderstandings, and every thought new accusation.
O Lord, give us grace that we may know
that in the darkness pressing round
it is the mist of sin that hides your face,
that you are there,
and you do know we love you still
and our dependence and endurance in your will
is still our gift of love. Amen.


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.


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - April 2019

The Prayer Group keeps on praying - please do keep us in touch with your needs. Contact Julia (tel: 01747 829166), The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427), Theresa (tel: 101747 829188), or the Rev’d Richard (tel: 01747 830174).

Prayer Of The Month

A Prayer from the Iona Community

Christ our life, you are alive,
In the beauty of the earth, in the rhythm of the seasons,
In the mystery of time and space, Alleluia
Christ our life, you are alive,
in the tenderness of touch, in the heartbeat of intimacy,
in the insights of solitude, Alleluia
Christ our life, you are alive,
In the creative possibility of the dullest conversation,
In the dreariest talk, the most threatening event. Alleluia
Christ our life, you are alive
to offer re-creation to every unhealed hurt,
to every deadened place, to every damaged heart. Alleluia
You set before us a great choice, Therefore we choose life.
Amen


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.