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.


Assistant Curate Placement

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The Reverend Melanie Otto, Assistant Curate in the Westbury Team, will be joining us for a two-week rural placement starting on 8th July 2018.

Please join us for tea & cake at the Rectory on Sunday 8th July 2018 between 3.00 pm and 5.00 pm as we welcome Melanie to the Benefice.

 


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.


Ascension Service - 13th May 2018

pentecost sWe shall gather as a Benefice to celebrate the Ascension of our Lord at a Eucharist to be held on Win Green (911 feet above sea level - the highest point in Wiltshire) on Sunday 13th May 2018. 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 - May 2018

The Prayer Cycle continues to pray for anyone in need. Please let us have your prayer requests - prayer really works. Contact us: Julia (tel: 01747 829166), The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427) or The Rev’d Richard (tel: 01747 830174).

In May, we remember The Ascension of Jesus, the time when He returned to His Father in Heaven. This Prayer by Rex Chapman is about this Season.

Jesus, You are not only risen and alive, you are Lord.
This is your ascension, your ascendancy over the whole Universe.
You stand over and above all that is best in life as it's source.
You stand above all that is worse as ultimate victor.
You stand above all powers and authorities as judge,
You stand above all weakness, failure and sin as forgiveness and love.
You alone are worthy of total commitment, total allegiance.
You are Lord.
My Lord and God.

Amen


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - April 2018

The Prayer Cycle continues to pray for anyone in need - please let us have your prayer requests: Contact us: Julia (tel: 01747 829166), The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427) or The Rev’d Richard (tel: 01747 830174).

We all have friends. This Prayer is about our relationship with them and with God.

We have friends. Thank you for them Lord.
But some of them forget us as we forget them, but You never do.
Sometimes we are unkind to each other, but You never are unkind.
Some of our friendships are fickle, best friends one day, but almost enemies the next.
Our relationship with You is not like that, it is with someone who is always the same, always there, always reliable, constant and unchanging.
Thank You Lord that You are my friend, true, unfailing, always just there.
Amen.


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - June 2018

There have been several requests for Prayer this last month but God's heart is big enough for a lot more. Please do let us know if you would like us to pray for you.
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 modern prayer by Gail Ricciuti is loosely based on one of our most popular hymns and is just right for this time of year.

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,
E For all human faces, hearts and minds which surround us,
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 thanks before you, in Jesus Christ's name. Amen.


Rogation Sunday - 29th April 2018

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 29th April 2018 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. The speaker will be Richard Lees from the Goa Anglican Centre. Refreshments will be served after the service.

All are most welcome.


Bereavement Service - 22nd April 2018

candles2There will be a service at St Leonard’s Church, Semley on Sunday 22nd April 2018 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.


Palm Sunday & Holy Week 2018

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

EasterSunday 25th March - 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 26th March
10.00 am: Eucharist CW1 - St Catherine's Church, Sedgehill

Tuesday 27th March
10.00 am: Eucharist CW1 - St John's Church, Charlton

Wednesday 28th March
10.00 am: Eucharist - St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary

Thursday 29th March - 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 30th March - Good Friday
2.00 pm: Good Friday Liturgy - St Mary's Church, East Knoyle

Saturday 31st March - Easter Eve
8.00 pm: Holy Saturday 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 1st April - Easter Day
9.30 am: Easter Service - St Catherine's Church, Sedgehill
9.30 am: Easter Eucharist - St Leonard's Church , Semley
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.


Benedictine Meditation - Lent 2018

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Lectio DivinaDuring Lent, there will be Benedictine Scripture Reading and Meditation in the form of Lectio Divina on Wednesday evenings in St Leonard's Church, Semley, at 7.30 pm on the following dates:

-  21st & 28th February 2018
-  7th, 14th & 21st March 2018

Click here to find out more about Lectio Divina.

Curious? Come along!

All welcome.