Benefice Services & Events

This section of the web site describes the services and events which have been arranged for the whole Benefice.

Advent and Christmas Services in the Benefice - 2019

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

Sunday 1st December
6.00 pm: Advent Carols - St Leonards's Church, Semley. Click here for more information.

Sunday 8th December
6.30 pm: Advent Praise - St Mary's Church , East Knoyle. For more details, click here.

Follow The Star

Sunday 15th December
6.30 pm: Carol Service - St Mary's Church , East Knoyle

Monday 16th December
3.15 pm: Informal Carols accompanied by Music Group - St John's Church, Charlton. Click here for more information.

Saturday 21st December
6.00 pm: Village Carols by Candlelight - St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary. For more details, click here.

Sunday 22nd December
4.30 pm: Nine Lessons and Carols - St Andrew's Church, Donhead St Andrew. Click here for more information about this service.
6.30 pm: Carol Service - St Catherine's Church, Sedgehill

Tuesday 24th December - Christmas Eve
9.00 am: Said Eucharist - St Leonard's Church, Semley
3.00 pm: Crib Service - St John's Church, Charlton. For more information, click here.
6.00 pm: Carols with Lanterns - St Leonard's Church, Semley. Click here for more details.
11.30 pm: Midnight Mass - St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary

Wednesday 25th December - Christmas Day
9.30 am: Christmas Sung Eucharist - St Leonard's Church, Semley
9.30 am: Christmas Eucharist - St Catherine's Church, Sedgehill
11.00 am: Christmas Sung Eucharist - St Andrew's Church, Donhead St Andrew
11.00 am: Christmas Sung Eucharist - St Mary's Church, East Knoyle

Sunday 29th December
9.30 am: Benefice Eucharist - St Catherine's Church, Sedgehill
11.00 am: Family Service with Carols - St John's Church, Charlton

All are welcome - please do come and join us.

Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - December 2019

Please keep the requests coming to The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427), Julia (tel: 01747 829166), Theresa (tel: 01747 829188), The Rev’d Richard (tel: 01747 830174) or the Rev’d Kevin (tel: 01747 828551). There are many of us in need of that extra help and comfort.

Prayer Of The Month

I think I have used this little Prayer almost every Christmas but it really does sum up just how Christmas can help us every day so here it is again.

May the joy of the angels,
the eagerness of the shepherds,
the perseverance of the wise men,
the obedience of Joseph and Mary,
and the peace of the Christ child
be yours this Christmas.


Benefice Pastoral Visiting Team

We have a trained team of visitors, both ordained and lay, who are available to visit anyone who would like a visit, a chat or some company

For more details, please telephone Sandra, the Pastoral Visitng Team Co-ordinator, on 01747 830471, or the Beneifce Office on 01747 830174.

Benefice Choir

singing choir sThe Benefice Choir is based at St Andrew's Church, Donhead St Andrew, but membership is drawn from across the Benefice. The Choir sings for six services a year and rehearses on the four Fridays before each service. Since its inception, it has grown to around eighteen adult singers. The repertoire is wide-ranging from early music to living composers.


Prayer Circle

Praying HandsThe Prayer Circle meets about every six weeks for one to one-and-a-half hours hours. Our meeting starts with a Prayer, a Bible Reading and some thoughts on the text. Then we review the Prayer List and bring it up to date. We end with a short Prayer and the Grace. We have tea and coffee so that we are sharing in every way. Our commitment is that we all pray regularly for the people on our list. One of us takes the annotated Prayer List home and updates it for the coming period of time.

Each month, we ask for information of need in the Parish Magazine. We also furnish The Prayer of the Month item for the Parish Magazine with a note of why the particular prayer was chosen. On occasions, we publish an extra article in the magazine and, with the person's permission, we tell of answers to prayer.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Prayer Circle, wish to join the group, or would like to submit a prayer request to the Circle, please contact Rev'd June, telephone 01747 828427. Alternatively, you can send Rev'd June an email from this website - to send the email, click here and when the new page opens, select the 'Contact Form' tab, and then complete the form.

Benefice Monthly Magazine - 'Parish News'

parish news sNews and events from around the Benefice of St Bartholomew are published in the monthly magazine 'Parish News'. If you wish to write a piece for the magazine or submit an advert for the publication, please contact the Editor, Suzanne, telephone 01747 830456. If you prefer, you can send an email via this web site to the Editor - click here to open the contact form to send the email.


Articles must be with the Editor by 23rd of each month to ensure publication in the following month's edition.

Partnership between Chalke Deanery and Diocese of Cueibet, South Sudan

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The Benefice of St Bartholomew is part of the Chalke Deanery. In 2012, the Deanery established a partnership with the Diocese of Cueibet, one of the Dioceses in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan. Click here to learn more about this Partnership, and find out about the visit to Cueibet made in November 2014 by a team of five people from the Deanery, including our former Curate, Rev'd Alice Goodall.