Benefice Services & Events

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

Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - March 2020

We continue to pray as usual so please do keep your requests and news coming. Contact any of us: 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 that comes from knowing someone is praying for us.

Prayer of the Month

Just now the world is even more turbulent than ever, and so this prayer by John Johansen-Berg is a Prayer for Peace. It involves lighting a candle and setting aside a little time to think. Sometimes we need to do this to create some peace in our own lives. If there is more than one of you when you do this, just change all the pronouns and make it 'we' instead of ‘I’. It will be even more effective.

I light this candle for peace, Lord.
May its light scatter the darkness
may its flame be a symbol of hope;
may its burning be a sign of faith
joining many other lights for peace.
I light this candle for peace.
May my life be an expression of peacemaking;
may I seek to be a light in a dark world,
pointing to you, Jesus, the Prince of Peace,
and following the way of peace.
Let the candle burn as a sign for peace,
Offered to you. Amen

Lent Lunches - 2020

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

  • 2nd March 2020 at Semley Grange
  • 9th March 2020 at Hart Hill Farm, Semley - contact Gerald: tel: 01747 855 138
  • 16th March 2020 at St John's Church, Charlton - contact Christopher: tel: 01747 828 336
  • 23rd March 2020 at The Old Rectory, East Knoyle - contact Martin: tel: 07711 503 202 - *** CANCELLED - due to coronavirus ***
  • 30th March 2020 at Donhead St Andrew Church - contact Juliet: 01747 828 395 - *** CANCELLED - due to coronavirus ***

All welcome - please do come and join us.

Lent Groups & Talks 2020


The group and talks are cancelled from 17th March onwards due to the coronavirus outbreak

Lent Course 2020We will be holding our usual Lent Group again this year meeting either at "Coopers Ground", "Church Cottage" or "Erins" in East Knoyle. We meet at 2:45 pm on five consecutive Tuesdays commencing on 3rd March 2020. The title of this year’s study is ‘Daring to see God Now’, one of the York courses. The date when each session is being held is shown on the Benefice Calendar here. For further details and information on the locations where the group will be meeting, please contact The Rev’d June. tel: 01747 828 427. We are an informal, friendly group and everyone is very welcome. Discussion is lively and the tea always excellent!

In addition, three Lent talks will be held in Donhead St Andrew church. These talks will be given by Mrs Jacintha Bowe, who is the Faith Development Advisor and RE Teacher at St Mary’s School, Shaftesbury. The dates when the talks will be held are as follows:

  • Wednesday 11th March 2020
  • Wednesday 18th March 2020
  • Wednesday 25th March 2020

Each talk will begin at 2.00 pm. The theme of the first talk will be ‘Angels’.

Finally, if anybody is interested in arranging or being part of a Local Passion Play, Good Friday Bun Walk or an Easter Egg Hunt please let the clergy team know.

Lay Pastoral Assistants & Lay Worship Leaders Meetings

*** The meeting mentioned below scheduled for Monday 10th February 2020 has been cancelled - it will be re-scheduled as soon as possible *** 

Lay Pastoral Assistants (LPA): Hopefully you have had a chance to consider if you are being called to this ministry over the past few weeks. A number of people have expressed an interest in knowing more so we are going to hold two opportunities to meet and explore what this ministry means and is all about. We are therefore holding two meetings. One on Thursday 30th January at 7.00pm at St Mary's Church, East Knoyle. The other possibility is Monday 10th February at 10:30am at St John's Church, Charlton. We look forward to seeing you at one of those meetings. Please also come along if you are interested in becoming a Lay Worship Leader (LWL) as we will also have information for that ministry at these meetings as well.

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.