Benefice Services & Events

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

Benefice News - 26th June 2020

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A copy of this week’s Church News can be found here. In addition to news, the document gives full details of all of our services during weekdays, as well as those this coming Sunday and the following Sunday. Do join in with everything that appeals to you.

Sunday 28th June 2020 - Third Sunday After Trinity

Amongst the services planned for Sunday 28th June 2020, we are having a Family Service at 9.30 am and Matins at 10.30 am. The service sheet for the Family Service can be downloaded and/or printed here, There are other options as well, and so we hope that you are able to enjoy one or more of the varied acts of worship that have been planned.

Next Sunday - 5th July 2020

As you will see from next Sunday, we will once again be holding public worship in church. We are delighted that this is the case, and the Churchwardens and Rural Dean have agreed to adopting the pattern of worship we had before lockdown. As many of these services as possible will be zoomed. We are still awaiting guidance from the House of Bishops but we have so far been planning our services in line with guidelines first published by the Church of England Recovery Group on 3rd June 2020. This was guidance published specifically for when services were allowed once again. The main points we have is that our services will not include the singing of hymns although we may have live music played on the organ or other instruments or some recorded material. We will maintain social distancing and will have alcohol based hand sanitisers in place. We will also ensure high contact areas in the church building are sanitised before each service.

Important: we really need to know the number of people who are intending to come to our public services next week. Please let either the Churchwarden or The Rev’d Kevin know if you are planning to attend. If you don’t let us know, we may need to turn you away at the church door if we have reached our capacity according to Government guidelines. We really want to ensure all those who wish to come to a service are able to attend one.

Opening Churches for Private Prayer

From Sunday 21st June, some of our church buildings will be open for private prayer during the week. Details of the opening days and times for each church are shown below:

  • St John’s Church, Charlton: Mondays: 2.30 pm to 4.00 pm
  • St Andrew’s Church, Donhead St Andrew: Tuesdays and Fridays: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
  • St Mary’s Church, Donhead St Mary: Tuesdays: 10.30 am to noon
  • St Mary's Church, East Knoyle: Wednesdays: 9.00 am to 1.00 pm; Saturdays: 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm
  • St Leonard’s Church, Semley: Sundays and Wednesdays: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm

These details may change as we gain experience of our ‘new normal’, so please check this page from week to week for the latest information.

Assistant Curate’s Day Off

The Rev’d Kevin’s usual day off is a Friday, but from Monday 6th July 2020, it will change to Mondays.

Salisbury District Hospital - Services Update

We have recently received a message containing the latest information about services provided by Salisbury District Hospital. You can read the message here.


The Zoom instructions to join all our services (except those where we join with the Nadder Valley team for Evening Prayer) are as follows:

Either click on this link, and then use the password shown:
Password: 867689

Or log on using the Zoom app, and use this ID and password:
Meeting ID: 868 2071 9578
Password: 867689

You can also participate in services by dialling in by telephone to one of these phone numbers: 0203 481 5237 or 0203 481 5240.

For Evening Prayer where we join with the Nadder Valley Team, the Zoom details are as follows:
Meeting ID: 849 6633 2040
Password: 039012

 Click here for more guidance on how to join a Zoom meeting.


The Church of England has produced a book of prayers to be used whilst church buildings are closed. The book can be downloaded and/or printed here.

Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - March/April 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) 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

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 830 471.

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.