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 - July 2022

Please do continue to make your requests for prayer known to us. Prayer changes things. Contact any of us: The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427), Julia (tel: 01747 829166), or Theresa (tel: 01747 829188). There are many of us in need of that extra help and comfort that comes from knowing someone is praying for us.

Your prayers for my dear friend Michael Buckley were so much appreciated by his widow and my Godchildren. Prayer, even for someone whom we only know by name, is powerful.

We all need someone to look to for help and guidance. Here are two simple prayers which may help us this month.

Father, thank you for the thrill of finding something new.
Thank you for the joy of discovering something we didn't know before.
Thank you for the discoveries we make,
about life,
about love,
about ourselves.
Thank you for other people's new ideas,
and all the inventions which add to the joy of our lives. Amen.

Roy Chapman & Donald Hilton

A Prayer of Bishop Richard Harries:

You are the deepest wisdom,
the deepest truth,
the deepest love,
within me.
Lead me in your way.

Benefice Summer Lunch - 19th July 2022

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Benefice Summer Lunch


Tuesday, 19th July 2022 at 12.30 pm


St Leonard’s Church, Semley

Please join us for a free buffet lunch and raffle. Everyone welcome. Please book your place with The Revd Kate, tel: 01747 830 174, or click here to send Kate an email - when the new window opens, click on the ‘Contact Form’ tab to send your message.

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Benefice Weekly Newsletter

Each week, the Rector prepares and distributes a newsletter that, inter alia, lists the services due to take place during the coming week and outlines other forthcoming events in the Benefice. If you wish to be added to the mailing list for this newsletter, please send your email address to the Rector by clicking here; when the new window opens, click on the ‘Contact Form’ tab to send your details.

Benefice Pastoral Visiting Team

Our local churches have a team of friendly, approachable people (with safeguarding clearance) who are available to offer home visits.

If you know anyone who would appreciate some company and a chance to chat, please contact The Revd Kate, tel: 01747 830 174, or click here to send Kate an email - when the new window opens, click on the ‘Contact Form’ tab to send your message.

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.