Benefice Services & Events

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

World Day of Prayer Service - 1st March 2019

Women's World Day of Prayer LogoThis year's World Day of Prayer service in the Benefice will be held on

Friday 1st March 2019 at 2.30 pm
in St Mary's Church, East Knoyle

Every year, women from all around the world gather for prayer in a Service devised buy a different country each time. This year, the Christian women of Slovenia have created a service on the theme:

"Come - Everything is Ready!"

The global idea is to have prayer being offered for the whole of the 24 hours as the sun follows its path around the world. Let us be part of that wonderful circle.

Please do come and join us for about three quarters of an hour.

Click here to find out more about World Day of Prayer.

Ash Wednesday Services - 6th March 2019

ash wednesday sTo celebrate the beginning of Lent, two services will be held on Ash Wednesday (6th March 2019):

  • A Benefice Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes at St Catherine's Church, Sedgehill, at 10.00 am.
  • A Benefice Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes at St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary at 7.00 pm.

Please do come and join us at one or both of these services.


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - February 2019

The Prayer Cycle is always there for you. Requests and Thank you's to Julia (tel: 01747 829166), The Rev’d June (tel: 01747 828427), Theresa (tel: 101747 829188), or the Rev’d Richard (tel: 01747 830174).

There are two prayers this month - a familiar one we have used before at this time of year, and one which is new to us.

They both serve as a reminder that we need God's guidance and help.

O God, You have made us for Yourself,
and against Your longing there is no defence.
Mark us with Your love,
and release in us a passion for justice
in our digitised world;
that we may turn from our guild and face You,
our heart's desire.

by Janet Morley

 Heavenly Father,
We remember with gratitude,
The light of the star which drew them on;
those wise men, travelling with their gifts
for a fellow wise man, and a king.

We believe that light draws us on;
Draws us to Jesus, Light of the World,
Draws us to give ourselves.

And the Light that is Jesus,
also gives us light;
it shows us the way,
it shines before us to encourage us.

This is light; true light; the Light of the world;
the light that is a way of peace, hope, justice and forgiveness;
The Light that is Love in a darkened world;
and the way to God, Father of us all.   Amen

*** NEW *** Messy Church - Semley

Messy Church

Activities - Songs - Food
Crafts - Games - Stories 

Messy Church on the fourth Saturday of the month in term time
at Semley Primary School.

From 11.00 am to 1.00 pm
** Lunch included **

Young children to be accompanied by an adult

Fun for all ages

If you are interested in helping, please contact the Rectory on 01747 830174

*** NEW *** The Text This Week

text this weekBible study in the Rectory, Semley - “The Text This Week”

On Thursdays at 7:30pm, during term-time.

The first session is on 20th September 2018 - everyone is welcome.

The idea is that we will explore the text for the coming Sunday (over a glass of wine or cup of tea...)

Come each week - drop in - come when you're reading - it's up to you !

*** NEW *** Evening Eucharist - Thursdays at St Leonard’s Church, Semley


There will be a Eucharist (25-30 minutes) at 7.00 pm in St Leonard’s Church, Semley on Thursdays during term time for those who wish to come and worship before ‘The Text This Week’ session - or for anyone else.

All are most welcome.

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.

Midweek Services in the Benefice


The following services are normally held on weekdays in the Benefice:

a.  Morning Prayer

  • In St Mary's Church, East Knoyle, at 9.00 am on Mondays.
  • In St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary, at 9.00 am on Wednesdays.
  • In St Andrew's Church, Donhead St Andrew, at 9.00 am on Thursdays. Note - midweek morning prayer will NOT be taking place at St Andrew's Church until the church re-opens after the building work has been completed.

b.  Eucharist

  • In St Leonard's Church, Semley, at 10.00 am am on Tuesdays.
  • In St Leonard's Church, Semley at 10.00 am on Wednesdays.

c.  *** New *** Thursday Evening Eucharist at 7.00 pm in St Leonard's Church, Semley. For more information, click here.

Please do come and join us at these services - all are most welcome.

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

Partnerership Logo
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.