Plough Sunday, Semley - 19th January 2020

Plough Sunday

A Celebration of the Agricultural Year

at

St Leonard's Church, Semley

on

Sunday 19th January 2020
at 7.00 pm

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Speaker: Mr. John Reading

Mulled cider and victuals afterwards

All are most welcome

Come, all you jolly ploughmen, of courage stout and bold
That labour all the winter in stormy winds, and cold;
To clothe the fields with plenty, your farm-yards to renew,
To crown with contentment, behold the painful plough!


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - January 2020

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), 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

The Wise Men came to see Jesus and to worship him and we celebrate their coming in January, this little prayer refers to the gifts they brought, Think about those gifts as you pray this prayer.

God of Gold, we seek your glory,
the richness that transforms our darkness into colour,
and brightens our dullness with vibrant light;
your wonder and joy at the heart of all life.

God of incense we offer you our prayer,
our spoken and unspeakable longings, our questioning of truth,
our search for your mysteries, deep within.

God of myrrh we cry out to you in our suffering;
the pain of all our rejection and bereavements,
our baffled despair at undeserved suffering,
our rage at continuing injustice;
and we embrace you God with us,
in our wealth, in our yearning, in our anger and our loss.

Amen.


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - February 2020

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), 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

This little Prayer of St. Theresa of Avila is well known but it really does carry on from my little message in ‘Ashmede Patterings’ in the February 2020 edition of ‘Parish News’ and we can never repeat good prayers too often.

Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing frighten you.
All things pass, God does not change,
Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
No hands but yours, no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ must look out on the world.
Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good.
Yours are the hands with which He is to bless His people. Amen

There is also a little poem, author unknown, based on this prayer and this may be even more familiar.

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which He looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which
He walks to do good,
Yours are the hands with which
He blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are His body.

Christ has no body now but yours.
No hands, no feet on earth but yours.
Yours are the eyes with which He looks
Compassion on this world,
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.


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

Monday 16th December
3.15 pm: Informal Carols accompanied by the 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.


Ash Wednesday Services - 26th February 2020

ash wednesday sTo celebrate the beginning of Lent, two services will be held on Ash Wednesday - 26th February 2020:

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

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


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.

Amen


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.


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

*** IMPORTANT ***

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.


Prayer Cycle and Prayer of the Month - November 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 that comes from knowing someone is praying for us.

Sometimes there is nothing actually wrong but perhaps we need to have a little time just to ourselves. If you manage to grab a few moments like that, why not use that time to think about God and how He can affect your own life.

Loving God,
Here I sit and wait,
Thinking about life
And this wonderful world around us.
I sit in quiet hope that you will come
To water the barren fields of my life.
To make my life blossom
With flowers and fruit like the earth you created.
Be with me day by day I ask,
Help me to live
A life which is a Blessing to others.

Amen


All Souls Service, East Knoyle - 27th October 2019

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This year's All Souls' Service will be held at St Mary's Church, East Knoyle, on Sunday 27th October 2019 at 4.00 pm. This is a quiet service with music and candles to remember our friends and loved ones who have gone before us, and pray for those left behind. The service will be followed by refreshments and a time to share memories.

There is a sheet in each church on which you can write down the names of those you especially wish to remember and have read out during the service. Alternatively, you can send the details to the Benefice Office by email - click here, and when the new page opens, select the 'Contact Form' to send your message.

Please do join us for this special service.