Lammas at Moors Farm, East Knoyle - 14th July 2019

Courtesy of June & John Reading

On a beautiful warm summer Sunday morning, the large barn at Moors Farm was the venue for the annual Lammas service, suitably bedecked with large bales of hay all around and some smaller bales arranged centrally for seating. Quite a large congregation heartily joined in the hymn singing accompanied by Roger Brown on the keyboard. The Rev’d Richard, Jo and the visiting ordinand from Cuddesdon, George Meyrick, led the service and distributed the bread and wine, and Jo delivered a thoughtful sermon.

Many thanks to June and John Reading for allowing us to use the barn and for making all the necessary arrangements, including refreshments. Our thanks must also go to those who supplied delicious nibbles to accompany the welcome coffee, tea and cold drinks. Another very pleasant Lammas Day!

Some photographs of the event are shown below - click on each of them to see a larger version.


Lammas Service, East Knoyle - 14th July 2019

Lammas LoafThe Benefice will be holding a special Eucharist service on Sunday 14th July 2019 to celebrate Lammas, the beginning of the harvest. Details of the service are as follows:

  • Where: The Barn at Moors Farm, East Knoyle, Shaftesbury, SP3 6BU (by kind permission of the Reading family)
  • When: 9.30 am on Sunday 14th July 2019

Click here to see a map showing the location of Moors Farm.

Please do come and join us to thank God for our daily bread - all are most welcome.


Ascension Sunday Service - 2nd June 2019

pentecost sWe shall gather as a Benefice to celebrate the Ascension of our Lord at a Eucharist to be held on Win Green (277 metres / 909 feet above sea level - the highest point in Wiltshire) on Sunday 2nd June 2019. The service will begin at 11.00 am.  Please bring chair(s) (if you need one) and a picnic for after the service. Dogs and children are very welcome.

If you are not familiar with the location of Win Green, click here to see a map showing how to find it.

Should it be very wet, the service will be held at St John's Church, Charlton.

Please do come and join us at this special service.


Bereavement Service - 19th May 2019

candles2There will be a service at St Leonard’s Church, Semley on Sunday 19th May 2019 at 3.00 pm to remember those whom we have loved and lost. The service will consist of a quiet time of music, prayer and light to revive our memories.

The service wil be followed by tea and fellowship at the Rectory.

Any offer of scones or cakes will be gratefully received.


Rogation Sunday - 12th May 2019

Beat the Bounds
and Bring Your Hounds!

HoundRogation Days are days of prayerful supplication before God. In years gone by, it was common for the Church to gather on Rogation Days to ask God to bless the crops being sown, to send rain and to give a good harvest later in the year. Often prayers would be said as the church processed around the boundary lines of the parish.

We will be celebrating Rogation Day on Sunday 12th May 2019 by beating the bounds - the traditional walking of the parish boundary - consisting of a three mile walk around Sedgehill. Dogs are very welcome - the more the merrier (and louder!). The walk will be suitable for small children and buggies.

We will meet at St Catherine's Church, Sedgehill, at 9.00 am with the aim to start the walk at 9.15 am. The walk will be followed by the Rogation Eucharist at 10.30 am at St Catherine's Church. Refreshments will be served after the service.

All are most welcome.


Palm Sunday & Holy Week 2019

Palm Sunday and Holy Week will be celebrated at services in the Churches throughout the Benefice as follows:

EasterSunday 14th April - Palm Sunday
9.30 am: Palm Sunday Service with procession behind a donkey - St John's Church, Charlton. For more details, click here.
11.00 am: Sung Eucharist - St Mary's Church, East Knoyle

Monday 15th April
10.00 am: Eucharist - St Catherine's Church, Sedgehill

Tuesday 16th April
10.00 am: Eucharist - St John's Church, Charlton

Wednesday 17th April
10.00 am: Eucharist - St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary

Thursday 18th April - Maundy Thursday
7.30 pm: Sung Eucharist and Footwashing followed by Watch of Passion - St Leonard's Church, Semley. The evening will begin with Eucharist, and following this will be a Vigil until Midnght, finishing with Compline.

Friday 19th April - Good Friday
2.00 pm: Good Friday Liturgy - St Mary's Church, East Knoyle

Saturday 20th April - Easter Eve
8.00 pm: Easter Eve Vigil and first Eucharist of Easter - St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary. The service starts soon after dark with the lighting of a bonfire. It is the most moving and beautiful of the Easter services. The Benefice Choir will lead the singing.

Sunday 21st April - Easter Day
9.30 am: Easter Eucharist - St Leonard's Church, Semley
10.00 am: Easter Service - St Catherine's Church, Sedgehill
11.00 am: Easter Eucharist - St Mary's Church, East Knoyle
11.00 am: Easter Eucharist - St Mary's Church, Donhead St Mary

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


Lent Lunches - 2019

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

  • 12th March 2019 at Semley Grange
  • 19th March 2019 at The Rectory, Donhead St Andrew
  • 26th March 2019 at Hart Hill Farm, Semley
  • 2nd April 2019 at The Rectory, Semley
  • 9th April 2019 at Donhead St Mary Village Hall

All welcome - please do come and join us.


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.

 


Lent Study Courses - 2019

Are you interested in attending a Lent Study Course?

This year, we are studying a book called  “Why Go to Church”.

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The course will be held as follows:

  • Tuesdays afternoons at 2.30 pm at Coopers Ground, East Knoyle on the dates shown below:
    • 12th, 19th & 26th March 2019
    • 2nd & 9th April 2019
  • Wednesday evenings at 7.30 pm at Donhead St Andrew Rectory on the the dates shown below:
    • 13th, 20th & 27th March 2019
    • 3rd & 10th April 2019

If you would like to attend or require more information, or wish to buy a copy of the Study book (price: £10.00), please contact Jo in the Benefice Office - click here for her contact details.


Mothering Sunday - 31st March 2019

daffs sMothering Sunday - 31st March 2019 - will be celebrated at services in churches throughout the Benefice as follows:

  • 9.30 am: Eucharist at St Mary's Church, East Knoyle
  • 9.30 am: Eucharist at St Leonard's Church, Semley
  • 11.00 am: Family Service at St John's Church, Charlton
  • 11.00 am: Eucharist at St Catherine's Church, Sedgehill

All are most welcome - please come and join us at one of these services.