What do you Pray for?

Salisbury Plain Benefice rejoices in being settled in a comfortable, peaceful, and beautiful part of the Church of England. Our 4 villages hold 8 churches, all carefully maintained and weatherproof. We worship when we want to, and no-one ever challenges us.

Worship is a funny thing. Sometimes it is about duty, sometimes a lifebelt thrown to a drowning soul. Sometimes it is a delight and a joy. It is…sometimes. Sometimes we are eager to get into church, to greet our friends, to worship together, to drink coffee and share our stories, to receive communion, and share our woes. But more than anything, worship for us is simple. We choose what we say, and when we say it, and where we gather. We are so very, very free.

Last weekend marked the mid-point of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. It was also Homeless Sunday. Gathering together resources for our worship it became so important to look outside our cosy little parish; beyond the open door. We felt it was really necessary to place ourselves where our brothers and sisters find themselves; not once in a while, not in a moment of crisis, but every hour of every day.

So we made a shelter. It was flimsy, and carpeted by the damp stone church floor. It was poorly lit, and the lights didn’t last the evening. And in our cosy children’s area, full of toys and books and colouring things, we placed empty rucksacks and gave visitors 5 minutes to fill them with their precious things; the things you’d take if you were leaving home forever.

In the drafty stone porch, which is protected from ‘intruders’ by strong locked gates at night, we placed a sleeping bag settled on a mattress of cardboard and stone. Because even here in our lovely little part of the world people seek out porches where they can spend the night.20170122_1530171

We don’t know-really- do we what life is really like without a home, without warmth, without comfort? But thousands of our brothers and sisters know. And we need to lift our eyes once in a while to look beyond the horizon and let them show us. Not to gaze for a moment in bewilderment and pity, but to truly see and then to act.

We prayed last weekend. For the homeless in our own community. For those nations which are being torn apart. For the people who live now permanently in flimsy shelters. For those in our community here whose life is not cosy or simple, but who suffer and long for wholeness or peace. We prayed because worship isn’t about us. It is about God and his power to change things, and his will to save. We prayed with hope and not from despair. And we will continue to pray.

What do you pray for?

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Notices 29 Jan 17

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TODAY’S READINGS & SERVICES, Candlemas:
Malachi 3.1-5, Hebrews 2.14-end, Luke 2.22-40

10.30am          Family Communion    Tilshead 

READINGS & SERVICES FOR 5th February, 4th Before Lent:
Isaiah 58.1-9a (9b.12), 1 Corinthians 2.1-12 (13-end), Matthew 5.13-20 

9am                 Holy Communion        Orcheston
10.30am          Family Communion    Tilshead
5pm                 Bible Study & Prayers   Chitterne* 

WEEKDAY SERVICES
The following services take place during the week. Do join us if you can:

Tues 10am      Holy Communion  Shrewton
Wed 10am      Morning Prayer     Shrewton
Wed 4.30pm   Compline              Chitterne 

FOR OUR PRAYERS
Please remember the following people in your prayers… Emily, Pam, Simon, Alan, Nicola, Oscar, Angie, Jerry, Peggy, Maureen, Michael, Christine, Bryan, Robert, Robert, Stuart, Sarah, Daisy, Carol, Jim, Sally, Ian, Elisabeth, Caroline, Anna, Antonia, Karen, Mark; those who are grieving at this time, especially the Almond and Palmer families.

*Bible Study, 5th February
The Bible Study is being held in people’s homes during the colder winter months, and on 5th February will take place at Manor Farm House in Chitterne at 5pm. All welcome.

Funerals this coming week
The funeral of Reginald Palmer will take place at St Mary’s Shrewton on Monday 30th, at 11.30am. The Thanksgiving service for Bob Almond will take place at St Mary’s Shrewton on Saturday 4th Feb at 2pm. Please remember both families in your prayers.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Mothers’ Union Communion, Wed 1st February
2.30pm, at Parsons Green Community room.
Please do join us for worship and fellowship.

Mothers’ Union Wave of Prayer, Wed 8th February 9.30am, St Mary’s Shrewton. Join us as we take part in a wave of prayer with our members world-wide.

The Benefice Quiz, 4th February,
IT’S BACK!
Recreation Hall, Shrewton, doors open from 6.45pm.

For the past couple of years we have really enjoyed the friendly rivalry posed by our 4 villages competing against one another at this event hosted by Shrewton. Do come and join us for a fun evening with a hot buffet, either on your own or try and make up a table of 6 or 8

Price £10 per person, in support of St Mary’s, Shrewton.
Tickets from
Gay Jennings-Bramly  620422 or gay.j-b@btconnect.com
Karen Allen   621335  karen.allen@btinternet.com

CHURCH SPRING CLEANING DATES SHREWTON 2017
St Marys Church, Shrewton, 18th March at 10am
St Marys Maddington Church, 20th May at 10am

Please do come and help if you are able, the more the merrier. (Coffee & biscuits available for sustenance!) There will be cleaning materials available but if you could please bring your own dusters/cleaning cloths/eco cleaning products etc, that would be brilliant. Contact Sarah Le Fevre (07740 995889) if you have any questions).
THANK YOU.

Notices 22 Jan 17

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TODAY’S READINGS & SERVICES, Epiphany 3:
Isaiah 9.1-4, 1 Corinthians 1.10-18, Matthew 4.12-23

9am                 Holy Communion        Chitterne
10.30am          Family Communion     Orcheston
4pm                 Family Service & Tea  Shrewton
6pm                 Prayer Space            Shrewton 

READINGS & SERVICES FOR 29th January,
Candlemas: Malachi 3.1-5, Hebrews 2.14-end, Luke 2.22-40 

10.30am          Family Communion    Tilshead

WEEKDAY SERVICES
The following services take place during the week. Do join us if you can:

Tues 10am      Holy Communion  Shrewton
Wed 10am      Morning Prayer     Shrewton
Wed 4.30pm   Compline              Chitterne

 FOR OUR PRAYERS
Please remember the following people in your prayers… Emily, Pam, Simon, Alan, Nicola, Oscar, Angie, Jerry, Peggy, Maureen, Michael, Christine, Bryan, Robert, Robert, Stuart, Sarah, Daisy, Carol, Jim, Sally, Ian, Elisabeth, Caroline, Anna, Antonia, Karen, Mark; those who are grieving at this time, especially the Almond and Palmer families.

Bible Study, 5th February
The Bible Study is being held in people’s homes during the colder winter months, and on 5th February will take place at 1 St Mary’s Close in Chitterne at 5pm. All welcome.

Congratulations…
…to our 4 new Lay Pastoral Assistants, commissioned last Tuesday by the Archdeacon: Richard Essberger, Karen Allen, Sarah & Rowena Gooch.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
The week continues with:

  • An interactive ‘Prayer Space’ and opportunity for quiet prayer and reflection
    St Mary’s, Shrewton TONIGHT  at 6pm
  • “Soup and Sing”
    The Bustard 24th January at 7pm

The Benefice Quiz, 4th February,

 IT’S BACK!
Recreation Hall, Shrewton,
doors open from 6.45pm.

For the past couple of years we have really enjoyed the friendly rivalry posed by our 4 villages competing against one another at this event hosted by Shrewton. Do come and join us for a fun evening with a hot buffet, either on your own or try and make up a table of 6 or 8

Price £10 per person, in support of St Mary’s, Shrewton.
Tickets from
Gay Jennings-Bramly  620422 or gay.j-b@btconnect.com
Karen Allen   621335  karen.allen@btinternet.com

CHURCH SPRING CLEANING DATES SHREWTON 2017
St Marys Church, Shrewton, 18th March at 10am
St Marys Maddington Church, 20th May at 10am

Please do come and help if you are able, the more the merrier. ( Coffee & biscuits available for sustenance!) There will be cleaning materials available but if you could please bring your own dusters/cleaning cloths/eco cleaning products etc, that would be brilliant. Contact Sarah Le Fevre (07740 995889) if you have any questions). THANK YOU.

 

Notices 15 Jan 17

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TODAY’S READINGS & SERVICES,
Epiphany 2:
Isaiah 49.1-7, 1 Corinthians 1.1-9, John 1.29-42

9am                 Morning Prayer           Orcheston
10.30am          Holy Communion        Shrewton
4pm                 Holy Communion        Tilshead

READINGS & SERVICES FOR 22nd January, Epiphany 3:
Isaiah 9.1-4, 1 Corinthians 1.10-18, Matthew 4.12-23

9am                 Holy Communion        Chitterne
10.30am          Family Communion    Orcheston
4pm                 Family Service & Tea Shrewton
6pm                 Prayer Space             Shrewton

WEEKDAY SERVICES
The following services take place during the week. Do join us if you can:

Tues 10am      Holy Communion  Shrewton
Wed 10am      Morning Prayer     Shrewton
Wed 4.30pm   Compline              Chitterne

FOR OUR PRAYERS
Please remember the following people in your prayers… Emily, Pam, Simon, Alan, Nicola, Oscar, Angie, Jerry, Peggy, Maureen, Michael, Christine, Bryan, Robert, Robert, Stuart, Sarah, Daisy, Carol, Jim, Sally, Ian, Elisabeth, Caroline, Bob, Anna, Antonia, Karen, Mark; those who are preparing to be admitted to new forms of ministry this year, especially our new LPAs, and our future Curate, Stéphane Javelle.

The Revd Stanley Trickett
We are sad to inform you that The Revd Stanley Trickett, who served this community faithfully during the 1980s and 1990s died at the beginning of the month. His funeral will take place at St. Mary’s, Alderbury on Monday 23rd January at 2.00pm. Please do remember his family in your prayers at this time.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS
Admission Service for Deanery Lay Pastoral Assistants, 17th January
7pm, St Mary’s, Shrewton. Please do come to support the members of our parish who have been training during the past few months to become Lay Pastoral Assistants. They will be admitted to this role by the Venerable Alan Jeans, Archdeacon of Sarum.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Traditionally the week 18th -24th January is one in which we gather together to pray for unity across the world. This coming year we will be marking this important week with three gatherings in Shrewton:

  • A service for Women’s World Day of Prayer
    Methodist Church 18th January at 7.30pm
  • An interactive ‘Prayer Space’ and opportunity for quiet prayer and reflection
    St Mary’s, Shrewton 22nd January at 6pm
  • “Soup and Sing”
    The Bustard 24th January at 7pm

The Benefice Quiz, 4th February,
IT’S BACK!
Recreation Hall, Shrewton, doors open from 6.45pm.

For the past couple of years we have really enjoyed the friendly rivalry posed by our 4 villages competing against one another at this event hosted by Shrewton. Do come and join us for a fun evening with a hot buffet, either on your own or try and make up a table of 6 or 8

Price £10 per person. Tickets from:
Gay Jennings-Bramly 620422 or gay.j-b@btconnect.com
Karen Allen   621335  karen.allen@btinternet.com

Notices 08 Jan 17

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TODAY’S READINGS & SERVICES, Epiphany:
Isaiah 60.1-6, Ephesians 3.1-12, Matthew 2.1-12
9am                 Holy Communion        Shrewton
10.30am          Family Communion     Chitterne
4pm                 Evening Prayer           Tilshead

READINGS & SERVICES FOR 15th January, Epiphany 2:
Isaiah 49.1-7, 1 Corinthians 1.1-9, John 1.29-42
9am                 Morning Prayer           Orcheston
10.30am          Holy Communion        Shrewton
4pm                 Holy Communion        Tilshead

WEEKDAY SERVICES
The following services take place during the week. Do join us if you can:
Tues 10am      Holy Communion  Shrewton
Wed 10am      Morning Prayer      Shrewton
Wed 4.30pm   Compline               Chitterne 

FOR OUR PRAYERS
Please remember the following people in your prayers…
Emily, Pam, Simon, Alan, Nicola, Oscar, Angie, Jerry, Peggy, Maureen, Michael, Christine, Bryan, Robert, Robert, Stuart, Sarah, Daisy, Carol, Jim, Sally, Ian, Elisabeth, Caroline, Bob, Anna, Antonia, Karen, Mark; those who are preparing to be admitted to new forms of ministry this year, especially our new LPAs, and our future Curate, Stéphane Javelle.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Admission Service for Deanery Lay Pastoral Assistants, 17th January
7pm, St Mary’s, Shrewton. Please do come to support the members of our parish who have been training during the past few months to become Lay Pastoral Assistants. They will be admitted to this role by the Venerable Alan Jeans, Archdeacon of Sarum. We value greatly this ministry within the parish, which includes visiting, supporting those going through significant life changes, and engaging in varied forms of pastoral ministry in each village.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Traditionally the week 18th -24th January is one in which we gather together to pray for unity across the world. This coming year we will be marking this important week with three gatherings in Shrewton:

  • A service for Women’s World Day of Prayer
    Methodist Church 18th January at 7.30pm
  • An interactive ‘Prayer Space’ and opportunity for quiet prayer and reflection
    St Mary’s, Shrewton 22nd January at 6pm
  • “Soup and Sing”
    The Bustard 24th January at 7pm

The Revd Stanley Trickett
We are sad to inform you that The Revd Stanley Trickett, who served this community faithfully during the 1980s and 1990s died at the beginning of the month. His funeral will take place at St. Mary’s, Alderbury on Monday 23rd January at 2.00pm. Please do remember his family in your prayers at this time.