Bridge Benefice - Sturminster Marshall

St Mary's

Sturminster Marshall

Bridge Benefice - Kingston Lacy

St Stephen's

Kingston Lacy

Bridge Benefice - Shapwick

St Bartholomew's

Shapwick

SUNDAY 13th SEPTEMBER

Dear Friends in the Bridge Benefice,

Well done and thank you to everyone involved in Ride and Stride today.  I hope you had a great day!

I'm delighted to say that the government "rule of 6" doesn't apply to church services or church business, so we can continue to meet to worship together.  It does apply to church social gatherings though, and I have made a note about that on this week's Pew Sheet which is here.

Sunday 13th

I'm looking forward to being at the Harvest Service at St Stephen's, Kingston Lacy, at 9.15am tomorrow.  If it is dry we will meet outside so do bring a chair.  We will also be collecting for Wimborne Food Bank.  A list of the items they would like to receive is here.​  If you would like to have a copy of the full liturgy for the service it is here.  There will be a Harvest Communion Service in Shapwick on the 20th and in Sturminster Marshall on the 27th.  These services are also listed in the Pew Sheet.

Tomorrow (13th) St Mary's, Sturminster Marshall has a service of Morning Prayer at 9.15am.

With my continued prayers and good wishes for you all,

Carolyn

As there is no online service this week, here is a thoughtful video for you to enjoy.

THIS YEAR'S APCM MEETINGS

Our churches are starting to hold their annual APCM meetings (Annual Parish Church Meetings).  The next one is at St Stephen's, Pamphill/Kingston Lacy, on Thursday 24th September at 7.00pm.

About the Bridge Benefice

These three beautiful villages are situated between Wimborne Minster and Blandford Forum in the county of Dorset and in the Diocese of Salisbury.  Each village has its own church, with lots going on, but we also enjoy getting together for joint services and social events.

 

The photo at the top of the page shows White Mill Bridge, where the three parish boundaries meet.  There has been a mill here on the River Stour for centuries.  Now in the care of the National Trust, it is well worth a visit.

 

To find out more about what's going on across the Benefice please explore our website further.

We also work closely with our neighbouring parishes in the Lower Stour Benefice: Spetisbury, Charlton Marshall and Lower Blandford St Mary.  In fact, we share a priest-in-charge, Rev Carolyn Couzens. 

The communities of Sturminster Marshall, Kingston Lacy and Shapwick produce a monthly magazine, The Bridge, which is delivered to over a thousand households in the area.  You can read the September edition here.

August's edition is still available here.

Coronavirus update

Our churches are now open for a number of adapted, socially-distanced services.

The church is still active in the community and we are still praying.

If we can support you in any way, please do contact us:

revcarolyncouzens@gmail.com or 01258 858353

May you know God's blessing and peace.

Carolyn

Rev. Carolyn Couzens

Priest-in-Charge

Our Monthly Service Rota

1st Sunday

9.15am

Joint Family Communion

with choir

AT ST MARY'S

2nd Sunday

9.15am

Joint Parish Communion

with choir

AT ST STEPHEN'S

Communion Service

AT ST MARY'S

3rd Sunday

9.15am

Joint Parish Communion

with choir

AT ST BARTHOLOMEW'S

Family Service

AT ST STEPHEN'S

4th Sunday

9.15am

Joint Parish Communion

with choir

AT ST MARY'S

5th Sunday

Joint 6-Parish Communion

AT EACH CHURCH

IN TURN

AS ANNOUNCED

Safeguarding

 

In the Bridge Benefice we take our responsibilities concerning the safeguarding of children, young people, and vulnerable adults very seriously, and we try to ensure that we always work in accordance with best practice.  To view the Safeguarding Policy of each of our churches please visit their webpages.

For any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our Safeguarding Officer,

Mrs Anne Tillin.

THE PARISHES OF
STURMINSTER MARSHALL, KINGSTON LACY AND SHAPWICK

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