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.
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,
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.
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 01258 858353
May you know God's blessing and peace.
Rev. Carolyn Couzens
Our Monthly Service Rota
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,