The End of the Bridge Benefice
And that's the end of the Bridge Benefice. After 35 years of friendship and fruitful collaboration our three churches have been made to go their separate ways, due to the Milton and Blandford Deanery's plans for reorganisation. St Mary's, Sturminster Marshall is now part of the Benefice of Red Post; St Stephen's, Kingston Lacy and St Bartholomew's, Shapwick have joined the Wimborne Villages Benefice over the border in the Deanery of Wimborne.
NOTE: Although our three churches have been split apart, it appears that officially the consultation process has only just begun! You can still express any objections you may have. More information on St Mary's, St Stephen's and St Bart's webpages and here on the Church of England website.
Sadly, as a result of this split, the Bridge Benefice Choir is no more. But the music won't stop - we have a cunning plan! Visit our Music page to find out more.
This website will now highlight what's going on in our three separate churches, so do continue to visit.
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.
You can still watch our Good Friday Service HERE.
And you can still hear it on Radio Wimborne's
"listen again" feature at radiowimborne.co.uk
Our churches are now open for services,
following all Covid precautions.
We are active in the community and we are still praying.
If we can support you in any way, please do contact us.
Services in our Parishes
AT ST MARY'S
AT ST STEPHEN'S
AT ST BARTHOLOMEW'S
AT ST MARY'S
IN EACH PARISH
In our parishes 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.