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

CHURCH AT HOME: SUNDAY 16th AUGUST

Dear Friends in the Bridge Benefice,

It's good to be in touch with you again on this very wet Saturday!

 

I'm looking forward to seeing some of you for the communion service in Shapwick tomorrow, Sunday 16th, at 9.15am.  If it's dry we will be outside - though it's not looking that promising at the moment.

For those of you who feel unable to join us, here is the link to our online service:

Sunday Service 16th August

Many thanks to SueMary, Roger and the Bridge Benefice choir and friends for their contributions.

If you are coming to the communion service tomorrow, we have the congregational words available on laminated sheets, so they can be sanitised before and after use.  If you prefer to have all the words of the Eucharist, the Order of Service is here for you to download and print.

Unfortunately, due to a technical hitch I'm not able to link to our Pew Sheet this week.

There will be a midweek communion service in St Mary's, Sturminster Marshall on Wednesday at 9.00am.

With my continued prayers,

God bless,

Carolyn

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 5th September at 7.00pm.

RETURNING TO CHURCH

Before returning to church, do watch this video to give you an idea of what to expect.  Thank you to Jude for filming this short video.

I look forward to seeing you, when you feel ready.  If you have any questions, please do feel free to get in touch.  Thank you, too, to those who have been working so hard to get church ready.

God bless,

Carolyn

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 August edition here.

July'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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