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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

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, who has taken up the post very recently. 

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 February edition here.  January's edition is still available here.

Ash Wednesday (26th February) -- the day after Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) -- marks the beginning of the season of Lent.  It is a time when we reflect on the sacrifice which Jesus Christ made for us when he died on the cross.  We commemorate this momentous event on Good Friday.  By thinking about what Jesus did for us, and by trying to do something for Him, for our neighbours, and for the beautiful world He gave us, we can make amends for those things we are not proud of, and we can renew our determination to be good, kind and caring.

There are lots of things happening in our churches during the next few weeks.  Some of these are designed to help us in our reflections, other occasions will bring us together as friends and neighbours to enjoy each other's company and to show we care for one another.

Please join us.  It will be lovely to see you.

Saturday 22nd February, 7.30pm, Old School, Sturminster Marshall

        Call My Bluff

Light supper and licensed bar.  Tickets £10.  (In aid of St Mary's church)

Wednesday 26th February, 9.00am, St Mary's, Sturminster Marshall

        Ash Wednesday Service

Mondays in March (2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th), 7.30pm, Old School, Sturminster Marshall

        Lent Course.  Learn, reflect, renew.

 

Saturday 7th March, 7.30pm, Pamphill Village Hall

        Quiz Evening

With Ploughman's Supper.  (In aid of St Stephen's church)

Sunday 8th March, 2.30pm - 5.00pm, Old School, Sturminster Marshall

         Afternoon Tea

Enjoy this graceful and delicious English tradition.  (In aid of St Mary's kitchen & toilet fund)

Good Friday, 10th April, 3.30pm, St Mary's, Sturminster Marshall

         Service of Reflection

Including Gasparini's Stabat Mater (1770) performed by the Bridge Benefice Choir and the Stour String Trio

Easter Saturday, 11th April, 3,00pm - 4.30pm, St Mary's church, Sturminster Marshall

         Eggstra Fun for Easter!

An event especially for children and families to celebrate Easter

Easter Sunday, 12th April

9.15am Easter Communion Service - St Mary's, Sturminster Marshall

9.15am Easter Communion Service with Choir - St Stephen's, Pamphill

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

All Age Service

AT ST STEPHEN'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,

Rob Langdown.

THE PARISHES OF
STURMINSTER MARSHALL, KINGSTON LACY AND SHAPWICK