St Stephen's, Kingston Lacy
Situated near Pamphill Common, this lovely Arts and Crafts church was built in 1908 by the Bankes family of Kingston Lacy House as their place of worship. Nearby are Harry's Walk, Pamphill Dairy Farm Shop, Pamphill First School and of course Kingston Lacy House and Grounds, now in the care of the National Trust.
Unsurprisingly, St Stephen's is one of the most popular churches in Dorset for weddings. It is very photogenic and has ample parking, with turning space for the biggest limo or even a double-decker bus!
OUR CHURCHES ARE STARTING TO OPEN
CHURCH AT HOME: SUNDAY 12th JULY
Dear Friends in the Bridge Benefice,
It's good to be in touch again, and a joy to see our churches gradually reopening.
On Sunday 12th July there will be a service in Sturminster Marshall at 9.15am for those who would like to gather in church. It will be about 30 minutes long and very similar to the pre-recorded online Sunday services we have been having.
I know that some people are not yet able, or wanting, to come out so please do not feel under any pressure to come to the service in church. I am continuing to make the recorded services so that people can continue to join in with the local church remotely. Please do whatever works best for you. We are limited to a maximum of 30 people in church. Here is the link to this week's online service:
Thank you once again to Sally and the Bridge Benefice Choir and Friends for their amazing work at producing a hymn and an anthem for this week's service.
The Sunday Services for the rest of July will be:
19th July at 9.15am: St Bartholomew's, Shapwick. This service will be outside if it is dry. Please do bring a chair.
26th July at 9.15am: St Mary's, Sturminster Marshall
At 9.00am on each Wednesday in July we will hold a Service of Spiritual Communion in Sturminster Marshall church. Please do bring a copy of this SERVICE SHEET with you. If you print it double-sided on two sheets of paper it works well. We won't be handing anything out in church in the next few weeks. If you don't have a printer, or need help with printing, Jan has kindly offered to print for you. Please do contact her - her details are on the Pew Sheet.
If you have any questions, please do get in touch.
With my continued prayers,
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.
‘Thank You’ to the Bridge Benefice Choir and Friends
During this difficult time, when we’ve been unable to meet with friends and enjoy our normal activities, the Bridge Benefice Choir and Friends have kept singing. They have rehearsed and recorded at home, continuing to learn new music, and providing hymns and anthems for Carolyn’s online Sunday services. So even though they are far apart (as far as Bristol, Salisbury, Bournemouth and West Moors in fact) making music has brought them together. One of our singers has enriched our lives by writing beautiful poetry, reflecting on the lockdown experience and on the joy of still being able to sing together whilst apart, and here is one of those poems for you all to enjoy. So a huge ‘thank you’ to the Bridge Benefice Choir and Friends for their amazing singing, and ‘thank you’ to all of you for your support.
A strange cocoon
A comfort zone
Immersed in solitude
Listening to the notes
They ring so clear within my ear
Emotions make me choke
I miss our weekly gatherings
In our usual meeting place
When we exercise our vocal chords
And natter face to face
I miss the choral sound
Sweet notes in harmony
A collective voice, new friendships found
And now it’s only me
We sing alone
A solitary voice
Recorded on our phone
We’re so exposed
Try not to waiver
Was that a crochet
Or was it a quaver
Some days are good
Some days are not
It really strikes a chord
Sometimes a chuckle
Sometimes a tear
As we try to express those words
And then we tune to YouTube
To hear the finished piece
It’s so worthwhile this single sound
When all our voices together are bound
It lifts the spirits
Notes resound melodic
We’ll sing again and meet again
At the end of this pandemic
JRL - June 2020
Printed copies of the Bridge Magazine are back! You've probably already received the July edition through your door! Or you can pick up a copy outside the Memorial Hall, Sturminster Marshall
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
At St Stephen's 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. Our Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded here.
For any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our Safeguarding Officer,