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!



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:

Sunday Service 12th July

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

Midweek Services

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,



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,


‘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.



Choir practice

All alone

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

Hope renewed

Notes resound melodic

We’ll sing again and meet again

At the end of this pandemic


JRL - June 2020

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 July edition here.

June's edition is still available here.

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

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: or 01258 858353

May you know God's blessing and peace.


Rev. Carolyn Couzens


Our Monthly Service Rota

1st Sunday


Joint Family Communion

with choir

St Mary's

Sturminster Marshall

2nd Sunday


Joint Parish Communion

with choir


3rd Sunday


Family Service


4th Sunday


Joint Family Communion

with choir

St Mary's

Sturminster Marshall

5th Sunday

Joint 6-Parish





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,

Rob Langdown.


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