Prayer for today - Friday 7th May
who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ
have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:
grant that, as by your grace going before us
you put into our minds good desires,
so by your continual help
we may bring them to good effect;
through Jesus Christ our risen Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Services for Sunday 9th May 2021
10am - Crawley- Holy Communion
10am - Wherwell - Morning Prayer
As it is requested we continue to observe social distancing, it is necessary to book places for these services. Please contact the Benefice Office on 01962 880 845 to do this.
It is also still necessary for everyone in church to be wearing masks.
Please click on the Sunday Services tab (above) for details of services going forward.
Benefice Morning Prayer comes into your home
Tuesdays at 9:30am on Zoom.
Come and join us!
If you would like to join us for this short service please call on 01962 880 845 or send an email to the
We can then get in touch with you, sending you a copy of the service and the link to Zoom.
Our ONLINE Services
Previous online services can be accessed by clicking on the video link above.
Our Churches are also open for Individual Private Prayer at these times:
Masks must be worn in Church.
|St Mary the Less, Chilbolton||10am - 4pm||Sundays and Wednesdays|
|St Mary's, Crawley||10am - 4pm||Sundays|
|St Catherine's, Littleton||10am - 4pm||Wednesdays|
|St Stephen's, Sparsholt||10am - 4pm||Sundays and Wednesdays|
|St Peter & Holy Cross, Wherwell||10am - 4pm||Sundays and Wednesdays|
His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
In keeping with Her Majesty’s specific instructions, we are not to open physical books of condolence for handwritten messages to be left. Instead, we have been asked to leave digital condolences at either the Church of England website or the Buckingham Palace website. Please find links below. Should you not have access to a computer or family and friends who can help you to leave such a message, please call Caroline McAulay in our Benefice office on (01962) 880845 who will post your message for you.
Buckingham Palace website: www.royal.uk
Church of England website: Condolence Book
Online Resources for live streamed Sunday and daily services
8.20am Morning Prayer
10am Sung Eucharist
1am and 4pm via YouTube
1.30am via YouTube
11am Choral Eucharist, BCP
6.30pm Choral Evensong, BCP
The Five Parish Churches in the Downs Benefice
For a short history and photos of each church please click on the images below.
St Mary the Less Chilbolton
Village Street, Chilbolton, Hampshire, SO20 6BQ
St Mary's Crawley
Main Road, Crawley, Hampshire, SO21 2PZ
St Catherine's Littleton
Main Road, Littleton, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 6QY
St Stephen's Sparsholt with Lainston
Church Lane, Sparsholt, Hampshire, SO21 2NJ
St Peter and Holy Cross Wherwell
Church Street, Wherwell, Hampshire, SP11 7JJ
In this Benefice we welcome everyone to our altars during communion.
Communicant members from all denominations are most welcome and others are invited for a blessing.