This is the official website of The Downs Benefice Winchester, Hampshire.


Christmas at the NightshelterNotices in brief...

For all the notices and more information, please see our Notices page

Benefice Office

open daily 9am-5pm 

Tel: 01962 880845

St Catherine's Patronal Festival - 26th November

 Please go to Notices  for further information.

Christmas Fayres -

Chilbolton 26th November and Wherwell 3rd December

Please go to Notices  for further information 

Rydal 2018 - Saturday 26th May-Saturday 2nd June

 Please go to Notices  for further information.

An Autumn Programme of Meditations at Wherwell Church

 Please go to Notices  for further information.

Christmas Services 

Please see our page  Christmas Services

Winchester Churches Nightshelter

Please go to Christmas at the Nightshelter  for more information.

Sparsholt 100 Club 

Please go to Notices for further information.

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for December/January edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - 6 November

 A warm welcome to the Downs Benefice, which lies to the north-west of Winchester, one time Capital City  of England.


The Five Parish Churches in the Downs Benefice

For more information please click on the image of a church below.

St Mary the Less

St Mary's

St Catherine's

St Stephen's

St Peter and Holy Cross


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

Services for this Sunday - 26th November - Christ the King - The Sunday next before Advent 

8am (Wh) Holy Communion 
10am (Ch) Family Service
10am (Cr) 4th Sunday Worship with Sunday School
10am (Sp) Family Communion
11am (Li) Family Communion and Patronal Festival (please note the new time)
6pm (Wh) Autumn Meditations - Julian of Norwich

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.



Ezekiel 34. 11-16, 20-24

Ephesians 1. 15-end

Matthew 25. 31-end

Psalm 93





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