Notices in brief...
For more information, please see our Notices page
All Souls Services
Traditionally, All Souls' Day is the time when the Chuch remembers those who have died and offers prayers of thanksgiving for their lives. This year, there will be four special services in the Benefice for those of us who have been bereaved, and during each service there will be the opportunity to light a candle and to have the names of loved ones remembered in prayer. Please see our Notices page for more information.
Faith and the Arts II 2016 - Tickets are now on sale
Following last year's successful series, St Catherine's next talk is on 31 October - Music & Faith: Canon Charles Stewart
Littleton parishioners are invited to Sir John Moore Barracks, Flowerdown for the Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service, Sunday 13th November - 10.30am. If you would like to attend please add your name to the sign up sheet at the back of the church by Thursday 10th November.
If anyone would like to have a white peace poppy to wear alongside their red poppy, please contact Margaret Fowkes.
Meditations at Wherwell Church
Saturday November 19th at 6pm.
Short reflections on the lives of people can provide a useful focus for thoughts on the meaning and purpose of our daily lives..
Benefice Service - Sunday 30th October
Littleton PCC invites parishioners from across the Benefice to the 5th Sunday communion service, Littleton on Sunday 30th October at 10.00am. A guest-speaker from the Gideon society will fill the 'sermon spot".
'Remembering The Somme' from hell to eternity'
Winchester Cathedral Tours 2016: 2pm on 28th October; 11th November ...
Winchester Churches Christmas Project 2016
We are invited to join this initiative supporting individuals and families in Winchester who have had a particularly difficult year.You can help by praying for the Project, becoming a volunteer and of course making a donation. Donations should be sent to the Project Treasurer, Mrs Jessica Tringham, "Nelmes", Cheriton Road, Winchester SO22 5AY. Please make cheques payable to "Winchester Churches Christmas Project". Further details from Carol Ward.
Winchester Live at Home Scheme
The WLAHS currently supports over 300 older people in Winchester and the surrounding villages. If you would like to help contact the SLAHS office on 01962 890995 or visit their website www.wlahs.org.
The Silver Line A helpline for older people
0800 4 70 80 90. The only national, free and confidential helpline for older people
Live the Mission
Newsletter from the Diocese of Winchester. http://www.winchester.anglican.org/resources/communications-resources/bulletins/
The Benefice Office
We are very sad to be saying goodbye to Caz from the Benefice Office. She has been a very valuable member of the team and will be greatly missed. We wish her all the very best for her future plans.
Parish Magazine Deadline
Copy for Oct/Nov edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon, Monday 7th November
open daily 9am-5pm
Tel: 01962 880845
A warm welcome to The Downs Benefice
This Downs Benefice lies to the north-west of Winchester, former Capital City of England
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.
There are five Parish Churches in The Downs Benefice...
The Parish Churches in The Downs Benefice
St Mary the Less Chilbolton
Village Street, Chilbolton, Hampshire, SO20 6BQ
The church is a prominent building within the village of Chilbolton and is well supported by the community. The name St Mary-the-Less is somewhat of a mystery and it is not really known to which St Mary the church is dedicated. The church was built in the 12th century and extensive alterations have been made over the years. ..more
St Stephen's Sparsholt with Lainston
Church Lane Sparsholt Hampshire SO21 2NJ
The church, a typical Hampshire structure of flint and stone, is very prominent on raised ground in the centre of the village. Pagan inhabitants may have used the site for worship before the Saxons constructed a simple wooden building, which began the tradition of Christian worship in that place. Its dedication to St Stephen is not common in the British Isles....more
St Mary's Crawley
Main Road, Crawley, Hampshire, SO21 2PZ
St Peter and Holy Cross Wherwell
Church Street, Wherwell, Hampshire, SP11 7JJ
Standing on the site of a royal religious foundation, Wherwell church has a long history stretching back to Saxon times...more
St Catherine's Littleton
Main Road, Littleton, Winchester SO22 6QY
It has been said that there is evidence of a church on the existing site for over a thousand years...more