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


Notices in brief...

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

In Emergency 

The office is open during regular working hours, however if you need to contact a minister in an emergency, please call either:

Revd Kevin Rogers: 07584 162 594


Benefice Office: 07857 512 053

Further information about the phone line is available


Prayer Requests

If you have any prayer requests, for any concerns lying on your heart or to give thanks, please email the office on

All prayer requests will be made anonymous before being passed on  to our Prayer Team.

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for Aug/Sept edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 5th July.

Sunday 16th June

Third Sunday after Trinity 


8am - Holy Communion (BCP) - Sparsholt

10am - Family Communion - Chilbolton

10am - Morning Worship - Crawley

6pm - Benefice Peace & Wholeness Service - Littleton


Please click on the Sunday Services tab (above) for details of services going forward.

Our Churches are open for Individual Private Prayer at these times:

St Mary the Less, Chilbolton All day  Every day
St Mary's, Crawley All day Every day
St Catherine's, Littleton All day Every day
St Stephen's, Sparsholt 10am - 4pm Every day
St Peter & Holy Cross, Wherwell 10am - 4pm Every day

General Election 2024: Invitation to pray for the nation

Archbishops call for respect and kindness in heat of debate

The bishops of the Church of England have issued a call to put prayer and participation at the heart of the General Election campaign as the UK prepares to go to the polls.

The Church of England is launching a campaign known as #PrayYourPart – to promote prayer and participation in the life of our

nation and communities, both as voters and as citizens.

Day 1: 'Your Kingdom come"

Click here to listen to an audio recording of this reflection

1 Timothy 2.1-4
First of all then I urge that … prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings should be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we might lead a quiet and peaceable life in all dignity … ’ ”


To vote is to have a say in the future. It is one of the ways we express our participation in society and what we want society to be. However, in 2019, nearly one in three of those eligible did not turn out to vote. 

In the ‘Our Father’, we pray ‘your kingdom come, your will be done’. As followers of Jesus, we should always be guided by what we see and understand to be God’s purposes for the world. Whatever party we support, our vote is an expression of this. 

Across the political spectrum, we believe that those who offer themselves for public office need and deserve our support and our prayer. In fact, the Bible urges us to pray for those who make difficult decisions on our behalf; who shoulder great burdens; who, we pray, will carry out their duty with integrity and compassion.

So let us vote, and let us pray for all those who are standing for election and for the future of our country.


Guide the leaders of the nations 
that they may work for the common good,
and strengthen our hearts 
with a vision of your kingdom.
Hear us, good Lord.


Taken from ‘Pray Your Part: 21 Days of Prayer and Reflection for the General Election’, published 2024 by Church House Publishing  Copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2024. Used here with permission.
Prayers and quotations from the Psalms from Common Worship included here are copyright © 2000, 2005 The Archbishops’ Council. Used here with permission.
Other Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Anglicized Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
The opinions expressed in these reflections are those of the contributors.

Benefice Mission Partner


Our Benefice supports Karis Kids

Karis Kids



Karis Kids is an initiative, started in 2007, which brings hope to children orphaned by AIDS in Uganda.  The Christian charity integrates these children into, and supports them with, adoptive families.  The aim is to place orphans with the families of relatives, but when this is not possible, then with other households in the local church, St Paul's, Kampala. The majority of those in the parish live in the Okuvu slum, and this is one of the poorest areas of Kampala. 


Across the Downs

If you would like to receive our weekly Benefice Newsletter, please email the office so you can be added to the distribution list.

This Week's Newsletter

Last Week's Newsletter

Parish and Village Magazines

Sparsholt Village Newsletter

Chilbolton and Wherwell Village Magazine

  Resources for Children and Families


    Resources for   Wellbeing


Please visit our Wellbeing page to see request from Youth Options for help and support


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


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

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.