St. Mary’s, Litton Cheney, is part of the Bride Valley Benefice. Rector: The Revd Jane Williams, tel: 01308 898799 email: bvrector@outlook.com
THE MINISTRY
ST MARY’S CHURCH
St Mary's is one of seven Parish Churches within the Bride Valley Benefice. Church business is dealt with on a day to day basis by the standing committee of the Parochial Church Council: Chairman: The Rector Churchwarden: John Vercoe Secretary: Wendy: Firrell Treasurer: Freddie Spicer The full Council meets four times a year including the Annual Church Meeting in April. The pattern of Worship currently in use on a monthly basis is Morning Worship at 9.30 a.m. with refreshments afterwards, Holy Communion with hymns at 9.30 a.m. on the 2nd Sunday, Matins at 9.30 a.m. on the 3rd Sunday and Holy Communion at 9.30 a.m. on the 4th Sunday; the service on a 5th Sunday varies and is usually a United Valley Service at one of the Valley Churches. Copies of the Parish Magazine and Bride Valley News are available in the Church.
The Churchyard: The churchyard surrounds the Church and slopes fairly sharply in places from north to south; the extension at the north end is presently a wildlife area with paths and picnic places from which you can enjoy a vast panoramic view of the coastal ridge with Hardy's monument to the east. There are many interesting old gravestones including box graves cut from Purbeck stone liberally adorned with yellow lichens. The grass is cut and the yard generally maintained by a small band of volunteers who are constantly on the lookout for additions to their number! The War Memorial is situated to the west of the church porch. More details here
SAFEGUARDING
St. Mary’s Church takes is responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk very seriously and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times. Our Parish Safeguarding Policy was adopted by the PCC on 8th May 2018 and a copy of it is available on the shelf inside the Church. It can also be downloaded from the Salisbury Diocese website: www.salisbury.anglican.org If you have safeguarding concerns, our Parish Safeguarding contact is Paul Cheater 01308 482223, email: cheaterprc@gmail.com . Alternatively if you have queries you may contact the Benefice Safeguarding Officer, Liz Slater, on 01308 897751 or by email at liz@ruddle.org.uk The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser is Heather Bland 07500 664800 email: heather.bland@salisbury.anglican.org
First Sunday - 9.30 am - Morning Worship Second Sunday - 9.30 am - Holy Communion Third Sunday - 9.30 am - Morning Prayer Fourth Sunday - 9.30 pm - Holy Communion Fifth Sunday - tbd - United Valley Service (location varies)
VILLAGE AMENITIES
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Dorset Historic Churches Ride and Stride 2021 Very many thanks to Hugh Warrington and friends for the excellent concert they performed in the church on 4 th September. It was a lovely afternoon, with a return to normality, as we enjoyed wonderful music and a lovely tea outside in the sunshine afterwards with lots of chat! The bell-ringers held a successful Open Tower evening and are hoping to welcome at least two learners into the team, with training starting imminently. If you couldn’t come to the Open Evening but would still be interested in watching the ringing and maybe have a go, then do contact Tower Captain Harry Berry (482312) We shall be celebrating Harvest Festival on Sunday 3 rd October at 11.00 am. Everyone is very welcome to the service and a “Bring & Share” lunch afterwards. Offerings of tinned food and dry goods would be gratefully received and will be donated to the Bridport Food Bank.
Newsletter September 2021
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Photo by Claire Moore 3_7_2021