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, Churchwardens: Richard Jones and 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
NEWS LETTER
At the time of writing, with restrictions still in place, no services are being held in Church, but it remains open for private prayer. We are very hopeful that there may be some easing in time for Easter (4th April) and with that in mind the Choir will be recording some Easter hymns and an anthem. In the meantime, Zoom services continue on a Sunday morning at 9.30, with time for a chat afterwards, as well as the telephone service. The Rector will announce any plans she is able to put in place for Mothering Sunday (14th March) and Palm Sunday (28th March).
SERVICES During Lockdown
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