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
VILLAGE AMENITIES
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We hope many of you will join us for our Christmas Services. The Carol Service is on the 19 th December at 5.00 p.m. – our traditional candlelit service with readings and carols followed by mulled wine and mince pies – always a special occasion. On Christmas Eve the Crib Service at 4.00 pm will be held outside, as it was last year, so do come dressed for the weather! There will also be a service of Holy Communion at 11.30 pm that night. The only service on Sunday 26 th will be a United Valley service of Holy Communion at 10.00 am at Burton Bradstock. Light up the Church this Christmastime - For a donation of £5 you can floodlight the Church for an evening over the Christmas and New Year period, either to remember a loved one or to celebrate an anniversary or event. Please contact Freddie Spicer to arrange a date on 482617 or fandspicer@gmail.com Paul Cheater and members of the church choir will be singing carols round the village on Thursday 16 th and Friday 17 th , weather permitting. Everyone is welcome and this is always a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. Come along to the Bus Shelter at 6.30 dressed warmly and with a torch. Carol sheets will be provided. Looking ahead to 2022, there will be a special United Service on Sunday 30 th January at Litton and Thorner’s Community Hall (LATCH) – more details in January’s BVN.
Newsletter November 2021
Service Times - see above for December variations
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