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 VercoeSecretary: Wendy: FirrellTreasurer: 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 detailshere
St.Mary’sChurchtakesisresponsibilitiessurroundingthesafeguardingofchildren,youngpeople,andadultswhomaybeatrisk veryseriouslyandworksinpartnershipwiththeDioceseofSalisburytoensurethatweworkinaccordancewithbestpracticeatall times.OurParishSafeguardingPolicywasadoptedbythePCCon8thMay2018andacopyofitisavailableontheshelfinsidethe Church. It can also be downloaded from the Salisbury Diocese website: www.salisbury.anglican.orgIfyouhavesafeguardingconcerns,ourParishSafeguardingcontactisPaulCheater01308482223,email:email@example.com.AlternativelyifyouhavequeriesyoumaycontacttheBeneficeSafeguardingOfficer,LizSlater,on01308897751orbyemailat firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser is Heather Bland 07500 664800 email:email@example.com
At the time of going to press we have no idea whether the Christmas services will go ahead, but hope and pray that they will. All being well, there will be a Carol Service on the 20th December at 5.00 p.m. with the usual readings and live music from Paul on the organ plus recordings of carols made by members of the choir. On Christmas Eve we hope to hold a Crib Service at 4.00 pm as well as the 11.30 pm service of Holy Communion. In all probability numbers will have to be limited to comply with social distancing. A leaflet will be delivered around the village with full details of all the Christmas services once the current lockdown is lifted and the revised restrictions have been announced.Brighter news is that there are now new floodlights to replace the ones that failed last year through old age. If you would like to light up the church to celebrate an occasion or remember a loved one over the Christmas period please contact Freddie Spicer (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01308 482617) to arrange dates and provide a donation of £5 per night.In RemembranceDue to lockdown we were unable to involve ourselves in traditional events and services in the lead-up to Remembrance Day. Headteacher at Thorner’s, Mike Sitch, however, came up with a splendid idea that involved the school children, local residents both in Litton and the surrounding villages in an act of remembrance. A candle or a light was placed by the front door or in the window of participating residents at 6 pm on Wednesday 11th November (Remembrance Day) – by such an act, the sacrifice of many over past decades was remembered.Thank you to all who got involved including villages and residents throughout the Bride Valley and thank you, Mike, for the inspirational idea. On both Remembrance Sunday and Remembrance Day itself St Mary’s church was floodlit and the Union Jack flew from the church tower from Sunday 8th through Wednesday 11th November.