St. Mary’s, Litton Cheney, is part of the Bride Valley Benefice.Rector:VacancyAssociate Priest:The Rev. Sue Linford 01308 897363 Retired Clergy: The Rev. Ryder Rogers 01308 897780Readers:Mike Read 01308 897445James Webster 01308 898657Yvonne Buckland 01308 898492St 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 BrideValley 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
On Sunday 4th November at 4.00 p.m. the Service for the Departed will be held in St. Mary’s. If you would like someone to be specially remembered and a candle lit for them, please give names in advance to either of the Churchwardens, Richard Jones 482602 or John Vercoe 482110.Over the Remembrance Weekend 9th - 11thNovember there will be several events in the village and at the church, which we hope many of you will wish to attend. A flyer will be circulated around the village with full details.There will be no 9.30 a.m. Morning Worship on Sunday 2nd December asthere will bea special Advent Evensong at 6.30 p.m. to celebrate the Advent season and the start of the Church’s year. Wonderful music will be provided by Paul Cheater and St. Mary’s Choir. All are very welcome to this service.