St. Mary’s, Litton Cheney, is part of the Bride Valley Benefice.Rector: The Revd Jane Williams has been appointed as the next Rector of the Benefice. Jane is currently Assistant Curate in the Wareham Team in this diocese. Here she has gained much experience of a mixed benefice embracing town and villages with a variety of worship styles, formal and informal and has been involved in ministry to all ages, both pastoral and outreach to those in the community outside of church. She had a career in the NHS as a Senior Nurse Manager and Hospital Matron at Swanage and Wareham Community Hospitals before training for ordination at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. Jane has a passion for rural ministry and she and her husband Nigel are very much looking forward to moving to the Bride Valley in the summer once Jane has completed her curacy. It is hoped her licensing will take place sometime towards the end of July.
The Annual Church Meeting will take place on Thursday 11th April at St. Mary’s at 7.30 p.m. All are welcome, but you may only participate in any vote if you are on the recently updated Church Electoral Roll.
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