St. Mary’s, Litton Cheney, is part of the Bride Valley Benefice. Rector: Vacancy Associate Priest: The Rev. Sue Linford 01308 897363     Retired Clergy:  The Rev. Ryder Rogers 01308 897780 Readers: Mike Read 01308 897445 James Webster 01308 898657 Yvonne Buckland 01308 898492 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
NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2018
Since 2000, Merchant Navy Day on 3rd September has honoured the brave men and women who kept our island Nation afloat during both World Wars, and has celebrated our dependence on modern day merchant seafarers who are responsible for 95% of the UK’s imports, including much of the food we eat, most of the fuel we burn and virtually all the products and goods we take for granted. We shall be flying the Red Ensign - the UK Merchant Navy’s official flag - from the flagpole on top of the Church on that day. Harvest Festival will be celebrated on Sunday 7 th  October at 11.00 a.m.  Do come and join us to celebrate this time “of mellow fruitfulness” and bring your Harvest offerings.  The service will followed by a “Bring and Share” lunch - a great spread is always on offer! Caring for St Mary’s Church and the Churchyard There has been a welcome response to the letter to villagers in April; a very big thank you to those who have committed to help meet the cost of maintaining our magnificent Grade 1 Listed Church and the churchyard. The village is on its own in this task, no government or other money is available.   If you have not done so please consider joining those who are already giving; you can do so (easily and painlessly with however much suits your pocket monthly, annually or quarterly) by completing a form obtainable from any member of the Parochial Church Council or direct from the Treasurer  (Freddie Spicer, 8 Garden Close, 482617) You are reminded that the church is open daily for people to visit, both to explore and for quiet reflection. If you would like to help with the upkeep of the church and churchyard, please contact the church wardens, Richard Jones (482602) or John Vercoe (482110)
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Sunday 5 th - 9.30am - Morning Worship Sunday 12 th - 9.30am - Holy Communion Sunday 19 th - 9.30am - Morning Prayer Sunday 26 th - 9.30am - Holy Communion
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