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 February 2019
There will be a Frugal Lunch on Thursday 21 st March hosted by Jennie Prentice at Steddings, Chalk Pit Lane, from 12.30 p.m. Donations will go to Prostate Cancer UK. All are very welcome. Looking ahead to Easter, our service of Holy Communion that day (21 st April) will be taken by The Bishop of Sherborne, The Rt Revd Karen Gorham. We are still looking for new recruits to the grass-cutting rota so if you have always wanted to use a ride-on mower, now is your chance! If you are interested, please contact John Vercoe on 482110. St Mary’s Church Electoral Roll This year a new Church Electoral Roll has to be prepared. Inclusion on the Roll primarily enables you to attend the annual parochial church meeting and have your say as to how St Mary’s is run and, if you wish, to seek election to the PCC. If you are not already on the Roll and would like to be included please contact me for an application form by March 21 st . Helen Jones, Skep House, LC. Tel: 482602, email: skephouse@btinternet.com
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SERVICES for February 2019
Sunday 3 rd - 9.30am - Morning Worship Sunday 10 th - 9.30am - Holy Communion Sunday 17 th - 9.30am - Morning Prayer Sunday 24 th - 9.30am - Holy Communion
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