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 Welcome  to the website for the seven churches in the group of parishes called the Stour Vale Benefice. This covers Buckhorn Weston, East Stour, Fifehead Magdalen, Kington Magna, Stour Provost with Stour Row, Todber and West Stour.

In line with Government and Church of England guidelines the good news is that we can go back to our churches for public worship. However, with the necessary safety restrictions in place, it might not feel like it used to for some time.

Please remember we will be asking you to:

  • Use sanitizing gel on entry and exit,
  • Give your name and phone number as part of the ‘Track & Trace’ requirements,
  • Observe social distancing at all times.

Please also remember we are not allowed to sing at the moment, and receiving communion will be carried out in a different way to keep everyone as safe as possible.

But, most importantly, if you do feel ill or have symptoms of any kind, please do not come to church.

You will be guided through everything and it may seem strange but, even with these necessary restrictions in place, it is hoped that just coming together again in worship will be joy enough for now.

Where and when services will take place
Because of the reduced number of people able to lead services, the rota has changed for
the coming months. Each church will have just two services each month: one communion
and one service of the Word. Click here for the rota for July

Online Services
Because we are back in church, the online Sunday morning service will now cease. However, it is felt that there is a strong case for continuing with the weekday services on our Facebook page so do tune in to Barbara’s Compline service and Richard’s Morning Prayer, either live or by watching the video at a later time. We hope you will find a place for these services in your weekly routine and that they will provide some spiritual nourishment.

Click here for our Facebook Page

The orders of service can be viewed/downloaded/printed by clicking on each one.

Wednesday evenings at 9:00pm Compline

Friday mornings at 9:00am  Morning Prayer

Weekly Newsletter:

Week 18 – There is loads of information so please read carefully.  NB Kington Magna service time is 6:30pm not 6pm, thank you.

Week 17 – please read for news of the reopening of our churches.

Week 16

Octavo

The July-August edition of Octavo can be viewed or downloaded here

When things return to normal…

All of the Stour Vale Churches have their own services and other activities – reflected on their pages on this site – as well as joint activities – more details in this section.

One ministry team looks after the spiritual needs of the whole of the Benefice of Stour Vale – contacts here.

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See where the Stour Vale Churches and Parishes are

Stour Vale Benefice takes its responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk very seriously, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times.

Please click here to see our Benefice Safeguarding Policy

If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns you can contact our Benefice Safeguarding Officers, Rev’d Richard Priest on 01747 838494  email richard@allegro.co.uk, or Maria Windross on 01747 838324

Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser,  on  07500 664800 or email heather.bland@salisbury.anglican.org

For our Privacy Notice please click here.

Munchkins

For children, toddlers and their carers

Most of the picture - the tail of the peacock - is made up of children's handprints

Munchkins artwork

CURRENTLY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19

For children aged 0 to 5 years

Held on Thursday mornings

In Buckhorn Weston Village Hall

All Welcome

more details …

Ringers

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At present the only ring of bells rung regularly in the benefice is that at Kington Magna. Whichever parish you’re from, if you’d like to take up bell ringing get in touch or find out more by going along to Kington on a practice night.

more details …

Messy Church

PLEASE NOTE –  MESSY CHURCH HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND WILL RESTART ONCE THE CURRENT HEALTH SITUATION HAS PASSED Messy Church takes place on the 3rd Sunday of the month at Kington Magna Village at 3pm.  All welcome.  For more information see our Messy Church page under activities or click here … Continue reading

Knit and Natter

Knit and Natter takes place in Fifehead Magdalen Village Hall on the fourth Thursday of the month, starting with coffee at 11.15 a.m. and ending with a soup lunch at 12.30 p.m. Blankets and babies’ bonnets are needed by The Turi Children’s Project in the mountains of Kenya. School uniform is compulsory and without it … Continue reading

Joint Services

A joint benefice service is held at each church in turn on 5th Sundays of the month. Other special joint services are held from time-to-time. more info. about services in the Benefice … … Continue reading