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
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com, or Maria Windross on 01747 838324
Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, on 07500 664800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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