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Welcome to the Winterborne Valley and Milton Abbas Benefice

Christmas Services

Please note: Booking is essential for services. Please contact a churchwarden or email wmabenefice@gmail.com

Dec 13

Christmas Story, Music & Poetry

6:00 pm
Dec 22

Outdoor Christmas Service

6:00 pm
Dec 24

Crib Service for all ages

2:00 pm
Dec 24

Crib Service for all ages

4:00 pm
Dec 24

Midnight Mass

11:30 pm - Fri 25th December 12:30 am
Dec 25

Christmas Day

10:30 am

COVID-19 Update

The new lockdown has meant we have had to close the churches for public worship for the time being.
We are all joined spiritually in the one body of Christ and our worship continues on Zoom to include everyone as far as possible.

Individual Prayer in the Church Buildings

Throughout lockdown, each church building will be open to all one day a week for individual prayer.
Whenever possible, Rev’d Lewis Pearson will pray in these churches on the respective mornings, remembering their villages in particular.

Please note, it is a legal requirement to wear a mask.
Hand sanitizer will be available.

Please see the Parishes page for the opening days and times of each church.

Online Services

During the current lockdown our Sunday services will be held online at 10.30am using Zoom.

SoulSpace will continue at 7pm on a Tuesday evening but via our Facebook page, where it can still be viewed afterwards too.

Christingle

On Sunday 29th November we will have an Advent Sunday Christingle Service.
This will take place via zoom with packs available for collection which can be used at home.
There will also be an instruction sheet and reflection inside each pack for anyone who would like to do this at home but are unable to gather on zoom.

Watch our recent Online services

 

The church is about people. That means you and me!

The Church in the Winterborne Valley and Milton Abbas patch is made up of a group of followers, explorers and searchers, trying to live out their faith in Jesus. We try to serve God and our communities in our everyday lives. This works out through our desire to enhance and bless our communities through caring, praying and through spreading a bit of fun around as well. We will make mistakes from time to time but that is because there is so much going on – oh, and we are not perfect! We are ordinary people and we hope that you will find a warm welcome in any of our churches. We hope you enjoy our community events and our church services too!

  • Our congregations are friendly and come from a wide variety of backgrounds. The only worshipping community in any of our villages is Anglican so we try to make our worship accessible, relevant and reverent for everyone.
  • Our worship is centred in six beautiful churches in rural Dorset. Each has its own personality and people often belong to more than one of our churches.
  • Our mission statement is to ‘Make Christ Visible’ in our communities and beyond.

We want to offer a welcome to all who wish to explore or further their Christian faith. You can bring your doubts, questions and struggles and, hopefully, find encouragement. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for any further help you may require.

 
 

Our Parishes

Our 6 parishes are very lively and hold a variety of events throughout the year.
We have weekly coffee shops in three of our churches, Winterborne Whitechurch, Winterborne Stickland and Milton Abbas where many of the community come for coffee, cake and conversation. They are great places to meet people.
We live in an area of great natural beauty and historical interest. Many visitors come to see the historic village of Milton Abbas and the nearby Abbey.

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Safeguarding

The Churches in the Benefice of the Winterborne Valley and Milton Abbas believe the safety of all people, especially of children, young people and vulnerable adults is very important. We have adopted the national Church of England’s robust procedures and guidelines. You can find out more about the national policies and procedures at churchofengland.org/safeguarding. If you have any safeguarding concerns or issues on a safeguarding matter then you can find useful contact information at salisbury.anglican.org/parishes/safeguarding.
If you are Concerned about the Safety of a Child, Young Adult or Vulnerable Person:
Our Parish Safeguarding Representative is Angela D’Silva. She can be contacted on 01258 880118. You can read our Safeguarding Policy by clicking here.
If your concern relates to the Parish Safeguarding Representative or Rector, please contact Heather Bland, the Diocese of Salisbury Safeguarding Advisor on 07500 664800.
In an emergency dial 999.