We extend a warm welcome to you from the Churches of the Canalside Benefice, which includes Staverton, Hilperton and Hilperton Marsh, Whaddon and Semington. As those who have discovered the joy of following Jesus, we seek to serve our villages in any way we can. If you have any questions about anything on this site, do get in touch.
Sunday 20th is Shoebox Sunday when we launch our annual Link to Hope Shoebox appeal to help famlies and elderly people in desperate need in Eastern Europe. We are unable to record our live service today so are providing this online version.
Watch it at
THIS WEEK'S NEWS SHEET IS AT 20th September Trinity 15
Next Sunday: 27th September
Celebration of Rev Joy Albone's Ordination as Priest
10am Holy Communion at St Michael's Church in The Knap Hilperton.
11.45am Holy Communion at St Mary Magdalen's Church Horse Road
If you will be attending one of these services please let Michael Gamble know at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07795400262 by first thing on Friday morning (25th)
One service will be recorded and details of how to watch it will appear here later on Sunday 27th September.
For further details click on
You can watch and join in Messy Church online at
and find some more ideas on the theme of water at
Midweek Communion on Wednesday 23rd September
Join in on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86833181830
Online resources for prayer and worship for personal use can be found at Resources for adults to use at home and Resources for families to use at home. If you need to talk to someone or need practical support, do ring Rev John Rees on 01225 764365 or Rev Joy Albone on 07931 638524.
You are invited to tie a ribbon to the railings of St George's Semington and St Michael's Hilperton if you are passing, to symbolise a prayer for a loved one at this time. Ribbons are in the church porches - please help yourself
This poem, written by an American Catholic, speaks of the hope the author has that good will come out of this frightening and difficult time. The core message of the Christian faith is that, through Jesus, good triumphs over evil and that God cares for us and can give us peace at difficult times.
"When this is over, may we never again take for granted
A handshake with a stranger
Full shelves at the store
Conversations with neighbours
A crowded theatre
Friday night out
The taste of communion
A routine checkup
The school rush each morning
Coffee with a friend
The stadium roaring
Each deep breath
A boring Tuesday
When this ends
may we find
that we have become
more like the people
we wanted to be
we were called to be
we hoped to be
and may we stay
that way — better
for each other
because of the worst."
Laura Kelly Fanucci
The Churches of the Canalside Benefice take their 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.
Click on Safeguarding to read our policies and details of whom to contact.
Revd John Rees, Rector.