Without Pentecost the Christ-event - the life, death and resurrection of Jesus - remains imprisoned in history as something to remember, think about and reflect on. The Spirit of Jesus comes to dwell within us so that we can become living Christs here and now.

Henri Nouwen 



 Pentecost pic




Click on  https://youtu.be/PncITbbWrYw.

to join in our Pentecost Communion for 31st May 

You can also click on Messy Pentecost at Home  for ideas for families

       THIS WEEK'S NEWS SHEET IS AT 31st May Pentecost


 Communion on Wednesday 3rd June 

 at 10.00am 

       Join in on Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86833181830




WHO IS JESUS?                                                                                                     WHY READ THE BIBLE?                                                                                        WHY PRAY?    

 Have you ever  wanted to investigate these and similar questions?                                      If so do then join our online Alpha course.


Starting on Thursday 11th June on Zoom, from 7.30pm to 9.00pm.

Each session includes an opportunity to chat, a short film and a chance to ask questions, we regret you will need to provide your own food and drink!   

Contact Revd Joy Albone or Revd John Rees, you will find their details at Clergy, to book and obtain the Zoom code, also for more details.
All are welcome - there is no charge.



 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. 





At this time of worldwide and national crisis, we are holding everyone in prayer. Morning Prayer is being said by our clergy everyday and Rev John will be leading a service at home on Sundays on behalf of everyone in the Benefice. To hear this service, click on the link at the top of this page.

Click on Coronavirus Pandemic response for information about support we can offer you during the outbreak. 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. These pages will be updated regularly. 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  


                                          st M ribbons



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

Life itself.


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.