Arise, shine, for the Light of the World has come! 






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.          

Lockdown arrangements 




This Sunday’s service will be a Pre-recorded Service of the Word celebrating Jesus’ first miracle,

when he turned water into wine at the wedding in Cana.

The link to watch the service online, together with all our other recorded services, is


At 11am on Sunday there will also be

Coffee and Chat via Zoom.






24th January 2021 The Third Sunday of Epiphany




0930: Hilperton and Staverton Morning Prayer online via zoom at

1000: Communion or Morning Worship and Coffee online via zoom at

0915: Semington Morning Prayer online via zoom at



If you would like to watch any of our pre-recorded services please click on the link below.  This will open up a playlist and all you need to do is scroll up and down to find the services that you would like to watch.  The list currently includes : the Benefice Carol Service, Christingle, Crib Service and the Communion Service for Christmas Day (...)


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  


                                          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.