Shout with joy to the LORD, all the earth!
Worship the LORD with gladness.
Psalm 100 verses 1-2   




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 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

Coronavirus Pandemic response 


For Families 

You can watch and join in Messy Church online at (...)

and find some more ideas on the theme of water at

Messy Church at Home: Water 


             Midweek Communion on Wednesday 23rd September 

 at 10.00am 

       Join in on Zoom:



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.