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The Benefice of St Mary’s Sixpenny Handley with

Gussage St Andrew and St Rumbold’s, Pentridge


Church Services

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are only able to offer church services in a very limited way. At the present time we are offering a 10am weekly Sunday Service at either St Mary’s Handley or St Rumbold’s Pentridge which are also broadcast live online. St Andrew’s sadly remains closed as COVID restrictions would not allow worship to happen safely in the building. This is being reviewed regularly and as restrictions are lifted we will endeavour to adapt the service provision.


Please also join us for our 10am live daily broadcasts on Facebook or watch later on YouTube.

February 2021

Sunday 7th — two before Lent

10am Holy Communion, St Rumbold’s

Sunday 14th [Feast of Valentine]

10am Morning Worship (tbc)

Wednesday 17th — Ash Wednesday

7pm Holy Communion with Ashing, St Mary’s

Sunday 21st — Lent 1

10am Said Matins (Book of Common Prayer),

St Rumbold’s

Sunday 28th — Lent 2

10am Said Holy Communion, St Mary’s

March 2021

Sunday 7th — Lent 3

10am Holy Communion, St Rumbold’s

Sunday 14th — Lent 4

10am Morning Worship, St Mary’s

Sunday 21st — Lent 5 [Passiontide begins]

10am Said Matins, St Rumbold’s

Sunday 28th — Palm Sunday [Holy Week]

Benefice Service with procession from the

Village Hall at 9:30am followed by

10am Family Service in St Mary’s

[dependent on COVID restrictions at the time]

Coronavirus pandemic

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

With the roll out of the vaccination programme, we look forward to the end of the year when this pandemic can be pushed aside and the current restrictions become a fading memory. However, for the time being the Church is doing what it can to suppress the virus. All church events and activities have been postponed until further notice, this includes all church meetings, Choir, Magnificafé, Teddy Bears, Breakfast Church, Men’s Breakfast, Bible Study Group and Film Nights.

Although church services are greatly curtailed we will continue to holding regular services, either online or within the latest social distancing requirements. However this does not mean the work of the church will cease as we are all part of the Body of Christ. Firstly our daily prayers and study of scripture should continue. To aide this I will be looking at how to do a daily live stream on social media, most probably via Facebook. I will also send out the gospel reading for the day along with a prayer and any specific prayer requests for your to include in your own prayers via our electronic mailing.

I will be working with local village leaders and our Benefice Churchwardens in the setting up of care for those who are self-isolating for whatever reason. Though we maybe in our homes on our own we should not feel isolated. Brothers and Sisters this time of trial will past and we must place our trust in God and in one another.

Blessings Revd Canon Richard Hancock TSSF

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