This is the official website of The Downs Benefice Winchester, Hampshire.

Sunday Services

Notices in brief...

For all the notices and more information, please see our Notices page

Benefice Office

open daily 9am-5pm 

Tel: 01962 88084

Christmas Services 

Please see our page  Christmas Services

Winchester Churches Nightshelter

Please go to Christmas at the Nightshelter  for more information.

Karis Kids

Please see our Notices  page for further information


Confirmation will take place in Winchester Cathedral during the Easter Eve Vigil. 

Please go to Notices for further information.

Rydal 2018 - Saturday 26th May-Saturday 2nd June

 Please go to Notices  for further information.

Sparsholt 100 Club 

Please go to Notices for further information.

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for February/March edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - 8th January



A very warm welcome to all the services in The Downs Benefice of St. Mary the Less Chilbolton (Ch), St. Mary's Crawley (Cr), St. Catherine's Littleton (Li), St. Stephen's with Lainston Sparsholt (Sp) and St. Peter and Holy Cross Wherwell (Wh)


Sunday Services for December

Services for Sunday 3rd December

First Sunday of Advent

  8.00am (Sp) Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am (Cr) Family Communion
10.00am (Li) Posada Service
5.30pm (Wh) Candlelight Service

Services for Sunday 10th December

Second Sunday of Advent

10.00am (Ch) Morning Prayer
10.00am (Cr) Morning Worship (Matins)
10.00am (Li) Family Communion
6.00pm (Wh) Benefice Evensong
6.00pm (Sp) Carol Service

Services for Sunday 17th December

The Third Sunday of Advent

10.00am (Li) Morning Worship
10.00am (Sp) Matins
10.00am (Wh) Family Service
4.00pm (Ch) Carol Service
6.00pm (Cr) Carol Service
6.00pm (Li) Carol Service




Sunday 31st December


10.00am (Sp) 5th Sunday Benefice Communion Service

Services for Sunday 24th December

Christmas Eve and Fourth Sunday of Advent

 8am (Wh) Holy Communion 
2.30pm (Wh) Crib Service
4.00pm (Ch) Crib Service
4.00pm (Li) Crib Service
4.00pm (Sp) Crib Service
4.30pm (Cr) Posada Service
11.15pm (Ch) Midnight Service with Wherwell
11.30pm (Sp) Midnight Service