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To be a Pilgrim course

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

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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

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Sparsholt 100 Club 

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Parish Magazine Deadline

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

If you could ask God just one question, what would it be?

Why am I here? What's the point of life? Who is Jesus?


To be a Pilgrim – a course for the Christian journey explores the basics of Christian faith and gives people from all walks of life an opportunity to question the meaning of life and faith in an informal, warm and friendly environment.  All are welcome – whether you are a regular worshipper, if you have never been to church before … or if you simply want to explore faith questions you have never really understood or felt able to ask!


We begin each of the 6 weekly meetings by sharing a meal together at 7.00pm, followed by a talk and lively discussion in small groups.


Book the Date:

Our first meeting begins on Thursday, 28th September 2017 at 7.00pm and then on 5th, 19th, 26th October, 9th & 17th November. The venues are listed below.

To book a place or to ask for more info contact Revd Jax Machin by email at or call the Benefice Office on (01962) 880845 ... It might just change your life!



Thursday 28th September

Crawley Church Room

Thursday 5th October

St Peter & Holy Cross Church, Wherwell

Thursday 19th October

St Mary the Less Church, Chilbolton

Thursday 26th October

Crawley Church Room

Thursday 9th November

Littleton Church Room

Friday 17th November

Sparsholt Memorial Hall


Childcare/babysitting MIGHT be possible if this would assist anyone to attend the course. Please contact the Benefice Office on (01962) 880845 in the first instance.