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Notices in brief...

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

Faith and the Arts IV

Faith and the Arts IV will be held in Littleton Church Room in October.


  • Monday 22 October: Being Dean of Winchester: The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle
  • Monday 29 October: Round the Voice in 60 Minutes: Hilary Llystyn Jones

For further details see church noticeboard or contact David Targett.

Refreshments at 7pm. The talk will start at 7.30pm.

Tickets; £8 per event, £28 if all four booked together. Available from David Targett -, Margaret Harris 01962 807361 and Carol Ward 01962 883185.

Save the dates 

17th November - Charity Gift Fair, Crawley Village Hall. More info to follow.

Benefice Baptism Team

Would you be interested in becoming part of the Baptism Team?

For more details please see  Notices

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for December/January edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - 12th November


St. Mary's, Crawley

Sunday School: We hold Sunday School on the 4th Sunday of each month at 10.00am. Children are, of course, welcome at all our services and there are toys in the Church Room. We also put on a Nativity Play in the church on Christmas morning. The Crawley group is a very friendly group and provides a wonderful way of making friends if you are new to the parish. 

For information please phone Hazel Watson on 01962 776892.


St. Catherine's, Littleton

Services: Families are welcome to all our services, but those most suited to younger children are the café-style service at 4pm on 1st Sunday of each month (starting May 2016, more details to follow) and the Morning Worship service at 10am on the 3rd Sunday of each month.

Toddler Group: Meets every Monday (term-time) 10am – 11.30am in the Church Room, Church Lane, Littleton. Open to all babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers with their carers. Join us for toys, crafts, snacks and singing for the little folk; tea, coffee and chat for the big folk! For more details contact Carol Coleman (01962 881886) or visit our Facebook page:

St. Stephen's with Lainston, Sparsholt

Sparsholt Friday Club; George and Rebecca Arundel, Rev. Stuart Rason and Isabel Hill

Services: Children are welcome at all our services. More details to follow. 

Kidschurch: At Sparsholt we are fortunate to be able to use the primary school premises for Sunday School types of activities during term time on Friday afternoons from 3.30-4.15pm. We cater for all primary school ages. Kidschurch is run by a church team and there are videos, stories, activities, songs and parties which prove very popular.

St. Peter and Holy Cross, Wherwell

Midday Mums is held in Wherwell Village Hall on the third Monday of the month from 10.30am - 12.00pm. Wherwell children also join in the Simply Sunday bike rides taking place in Chilbolton on the first Sunday of the month [see above].

Messy Church in the Downs Benefice

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Messy Church is a new form of church suitable for all ages but particularly aimed at young families. It started in Portsmouth in 2004 and has since spread across the world.

Messy Church started in the Downs Benefice in October 2012 and currently circulates around the villages of Littleton, Sparsholt and Crawley. It takes place on the 2nd Saturday of each month (apart from August) and runs from 4pm to 6pm.

So what happens at Messy Church? Each month we have a Biblical theme. To date, amongst others, we have had Messy Noah, Messy Mothers and Others, and Messy Love. During the first hour we have fun doing various crafts and activities around the theme, some of which can be quite messy! We then all come together for a Bible story or talk, song and prayers, and finish up with sharing a simple cooked meal. Messy Church is free (though we welcome donations towards the cost of the meal) and is open to all, so if you'd like to see what it's all about, why not call in? Our Facebook page has the details of the next sessions together with photos from previous ones, or check the Benefice diary on this website.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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