This is the official website of The Downs Benefice Winchester, Hampshire.
Crawley Mission Links
Notices in brief...
For all the notices and more information, please see our Notices page
Please click Easter_Services to see our Easter services across the Benefice.
Please note that the Benefice Office will close for Good Friday and Easter Monday.
Just a quick reminder that it is time for the new Electoral Roll to be compiled. Please don't forget to fill in your forms and return them to your Electoral Roll Officer or the Benefice Office.
The Downs Benefice Summer Walks
19th to 24th August 2019
DON’T MISS OUT!
Put these dates into your diary and join us during our week
of walks this summer.
It is for all of the communities of Chilbolton, Crawley, Littleton, Sparsholt and Wherwell: all are welcome.
There will be six full-length walks of between 8.5 and 9.5 miles and also eight half-day walks of about 4 to 5 miles.
Two years ago, we had about 100 walkers who each walked on average 2.2 walks.
It is hoped that all five communities will support this initiative.
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 June/July edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 10th May.
Boaz was set up to help address the lack of facilities for people with learning disabilities once they have left full time education. Its aim is to create an atmosphere of the work ethic for people who otherwise cannot gain employment. It began nine years ago and became a charity in its own right in November 2007. Its long term desire is to be able to employ some of those who access its facilities. The Project’s Christian ethos seeks to address the whole person, body, mind and spirit, aiming to release and realise each person’s full human potential to the glory of God.
Winchester Street Pastors
Street pastors are trained volunteers from local churches and we care about our community.We are on patrol from 9.30 p.m. to 3 a.m. on a Friday and Saturday night – as well as a Thursday once a month – to care for, listen to and help people who are out on the streets.We are part of a national team first pioneered in 2003, and Street Pastors continues to grow throughout the UK and across the world.We are led by our local coordinator and we also have support from local churches and community groups in partnership with the police, local council and other statutory agencies.
Crawley Church currently also makes annual donations to:
- Karis Kids (see Benefice Mission page)
- Trinity Centre, winchester (see Benefice mission page)
- Winchester Churches Night Shelter (see Benefice mission page) Night Shelter Manager, Michele Price lives in Crawley
- Kevin Lay Foundation (see Littleton mission page)