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

Daily Readings

Notices in brief...

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

Harvest Donations

This year several parishes of The Downs Benefice will be giving their Harvest donations to Winchester Churches Nightshelter.

The Nightshelter has prepared a short video to show us around the centre and tell us a little more about how it works. 

You can watch this video here.

In Emergency – Coronavirus

In an emergency, please contact the Rector, Revd Jax Machin on:


Mobile: 07761 055228


Please also look at these websites to find details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life:

Diocese of Winchester:

The Church of England:

Further information about the phone line is available


Coronavirus Support:

Update from the Littleton Helpers -

Please see Notices

Chilbolton Coronavirus Support Group



Crawley Corona Helpers

Phone:  07807 363689 or Email: 


Littleton Coronavirus Support Group



Sparsholt Community Support


Sparsholt Community Support

Group  Newsletter


Wherwell Coronavirus Help Line



Hampshire Help Line

0333 370 4000.

(This number has been issued by Hants Constabulary.)

Prayer Requests

If you have any prayer requests, for any concerns lying on your heart or to give thanks, please email the office on

All prayer requests will be made anonymous before being passed on  to our Prayer Team.

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for Dec/Jan edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 6th November.


Readings for Thursday 29th October

Morning Prayer

Reading   2 Kings 23:36 - 24:17
Reading   1 Timothy Ch 4
Psalm(s)   143

Evening Prayer

Reading   2 Maccabees 7: 20-41
Gospel   John 16: 1-15
Psalm(s)   138

Readings for Sunday 1st November - Principal Service - All Saints' Day

Reading   Revelation 7: 9-end
Reading   1 John 3: 1-3
Psalm   34: 1-10
Gospel   Matthew 25: 1-12

Readings for Sunday 1st November - Other Services

Morning Prayer

Reading   Isaiah Ch 35
Gospel   Luke 19: 18-27
Psalm(s)   15; 84 and 149

Evening Prayer

Reading   Isaiah 65: 17-end
Reading   Hebrews 11:32 - 12:2
Psalm   148 and 150