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

Mission Links

Notices in brief...

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


Lent Series 2018 come and join us

 Lent Series

Christian Aid Week 13-19 May (Littleton)

Volunteers needed - Please see our Notices  page for further information

A Spring Programme of Meditations at Wherwell Church

Please see our Notices  page for further information

Save the date - 23 April

The Lyra Singers from St Petersburg visit Littleton. 

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.

Sparsholt 100 Club 

Please go to Notices for further information.

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for April/May edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - 5th March

Chilbolton Mission Links   Littleton Mission Links  Crawley Mission Links  Sparsholt Mission Links

Downs Benefice Mission Links



Jesus commissioned his followers to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28: 18b-19a). As part of our response to this commission, the churches in the Downs Benefice, individually and jointly, support various overseas and local outreach organisations.   As a benefice we long to see people from all nations having the opportunity to hear and respond to the Good News of the Gospel, free from poverty, persecution, discrimination, effects of war and unjust governmental regimes. 



Karis Kids                                   

Karis Kids is a fairly new initiative, started in 2007, which brings hope to children orphaned by AIDS in Uganda.  The Christian charity integrates these children into, and supports them with, adoptive families.  The aim is to place orphans with the families of relatives, but when this is not possible, then with other households in the local church.  In the spring of 2012 the Downs Benefice became involved in a new outreach of the work, with the parish of St Paul’s in Kampala.  The majority of those in the parish live in the Okuvu slum, and this is one of the poorest areas of Kampala.  In the autumn of 2012 Carol Ward had the opportunity to pay a short visit  to Okuvu and met the first 6 supported families and also Rev John Akitu of St Paul’s church.  Since then, we have been able to increase the number of families supported, currently numbering nine. The need is so great and we would love to be able to take on more in due course. 

Downs Benefice contact – Carol Ward   




Karis Kids video



Trinity Centre, Winchester

A Winchester-based charity which addresses the effects of homelessness and vulnerability through specialist practical and emotional support, and proactive prevention, empowering positive change. They help people who are vulnerable to the effects of homelessness, addiction, physical and mental ill health, poverty, social isolation and domestic abuse.

 TrinityWinchester website


Winchester Basics Bank

Winchester Basics Bank is a Christian project supported by local churches, caring organisations and Winchester City Council. They provide individuals and families in need with emergency food parcels of enough tinned and dried food for 5 days and good quality second hand clothes (men’s and women’s).

Winchester Basics Bank website


Winchester Churches Night Shelter      

Winchester Churches Nightshelter is open 365 days a year offering an essential lifeline and first port of call for those in crisis. They provide high quality accommodation and food, a safe and caring temporary home, and specialist support to restore self-esteem, develop skills, and support people back into long-term accommodation and independent living. Their aim is to enable people to rebuild their lives and escape homelessness for good.

WCNS website


Video - "It's more than a bed and a roof"

Video - "The impact of homelessness"


Winchester Chaplaincy             

Winchester City Centre Chaplaincy works in partnership with businesses and organisations in the city to encourage all that is best in the community, and support staff and organisations who need it. They visit workplaces, building relationships based on mutual trust, listening, supporting and encouraging staff when they need it. They serve people of any background or faith.  The service is confidential and free of charge to receiving organisations.

Howard Rowe, who used to live in the parish and who is a former member of St Catherine’s congregation, has been senior chaplain for some years now.  Margaret Heaps, one of our church family, commenced work as a volunteer chaplain to the Law Courts in June 2016.

Winchester Chaplaincy website