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


Prayer in our Benefice

Littleton: Weekly Prayer on Tuesdays at 4.15pm: a short service lasting about 30 minutes to which all are welcome. Names added to the prayer list in St. Catherine’s are prayed for by name.

Names can be added at any time for inclusion in regular prayer. Copies of the list are available in church for those who would like to include these requests in their own daily private prayer. Please help yourself to a copy.

Contact: The Benefice Office on 01962 880 845

Sparsholt School Prayer Support Group: Third Friday of the month, 9.00-9.30am in term time.Meet in St. Stephen's Church for general prayer to support the school, staff, and pupils, followed by a cup of tea/coffee. All welcome

Meditation in our Benefice

Littleton: Julian Meeting at 4pm every Friday. Prayer or reading followed by up to 30 minutes silent meditation, followed by tea and biscuits. We generally finish by 5.30pm.

Contact Sheila Trussler 01962 881089


Meditation at Littleton: Monthly, on fourth Wednesday evenings, in St. Catherine's. A brief introductiion at 7.00pm is followed by silent meditation until 7.30pm. All welcome

Contact Betty Allen on 880316

The Prayer Chain

is a crisis hot-line for anyone with a need in an emergency. Members of the chain telephone each other immediately so that confidential prayer support can be offered without delay.

Please contact The Benefice Office on 01962 880 845 or                                      Betty Allen on 880316.


First Sunday of Month *10:00 – 11:00 am
(In St Lawrence's Parish Room, next door to the Meeting House)

All other Sundays two meetings 09:00 – 10:00 and *10:30 – 11:30 am

* Children welcome at the meetings indicated.
If at all possible, please e-mail or ring beforehand:  email:

tel: 01962 864184


Quiet times in Winchester

Quaker House Meetings for Worship:
Wednesdays 12.30 – 1.00 pm followed by lunch if you wish.

Cathedral Stillness:
Tuesdays: 4.45 - 5.15 pm: the Pastoral Room in the Fleury Building.
Wednesdays: 8.35 - 9.00 am: the Guardian Angels' Chapel
Thursdays: 7.10 - 7.30 am: the West End of the Nave under the Great West Window

Peace and Wholeness

During His earthly ministry, people came to Jesus for healing of body, mind or spirit. The New Testament records many of the times when Jesus healed the sick and restored them to wholeness of life, through prayer, through touch and through laying His hands upon them. In His love and compassion for others, Jesus also commanded His disciples to carry forward the ministry of healing in His name, through prayer and through touch.

The ministry of healing is present in our lives today. It is in Communion services, in Prayer groups, in pastoral care which includes listening and also in our special services for wholeness and healing with the laying on of hands. Touch can be comforting and healing; it can assure us that we are accepted and loved and can console us in our pain in a way that words alone cannot. Each of us is less than whole, wounded ourselves, yet because we belong to the Body of Christ we can also be instruments of healing for one another. Therefore, in this service, the laying on of hands will usually be ministered by both a lay person and an ordained minister.

Through prayer we are invited to open our hears to Jesus and let His love into the most painful places in our lives, whether in body, mind or spirit, accepting that healing is not always about being restored to a state in the past. Healing may not always involve a cure although it may do so. It may be that healing will bring new understanding and, new growth. Our burden may not be taken away, but Christ will give us new strength to bear it. Also, the things which cause us hurt may require action arising out of our prayer. Action and prayer belong together.

We believe that the ministry of healing complements rather than replaces the work of medicine, which is also a gift of God. We also recognise that healing is not confined to this (or any other) service. Nature, work, creativity, relationships, talking and listening are all other aspects of our lives through which God offers us healing. In our special candle-lit service we try to create a quiet, peaceful space in which we can pray and allow the Holy Spirit to be present in our lives. We remain seated throughout this service and there is NO obligation to come up to the communion rail for laying-on of hands. Quiet, gentle prayer for yourself, or others in need, may be all which is necessary for you at this time.

Come and try it.

A Benefice service for Peace and Wholeness is held on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 6.00pm in St. Catherine's Church In Littleton.