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

In Emergency 

The office is open during regular working hours, however if you need to contact a minister in an emergency, please call either:

Revd Kevin Rogers: 07584 162 594

or

Benefice Office: 07857 512 053

Further information about the phone line is available

here

Prayer Requests

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

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

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for Aug/Sept edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 5th July.

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Introduction

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 an initiative between the Church of Uganda and a group of UK churches with the vision of bringing family and a future to vulnerable children and those orphaned by AIDS. The charity provides continuous support for the whole family through relationship, opportunity, encouragement and prayer, and has also started a number of community projects in the slums where families live, in order to bless the whole community.   

The Downs Benefice is linked with the parish of St Paul’s in Kampala, and currently supports nine families.  The majority of those in the parish live in the Okuvu slum, and this is one of the poorest areas of Kampala. In recent years, supporters from the Benefice have been to Kampala to visit our families and link church, and to help run the biennial Summer camp. 

For more information, visit Karis Kids 

Downs Benefice contact – Carol Coleman, email downs.benefice@kariskids.org                            

 

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.

 Trinity Winchester

 

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

 

The Winchester Beacon (formerly Winchester Churches Night Shelter)     

The Winchester Beacon 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.

The Winchester Beacon

 

 

Winchester City Centre 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.

Winchester City Centre Chaplaincy