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

St Stephen's Sparsholt with Lainston

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


Benefice Office: 07857 512 053

Further information about the phone line is available


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

St Stephen's Sparsholt with Lainston

Church Lane Sparsholt Hampshire SO21 2NJ



St. Stephen’s has a long and proud history as a centre of Christian Worship for more than 1000 years.















Active in the Community

St. Stephen’s is active in our close village community, playing a leading part in our Fete, village events, and supporting people in our village who just need a bit of a helping hand. It has close links with Sparsholt Church of England Primary School - 

for details see Children’s Worship at Sparsholt


Current Services

We hold two regular Services a month currently, with many additional Festival and Special Services, such as Remembrance, Mothering Sunday, Pet Service and Harvest Festival. We have an active Ministry Team, two of whom live in Sparsholt and regularly lead Services across the Benefice.


Our Church - History and photographs