St Mary, Bentworth

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Bentworth is one of the Parishes in the Benefice of Bentworth, Lasham, Medstead and Shalden and is located about 3 miles north of Alton off the A339 road between Alton and Basingstoke.

There is evidence to suggest that an Anglo-Saxon church was originally located here. The present church with nave, roof and chancel arch dates from the late 12th century, but the chancel itself, and the lower part of the tower was built in about 1260. There were major restorations of the church during the 19th century when it was re-roofed, the walls were re-faced in flint with stone facings, the tower was rebuilt and the present oak framed shingled spire was added. The tower contains a ring of six bells. The church celebrated the coronation of King George V by adding a clock to the building.

The Priest in charge of the Benefice is Rev Canon Ed Pruen.

First and Third Sundays - Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am

Second Sunday - Parish Communion (CW) at 10am. This will be a joint Benefice service with contributions from the other 3 Benefice parishes. There will be time to chat together after the service with tea/coffee available. There will also be a Communion service at 8am at St Andrew, Medstead.

Fourth Sunday - While there are no services in Bentworth, there is an 8am Communion service and a Family Praise service at 4pm both in St Andrews, Medstead.

On Fifth Sundays, there will be a single service at 10am which will rotate around the churches in the Benefice.

We hold a Messy Church service in the Jubilee Hall of Bentworth CE Primary School on the second Saturday each month at 4pm. All will be very welcome to this popular service.

Visitors will be very welcome at any of our services.

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Rev Canon Ed Pruen
The Rectory,
Trinity Hill,
GU34 5LT
01420 561154 (Priest in Charge)

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First Sunday 8am Service
Not during August
Every first Sunday at 8:00 AM for ½ hour
Third Sunday 8am Service
Every third Sunday at 8:00 AM for ½ hour
Book of Common Prayer
Second Sunday 10am Benefice Communion
Not during August. During this month services will rotate around the 4 Benefice churches.
Every second Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments Common Worship


Second Saturday Messy Church
Informal worship and a meal held in the Jubilee Hall of St Mary's CE Primary School located beside the Parish Church.
Every second Saturday at 4:00 PM for 1½ hours
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Carol Service
Sunday 17th December 2017 at 4:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Christmas Carols
Midnight Service
Sunday 24th December 2017 at 11:30 PM for 1 hour
Book of Common Prayer
Christmas Family Service
Monday 25th December 2017 at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Common Worship


Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass
Church Open Church open most days from 9am to 4:30pm
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Priest in charge: The Revd Canon Edward Binney PRUEN
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 18228
Built: 12th Cent.
Archdeaconry: WINCHESTER (411)
Deanery: ALTON (41102)
Parish Legal Name: Bentworth (410030 )
CofE Church Info: (641030 41/30)
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The current editor is: Mervyn Dunwoody

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This page was last updated on Saturday 20th May 2017
St Mary : Church Street, Bentworth, Hampshire, GU34 5RE - In the centre of the Village, beside St Mary's Primary School, just round a corner from the Village Green and The Star Pub.

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