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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