Charminster: St Mary the Virgin, Charminster

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Situated at the heart of the village, where a number of footpaths cross, casual visitors are rarely alone for long: one of the clergy will drop in on an errand, the vergers, brass polishers and flowers arrangers will be busy doing something or a villager will be tending the churchyard....and generally all will be happy to have a chat or leave you to pray in peace.

The warm Ham stone symbolises the warm welcome you can expect at Charminster ....also one of the best heated churches in Dorset.

The building was fortunate in having a sympathetic Victorian restoration. Similarly today the parish enjoys disabled access, a servery and up to date toilet facilities that enhance the building and enable it to be well used.

With its ten bells, fully restored organ and immaculate churchyard with the river running by St Mary's is ideal for weddings. Contact the vicar to arrange.

Look out for 'The Pilot,' the excellent parish magazine which goes free of charge 12 times a year to all 1500 households in the Benefice. The Pilot, supplemented by the weekly Pew News, carries all the latest details of services, concerts and events arranged in the church together with all the contact numbers that anyone planning to visit or move to Charminster will need.

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Rev Janet Smith
To contact the Associate Priest [Wendy Fobister], Hon Associate Minister [Hugh Willis], or Assistant Curate [Pene Kennedy] please see 'The Pilot' parish magazine, the Diocesan Directory or Crockfords.
01305 262477 (Incumbent)

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SUNDAY SCHOOL
The children meet at 9.30am on Sundays except when there is a family service at the same time in Church. [That is usually the first Sunday of the month] or when there is a SPLASH! event [That is usually at 11am on the third Sunday of the month]. Sunday School joins the rest of the congregation in church for the very end of the service/drinks and biscuits. Expect stories, prayers, painting, cutting & sticking, crafts and other FUN! On special Sundays we enjoy Fair Trade breakfasts, Easter Egg hunts and other things that usually involve food! Ask the sidesmen for directions.
Keep an eye on The Pilot (Parish Magazine) and local notices for variations on Mothering Sunday and other special days. every second fourth fifth and last Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
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Sunday

Holy Communion
BCP normally. No hymns or sermon. Held in the south aisle.
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for ½ hour
Book of Common Prayer
SUNDAY SCHOOL
The children meet at 9.30am on Sundays except when there is a family service at the same time in Church. [That is usually the first Sunday of the month] or when there is a SPLASH! event [That is usually at 11am on the third Sunday of the month]. Sunday School joins the rest of the congregation in church for the very end of the service/drinks and biscuits. Expect stories, prayers, painting, cutting & sticking, crafts and other FUN! On special Sundays we enjoy Fair Trade breakfasts, Easter Egg hunts and other things that usually involve food! Ask the sidesmen for directions.
Keep an eye on The Pilot (Parish Magazine) and local notices for variations on Mothering Sunday and other special days.
Every second fourth fifth and last Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly creche Sunday School Common Worship
FAMILY COMMUNION
FAMILY COMMUNION Preceded by bell ringing (10 bells) from 8.45am: visiting ringers welcome [GF] - see link below. Shorter, faster-moving and more fun than the services on other Sundays, this service is designed to appeal to families and the emergent faithful. Some elements of the service are much the same as in any other eucharistic service but some content will be especially suitable for the young. Children are encouraged to stay with their parents throughout. Please help them to find the hymn numbers, to follow the words on the service paper and generally participate.
Every first Sunday at 9:30 AM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Sung Eucharist
Preceded by bell ringing (10 bells) from 8.45am: visiting ringers welcome [GF] - see link below. Common Worship with sermon, using an easy-to-sing musical setting and hymns from Common Praise. Sunday School is held simultaneously. Children join service for the Communion and may choose to go to the altar rail with their family or with the rest of Sunday School (make sure they know what you want them to do). Anyone who takes bread & wine in their own church, including children, are invited to the table. Others may request a blessing. Celebrant will usually be the Vicar. Ordained local minsters, retired priests and guest preachers are not uncommon but consistency is maintained. Visitors can expect to be welcomed by sidespeople on arrival, greeted at the peace and invited for coffee afterwards. Please see below for alternative arrangements on festival days.
Every second third and fourth Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Sunday School Coffee Common Worship
Evening
There is an evening service almost every week; occasionally transferred to Stinsford on Fifth Sundays or cancelled (rarely). Bellringing begins at 5.30pm - visiting ringers welcome [GF] - link below. It is normally Evensong with hymns and sermon, it might be a Eucharist, it might be Compline or it might be something else. Call 01305 262477 for information on evening services during August 2013.
Every Sunday at 6:00 PM for 1 hour

Tuesday

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Short, informal communion at 12.30pm. Otherwise refreshments served through much of the day by the curate and others. CANCELLED August 2013.
Check local notices during school holidays for cancellations.
Every Tuesday at 8:30 AM
All Day Event
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship

Thursday

Midweek Communion
HC will be at Meadow View Community Hall at 10am on the fourth Thursday of each month
Every fourth Thursday at 10:00 AM for ½ hour
Sunday School Bell Ringing Live Music / Concerts Regular Choir Grade 1 Listed Building Conservation Area Supports Fairtrade goods Tower Wall paintings / art Stained glass Guidebooks / notes Organ Hall for hire Church Open Nurture Courses Wheelchair accessible toilets Hearing / Induction Loop Large Print Hymnbooks / Orders of Service Assistance Dogs Toilets Baby Changing Facilities Visitor Parking Available
Bookings

The North aisle [chairs, childrens corner and refreshment trolley] is available only for approved events.Church House is no longer available.

Visit our Church

Most daylight hours & Thursday evenings to coincide with bell ringing practice.Accompanied children welcome to use play area but PLEASE leave it tidy.Souvenir items on sale.Church may be closed due to flooding or building work - sorry.

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Confirmation classesLent study groupsParish awaydays

 
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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 9489
Built: Mediaeval
Style of worship: As a rural, village church, all traditions are welcome
Archdeaconry: SHERBORNE (341)
Deanery: DORCHESTER (34102)
Benefice: Charminster and Stinsford (34/078BF)
Parish Legal Name: Charminster (340035 34/35)
CofE Church Info: (634035 34/35)
Short URL: acny.uk/9489/
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Charminster: St Mary the Virgin : East Hill - West Hill, Where East and West Hill meet. Non-vehicular access from Church Lane and Alley Bridge., Charminster, Dorset, DT2 9RD

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