Sanctus, our new sacramental worship space has been running in Fordingbridge at St Mary’s for a couple of months. At the last Sanctus around 40 people met to consider the theme of “homecoming” using the familiar parable of the Prodigal Son.

But what is Sanctus like, would it interest me, is it just for young people or a group of people who aren’t sure about what church is? We hope the answer is “yes” because it has something for everyone who wants to explore faith and the age range is really wide. Still not sure – you can sit in the comfort of your own home and look at the material we used on 20th October – how? Go to, scroll down the page to the video below the picture of the lion and the lamb and press play!

Interested? – contact Mike Trotman:


Now that we have been the new Avon Valley Churches for two years, we need to review our pattern of worship across the Benefice. 

Our pattern needs to be sustainable (in terms of leadership), allow new forms of worship to grow, be appropriate for each Church, and help us to grow lay ministry. 

During October copies of the Review Paper were in all the Churches, along with a simple questionnaire for anyone to return by October 27th.  Paper copies were available in each church, or follow this link

In the coming weeks, the Staff Team, PCCs and AVC Coordinating Group will consider all of the responses and make some suggestions. 

You can see a summary of the Responses by following this link: