The East Downland Benefice includes nine churches in the Downland north of Newbury, which are part of the Newbury Deanery in the Church of England Diocese of Oxford.

What's Different!
Our next United Benefice Cafe Church  takes place on Sunday 18th March at 5pm in St Mary's Church, Chieveley. Please note new time for March only;Come at 4.45pm for coffee beforehand. 

And have a look at the Saints Alive file on the Benefice Calendar page.  Find out when Saints' Days fall and a bit about each one.

For Lent Lunches see new page Lent 2018. Click on link at left side of page.
And Regularly!
Enjoy a peaceful oasis in the middle of the week - come to Wednesday Holy Communion in Chieveley at 11am. Everyone welcome, wherever you live.

Tea and Toast
is a drop-in at Chieveley, first thing on a Friday morning 
during term-time. 8.45 to 10.30am.  Tea, coffee, toast and cakes, toys for pre-school children and a chance to chat.  Everyone welcome, however young at heart you are. 
Photos of the Macmillan Coffee Morning at Tea and Toast in September 2017:

w at West Ilsley church: a church cafe now on the second Sunday of each month from 10-11am.  Free drinks and cakes with donations to the chosen monthly charity.  January was a huge success and raised a wonderful sum for the Children's Society.
Open to all people from across the benefice and their friends and families.

o receive the weekly benefice email news sheet.

East Downland churches

 The Benefice Office is open for business usually on Thursday and Friday mornings.  Please note our new telephone number is 07957 458107.







Our Mission Prayer

God of new beginnings, we pray that you will transform your church as you renew us by your love. Give us vision for the journey that we may travel light and live increasingly by faith. Inspire, enliven and empower us, so that along the Way we may be sustained by the life of Christ in ourselves, in one another and in the world. Amen


Lent Groups 

The Post Communion Prayer recently read: God our creator, by your gift the tree of life was set at the heart of the earthly paradise, and the bread of life at the heart of your Church: may we who have been nourished at your table on earth be transformed by the glory of the Saviour’s cross and enjoy the delights of eternity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. With that - and some questions raised with the clergy - in mind we will be looking at the Eucharist and our sharing of fellowship as a gathered community in our Lent Group this year. Once again drawing on some of the material from the Pilgrim Course, the Lent Group will take place on Tuesdays at 8.00pm at Bussock Hill House, concluding on the 20th March.