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.

The parishes of this benefice are committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of the children and people of all ages in our church community. Further Safeguarding information can be found here.

What's Different!
Our next Cafe Church,  will take place on Sunday 20th October 2019, at 11.00am in St Mary's' Church , Chieveley. Come at 10.45am for refreshments 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.

All Souls’ Service This year we will be holding our Downland All Souls’ Service on Sunday 3rd November at 4pm in St. James’ Church, Leckhampstead - all are welcome to come and join us at this special service of remembrance and thanksgiving, but especially those who have recently lost a loved one.


And Regularly!
Enjoy a peaceful oasis in the middle of the week - come to Wednesday Holy Communion in Chieveley at 11am. Coffee before Communion at 10.30am . 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 2019:

At West Ilsley church: a church cafe on the second Sunday of each month from 10-11am.  Free drinks and cakes with donations to the chosen monthly charity.  
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