The Badminton Benefice
About The Benefice
The Churches in the Benefice
St. Michael and All Angels, Great Badminton
St. Michael and All Angels, Little Badminton
St. Mary, Acton Turville
St. Lawrence, Didmarton
St. Mary the Virgin, Sopworth
St. Mary, Boxwell
St. Andrew, Leighterton
St. Mary, Hawkesbury
St. Mary, Lasborough
St. Arild, Oldbury on the Hill
Details of the churches can be found under CHURCHES in the above menu.
We are a traditional group of country parishes. The majority of our Sunday services are sung, and include Psalms, hymns and canticles from the classic tradition of Church music.
Mattins, Evensong and Sung Eucharist services last approximately 45 minutes. Said Communion services (usually earlier in the mornings) last for 30 minutes.
There are regular Modern Family Services throughout the Benefice. Please click on the 'Services' menu above to see an up-to-date list of all upcoming services across the Benefice.
We belong to the Diocese of Gloucester. If you would like further information about our Diocese, please visit the below addresses:
Every 3rd Sunday of the month, at 11:15am, we hold a Sunday School in Sopworth Village Hall for children from across the Benefice. The Sunday School coincides with our 11:15am Mattins or Holy Communion service in the church. All are welcome to join us - both in the Sunday School and for the church service.
For those who do not know Sopworth well, the Village Hall is a few yards away from the church at the end of a quiet little lane.
Past And Present
In October 2013 we had the unique occasion of having two past Rectors of Badminton (The Reverend Tom Gibson and The Reverend Canon Christopher Mulholland) joining the current vicar (The Reverend Richard Thomson) at a service at Little Badminton.
Chris Andrew - Licensed as a Reader!
Chris Andrew was licensed as a Reader at Gloucester Cathedral on Saturday, 24th September 2016. We wish him many years of successful ministry in our Benefice.