Iwerne Valley Benefice

Celebrating Gods love in beautiful North Dorset...

Welcome to the Iwerne Valley Benefice


The Iwerne Valley Benefice is made up of five parishes, Ashmore, Fontmell Magna, Sutton Waldron, Iwerne Minster and Shroton.  The Villages are situated on the edge of the Cranborne Chase and  the Blackmore Vale.  Our churches play an important role in the life of our villages.  Offering a wide range of worship, community events, coffee mornings and much much more We are proud to say that we cater for a variety of worship tastes within our Benefice, including 'Breakfast Church' especially designed to be family / Child friendly with breakfast provided for all, modern services of Morning worship, Services of Holy Communion based on both the more modern Common Worship settings and also in the older more traditional form 'The Book of common prayer'  We are very lucky to have a wonderful team of both Lay Worship Leaders and Clergy who run our services and who provide a fantastic variety of worship styles and teaching. Please come along you will be more than welcome.Please see our Full menu of services on the 'Up and coming service Page' of this web site.  

                                                                                                                        In addition to this the Church has a strong link with St Andrew's VA Primary School in Fontmell Magna.  To discover more about our work and worship please explore our website, or contact us for a chat.


'A Vicar's Invitation' - If you have any questions about the Christian Faith. If you would like to discuss the questions of The Revd David JohnLife and Death.  Discover an experience of Spirituality within your own life, and discuss the hope of the Christian message.  Please feel free to contact our Vicar Revd David John he will be happy to visit.  01747 811623.


'Home groups' - Mondays: 10am Chaseborough, Fontmell Magna and 7.30pm Fourways, Shroton.  Do come along for discussion, friendship and prayerful start to the week. contact the Benefice Office for more details.

Coffee Mornings:   The Parish Church of St Mary Iwerne Minster hold a Coffee Morning called the 'Hub at the Club' in the Village Hall every other Thursday from 10am till 1200 all welcome, Coffee, home, made cakes, good company, Mums and Children are very welcome a 'children's space' with toys etc is provided. 

Bells in placeShroton Bells:-

The Bells are in place and sounding fabulous, read about this exciting project.  Click here



Office hours - The Benefice Office is open each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 2pm till 5pm. Tel 01258 861576.

Food Banks - There is a collection point in St Mary's Church, Shroton, items are collected every Wednesday and delivered to Blandford Food Bank on a Thursday and a collection point in St Andrew's Church, Fontmell Magna, going to the Gillingham Food Bank.  Please give generously, and ensure all items have a long shelf life.  Thank you.