Author: Sarah Dunn

We have recently received the following letter from a Trustee of the Basics Bank: Dear all,As autumn approaches, we traditionally turn our thoughts to Harvest, and in the past you have been kind enough to arrange a Harvest collection in aid of the Winchester Basics Bank.Due to the fantastic ongoing generosity of the local community,…

God of great gifts,grant that I may not so much seek to have kindred spiritsas to be a kindred spirit.Give me ears to hear the needs of those around me,arms to hold them when they need holding,eyes to see their pain or their joy,and a heart to feel it.God grant that I may not so…

There will be a Holy Communion Service at 10 am on Wednesday 16th September at All Saints’ Church, Compton. This service will continue to be held on the third Wednesday of each month adhering to the guidelines and advice from the government and the Church of England relating to COVID 19.

The new guidance from the C of E’s House of Bishop’s Recovery Group now allows a small choir to sing in Church although, congregations are still at this time not permitted to sing as part of worship. So vocal music can now return to our churches. It isn’t perfect, but it is progress. Benefice services continue…

In accordance with current guidelines, we must now wear masks in church for all services. Apart from that, this Sunday will follow the normal (the new normal!) pattern of Morning Services at the usual times.   If you are unable to join us in Church, the live 5pm Zoom.us services continue to be popular. For…

On Wednesday morning, 5th August, at 9.30am there will be a BCP communion service in Compton. Our thanks are due to Rev Brian Pickett for agreeing to take this service in my absence.

Services have resumed in all three churches in the benefice even though the style of service is not quite as it used to be. One of the services is being recorded each Sunday and will be made available to watch online on Youtube by late Sunday afternoon. To access this service, go to the link…

Following the publication of the Church of England guidelines for conducting communion services the wardens and I have decided to return to the pattern of principle service times we used previously which means that communion services will recommence. For the foreseeable future, communion will need to be offered only in one part, ie, the bread, with the chalice…

I am delighted to say that we are able to resume Sunday services in all three churches in the benefice. Things will look a bit different, and the style of service will not be quite as it used to be, not initially anyway. But we will be able to sit in the same building and…

We are now allowed to open the churches for private prayer only. Initially, it has been decided to open the churches in the benefice at particular times of the day, so that the buildings might be discretely supervised and surfaces cleaned after each visit. When you visit one of our churches there will be someone…