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31st March 2020

Prayer for today

Today we pray for hospital staff, carers and medical researchers:

Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

30th March 2020

Poem for today

From BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. Fergal Keane reading ‘This is the time to be slow’, by John O’Donohue.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/embed/p0884gfm/52091958

This is the time to be slow,
Lie low to the wall
Until the bitter weather passes.
Try, as best you can, not to let
The wire brush of doubt
Scrape from your heart
All sense of yourself
And your hesitant light.
If you remain generous,
Time will come good;
And you will find your feet
Again on fresh pastures of promise,
Where the air will be kind
And blushed with beginning.

JOHN O’DONOHUE

Excerpt from his book Benedictus

29th March 2020

Benefice Service for Passion Sunday

To join the Service for today click on Benefice Service above and then click on the Passion Sunday link displayed.

28th March 2020

Online Communion Service

Bishop Tim has recorded a communion service which is accessible to view on ‘Diocesan YouTube Channel’ from Sunday morning. 

28th March 2020

Big Sleep Out

Trinity’s Big Sleep Out has unfortunately been postponed in-line with the new government measures announced this week. Trinity Winchester are working hard to set a new date for later in the year. Future announcements will be made via Trinity’s social media sites and mailing lists.

27th March 2020

Update from Hampshire County Council

Scam Alerts, March 2020

Please click on the link below to read the latest information from HCC Trading Sandards.

In these troubling times we all need to remember to be extra vigilant. Go here to see details:

Scam Alerts:

26th March 2020

Coronavirus Support

Should you be required to self-isolate, or choose to self-isolate, there are local people in each Parish who are willing to provide support by delivering essential supplies to your home and support you in collecting prescriptions.  The service is available to those people who have no other means of obtaining goods or services (such as family, neighbours, friends or retail delivery services).

Details of who to contact for each Parish can be found as follows:

Hursley: Village Shop or Parish Council via the Hursley Parish Council website.

Otterbourne:    ‘Taskforce’ at the Parish Council via the Otterbourne Parish Council website.

Compton and Shawford:  Parish Council website and Parish Magazine, April Edition.             

Alternatively, contact William Prescott who will pass details on to our wonderful volunteers to enable them to make contact with whoever is in need of support.

23rd March 2020

St. Matthew’s Coffee Mornings

Further to the Coronavirus outbreak, regrettably the monthly coffee mornings held in St. Matthew’s have been cancelled until further notice.

21st March 2020

Service for Mothering Sunday

As you are aware we are not able to hold services in church. If you would like to share a service appropriate for Mothering Sunday, please click on ‘Benefice Services’ above and then click on the link that will be displayed.

When we can not meet together for worship at the same time and in the same place, we will have to try new methods.

The churches of the benefice remain open every day for prayer and to offer a quiet space until we can resume regular worship together.

With all good wishes

William

18th March 2020

Coronavirus Update

In light of Government guidance concerning non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended. Sadly therefore, we will be suspending all services across the benefice until further notice. We have been advised that funerals and weddings can still continue.

Please continue to visit the News page of this website for updates.

If you would like to talk to someone about the suspension of services and regular group meetings or have any questions, please call William Prescott on 01962 714551.

In the meantime, our churches will continue to be open for you daily.

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