by whose grace Elizabeth rejoiced with Mary
and greeted her as the mother of the Lord:
look with favour on your lowly servants
that, with Mary, we may magnify your holy name
and rejoice to acclaim her Son our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
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There are various networks of members of the congregations telephoning each other. If you would like to join one of these networks for a regular chat, please do not hesitate to contact William who will put you in touch with a group.
If you would like to join our service today, please click on ‘Benefice Service’ above and follow the link where you can also find information about our Zoom services and meetings.
We have received the following from the Diocese which is a very relevant warning as members of our congregation have been targeted, fortunately without falling prey to the fraudsters:
‘Please can I remind you all again that parishes are constantly being targeted by scammers either for cash transfers or Amazon vouchers (see example below). Parish websites often provide the names of clergy and parish officers as well as email addresses. It is then quite simple for the scammer to email the warden, or the youth-worker from a fictitious vicar@gmail account with a request for funds. Please make sure that everyone on your PCC is aware of these risks and encourage them to question the validity of such emails. Consider who else the scammers can link to you via the parish website, and ensure they are aware of the danger of falling victim to these emails, too.’
I may say that I will never ask for financial assistance from any member of the congregation, so if you get an email purporting to be from me then it is certainly a fraud.
Today’s service can be found by following the Benefice Services heading at the top of this page and clicking on the link.
Christian Aid week will still be held from 10-16 May 2020 although this year will be different!
Everything is different this year, except for the needs of the developing world – facing Coronavirus on top of all their other problems. The work of Christian Aid has never been more important, in providing clean water, effective sanitation, and local health care, irrespective of race or religion.
Christian Aid has written: ‘Coronavirus impacts all of us. But love unites us all. Now is the time to reach out to our neighbours, both near and far. Families living in overcrowded refugee camps. People who have no clean water to wash their hands. People who are living with HIV.’
Christian Aid week forms an essential part of the charity’s funding. Please consider giving generously towards the important work. The easiest and most effective way to give is online, caweek.org, or phone 020 7620 4444. Thank you.
Further to the announcement that Trinity’s Big Sleep Out had to be postponed due to Coronavirus, we are pleased to tell you that whilst plans are ongoing to set a new date, Trinity have announced that there will be a Big Sleep In during May to raise funds for the homeless and those who are vunerable and in need of their help.
Trinity are urging people to get creative and hold their own sleep out at home, in a bedroom, lounge, or even in a garden and maybe with members of the same household.
Why not take this opportunity to build your own cardboard shelter and even involve your friends virtually
For more details on how to take part and have a look at some great ideas for your shelter visit the Trinity Winchester website. http://trinitywinchester.org.uk/virtual-fundraising/