God the Father,
help us to hear the call of Christ the King
and to follow in his service,
whose kingdom has no end;
for he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, one glory.
An online fund raising quiz night will be held on Saturday 28th November on Zoom. If you would like to join us, please refer to our ‘Giving’ page for further information and details on how to register your team of up to 6 people.
Whilst the online quiz is free to participate, any donations
for St. Matthewʼs Church would be greatly appreciated.
We are pleased to confirm that all three churches within the benefice will be open for private prayer as follows:
Otterbourne Weekdays 9am -10am, Compton Wednesdays 9am – 10am, Sundays 11am – 12noon, Hursley Sundays 11am – 12noon.
Face coverings are required by law in places of worship so please do remember to bring one with you unless you have a legitimate reason not to.
Just three more Sundays to go until we (hopefully) will be able to worship in our churches again.
In the meantime, our Sunday service for the Second Sunday before Advent can be found on the Benefice Services page. We are also offering a 10am Zoom version of this service and a 5pm Zoom evening service as well.
If you would like to join a Zoom service, please contact William for more details.
St Matthew’s continues its appeal to fund the repairs to the church room wall capping which presently is causing considerable damp and damage to the plaster. The cost of the work will be approximately £6,000, which, coming in a year when we cannot hold any of the usual fund raisers, will seriously denude our finances. The appeal has currently raised something in the order of £1,200. Further details can be found by clicking on the ‘Giving’ heading above.
A Morning Service for Remembrance Sunday will be made available , both as a video service through YouTube, as in the first period of lockdown, and as text with imbedded hymns and can be found by clicking on the Benefice Service heading above.
The 5pm Zoom evening service each Sunday will continue as usual.
We are pleased to be able to hold our usual Acts of Remembrance across the Benefice on Sunday 8th November.
There will be an Act of Remembrance at the Otterbourne War Memorial starting at 10:50 am.
Acts of Remembrance will also be held on Shawford Down, beginning at the Wooden Cross at 12.15 pm and will then move across to lay wreaths at the Wayside Cross.
Hursley’s Act of Remembrance will take place at 10.50 am at the Memorial.
There will be no church services, in line with Government guidance.
People planning to attend any of these Acts should first refer to the Government Guidance that has been sent to Local Authorities concerning this year’s event, and attendance at it. People will be asked to keep in their own family groups or with those in their support ‘bubble’ or individually with one other person and be distanced from others and wearing their masks – it is important that people do not gather too closely together.
The guidance can be found on the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-authority-preparations-for-remembrance-sunday/local-authority-preparations-for-remembrance-sunday
In line with the latest government announcement, we shall return to providing a videoed service in the style of the previous lockdown services with effect from 8th November. This will be a Service to say and hear in your own home and can be found by clicking on the Benefice Service heading at the top of the page.
Please remember to visit our website regularly for any updates.
We intend to carry on with our usual services for Remembrance on the assumption that given current congregation numbers we can cope with the small increase that we have on Remembrance Sunday.
The Act of Remembrance at the memorials will also go ahead as normal, though people will be asked to keep in their family groups, distanced from others and wearing their masks.
At Compton there will not be the usual large turnout of Scouts, etc., which should keep the numbers to an acceptable level.
St Matthew’s, Otterbourne has launched an appeal in order to fund the repairs to the church room roof which presently is causing considerable damp and damage to the plaster. The cost of the work will be approximately £6,000, which, coming in a year when we cannot hold any of the usual fund raisers, will seriously denude our finances.
For further details, please click on the ‘Giving” heading above. Any support that you can provide will be very gratefully received.