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2nd May 2020

Service for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

In addition to the Sunday service that you can listen to on the Benefice Service page, there will be a live service on ‘zoom’ at 10 am tomorrow morning. If you would like to join me, please email me at

26th April 2020

A Service for the Third Sunday of Easter

To join us in our weekly the service, please click on Benefice Service above and then follow the link.

24th April 2020

Otterbourne Village Summer Fete.

It is with regret that the organising team of the Otterbourne Summer Fete have had to make the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event. This means that the fete will not now take place on Sunday 28th June 2020.

This decision has been made taking account of the current lockdown situation and the difficulty in predicting when things might return to normal. We have also taken into account the fact that many of the volunteers who help us to run this event are in the vulnerable age group or are in the group who have to be shielded for 12 weeks so we cannot put them at any risk by asking for their help this year. Planning for an event such as this has to take place several months ahead of the actual event, hence the need to decide now before any more time has been spent on planning.

For further details and information, please see the article written by the St. Matthew’s Social and Fund-Raising Team on our Coronavirus page.

19th April 2020

A Service for the Second Sunday of Easter

To join us in the Service, please click on the Benefice Service tab above and follow the link displayed.

Some members of the Benefice have suggested that we move from this video form to having a live ‘Zoom.us’ service at 5 pm on Sundays. Please let me have your thoughts and preferences, either by phoning or e-mailiing me.

Finally, thank you to everyone who continues to care for neighbours and strangers in whatever way. I have more volunteers than I do people to help, so please do contact me if you need anything.

All blessings to you on this special day.

William.

17th April 2020

A poem for comfort and hope.

Here’s a poem from Fergal Keane’s, Radio 4, Twitter page:

15th April 2020

A Message from Trinity Winchester

Life has changed for everyone over the last few weeks

The people who rely on Trinity have been at risk. 

Self isolating when you’re homeless is impossible. Rough sleepers have been afraid.  Many have underlying physical and mental health conditions that put them at greater risk and make it even harder to cope.

We have had to react and adapt quickly to meet these new challenges and we couldn’t have done it without your support. 

We at Trinity would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all of you
who have donated funds, food or time to help us keep people safe and healthy during this difficult time

Thank you from all of us at Trinity

To read more about how you can help Trinity Winchester to continue delivering the vital services to help people get off the streets and stay off them, please visit our Coronavirus page.

11th April 2020

Easter Day

To share in our Easter Sunday service, please click on the Benefice Service tab and follow the link.

10th April 2020

Good Friday Meditation 2020

This year’s chosen theme is the words of Jesus from the cross. To follow our service containing art, music, reading and prayers please follow the Benefice Service tab above and then click on the Good Friday link.

10th April 2020

Hop for the Homeless

Winchester Churches Nightshelter have organised their first virtual fundraising event which will be held on Easter Monday to help cover increased staffing and resource costs during this Coronavirus pandemic.

If you would like to take part please visit the following link: https://wcns.org.uk/blog/hop-for-homeless/

6th April 2020

A Prayer for Holy Week

We come to prepare for the holiest of weeks.
We will journey through praise, with joy on our lips;
we will travel through betrayal and death,
cradling hope deep in our hearts
Jesus leads us through this week, and we will follow,
for he is the life we long for,
he is the Word who sustains us.
We wave palm branches in anticipation,
we lay our love before him, to cushion his walk
Setting aside all power, glory, and might, he comes:
modeling humility and obedience for all of us.
Hosanna! Hosanna!
Blessed is the One who brings us
the kingdom of God.

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