St. Matthew’s will be organising the very popular village fete again this year. It will take place on the Recreation Ground on Sunday 30th June from 1p.m. – 4p.m. There will be no parade this year although there will still be all the ususal family attractions, music BBQ, bar and ice creams.
Please put the date in your diary. We look forward to seeing you there.
The next St.Matthew’s coffee morning will be held on Monday 3rd June at 10 a.m. in the Church Room. Everyone will receive a warm welcome. Come and join us for coffee, cake and biscuits.
The next meeting of the Good Book Group will take place on Wednesday 1st May at 8 p.m. at Compton All Saint’s Primary School.
We shall continue to look at the Gospel of Mark, chapters 3-5.
Soon we shall be invited to enter once again into the events of Holy Week. We look again at the heart of our faith; challenge ourselves again with the telling of Christ’s last week of preaching and teaching, healing and debating, remind ourselves again of his last words, his last actions, his last agony.
Why do we do it? It isn’t cosy and comforting like Christmas, it doesn’t attract large numbers to church it doesn’t cause an outbreak of tree cutting and bauble hanging, it doesn’t induce us to eat too much and spend too much. Why do we do it? Quite simply because it is the purest expression of our faith that we have.
Our faith was born, not out of a book, or even a collection of teachings, but out of an extraordinary set of events experienced and witnessed by a group of Palestinian Jews two millenia ago. Such was the power of those events and what they have meant that they have inspired and challenged many millions of people over the years since.
We can rad about those days we call holy in the Bible, we can think we know what they were and what they meant but faith isn’t something that only feeds the mind. If it doesn’t also feed the heart and soul then it is nothing but an intellectual exercise, just a piece of history to be debated.
By holding our palm crosses on Palm Sunday, sharing the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, watching with the dying Jesus on his cross on Good Friday and finally hailing the risen Lord on Easter Sunday we can give ourselves an opportunity to feel what our faith is about. To understand with our hearts not just our heads why Jesus did what he did and said what he said, why the disciples reacted as they did. In our imaginations we follow in their footsteps, and so seek to follow them in their unbreakable confidence in the life made new on Easter morning.
People often mistake faith as something that is to be believed. In my opinion, it is first and foremost something to be lived, practised, experienced. At the heart of what it means to be a Christian has to be Christ’s journey to the Cross and his resurrection.
William Prescott, Rector.
Wishing you a joyful and happy Easter. We invite you to share with us in this greatest of all Christian festivals. The services of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday as well as Easter Day are all part of what makes Easter so special. Do come and join these services.
The next Hursley cafe will be open again for breakfast on Saturday 27th April, from 9 am – 12 noon. Everyone will receive a warm welcome. Do come along and join us for bacon rolls and coffee.
Why not begin Lent well with one of our Ash Wednesday services, 6th March at 10 am in the church room at St. Matthew’s, Otterbourne with BCP communion, or 7.30 pm at All Saints’, Hursley with Common Worship communion and imposition of ashes.
Lent groups begin on Wednesday 13th march, 8 pm, at Compton C of E Primary School, Compton Street, or Thursday 14th March, 10 am, at St. Matthew’s, Otterbourne, church room. We shall meet at the same times each week throughout Lent.
Please note that there will be no Good Book Group on Wednesday 6th March. Why not join us in Hursley for the service instead?
Every six years an entirely new church Electoral Roll must be prepared. If you are currently on the Electoral Roll, you must re-apply. Application forms will be available in each of our Parish churches and, once completed, should be returned as soon as possible and no later than 30th March 2019.
New applicants wishing to join the roll are most welcome. Please contact William for further information.