The annual Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday 25th November from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. in Otterbourne Village Hall. If you can offer help on the day either to set up the hall, run a stall or help to serve refreshments, please contact Rachel or Vera for more information. Alternatively, come along on the day to visit Father Christmas’ Grotto, browse the stalls and enjoy a light lunch.
We will be holding a Shoebox Service supporting Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child on Sunday 5th November at 9.30 a.m. at All Saints’ Church, Hursley. There will be children’s activities in Hursley Parish Hall for the first part of the service. Decorate your own shoebox or pick up a flatpack one from the church, along with a leaflet telling you what to include in your box and those items that you cannot include. All filled boxes will then be donated to the project.
Winchester Basics Bank provides emergency food and clothes to individuals and families in need and aims to make appropriate resources available to the maximum number of people at their point of greatest need.
The Basics Bank would like more volunteers to help with either the collecting, sorting or distribution of food. If you feel that you may be able to assist, please contact William for more details.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 4th October at 8 p.m. in Compton School.
This month we will be looking at the Gospel of St. John, Chapters 1-5.
Everyone is invited to join us and will receive a warm welcome.
Due to the new heating system being installed in St. Matthew’s, the Holy Communion service this week will be held in All Saints’ Church, Compton. All other services remain the same.
The next coffee morning will be held on Monday 4th September from 10 am in St. Matthew’s Church Room. We will be raising money for Parkinson’s disease research. We will be serving coffee, tea and cakes and everyone is most welcome to join us.
The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 6th September at 8 p.m. in Compton School.
We will be looking at the rise and fall of King Saul, Israel’s first king. The passage we shall be considering is 1 Samuel chapters 1-15. It looks a lot, but it is really an easy read! It charts how Israel relinquished its anarchic, somewhat ad hoc governance in order to be led by a king, and the beginning of the consequences of such a decision.
Our meetings are not a regular Bible study group, we are interesting in modern scholarship and how that might reflect on the text. We ask such questions as: who wrote the passage, why, for whom, and what were they really trying to communicate? And ultimately does what they were trying to say affect us? Sometimes we do more listening than speaking, we seek to learn about and from these ancient texts of faith and hope, fear and sadness.
Our meetings are open to all, people of faith, or no faith, but who are curious what there might be to discover within the pages of that Bible on the shelf. We usually meet in Compton C of E School Hall, Compton St, SO21 2AS, on the first Wednesday of every month.
Always Reforming: The continuing impact of the Reformation.
A very interesting series of lectures will be taking place during September to commemorate 500 years since the Protestant Reformation. The programme consists of five lectures:
7th September, 6pm for 6.30pm start, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester:
“The God who is transcendent in our midst” (Bonhoeffer): Divine and Creaturely Action according to the Reformation.
This lecture will be given by Professor Tom Greggs. Professor Greggs holds the Marischal Chair of Divinity at the University of Aberdeen.
The lecture is free of charge. To book your place, please register at: https:/www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/always-reforming-the-reformation-and-its-legacy-today-tickets-35694735916.
18th September, 7pm Wessex Centre, Inner Close, Winchester Cathedral.
Renewal and Reform: Finding common ground on the Reformation after the Ecumenical Movement.
The lecture will be given by Revd. Dr. Susan Durber. Susan Durber is a minister of the United Reformed Church, serving in Taunton, Somerset.
20th September, 7pm. Wessex Centre Inner Close, Winchester Cathedral.
A Reforming Imagination: Conversation points for today.
The lecture will be given by Dr. Michael Jagessar who is a minister of the United Reformed Church (UK) and who adds colour to the leadership and is helping to reshape its global intercultural ministeries.
25th September, 7pm. Wessex Centre, Inner Close, Winchester Cathedral.
The Calling of Creatures like Us: Thinking with Reformation traditions about what it means to be Human.
This lecture will be given by Professor Neil Messer who is Professor of Theology at the University of Winchester, a minister of the United Reformed Church and a member of the Expert Group of Ethics of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe.
26th September, 7pm. Wessex Centre, Inner Close, Winchester Cathedral.
Luther, Paul and the Radical Power of Grace.
This lecture will be given by Professor John Barclay who has been at Durham University as Lightfoot Professor of Divinity since 2003, having previously been professor at the University of Glasgow.
To cover the costs of the lectures being held in the Wessex Centre, there will be a charge of £5 for each lecture or £16 for the series. Please contact the Box Office at Winchester Cathedral (Tel: 01962 857200) or book online to reserve your place.
Should you require more details relating to any of the lectures, please speak to William.