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.
The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 2nd August at 8pm in Compton School. This month we shall be looking at the Epistle of James, a short epistle concerned with the practical application of Christian faith in the world. ‘Be doers, not merely hearers’.
Everyone is welcome.
A big ‘thank you’ to all those who came along and supported this month’s coffee morning. We raised a grand total of £256 for the Jersey Cheshire Home. We shall now take a break for the summer and will meet again in the Autumn. A date will be confirmed nearer the time.
The picnic will be held in the Rectory garden on Sunday 23rd July at 12.30pm. Everyone is welcome. Please bring your own picnic and a picnic rug.
The annual Bring and Share lunch will be held in the Rectory garden on Sunday 16th July at 12.30pm. Sign up sheets are available in all three churches. Please sign these if you would like to join us and mention the food that you will bring as your contribution. Alternatively, let either William or Alayne know.
Thank you to everyone who supported this popular event and thanks to all those people who volunteered their help in many different ways. Once again, it was an afternoon of fun and a real community event.
There will be no Good Book Group in July, but we will meet again on Wednesday 2nd August at 8pm in Compton C of E Primary School Hall.