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27th June 2017

St. Matthew’s coffee morning

Our last coffee morning raised £110 for the Southampton Leukaemia and Transplant Unit.

The next coffee morning will be held on Monday 3rd July from 10-11.30am in St Matthew’s Church Room. All proceeds will be donated to the Jersey Cheshire Home.  This will be the last coffee morning before the summer break. Everyone is welcome.  We will start again in the Autumn.

2nd June 2017

Jalopies

This year’s ‘Jalopies’ event will take place on Sunday 25th June. The jalopies will assemble at the village hall at 1.30pm, and then parade through the village to the Recreation Ground for the start of the fete at 2pm where there will be all kinds of stalls and games, and refreshments of various kinds. Please come along and support this afternoon of fun.

2nd June 2017

Cranbury Park Garden open for charity

Cranbury Park Garden will be open for charity as part of the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 11th June between 2-6pm.  Admission is £5 per adult with no charge for children.  All dogs must be kept on leads please.

The Garden can be accessed through entrances at: Hocombe Road, opposite Nichol Road, Otterbourne Hill by the bus stop and by the church in Otterbourne.

Monies raised will also be donated to All Saints Church, North Baddesley.

24th May 2017

Good Book Group

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 7th June at 8pm in Compton School.

This month we shall be looking at The Song of Songs sometimes known as The Song of Solomon.

Everyone is welcome.

15th May 2017

Dates for your diaries

This year the Rectory Garden Bring and Share lunch will be held on Sunday 16th July.

There will also be a Parents and Tots Picnic in the Rectory garden on Sunday 23rd July.

Further details will be provided nearer the time but do please ‘save the dates’ in your diary.

15th May 2017

St. Matthew’s coffee morning

The latest coffee morning held in St. Matthew’s Church room raised £160 for Alzheimer’s Research.  Thanks to everyone for their very generous donations.

Our next coffee morning will be held on Monday 5th June from 10am and we will be raising money for Southampton Leukaemia and Transplant Unit (in memory of Ross Hawkins).  Everyone is invited to join us and will be warmly welcomed.

27th April 2017

Good Book Group

Following the successful ‘Faith in Question’ series, we shall now recommence our monthly meetings of  the ‘Good Book Group’. ‘The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 3rd May at 8 p.m. in Compton School.

We will be looking at ideas of the atonement, or, put another way, how the cross brings salvation.

25th April 2017

Bag2School Collection

Bag2School is a free fundraising scheme that works in partnership with schools, community groups and charities to help raise money from textile donations. It operates throughout the UK, collecting and selling unwanted textiles to many countries of Eastern and Western Europe, Africa and Asia where items are recycled.

If you have any unwanted bedlinen, curtains, towels, clothing, hats, scarves, soft toys, belts, jewellery, handbags or shoes you would like to donate, Compton All Saints’ Primary School has a collection scheduled for Friday 5th May.  Any money raised will be shared equally between the school and All Saints Church, Compton.

Items can be left in Compton church anytime before 5th May, in any type of bag and labelled ‘Bag2School.

10th April 2017

Easter letter from the Rector

On the Sunday before Palm Sunday Passiontide begins. The word passion comes from the Latin, passio, meaning suffering; and in our context, Christ’s suffering.

I would guess that the Passion has been the most pictured event in Western art of all time. Our galleries contain many representations of the agony in the garden, the trial, the crucifixion and the empty tomb. From the 2nd century to the present day what happened to Jesus of Nazareth has inspired artists from Paul Gauguin, to Rogier van der Weyden. 

There are a number of explanations for why Christ’s passion is so important; they range from the ancient and simple to the modern and complex. Some work purely on a metaphysical level. For example, for some people, God’s justice required a price for the sins of mankind and the only perfect sacrifice possible had to be provided by God himself, his sinless son. Salvation follows because the wrath of God has been averted by the sacrifice of the Son. 

Such an idea makes perfect sense in a culture used to the regular offering of various sacrifices in order to maintain or repair the worshipper’s relationship with his god. In this explanation the perfect sacrifice has been offered, once and for all, and now faith in what it has achieved is all that is required.

Other explanations work on a more worldly level. For example, the dreadful suffering and death of Jesus flowed from his stubborn refusal to give up his teaching and calling the authorities to account. His message was so contrary to the interests of those in power that he was bound to suffer crucifixion as a dangerous revolutionary. But if he had withdrawn from the public stage and lived quietly and safely, then all he had said about the true nature of God, and what he hopes of us, all that makes for the kingdom of God, would have faded into rapid obscurity. 

We are saved through his life, his teaching, his acceptance of its consequences and finally, God’s affirmation of his life at his resurrection. The sacrifice of Jesus is real, and suffered voluntarily, not to appease God’s wrath, but rather as mankind’s inevitably vicious and violent response to what is good, fearless and challenging, what is truly a reflection of  the love of God.

I shall try to illustrate some of the different approaches to the crucifixion, in art, film, music and in various theologies during our three hour service on Good Friday (see the page opposite for details). If the crucifixion, and why it is so important to Christian faith and practice, has always puzzled you, come along and find an approach that speaks to you.

In the end though, whatever way of looking at the Passion inspires us, it is what we do with it that counts. Whether it is to cause us to worship the God who loves us without end, or to move us to follow Jesus’ teaching that bit more seriously. Such a sacrifice should not leave us without a response.

10th April 2017

Easter Greetings

You are invited to share with us in this greatest of all Christian festivals.

Benefice services are taking place as follows:

Wishing you a joyful and happy Easter.