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20th June 2024


Deanery Synod Meeting – Wednesday 5th July

Invitation to Churchwardens and Secretaries as well as PCC Synod Reps for the first plural Deanery Synod Meeting for Alresford and Alton Deaneries.

The Deanery Synod meeting for Alresford and Alton Deaneries will be on Wednesday 5th July at Ropley Church.  Simple food served from 5.30pm to encorage sharing fellowship time together.  The meeting will begin at 6pm with worship and will lead into the agenda. The meeting will finish with a short time for Alton and Alresford representatives to meet separately.  The evening will finish by 8pm. 

Banns to be read at Bramdean at 11:00 hrs

I publish the banns of marriage between Amelia Jane PEARCE (single) and Alexander David MABIN (single) both of the parish of All Saints with St John, Clifton; to be married by qualifying connection.

This is for the third time of asking. If any of you know any reason in law why they may not marry each other you are to declare it.


Services this week – Sunday 23rd June

09:30am Cheriton – Holy Communion (BCP)

11:00am Bramdean – Morning Worship

11:00am Kilmeston – Holy Communion (CW)

15:00 Church in the Wood – Evensong (BCP)

Services next week – Sunday 30th June

11:00 Hinton Ampner – Benefice Service ‘Talking Holy Communion’

Wednesday 26th June – 3pm at Ss Simon and Jude, Bramdean In Silence my Soul Awaits : A ‘Contemplative Hour’ silent prayer meeting

A series of meetings. All welcome! Further dates 31st July at St Johns the Baptist, Winchester; and 18th September at Bramdean.


Thoughtful Tuesdays Return in July                                                                  

Thoughtful Tuesdays: from 18:00 at The Flower Pots pub. An open opportunity for anyone to come and pull up a chair, share a pint with the Rector, and ask knotty questions: ‘why do bad things happen?’, ‘what is prayer?’, or ‘what is the old testament all about anyway?’ Answers not promised, only listening, and further questions in faith!

Thoughtful Tuesdays: continue on 2nd July, 16th July and 30th July.

Saturday 17th August – Rectory Open Garden from 2pm-4pm

Do you want to help, or need help, this winter with food or fuel costs? Please see our poster below for a local way to help others and to find help for your household: Thank you


4th March 2022

War in Ukraine

As the heart-breaking news of war in Ukraine becomes more horrific every day, we rightly ask ourselves “what can I do to help”? In a seemingly hardened world, thank you for your sensitivity towards the hurt and harm of others; for laying oneself open to love another person is the first victory.

Read Scripture

Jesus said “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” John 14.27

For in [Jesus] all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. Colossians 1.19-20

Jesus said “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.” John 14.16-17

Pray to God

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

O ALMIGHTY God, King of all kings, and Governor of all things, whose power no creature is able to resist, to whom it belongeth justly to punish sinners, and to be merciful to them that truly repent: Save and deliver us, we humbly beseech thee, from the hands of our enemies; abate their pride, asswage their malice, and confound their devices; that we, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore from all perils, to glorify thee, who art the only giver of all victory; through the merits of thy only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Act in Power

  1. Examine your own intentions. Repent of any prejudice or selfishness that distorts your relationships with others, especially those in peril or debt. And receive God’s liberating forgiveness.
  2. Intercede for the voiceless by lobbying our government. Consider writing to your MP (https://www.flickdrummond.com/).
  3. Use your resources ethically. Ensure your own personal investments and business partnerships do not support warmongering nations.
  4. Reach out to Eastern European citizens who may be friends, colleagues, or staff. Listen to what they want to say. Celebrate their cultures, and make them welcome.
  5. Donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee Appeal for Ukraine (https://www.dec.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal)

Benefice Easter ‘Away Day’ 2023 at the Hospital of St. Cross, Winchester. With Canon Gary Philbrick.

‘In the Steps of Jesus’: A Tour to the Holy Land (April 2024):

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