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12th July 2024


Services this week – Sunday 14th July

09:30 Bramdean – Holy Communion

11:00 Kilmeston – Family Worship

15:00 Church in the Wood – Evensong, with Revd Amber of Ropley preaching

Services next week – Sunday 21st July

09:30am at Cheriton – Sea Sunday with Holy Communion (CW) with Fr. James Mosher, Chaplain to Seafarers and curate of St.Cross Winchester – preaching.

11:00am at Hinton AmpnerSea Sunday with Holy Communion (CW) also with Fr. James Mosher, Chaplain to Seafarers and curate of St.Cross Winchester -preaching.

15:00 Tichborne – Flower Festival Thanksgiving.


Readings for Sea Sunday Serves next week

OT: Psalm 107.23-31, NT: Acts 21.1-end, GOSPEL: Mark 6.30-34, 53-end.

With the probability of one of the singers being un-able to rejoin the Cheriton Church choir in the foreseeable future, the 9.30am service on 25th August will be the choir’s last service. It will be a joyful one and a celebration of Eva Blacker’s contribution to the church and choir.

Cheriton PCC is looking for volunteers to fulfil the role of churchwarden/s. Please contact the Rector if you are interested. You do not have to live in Cheriton.  Thank you.


Thoughtful Tuesdays, next gathering Tuesday 16th 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 16th July and 30th July.

Tichborne Flower Festival – Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July

All are welcome to visit St Andrew’s church, Tichborne to enjoy their flower festival themed around Garden Flowers.  The Church will be open from 9am to 5pm each day.  Donations towards the upkeep of St Andrew’s, Tichborne can be made at the door – cash much preferred, thank you.

In Silence my Soul Awaits : A ‘Contemplative Hour’ silent prayer meeting

Next Meeting 31st July at St Johns the Baptist, Winchester. All welcome! 

Future date – 18th September at Bramdean.

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

Gospel in the Gardens – four evenings, four gospels, four gardens.

A series of gatherings in gardens across the Benefice with an opportunity to read and hear the four gospels. Each Thursday 18:00 to 19:30.  If you can, please bring an outdoor chair. August 8th at Bramdean House, August 15th at Cheriton Cottage, August 22nd at Manor Farm House, Beauworth and August 29th at Lane End Farmhouse, Longwood.

Benefice Rogation Walk 2024
Benefice Easter ‘Away Day’ 2023 at the Hospital of St. Cross, Winchester. With Canon Gary Philbrick.

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)

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


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