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23rd February 2024


Chaplaincy Volunteer Team

Do you value someone visiting you when you’re in hospital? Perhaps you might feel called to volunteer at Winchester Hospital as part of the Chaplaincy Volunteer Team? If so, they’re recruiting! Please talk to Revd. Christopher for more detail. God mercifully heal those who cry out to Him. Amen.

Thoughtful Tuesdays – in Lent,

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 5th March and 19th March.

Silent Prayer Meetings  –  May through September

A Contemplative Hour of Prayer to be held on four occasions at 15:00 hours, on Wednesdays. The venue will alternate between St John the Baptist, St Johns St., Winchester and Ss Simon and Jude, Bramdean.

                                                      8th May – St Johns Winchester

                                                      26th June – Ss Simon and Jude, Bramdean

                                                      31st July – St Johns Winchester

                                                      18th September – Ss Simon and Jude, Bramdean

Everyone is Welcome

Bellringing at Cheriton

During the next three months there may be some additional ringing practices at Cheriton on Monday evenings. The fifth bell at Old Alresford was accidentally cracked last year and has now been removed from the Tower for repair. Therefore the usual Monday evening practice at Old Alresford may be held at Cheriton for the duration of the repair works.

The Cheriton band will continue to practice on Thursday evenings.


This week – Sunday 25th February,

09:30 Holy Communion at Cheriton

11:00 Holy Communion at Bramdean

11:00 Family Worship at Kilmeston

18:00 Evensong, Tichborne

Next week – Sunday 3rd March

10:15 Sunday Station at Bramdean

18:00 Holy Communion at Cheriton

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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