Blessed is He who comes
in the name of the Lord!
Seeking to Serve
Growing for God
World Health Day
we thank you for healthcare professionals, carers and biomedical scientists
throughout the world.
Give skill and sympathy, strength and resilience to those throughout the world
who are caring for the sick, especially in these times of Pandemic.
Impart doctors and scientists with wisdom as they seek to provide cures
for deadly diseases, and least Covid-19.
Strengthen with your Spirit
all who provide us with medical care,
and health promotion
that through their work many
will be preserved from disease or restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Click here for our safeguarding procedures
Click here for the CURRENT PEW SHEET (02Apr20)
Click here for daily reflections, prayers and daily Morning and Evening Prayer, as well as other resources to use at home in the Pandemic.
Click here from 1130 on Sunday to see the text of morning worship and to hear a recording of the service in which you may participate.
A Maundy Thursday Service will appear here on Thursday 9th April at or shortly before 7 pm.
Good Friday Way of the Cross will appear here on Good Friday Morning and a Good Friday Liturgy will appear here at 2 pm to allow an hour’s reflection, ideally before a cross.
Please have a simple wooden cross and perhaps a sprig of a thorny plant with you at that time.
Click here for Morning Prayer (BCP ‘Mattins’) with a hymn
on the Palm Sunday (5 April 2020)
Click below for a reflection in times of loneliness from Pray-as-You-Go. [This link takes you away from our website].
In the light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended and sadly churches closed until further notice.
Funerals may still take place at the graveside or in a crematorium,
but please expect certain restrictions for safety’s sake.
There will also be no Church weddings or baptisms.
A locked church
Ah my dear Lord, the church is locked
but let my heart be open to your presence;
there let us make, you and I,
your Easter garden;
plant it with flowers,
and let the heavy stone be rolled away.
by Alan Amos
The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
In a joint statement the bishops said: “In the light of the Government’s measures, announced by the Prime Minister this evening, we urge everyone to follow the instructions given. Let us continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable, and build our communities, even while separated.”
Prayers will be said by the clergy on behalf of everyone and we are exploring ways of sharing this with the wider community. Digital resources will continue to be made available on this website. Daily prayers will be said for the community and the Eucharist with intercessions will be celebrated on behalf of all on each Sunday as far as possible and uploaded to this website.
How is your neighbour?
Is someone near self-isolating and unsupported
or just unable to go out?
Can you help?
Please do not assume all is well around you.
Please watch out for single people, and the elderly who are isolated from their families.
Do they have enough food, medicines such as pain-killers, fluids?
Please ask and help if you can or
let the Rector know who may be able find someone to help.
MANY THANKS FROM THE WHOLE COMMUNITY TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE VOLUNTEERING TO HELP OTHERS.
THANK YOU AND BLESS YOU ALL!
Whilst not being complacent or reckless,
let’s all try to resist fear and selfishness.
‘Honour your mother and father’ – let us all look out for the elderly.
‘Love your neighbour as yourself – let us think of others as well as ourselves.
Click here for current Corona Virus (Covid-19) general guidance and
specific advice for churches.
If you have health concerns and for the latest health advice, please visit the NHS website.
In Summary: Stay at home. Read some advice about staying at home.
Urgent advice: Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Do contact let the Rector know (confidentially) or at least a friend, relative or neighbour who can make sure you have all you need.
Please pray for
all those who are ill,
those who are isolated,
those who work in the health & social care sectors,
those who are researching Corvid19,
those who bring and co-ordinate relief,
all those whose ‘Life Events’
such as weddings and christenings have been disrupted,
and those who make policy.
Worship at Home during the CoViD-19 Pandemic
Printable Short Prayer Guides
Be Still and know that I am God.
The God of Hosts is with us.
Sadly, we are no longer allowed to keep our churches and the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice. So the following resources are designed you to sustain your prayer life or to develop a new one in these difficult times..
Click here for Morning Prayer during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Click here for Prayer During the Day during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Click here for Evening Prayer during the Pandemic
Click here for a Simple Daily Prayer Guide
Click here for the 2020 Lenten Prayer Guide
(Lent in 7 Objects and ACTIONS)
A prayer resource for each week of Lent, centred around an object to get you thinking. There will be an object each week to make the prayer and reflection more meaningful. There will be a suggestion to ponder and something to do in daily life each week, as well as a quote from Jesus to discuss and to ‘hold’ through the week.
Click here and join the Church of England in Daily Prayer
The Wilfrid Café (Droxford Community Hub) is closed temporarily during the Corona Pandemic.
In normal times, we hold a said service of Holy Communion each Thursday at 10:00
in the Lady Chapel in Droxford church
All Sunday and weekday services are temporarily suspended
and the churches closed.
Congratulations to John Symes for the Mayor of Winchester’s Community Award (see the Pew Sheet and The Bridge).
Congratulations and prayers for all those recently baptised and especially Hector and his family
Congratulations to those recently married, including:
Tom & Catherine (14 Dec19); Mike & Nicola (21 Dec19);
Michael & Emma (28 Dec19);
Oliver and Faatima (07Mar20)
and to those engaged to be married later in 2020
Rest in Peace
Josephine Carey RIP
Jill Casey RIP
Alan Jones RIP
How is God Calling You?
The Church of England is passionate and committed that all vocations should be recognised, regardless of gender, age, colour or background. This does not necessarily mean to ordained ministry. We have Licensed Lay Ministers (Readers), authorised lay workers (chalice assistants, servers, vergers, etc) and recognised lay workers (pastoral visitors).
If you feel that God might be calling you to ‘something’ but you’re not sure what, do please speak to Fr Tony or Canon Anthony.
(click here for our policy)
The Parishes of The Meon Bridge Benefice (Corhampton and St Andrew, Meonstoke, St Mary and All Saints, Droxford, and St Peter and St Paul, Exton) are committed to promoting the understanding of the principles and practices of equality – treating each person as an individual, according to their needs, with an awareness of our diverse society and appreciating the value of difference. The Benefice recognises Access as an important part of its work .
For our Table of Fees please click here
For our Policy of fees and Charges please click here
Well Done and Thank You
Thank you to all those who contributed to, helped organise or attended our recent events:
- The Lent Lunches
- The opening of Wilfrid’s Café
- The provision and installation of new lighting, especially the chandelier, in Meonstoke Church.
- The Toy Collection for homeless families in Portsmouth
- The Soirées on the Bridge.
- Thank you for all those who read or serve, clean and tidy, prepare and set up, play music or sing in services.
- A GIANT THANK YOU to those who help at or come to Messy Church and thanks to Meonstoke School for hosting us and making us so welcome.