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See below for the Archbishops’ call to join in National Prayer

Bishop of Portsmouth (1927 – 1936)
Bishop of Salisbury (1936 – 1949)

The Enthronement of  Dr Neville Lovett
as the first Bishop Of Portsmouth in 1927

Click [HERE] to see a slice of our diocesan history with a very local connection to our own community.  The link will take you to the Reuters historic archive of Pathe News films.

 

In the Lady Chapel a stone plaque is dedicated to Neville Lovett, who retired to Droxford in 1946.

 

Click here for information about how you can inform the choice of our new bishop!

Click here to see the latest information on the direction of  our Diocese

Click here for resources in Lent 2021 in Pandemic

Click here for our safeguarding procedures

Click [HERE]for the latest Pew News

Click [HERE] for previous Pew News

Streamed Services

Click [HERE] or go to
www.bridgechurches.org.uk/streamed_services

New Church and Community Notice Board is dedicated – Click [HERE] or on the News Tab above

GATHERED SERVICES & CHURCH OPENING

We are keeping our gathered services and the opening of our churches under weekly review in the light of the recent assessments of national and local risk to our health and well-being in the face of  the Pandemic.

PLEASE WATCH THIS SPACE,
Check the ‘NEWS’ tab above, [HERE] or FACEBOOK
FOR THE LATEST UPDATE

HANDS- FACE- SPACE

 

Please keep checking here to see our programme of services and events as they are confirmed.

Please do not assume that the programme will be identical to that published in The Bridge, which was prepared before the recent lockdown.

NEWS from the Island can be found [HERE]

Prayer for our nation

You will be aware that our Archbishops have called for us to pause, reflect and remember the 100,000 individuals who have died in the UK as a result of the Covid pandemic, and to pray for their loved ones. They said: “100,000 isn’t just an abstract figure. Each number is a person: someone we loved and someone who loved us. We also believe that each of these people was known to God and cherished by God.” You can read the details of their open letter here.

They have called for February to be a month of prayer for our nation, as our response to this tragic milestone. They would like us all to pause and pray each evening, particularly at 6pm, from Monday 1st February. As during the November lockdown, there are suggested themes for each day of the week, and suggested prayers for each week during the month of February, including litanies, family prayers and prayers for use in schools. You can read and download these resources from here:

The national C of E will also circulate prayers each day via social media.

CLICK HERE – This Month’s Benefice Prayer Cycle

Masks or Face-coverings
must now be worn in church

The wearing of face-coverings/ masks is mandatory
in all places or worship.
Please cover your mouth and nose
before entering any church building
and to wear the covering on until you are clear of the building.
Please do not cross any barrier or touch any item unnecessarily
while you are in the building.
(See www.gov.uk

Our website contains details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life.  See our website for several resources and join in with on-line worship.

The Rector and Churchwardens can be can also be contacted in an emergency by telephone or email.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength … Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips.

Scroll down for our current and recent services

Morning and Evening Prayer

For Morning Prayer (MP), please click here;

For Evening Prayer (EP), please click here.

Weekly Services On-Line

The Order of Service for our Common Worship weekly services is available by clicking [HERE].

The Order of Service for our Book of Common Prayer monthly services is available by clicking [HERE].

Both forms follow the broad pattern of the services used in church too.

Sunday worship (CW and/or BCP)

available here
every Sunday during the Pandemic.

Streamed Services:

Coming Up Later in Lent,
Passiontide
& Easter

Sunday, 4th April
Easter Day
0630 Easter Fire, Paschal candles & Eucharist at dawn
0800 Easter Holy Communion (BCP)
1030 Bringing in the Easter Light and Easter Eucharist

Friday, 2nd April
Good Friday
An Hour at the Foot of the Cross and
Reception of Holy Communion

Thursday, 1st April
Maundy Thursday
Benefice Eucharist

28th March
Palm Sunday

with Liturgy of the Palms the Proclaiming the Passion according to St Mark
Holy Communion (CW)

25th March
The Annunciation of our Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Holy Communion (CW)

21st March
Lent 5 (Passiontide begins)

Holy Communion (BCP)
Cathy preaching

Friday, 19th March
St Joseph of Nazareth
Holy Communion (CW)

Wednesday, 17th March
St Patrick – Patron of Ireland
Holy Communion (CW)

14th March
Mothering Sunday –(Lent 4)

Family Service and
Holy Communion (CW)

Next Week

10.30 am 7th March
Lent 3
Holy Communion (CW)

This Week

10 am 1st March
St David of Menevia – Patron of Wales
Holy Communion (CW)

Click on the thumbnail above  or click  [HERE] from
10 am on Monday, 1st March 2021 to join the service.

Click [HERE] for a pdf with the readings, hymns

Preacher: The Revd Canon David Isaac – Area Dean

10.30 am 28th February
Lent 2
Holy Communion (CW)

Click on the thumbnail above  or click  [HERE] from
10.30 on Sunday, 28th February 2021 to join the service.

Click [HERE] for a pdf with the readings, hymns and the homily.

 

From 0930 Catch Cathy’s latest Prayer … Unwrapped
CONFESSION

 Click above or  [HERE] to watch and click [HERE] to read the text.

Last Week:

8 am 21st February
Lent 1
Holy Communion (BCP)

Click on the thumbnail above  or click  [HERE] from
10.30 on Sunday, 21st  February 2021 to join the service.

Click [Here] for a pdf with the readings, hymns and the homily.

12 noon 17th February
Ash Wednesday
Penitential Eucharist (CW) (with Covid-safe self-‘ashing’)

Click on the thumbnail above  or click  [HERE] from
12 noon on Wednesday, 17th February 2021 to join the service.

Click [HERE] for a pdf with the readings, hymns and the homily.

Recently:

10.30 am 14th February
The Sunday next before Lent
(Transfiguration Sunday)
Holy Communion (CW)

Click on the thumbnail above  or click  [HERE] from
10.30 on Sunday, 14th February 2021 to join the service.

Click [HERE] for a pdf with the readings, hymns and Cathy’s homily.

Here is an additional reflection by the Rector on the Transfiguration as a turning point in Jesus’ ministry – a key event as Jesus’ attention turns towards Jerusalem and his Passion and crucifixion – as our attention now turns towards Lent.
Click on the thumbnail above  or click  [HERE] from
8 am on Sunday, 14th February 2021 to join the service.  There are also 2 hymns and the gospel reading selected from the 10.30 service.

10.30 am 7th February
2nd Sunday before Lent
Holy Communion (CW)

Click on the thumbnail above  or click  [HERE] from
10.30 on Sunday, 7th February 2021 to join the service.

Click [HERE] for a pdf with the readings, hymns and homily

31st January 2021
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple

(Candlemas)
from Meonstoke Church, Hampshire
Preacher: The Rector

Click on the thumbnail above  or click  [HERE] from
10.30 on Sunday, 31st January 2021 to join the service.

Click [HERE] for a pdf with the readings, hymns and homily

Hear the thought-provoking reading from the prophecy of Malachi:

and some prayers for Candlemas:

Both read by Sheila Matthissen assisted by James.

Recently:

24th January 2021
The Third Sunday after Epiphany

including The Conversion of St Paul
also from Exton Church, Hampshire
Preacher: The Rector

Click on the thumbnail above  or click  [HERE] from
10.30 on Sunday, 24th January 2021 to join the service.

Click [HERE] for a pdf with the readings, hymns and homily

… Unwrapped by Cathy Mathews

‘Prayer … Unwrapped’

by Cathy Mathews

Click below to listen to Cathy or to read the text

You can read the text [HERE]

17th January 2021
The Second Sunday after Epiphany
from the Church of St Peter & St Paul, Exton, Hampshire
Preacher: Cathy Mathews (LLM)

Click on the thumbnail above  or click  [HERE] from
10.30 on Sunday, 17th January 2021 to join the service.

Click [HERE] for a pdf with the readings, hymns and homily

The Baptism of Christ

10th January 2021

Click on the thumbnail above  or click  [HERE] from
10.30 on Sunday, 10th January 2021 to join the service.

Activity sheets for children and families to complete together can be found [HERE].

Other Recent Services

The Epiphany

HAPPY NEW YEAR

3rd January 2021

Click on the thumbnail above  or click  [HERE] from
10.30 on Sunday, 3rd January 2021 to join the service.

Click [HERE] for a pdf with the readings, hymns and homily

Older Services

Older services can still be found [HERE].

Prayers in the Pandemic

Please click here for a daily cycle of prayer for our local communities, key workers and some areas of national and international life.

Gracious God,
we thank you for all healthcare professionals,
carers and biomedical scientists.
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 not 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.

The younger generation face an especially uncertain future: 
their education and training; safe employment, job security and even employability;
what to do when their new found community roles seem no longer to be needed;
additional emotional challenges and anxieties, including grief and a sense of where life would have led them had there not been a pandemic.

Please pray for them, and when we can and however we are able, let us offer practical and emotional support, e.g.: mentoring a job-seeker; coaching someone in a new and testing role; offering educational and emotional support at the education transition points – home to school – between schools at different stages  – school to university – education to employment.

There are many experienced and talented people in the area – how can you help the next generations to set off on life’s journey securely – helping them to succeed and helping them to give back to society as they go alongside you.

 


Click here for our safeguarding procedures

Click here for daily reflections, prayers and daily Morning and Evening Prayer, as well as other resources to use at home in the Pandemic.

Other links too can be found on that page if you scroll down

A Reflection

Click below for a reflection in times of loneliness from Pray-as-You-Go. [This link takes you away from our website].

 

We must all follow the instructions given by the Government united in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus.

Digital resources for worship will continue to be made available on this website.

Daily prayers will be said for the community, which will include the cycle of prayer for the whole community and all key workers.

The Eucharist with intercessions will be celebrated on behalf of all on each Sunday and major Feast Day as far as possible and recordings uploaded to this website.

How is your neighbour?
How are the younger generation?

The younger generation face an especially uncertain future: 
their education and training; employment, job security and even employability;
what to do when their new found community roles seem no longer to be needed;
additional emotional challenges and anxieties, including grief and a sense of where life would have led them had there not been a pandemic.

Please pray for them, and when we can and however we are able, let us offer practical and emotional support. 
Mentoring a job-seeker; coaching someone in a new and testing role; offering educational and emotional support at the education transition points – home to school – between schools at different stages  – school to university – education to employment.

There are many experienced and talented people in the area – how can you help the next generations to set off on life’s journey securely – helping them to succeed and helping them to give back to society as they go alongside you.

Please do not assume all is well around you.

Please  continue to 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.

Potential help in Corhampton, Exton and Meonstoke
can be found in the LINK here.

Support in the face of the Coronavirus in Droxford can be found HERE.

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.

If you have health concerns and for the latest health advice, please visit the NHS website.

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 Covid19, those who bring and co-ordinate relief, all those whose ‘Life Events’ such as weddings, christenings and even funerals have been disrupted, and those who make policy.

Click here for a composite guide for Morning, Day Time and Night Prayer

Click here for a Simple Daily Prayer Guide

Click here and join the Church of England in Daily Prayer

In normal times, we hold a said service of Holy Communion each Thursday at 10:00
in the Lady Chapel in Droxford church.

These will resume in September.

All Sunday and weekday services are temporarily suspended
and the churches closed.


Congratulations

Congratulations to both Janet Melson and John Symes for each receiving a Mayor of Winchester’s Community Award and our thanks to them both for all they do for the community.

Congratulations and prayers for all those recently baptised and especially Hector and his family.

Congratulations to those recently married, including:
Claire and Stephen September 2020
James and Kate August 2020

Rest in Peace

Graham Fielding RIP

Gary McGuire RIP

Toby Dove RIP

Ann Gittins RIP

John Foot RIP

Thank you too

to all those who clean the churches, arrange flowers, maintain, mow, strim and tidy our churchyards and Church Green, look after buildings or people, read or lead prayer and all the other things you do.

WELL DONE AND THANK YOU ALL.

Equality

(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 .

GDPR

Please click here for our PRIVACY NOTICE
Please click here for our CONSENT FORM
Please click here for our guidance for PCCs

Fees

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:

  1. To Angela and the team for the excellent On-Line Virtual Fete.
  2. To James Matthissen on his letter of appreciation from our local MP.
  3. To all those volunteering to help us open our churches safely for private prayer.
  4. The NHS and all the wonderful key workers who are keeping us well and supplied.
  5. Janet Melson and John Symes for their Lord Mayor of Winchester Community awards – so well deserved.
  6. The re-opening of Wilfrid’s Café
  7. The provision and installation of new lighting, especially the chandelier, in Meonstoke Church.

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