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  December 2017
Advent Sunday to Christmas
ADVENT SEASON ~ CHRISTMAS SEASON

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SUMMARY OF MAJOR SERVICES IN DECEMBER

 Please see the Pew Sheet for fuller details:

Date Time Service Church
17Dec17 08:00 Holy Communion (BCP) Exton
3rd Sunday of 10:00 Informal All Age Service Droxford
Advent 10:30 Mattins with Carols Corhampton
16:30 Family Carols Meonstoke
18:30 Candlelit Carols Exton
19Dec17 19:00 Carols in the Square Droxford
23Dec17 14:00 Scratch Nativity Droxford
16:00 Scratch Nativity Meonstoke
24Dec17 08:00 Holy Communion (BCP) Corhampton
Advent 4 10:30 Family Eucharist (CW) Exton
Christmas 23:30 Midnight Mass with Choir Droxford
23:30 Festal Midnight Mass Meonstoke
25Dec17 08:00 Holy Communion (BCP) Exton
Christmas Day 10:30 Family Service + Eucharist Droxford
Monday 10:30 Family Service + Eucharist Meonstoke
31Dec17 10:30 Family Eucharist (CW) Corhampton
Circumcision of Jesus 13:30 Holy Matrimony Meonstoke

 

TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY!

News from the Parish of St Mary and All Saints, Droxford

St Mary and All Saints, the Church in Droxford, has at last been given permission, both by Winchester City Council and the Church of England, to build the extension on the north side of the Church to house a much-needed kitchen and toilets. This is the culmination of five years of hard work by the Parochial Church Council (PCC) and Friends of Droxford Church (FODC).

The first task we faced was to save the Church, which was in danger of being closed and mothballed. An intense campaign of fundraising was undertaken, and the result was spectacular, over £250,000 was raised, largely from a successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).  These funds have enabled the Church to be saved and repairs to the roof, tower, eastern walls and drains were completed last year.

An integral commitment in the successful HLF application was the promise of a community room to make the Church accessible to the wider community in Droxford.  The north chapel has already been prepared for transformation into a community room. Do look at the stylish glass screens, if you have not seen them yet – you can start to see the potential of the whole space.

Now, we turn our focus towards building an extension on the North side of the church to house the kitchen, office and toilets.

Fundraising for building this extension has already started, and we have funding pledged by a number of bodies and institutions including HLF, Hampshire County Council and South Downs National Park Authority. We are over half way to the funds we need, but we are not there yet, and need every bit of help from the community we can get.

Please help support this very worthwhile cause. A community room which can be used by individuals, clubs and even as a pop-up cafe will be a tremendous asset to the village, and the new facilities will enable our church to welcome worshippers and visitors alike as they and we would expect in the 21st Century.

You can help by participating in fund raising events which will be rolled out in 2018. Or by a straight donation through the FODC`s website (www.friendsofdroxfordchurch.org.uk) .  We would welcome any suggestions for fund-raising events – especially ideas and volunteers to help organise them:  please contact one of our Churchwardens, Ann Symes (ann.symes@btinternet.com) or Sheila Matthissen (sheila-s-j@hotmail.co.uk) if you can help.

To keep up-to-date, please sign up for on the form on the back of this flyer and return it to me, or one of the Church Wardens. This flyer can also be downloaded from the this link so you can email it to me or a Church Warden.

Thank you in advance. I hope you enjoy all the Christmas Celebrations, too.

With the Season’s greetings, the hope of a joyous Christmas and and my prayers for you and for those you love for the New Year.

The Rev’d Tony Forrest

Rector

The Rectory, Rectory Lane, Meonstoke. SO32 3NF 01489 877422 rector@meonbridge.onmicrosoft.com

 

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Hackney and Bishop’s Waltham Deaneries Link

For many years the Deanery has collected food and clothes for a variety of church needs in Hackney to be taken up in December. Earlier this year our friends in Hackney told us that they now have built up their local contacts including food collections in their local Waitrose and several Schools so that they no longer need distance support. They have asked us to convey their warm thanks for our help over the years. Because of this there will be no collection of food and clothes for Hackney this Autumn. We shall still be grateful for any gifts of money which can be made payable to Bishop’s Waltham Deanery and will support our seven partners including the Winter Night Shelter. We will hope to meet our partners again during a Walk of Prayer probably in August next year. Norman Chatfield.

Meon Valley Food Bank – PLEASE HELP

Thank You for all your kind donations. MVFB has now been able to help well over 1100 people which would not be possible without your faithful support.

The items needed at the moment are instant coffee, UHT milk, porridge, sauces, jams, breakfast cereals.

 Thank you.

From the Rector

Christmas

The celebration of Christ’s incarnation at Christmas is the first of the two great poles of the Christian year. The wonderful mystery of God’s dwelling among us in the fullness of humanity, as Emmanuel, foretold by the prophets and born of Mary, provides the material of the feast:

Hark, hark, the wise eternal word,
like a weak infant cries!
In form of servant is the Lord,
and God in cradle lies
.
(Thomas Pestel)

Christmas is even more than the celebration of Jesus’ birth, and neither of the great Christmas morning readings (Hebrews 1 and John 1) is taken from the infancy narratives. The task of the Christmas liturgy is to recall us, amid all the joyful customs and celebrations of Christmas, to this central truth of the Word made flesh for our salvation.

Christ’s nativity does, of course, provide the occasion for this festival of the incarnation, and has done since the end of the third century. The Christmas crib and the nativity play can both be said to descend from the tableau of Christ’s birth that Francis of Assisi arranged when he celebrated Christmas at Greccio in 1223.

The Christmas season was, and often is, celebrated for twelve days, ending with the Epiphany. We are re-learning the tradition, in which Christmas lasts for a full forty days, ending with the Feast of the Presentation on 2 February (Candlemas).

The days around 25 December are a principal holiday in the secular calendar of Britain, and commercial pressures have led to much of Christmas celebration being displaced into Advent. It is an even greater challenge to celebrate as they deserve the saints of the Christmas season: Stephen, who first paid with his life for following the incarnate Lord; John, who was believed to have lived to great old age in profound meditation on the Word made flesh; and the Holy Innocents, who draw our attention to the plight of children in a world where the implications of the birth of the Christ-child are not yet manifest.

This prayer may be used on any day in the Christmas Season Almighty God, who wonderfully created us in your own image and yet more wonderfully restored us through your Son Jesus Christ: grant that, as he came to share our humanity, so we may share the life of his divinity; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Meon Valley Food Bank – PLEASE HELP

A very Big ‘Thank You’ for all your kind donations,

MVFB have been able to help a further 58 people over the first couple of weeks of December which would not be possible without all your support.

1275 people have now been given food since our opening in February 2015.

Being able to support our local people who are at ‘Financial Crisis Point’ with the provision of food is such a wonderful testimony to our local churches and Community.

The items needed for the coming week are UHT Long Life Milk, tinned peas/carrots, long-life fruit juice/squash and tinned fruit.

THANK YOUs

Toys–Thank you for all the wonderful toys collected for children who will spend Christmas in a refuge and away from home. Together with Meonstoke School you have made an outstanding collection for children who would have very little this Christmas. Know you have brought joy and cheer to a child who may not have much to smile about.

Pipers – Thank you to FOSACC for enabling us to celebrate St Andrew’s Day with pipers once more.

Faculty – Thank you to all those involved in securing the granting of the Faculty for the Extension to Droxford Church by the Chancellor. This has been a gargantuan task over years and months. Well done!

Flowers, Cribs and Decorations: A huge vote of thanks from us all to all those who have arranged flowers throughout the year, but especially for Christmas, to those who have faithfully cleaned and decorated the churches and who have set up the cribs.

THANK YOU ALL – GOD BLESS

We wish you all  a joy-filled Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.
God bless you and all those you love.

 

 

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