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Jesus   our Risen and Ascended Lord.

Congratulations to His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex and
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex married yesterday

Week Beginning: 20th May 2018

 8am ~Holy Communion BCP ~ Exton: St Peter & St Paul
 9.45 pm ~ Informal Service ~ Droxford: St Mary and All Saints

10.30 am ~ Holy Communion (CW) ~ Corhampton


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Click Here for a Simple Prayer Guide for use leading up to Pentecost

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Congratulations to Amy and Matt (28th April 2018)
and Alexandra and Bradley (5th may 2018) on their weddings


CHRISTIAN AID 2018 – Sunday 20 May 2018

South Hampshire Sponsored Walk

St Nicholas’ Church Hall, Wickham PO17 6HP

Fight poverty step by step

Enjoy a country ramble around Wickham this Christian Aid Week with a choice of walks: 10 miles, 5 miles, and a shorter family walk. Dogs on leads welcome.

Walks start 1.45pm (registration open from 1pm). car parking is available. We will complete our walk with complimentary tea and cake.

Click here for the POSTER.  Click here for a sponsor form.

Email for details or phone
Anna Sketchley 01329 847095

Walk or Help or Sponsor

Well Done and Thanks

Thank you to all those who contributed to, helped organise or attended three excellent events in the last week:

  1. The Beating of the Bounds and the Rogationtide Service of Evensong at Exton
  2. The really successful and well supported Coffee Morning in Droxford Church on Wednesday 9th May 2018
  3. The glorious Deanery Ascension Day service held at Meonstoke: St Andrew, with wonderful music and delicious refreshments
  4. The Soiree on the Bridge – Cello Trio

Thank you also to all those who prepare the churches by cleaning and arranging flowers.  The Easter flowers were stunning again.

Thank you the Easter giving, which will mean that our chosen charities will receive £1000 between them. Thank you.

Pentecost and Trinity Sunday

Pentecost (from the Greek pentekoste, ‘fiftieth’ of fifty days of celebration)
has its roots in the Jewish Feast of Weeks, which was completed on the
fiftieth day after Passover. On the fiftieth day of Easter, God sends his Holy
Spirit to empower the Church to perform the mission which the risen Christ
has entrusted to it; and he inaugurates the messianic community of perfect
communication. Pentecost celebrates both the Holy Spirit and the Christian
Church. It was originally the crown and completion of the Easter season; only
later, in the medieval West, did it become a new festival season of its own.
After the Easter Vigil, the time of Pentecost was a preferred occasion for
baptism in early Christian centuries, and the services of Pentecost also
reflect this baptismal theme. Christ’s disciples are born again of water and
the spirit. There is some evidence that the ascension was first celebrated on
the fiftieth day of Easter, but it was soon moved to the fortieth day in
faithfulness to Luke’s chronology. Ascension and Pentecost are closely linked.
The risen Lord is no longer present to the Church in the body of his flesh;
the Church is now to be the new body of Christ, filled with his life through
the gift of the Spirit.

The Sunday after Pentecost came to be kept in the West as Trinity Sunday,
although it was not prescribed as a universal feast until 1334. In a sense, every
feast must be a festival of the Trinity, because the whole Trinity is at work in
every moment of creation, redemption and sanctification; but Trinity Sunday
provides a particular occasion to reflect on the revelation of God’s self as
Trinity, immediately after the Great Fifty Days of Easter.

A Pentecost Blessing of Light

Light a candle, if you wish, and say

Blessed are you, sovereign God, overflowing in love.
With Pentecost dawns the age of the Spirit.
Now the flame of heaven rests on every believer.
Strong and weak, women and men tell out your word;
the young receive visions, the old receive dreams.
With the new wine of the Spirit
they proclaim your reign of love.
Amid the birth pangs of the new creation
the way of light is made known.
Source of freedom, giver of life,
blessed are you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.   Amen

A Pentecost Collect

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,
ignite in us your holy fire;
strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

And in anticipation of Trinity Sunday

Holy God,
faithful and unchanging:
enlarge our minds with the knowledge of your truth,
and draw us more deeply into the mystery of your love,
that we may truly worship you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.


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 so much for all your kind donations. Since 1st February, 254 people have been helped.

The items needed for the coming week are cooking sauces, tinned meat meals, UHT long-life milk, soft drinks (orange squash/long life juice) and part baked baguettes.

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