Introduction & Welcome
Welcome to the Meon Bridge Benefice and its churches in the Diocese of Portsmouth.
A Message from Reverend Tony Forrest:
“I am delighted to have been asked to write a few lines for The Meon Bridge website. The invitation comes soon after accepting the wonderful opportunity to join the Meon Bridge Benefice as priest-in-charge. My wife, Linda, our daughter, Jennifer, and I know and love the Meon Valley well having lived in East Meon for many years, so it is with particular excitement we return after four years of ministry in Portsmouth. The communities that make up the benefice are very special, and as much as we love the countryside and fine church buildings, it has been the people we have met that convinced us that we shall be very happy with you. A recent Sunday Gospel (John 15: 9–17) calls us to love one another. We can only do that if we get to know each other and marvel at what God has been doing in the world and in each one of us. It also reminds us that God has chosen us all to be gathered in a particular place. We are very much looking forward to the years ahead of us with you and receiving God’s gift of getting to know you. Another thing is that God knows what he’s doing! Unwelcome as it can be to begin with, we do come to accept change. Although exciting times can sometimes seem a bit too exciting and uncertain, God has his hand on this place, and God is faithful. So we are delighted to answer his call to change what we are doing and come to The Bridge parishes to be with you.”