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Christian Aid Week  ~ 12-19 May 2019

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Our upcoming Sunday and weekday services,
together with any ferial, festal or seasonal services are listed below:

The week commencing:

 14th April – Palm Sunday

8.00 am ~ Meonstoke ~ Holy Communion (BCP)
Blessing of the Palms

10.30 am ~ Droxford~ Holy Communion with

Blessing and Liturgy of the Palms
Palm Procession through the Churchyard
Dramatic Reading of the Passion as a Tableau

6.30 pm ~ EXTON ~ Evensong (BCP)

Monday 15Apr19



Morning Prayer. Lam 1: 1-12a; Ps 41
Luke 22: 1-23



Stations of the Cross

Tues 16Apr19

8.30 am


Morning Prayer. Lam 3: 1-18; Ps 27; Luke 22: 39-53



Holy Week Reflection

Weds 17Apr19

8.30 am


Morning Prayer: Jer 11: 18-20:
Ps 102: 1-18; Luke 23: 54-end

5 pm


Evening Prayer
Ps 88; Is 63: 1-9; Rev 14:18 – 15:4



Stations of the Cross

Thurs 18Apr19
Maundy Thursday
Principal Feast

9 am


Holy Communion p.1/ 166;
Euch Prayer: E p.30/ 196
1 Cor 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35



Chrism Mass



HC (CW) with foot washing
Ex 12:1-14; Ps 116:1-2, 12-19; 1 Cor 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35

20:00- 23:59

(drop in, even for just 20 min)

Vigil Evening Psalm 39, Matthew’s Passion; Mark’s Passion; and Luke’s Passion read one each hour.

Good Friday Principal Holy Day



Good Friday Breakfast
(Droxford Village Hall)


Around Benefice

Walk of Witness
(details in the Pew Sheet)



Informal Service



Hour at Foot of Cross
Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Ps 22; Heb 10:16-25; John 18:1-19:42.

Pilgrimage to Our Mother Church

The Cathedral Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, Portsmouth

On 30th March, the eve of Mothering Sunday, the Rector and Curate led a short pilgrimage along the shore in historic and modern Portsmouth to our cathedral in time for Choral Evensong where we were welcomed by the Precentor and the Benefice was included in the Dean’s prayers.

Returning  to the Mother Church is as countless others have done down the centuries around Lady Day and this tradition forms part of the origin of Mothering Sunday.

Christian Aid Prayer for those still suffering 
as a result of Cyclone Idai

A prayer for all communities affected.

Shelter in the storm,
light in the darkness,
hope even in a living hell,
God be with our sisters and brothers
in Mozambique, in Malawi, in Zimbabwe.
Behind the numbing numbers are the names of loved ones.
Behind the staggering statistics are life stories still to be told.
God, help us be with our sisters and brothers – gather us close so we open our spirits and share. Your world is our global neighbourhood. Help us forge the rain-driven path together, for only together can we weather the storms. Amen.
To Donate please click here.  More than 2 million people have been affected by Cyclone Idai. Please donate to help provide much-needed emergency assistance to communities in Zimbabwe and Malawi.


to all the couples married in the Bridge Benefice Churches in 2018
and to all those engaged to be married in 2019, including Ellen and Robert to married in April.

Rest in Peace

Dennis Heath RIP – Funeral in Portchester Crematorium on Tuesday 16th April at 10.15 am

Roger Brown RIP – late husband of Margaret, formerly of Exton.

Ian Higgens RIP, passed away very peacefully in the early hours of 28th February.  He is re-united with his beloved brother Nigel.  Ian’s funeral was held on Wednesday, 13th March at 2.30pm in Droxford Church.

Michael Collins RIP. Michael’s funeral was held on Friday, 29th March at 11:00am in Droxford Church.  Please pray for Ros, Suzie, Emma, Xanthe and Mauve and all those who miss Michael so much.

Admiral Sir Simon Cassels KCB CBE RIP passed away early on 6th March.  Please pray for the repose of his soul and for Jill and their family.  His Service of Thanksgiving was held in Exton Church on Friday, 5th April at 2.30 pm.

Lady Edith Carver RIP.

Vera Burrows RIP

David Thomas RIP

Dr Alan Hibbert RIP

The Rev’d Canon David Henley RIP


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Well Done and Thank You

Thank you to all those who contributed to, helped organise or attended our recent events:

  1. For the excellent ‘Messiah from Scratch’
  2. For all those who prepared our Lenten Lunches, all who attended and all who gave to the Bishop’s Lent Appeal.
  3. For all those who have mothered us and all those we mother.
  4. For all those who made bunches of flowers for our Mothering Sunday Service.
  5. For those who came on our Pilgrimage to our Mother Church – the Cathedral Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, Portsmouth.
  6. For those who will host or run a Lent Course and for those who are organising Lent Lunches.
  7. For all those who help at or come to Messy Church and thanks to Meonstoke School for hosting us and making us so welcome.
  8. For many contributions to the services of thanksgiving for Simon Cassels, David Henley and Edith Carver.
  9. For all those who attended all our recent funerals and a special thank you for the flowers and the wonderful music.
  10. For all the help at the wonderfully lively ‘Messy Church’, especially to Mother Samantha and all the volunteers.

From the Rector


Dietrich Bonhoeffer (4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945)

I recently came across a letter written in Germany just before Easter 1944. Almost exactly one year later, as the allies approached Flossenberg concentration camp, the author of the letter, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was hanged there by the Nazis. His Letters and Papers from Prison have been an inspiration to many who have sought to make any sense out of persecution and needless suffering. An outspoken opponent of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, Bonhoeffer joined the Confessing Church, who sought to be the authentic voice of the gospel in Germany and to oppose attempts to force anti- Semitism on Church and society. Leaving Berlin in protest, he spent two years (1933–5) as pastor of German-speaking congregations in London and he met Bishop George Bell of Chichester. Bonhoeffer returned to Germany from America when war broke out in 1939, explaining, ‘I shall have no right to participate in the reconstruction of Christian life in Germany after the war if I do not share the trials of this time with my people.’ He became involved with the anti-Nazi underground movement and, in 1942, attempted to put them in touch with the British government via Bishop Bell. The authorities imprisoned him at Tegel prison in Berlin in April 1943. It was from Tegel that he wrote many letters to his friends, family and to his fiancée. It was one such letter that I came across, containing these words about death and resurrection: poignant to us now and pertinent to the season in which we find ourselves now. It contained these words written as war raged:

Easter? We’re giving more attention nowadays to dying than to death itself. We are much more concerned with getting over the act of dying than with being victorious over death. Socrates mastered the art of dying; but Christ overcame death as the last enemy (1 Corinthians 15.27). There is a real difference between these two things. The one is something humans can do, the other means resurrection. It is not ars moriendi, the art of dying, but the resurrection of Christ to invigorate and cleanse the world to-day. Here is the answer to ‘Give me somewhere to stand and I shall move the earth’ (Archimedes). What a tremendous difference it would make if a few people really believed and acted upon that. To live in the light of the resurrection — that is the meaning of Easter. Do you not also find that so few people seem to know what light it is they live by? This perturbatio animorum (agitation of souls) is exceedingly common. It is an unconscious waiting for the word of deliverance, though the time is hardly ripe yet for it to be heard. But the time will come, and perhaps this Easter is one of the last chances we shall have to prepare ourselves for our future task.

In prison he was deprived of many of the joys of Easter, including Easter music and being with others. However, the Nazis could not deprive him of thought and prayer. He remarked that the music of the inward ear can often surpass that which we hear physically. He concluded that there is something purer about it, and in a way, music acquires thereby a ‘new body’! So, it is when we truly accept the Easter story inwardly that the resurrection promise starts to become pure reality. The involvement of many of Bonhoeffer’s contacts in the July 1944 plot to kill Hitler may well have sealed his fate. After several moves, he was taken finally to Flossenberg Camp, where he died resolute in faith and sure in Easter-hope.

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July 6, 2019

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