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‘A personal account for Holocaust Memorial Day’

Please click on the logo to be taken to some words by Eva,
kindly provided by Cathy Mathews.

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 http://www.bridgechurches.org.uk/streamed_services/

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.

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

HANDS- FACE- SPACE

 

Update 12Jan 21:

Given the national guidance and  the local conditions (including vaccinations), the Rector and CWs have concluded that Churches  of the Benefice will have to remain closed until 6th March 2021.  The situation will, however, remain under weekly review.

It was agreed that should an individual feel the need to make use of a church for private prayer or reflection, then this can be arranged by appointment through the Rector (rector.meonbridge@btinternet.com or 01489 877422) unless legislation is changed to prohibit this.

Update 10Jan21:

‘We still have weeks to go before vaccines will start reducing COVID deaths and, some weeks later, the number of people being hospitalised. We cannot afford to let our justified optimism for the future come at the expense of difficult action today. That means for now staying home and avoiding all unnecessary contacts. By following the rules, we will save lives and help normal life return more swiftly.’ Professor Chris Whitty 10 January 2021 (www.gov.uk)

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.

Services and Church Events in January 2021
(Subject to any change at short notice – please check before attending)

Date Time Service
January 2020
17th
Epiphany 2
10.30 am Eucharist (CW) with Spiritual Communion
24th
Epiphany 3
9.30 am … Unwrapped Informal Service
Recorded and available on-line
10.30 am  Eucharist (CW) with Spiritual Communion
31st
Candlemas
10.30 am  Festal Eucharist (CW) with Spiritual Communion

 

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.

The Order of Service for our Common Worship weekly services is available by clicking [HERE].
It follows the pattern of service used in church too.

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.

Scroll down for our current and recent services

Sunday worship (CW and/or BCP)

will be available here
every Sunday during the Pandemic.

Streamed Services:

Next Week

24th January 2021
The Third Sunday after Epiphany
including The Conversion of St Paul
also from Exton Church, Hampshire
Preacher: The Rector

This Week

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, 3rd January 2021 to join the service.

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

Last Week:

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].

Recently:

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

Other Recent Services

St John – Apostle and Evangelist

27th December 2020

Click  [HERE] from
10.30 on Sunday, 27th December 2020 to join the service.

Christmas Morning

Click [HERE] from
10.30 on Christmas Morning to join the service.

Midnight Mass

Click   [HERE] from
6.30 pm on Christmas Eve to join a pre-recorded service
or watch it at 23.30 when others will gather in church with the same intent.

Christmas Unwrapped by Cathy Mathews

Click  on the arrow below  to hear Cathy’s ‘Christmas Unwrapped’ Service

or download the text [HERE].

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Click on the thumbnail above  from
10.30 on Sunday, 20th December 2020 to join the service.

Please click [HERE] for a pdf copy of the hymns, readings and sermons,
for the service this week and last.

Traditional Service of Christmas Carols  and Lessons

Click  [HERE] from
3.30 on Sunday, 20th December 2020 to join the service
and sing your favourite Christmas Carols.

Please click [HERE] for a pdf copy of the carols and  readings.

The Third Sunday of Advent – Gaudete

Click HERE] from
10.30 on Sunday, 13th December 2020 to join the service.

Please click [HERE] for a pdf copy of the hymns, readings and sermon,
for the service this week and next.

St Nicholas Toy Service
& the Second Sunday of Advent

Click o  [HERE] from
10.30 on Sunday, 6th December 2020 to join the service.

Please click [HERE] for a pdf copy of the hymns, readings and sermon.

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

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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