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Our Churches are beginning to open for Private Prayer

As you will understand there is a great deal to be undertaken before
any one church can be opened safely.
We are delighted that HM Government have agreed
to allow churches to open for private prayer
where it is safe so to do.
There are several conditions and there is a considerable amount of guidance
which needs to be processed and applied to each unique building.


As things stand, we are able to open Exton Church and
Meonstoke Church will be open from 16th June 2020.
It is not yet feasible to open Corhampton Church and,
because of the size and layout of the building,
preparations are still underway at Droxford.


Watch this space for news – things are likely to change quickly
 and opening or closing times may have to change with little notice.

In the light of the Government’s recent announcement
we are exploring how we might be able to offer
gathered worship legally and safely in the weeks ahead.
We are awaiting official guidance from the government, but planning is well underway.

 

With effect from 24JUN20,
but subject to change at any time.

CORHAMPTON CHURCH
Not yet available for private prayer

DROXFORD CHURCH
Open on Sundays and Thursdays (o9.30 – 16.30)
please observe the one way system – in through the south door and out of the north door.

EXTON CHURCH
Open every day (10.00- 17.00), except Friday, with access to a limited area in the church.
There may be times when you may have to provide your own hand-sanitiser.

MEONSTOKE CHURCH
St Andrew’s Church is now open for individual private prayer from
10.00  to 17.00 from Tuesday to Thursday
and on Saturday and Sunday.  

NOTICE for ALL CHURCHES
(when opened)

In accordance with Government Guidance
we are asked to let you know what is and what is not permitted
You can see this clicking the following [LINK] .

Please sanitise your hands on entering and leaving the church,
follow both current advice on social distancing
and the one-way system in the churches where that is possible.  

Do not touch anything
or go beyond the barriers set out.
Whenever  supervision is in place, please follow the instructions or guidance given.

Volunteers
(under the age of 70 and without any underlying health conditions that place them at especial risk)
to help clean will help us open our churches for longer.
Following initial monitoring, we may seek volunteers to act as ‘welcomers’
who will guide visitors on the procedures on entering the church
(DBS clearance will be required for this role).
Please contact Fr Tony or a churchwarden if you feel you may be able to help in any way.

Meon Valley Foodbank

07956375447

Thank you all for your kind donations and continued support of the Food Bank.

Due to a shortage of storage space we are temporarily unable to accept donations at the moment.
We shall post a note here when MVFB have resolved the situation.
Thank you for your understanding.

When donations can be received:
Donations may be placed in the MVFB trolley in Budgen’s
and a Foodbank box remains available at the Carpenters
(conveniently located between Meonstoke and Droxford).
We are extremely grateful to the Carpenters for their continued help with this.

www.meonvalleyfoodbank.co.uk

Twitter: @MeonValleyFB 

Meonstoke, Corhampton and Exton
Virtual Fete 2020
is now live on @MeonstokeFete.  

There you will see we are celebrating the pets, baking talent, photo skills of the under 10yrs, quiz knowledge and unique specialness of our wonderful villages.  It is also an opportunity to support the work of our churches both in our communities and in maintaining their beautiful grounds and buildings, which we all so enjoy.

We again have a wonderful set of prizes this year for our raffle, donated by many generous people.  Everything from fizz and food to gardening and fly fishing.  So dig deep, support our churches and get ready to win big!   Prizes are listed with photos in our raffle prizes album in the photos section.

If you would like to enter your photos email them to ANGELA  [angela(at)angelapeagram.co.uk] and she will upload them.
The deadline for entries is Monday 29th June to allow time for you to vote for your favourite by visiting the competition albums.
Voting closes at noon on Saturday 4th July.

Raffle tickets will be awarded at £5 a strip of five tickets.
Once again email ANGELA letting her know how much you have donated and she will email you your ticket numbers.
Click on the “Give a Little” image below to donate, or at @MeonstokeFet.
Email Angela for details about other ways of voting.

The Ultimate Quiz,
led by Hugh Lumby, our quiz master in chief,
will be live on
@MeonstokeFete at
20.00 on Friday 3rd July.  

Visit the social media page at 16.00 on Saturday 4th July to see the prize draw live.

As we move through the Pandemic
and without forgetting the more  elderly and vulnerable
let’s stop to consider how the younger generations are.

They have been supporting us , now let us think about them.

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.
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.

Short Services for Children and Families by Cathy

Listen to Jesus! A series of short services for children and families.  The first is available now by clicking on the ‘Resources for Children and Young People’ tab above.  Have a look!

Congratulations to James Matthissen
on receiving a Letter of Appreciation from our local MP , expressing her thanks for all he does to support the local church and the wider community.
A huge THANK YOU to James from all of us, too.

Watch this space …

See what  ‘Living out the Gospel’ aged 8 years looks like in the Benefice

Thinking of our Community

Acts of kindness, compassion, love  and support  are appreciated in these challenging times and this is what an 8-year old member of the congregation has been doing (safely accompanied by mum or dad) throughout ‘Lockdown’. To read more please click here.

For daily reflection and prayer, please click [HERE]

Sunday worship (CW and/or BCP)
will be available here
every Sunday during the Pandemic.

The Feast of St Peter & St Paul
Exton Patronal Festival
28th June 2020 at 10.30

Click on the arrow in the centre of the ‘Thumbnail’ above or [HERE]
to watch and participate in the service
from the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Exton (Hampshire).
Please click [HERE] for a pdf copy of the Order of Service

Patience … Unwrapped

Click [HERE] for Cathy’s informal service.

The Feast of St Alban
A Sung Eucharist (BCP) with Spiritual Reception

from Corhampton Church 
10.30 am, 21st  June 2020

Click  [HERE] at 10.30 to see a streaming of this service

A PDF full Order of Service with the text of the Readings, Prayers, Hymns and Sermon
is available [HERE]

A simple said service of  Spiritual Communion (BCP)

from Corhampton Church
8 am on 21st  June 2020

Click [HERE]  at 08.00 to see a streaming of this service

A PDF Order of Service with the text of the Readings, Prayers  and short Homily
is available [HERE]

First Sunday after Trinity 

The Eucharist (CW) on
the First Sunday after Trinity
(Proper 6)
with Spiritual Communion

from the Church of St Mary and All Saints:
10.30 am on 14th June 2020

Click [HERE] to see a streaming of this service

A PDF document with the text of the Readings, Prayers, Hymns and Sermon
is available [HERE]

Corpus Christi

The Eucharist celebrating Christ’s institution of Holy Communion is available [HERE] .

Please click [HERE] for the Order of Service

Welcome Everybody!
Everybody Welcome!

Deepening Faith
Seeking to Serve
Growing for God
Welcoming All
Praying Together

 

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.


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].

 

In the light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended a until further notice. 

Funerals may still take place at the graveside or in a crematorium,
but please expect certain restrictions for safety’s sake.

There will also be no Church weddings or baptisms.

A locked church

Ah my dear Lord, the church is locked
but let my heart be open to your presence;
there let us make, you and I,
your Easter garden;
plant it with flowers,
and let the heavy stone be rolled away.
by Alan Amos

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?
Is someone near self-isolating and unsupported
or just unable to go out?
Can you help?

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.

In Summary:  Stay at home.  Read some advice about staying at home.

Urgent advice: Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

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.

VE-Day 1945-2020 ~ 8th – 10th  May 2020

Order of Service [pdf]

“As a family we have discussed many times in the past few weeks how blessed we are that we have only ‘suffered’ the inconvenience of having to stay at home and enjoy our beautiful surroundings in a daily stroll. Compared to the constant threat of being bombed out during the Blitz or the unimaginable horrors of serving through Dunkerque or D Day, we have very little to moan about and everything to be thankful for. ”
(A recent communication from a local resident to the Rector)

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

The Wilfrid Café (Droxford Community Hub) is closed temporarily during the Corona Pandemic.


In normal times, we hold a said service of Holy Communion each Thursday at 10:00
in the Lady Chapel in Droxford church


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:
Tom & Catherine (14 Dec19); Mike & Nicola (21 Dec19);
Michael & Emma (28 Dec19);
Oliver and Faatima (07Mar20)
and to those engaged to be married later in 2020

Rest in Peace

John Foot RIP

Josephine Carey RIP

Jill Casey RIP

Alan Jones RIP

How is God Calling You?

The Church of England is passionate and committed that all vocations should be recognised, regardless of gender, age, colour or background. This does not necessarily mean to ordained ministry. We have Licensed Lay Ministers (Readers), authorised lay workers (Messy Church helper, chalice assistants, servers, vergers, etc) and recognised lay workers (pastoral visitors).
If you feel that God might be calling you to ‘something’ but you’re not sure what, do please speak to Fr Tony or Canon Anthony.

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 James Matthissen on his letter of appreciation from our local MP.
  2. To all those volunteering to help us open our churches safely for private prayer.
  3. The NHS and all the wonderful key workers who are keeping us well and supplied.
  4. Janet Melson and John Symes for their Lord Mayor of Winchester Community awards – so well deserved.
  5. The opening of Wilfrid’s Café
  6. The provision and installation of new lighting, especially the chandelier, in Meonstoke Church.
  7. The Toy Collection for homeless families in Portsmouth
  8. The Soirées on the Bridge.
  9. A GIANT THANK YOU to those who help at or come to Messy Church and thanks to Meonstoke School for hosting us and making us so welcome.

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