RAF 100 Spitfire 100K Challenge

Many of you will know that our Rector, Eleanor Rance, has been fundraising to support the RAF100 Appeal. Here she writes of her experiences, using the posts from her Just Giving page. With online donations, Gift Aid and offline donations, Eleanor is delighted that she met her £1000 target. She’s hugely grateful to all those of you who have supported her.

Eleanor Ashton RAF100 Spitfire100k Challenge

These are my ‘diary entries’ on Just Giving’s fundraising page for the walk I have completed:

14th April

My T-Shirt has arrived! So that means when I do my next few kms I’ll be able to show people what I’m up to. I’ve been away in the States for a holiday, so my only official walk so far was at Kennedy Space Centre. Planned for the next few weeks are some walks to significant places in my parish- memorials and graves to RAF/RFC personnel for example, and then some walks on special days- but more of that as I do them. I’m so thrilled that so far generous donations have already brought me to £380! Thank you for all your support….

24th April

4km On this day, while I was serving in the RAF a young man called Lee lost his life in a road traffic incident, while training at RAF Cosford. So today I walked to remember him and his family. As I walked, I also remembered Rob & Pete who died early in 2007 and 2009, so their anniversaries aren’t covered by this period. I thought of the widow of Brian, who lived here in this parish and died in a flying accident. Finally, I paid my respects to the chap in the photo, who is buried in our churchyard. 90 years between them, none forgotten.

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24th April

7th May

Finally in my t-shirt! Today we enjoyed a trip to Wroughton airfield, walking through the married patch, and thinking about the numerous people cared for at the old hospital. For me it was also an opportunity to remember those who lost their lives in the Lynx crash on 6th May 2006, and those who grieve them still 12yrs later. I know many of us who were at RAF Benson (and those at RNAS Yeovilton) at the time will never forget them or the weeks that followed their loss. May they rest in peace and rise in glory…that’s a padre thing to say.

15th May

Such a glorious day, I got out first thing, walking out of Shrewton, up towards Elston (officially another hamlet, belonging to Orcheston), and then back past this field. Every 16th December, we trudge up here through thick mud, just as the day begins to turn towards dusk. Then we can get onto the field itself, and we share a bottle of Spitfire beer, and remember Harry Birtles, who died when his Spitfire crashed on this field in 1941.Today’s walk was for Harry & countless others who have died in defence of our nation. Per Ardua ad Astra.

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15th May

6th June

6th June, D-Day. I had to walk today! On this day in 1944, Padre Harding is reported to have ‘walked up and down the beach as calmly as if he were in church’. The beach was Omaha, and Padre Harding, an RAF chaplain, was later to receive the MC for his ministry that day. Not only did he tend the wounded and dying, but he also walked into the village, still under German control to negotiate a safe extraction of the wounded to the relative safety of beach beneath the cliffs. His response for walking not running ‘I’m inherently lazy…’

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6th June

14th June

Yesterday, another 7km completed in bright sunshine and with my big sister for company! These foxgloves were the first I’ve seen this year. I am always struck by the peace of our villages, and how different it must have felt for servicemen from here surrounded by chaos and the mess of conflict. Today I remember Luke, a young man who died in August 2002 on a bright, calm summer’s evening. His loss reminded us all of how suddenly ‘ordinary’ life can change, and how precious is every moment we spend doing what we love, with those we love.

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14th June

20th June

Sometimes life becomes unbearable. People might look at you & think ’employed, well paid, doing something worthwhile, settled with a family’, but they miss the stress, anxiety, or depression. Maybe they don’t realise your family life is in turmoil. Maybe they can’t grasp what it’s like to live & work in a war zone, to see friends injured or killed, to be scared every day but still get on with yr job. Today I remembered Paul who lost his life while in the RAF, and others who’ve lived with mental health stresses throughout their service lives.

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20th June

2nd July

This has been a massive, hectic, happy weekend for me. It marks (today) the day I was promoted in the RAF, and the day I had my son; (yesterday) my ordination 22 years ago; on both days, new ordinations of friends & colleagues. But 30th June is also the day on which, 18 years ago, three young men lost their lives on their way home for the weekend. Jason, Paul & Ian are the men I remembered yesterday as I buzzed between my various events (7k walked). Every year I remember them & their loved ones whose lives were changed forever that day.

5th July

I wanted to walk to this memorial today, 106 years after the men commemorated lost their lives in a flying accident near Stonehenge. Unfortunately I had other more pressing commitments, so I completed a far shorter walk and stopped at the cross to take a photo on my drive home from the crematorium. Although the RAF didn’t yet exist, these men and their peers with courage and skill paved the way for all who followed.

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5th July

6th July

Today I walked up out of the village at about 9.30am. It was already hot & most of my route was in the direct sun. The mud track along which I was walking has turned to dust in recent weeks. I reckon today was a good 25 degrees below the temp in Iraq during July ’04. Then I spent a fair amount of time pottering about, reflecting on why we need chaplains. Then we lost a Puma, & we lost Kris. It was immediately clear why chaplains go on ops. It was a privilege to look after Kris and his friends. Today I think of all who serve in hostile places.

10th July

It’s done! I’ve completed my 100k walking in 100 days!!! Yesterday I remembered John Parker. He was attached to the RFC &, on 21st July 1915 the aircraft he was commanding was shot down. His pilot survived and became a POW. The Germans overflew their airfield and dropped a note to say John had died. These were the days of the Knights of the Air. John has a window dedicated to him in Tilshead, his village, and one of the churches in my parish. The inscription says ‘honoured by his friends, respected by his enemies’. A fitting epitaph for many.

 

In Memoriam

These are the people I have remembered as I have walked my 100km:

Rob, 1st January 2007

Brian, 14th February

David 24th February 1919

Pete, March 2009

Lee, 24th April 2002

Stephen, 29th April 2000

Sarah & John, 6th May 2006

Padre Harding on Omaha Beach 6th June 1944

Paul, Jason & Ian, 30th June 2000

Capt Loraine & S. Sgt Wilson 5th July 1912

Kris, 19th July 2004

John Parker 21st July 1915

Luke, 14th August 2002

Paul, November 2001

Harry Birtles 16th December 1941

 

HIGH FLIGHT

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds- and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of;

wheeled and soared and swung high in the sun-lit silence.

Hovering there I’ve chased the shouting wind along,

and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air;

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue

I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,

Where never lark nor even eagle flew;

And while, with silent lifting mind I’ve trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

John Gillespie Magee (1922-1941)

 

 

Notices 18th March 2018

TODAY’S READINGS & SERVICES, Lent 5 (Passion Sunday): Jeremiah 31.31-34, Hebrews 5.5-10, John 12.20-33 

9am                  Morning Prayer              Orcheston

10.30am            Holy Communion           Shrewton

6pm                  BCP Holy Communion   Tilshead

READINGS & SERVICES FOR 25th March, Palm Sunday: Isaiah 50.4-9a, Philippians 2.5-11, Mark 14.1-15.end

9am                  BCP Holy Communion   Chitterne

10.30am            Palm Sunday Communion  Orcheston

4pm                  Family Service & Tea     Shrewton

WEEKDAY SERVICES

The following services take place during the week.

Do join us if you can:

Tues     10am                Holy Communion Shrewton

Wed     10am                Morning Prayer    Shrewton

Wed     4.30pm             Compline             Chitterne

Thus     9.30am             Morning Prayer    Tilshead

Thus     5.30pm             Evening Prayer   Orcheston

Sat       5.30pm             Compline               Tilshead

 

FOR OUR PRAYERS  

Please remember the following people in your prayers… Antonia, Angie, Betty, Bryan, Carol, Caroline, Christopher, Emily, Jerry, Jim, June, Karen, Kate, Marion, Maureen, Michael, Oscar, Pam, Peggy, Robert, Simon; for Jolyon to be baptised today, and for all preparing for baptism or confirmation at this special time of year.

 

COLLECT

Most merciful God, who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ delivered and saved the world: grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross we may triumph in the power of his victory; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.  

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

The Lent Course FINAL WEEK: 19th/22nd March

The final Lent Course session (Challenge) will be in Maddington Church Room on Monday 19th  (7pm-8.30pm). The session will be repeated at the same location, 10am on Thursday 22nd March. This session is based entirely on your questions, and insights, so if you have a question for us please jot it down on a yellow slip (in church) and hand it to us, or email us.

100th Anniversaries this coming week

This coming week we have 3 servicemen to commemorate in the parish:

11am at Chitterne War Memorial 21st March

2pm at Tilshead War Memorial 23rd March

2pm at Chitterne War Memorial 25th March

Do come and join us for these short, but important acts of commemoration.

Electoral Roll for Salisbury Plain Benefice

This is a notice to advise you that the annual revision of the Electoral Roll will take place between 24th March and 6th April. If you are not on the church Electoral Roll and would like to be, please collect one of the forms in church and return it to the church office, or to the Parish Electoral Roll Officer, Marcelle Stobie.

Save the Date: Annual Meetings 2018

The Parishioners Meeting and APCM for Salisbury Plain Benefice will take place at 7pm in St Mary’s, Shrewton on 25th April. Refreshments will be served from 6.30pm. Do come and hear what we’ve been up to during the past year!

ANNUAL CHURCH SPRING CLEANING DATES 2018

St Marys Church, Shrewton.    7th April at 10am

St Marys Maddington Church 19th May at 10am

Please do come and help if you are able, the more the merrier. (Coffee & biscuits available for sustenance!) There will be cleaning materials available but if you could please bring your own dusters/cleaning cloths/eco cleaning products etc, that would be brilliant. THANK YOU.

Safari Supper, 21st April 2018 at 6.30pm

In support of St Marys Church, Shrewton

Price:  £15. Tickets are available from through the church office. Please book by 7th April.

 

PCC Digest March 2018

PCC DIGEST, MARCH 2018

From time to time we discuss matters at the PCC which we want to then share with the wider church community straight away.

Our latest PCC meeting is a case in point, and so below you will find a few updates.

ANNUAL REPORTS

The reports are being collated in time for the Annual Meeting at the end of April. The accounts have been finalised and the content of the Annual report has been approved by the PCC.

BUILDINGS & REORDERING

We have a number of projects under way at the moment; in Tilshead, Orcheston and in Shrewton there are building works which were identified as part of the Quinquennial inspections in those places.

In addition, in Shrewton we are preparing to put in an application to ‘re-order’ the rear north aisle of the church. Some people think this is a lot of work ‘just to introduce a Book of Remembrance’, and if that were the case, I think we’d agree. However, the levelling of the floor and removal of the plinth around the font are also important projects to improve access for many who come into our church. We currently have very little space where people in wheelchairs, mobility scooters, or pushchairs can sit comfortably. All of these needs are especially noticeable when our church hosts a large service or event, and the flat floor will allow us to be more flexible with the type of seating arrangements we can offer in this part of the church. It will also mean that families coming for baptism will be able to gather more easily around the font.

In due course a display will be placed in Shrewton so that the congregation and church visitors can more easily visualise the proposed changes.

WELCOMING CHILDREN

In 2005/6, the 4 PCCs of the group of parishes, Chitterne, Orcheston, Shrewton and Tilshead discussed proposals to allow children who had been baptised, and suitably prepared, to receive Holy Communion before Confirmation. The majority of the parishes had decided they would like to allow this to happen, but it was not pursued further at that time. Our current PCC, reflecting as it does our single parish, considered this idea again, and has decided to proceed with the process of seeking permission from the Bishop to allow admission to communion before confirmation. You can see the briefing paper which the PCC received below.

The Admission of Children to Holy Communion in Salisbury Plain Benefice

BACKGROUND

The Church of England allows for children who have been baptised to receive Holy Communion before they are confirmed, following a short period of preparation (children usually aged at least 7yrs). Each parish must explore this for themselves and decide whether they wish to allow for this in their community. All parishes are expected to offer ‘hospitality’ to children from other traditions or C of E parishes where they already admit children to Communion before Confirmation.

As a parish we have not considered the admission of children to Holy Communion before confirmation. It was discussed by at least 2 of the old parishes, but any resolutions made before 2014 when we became a single parish benefice no longer hold.

The PCC therefore needs to explore this idea and decide whether or not it wishes to pass a resolution to allow children, following appropriate preparation, to receive communion before they have been confirmed. Confirmation preparation would continue to be offered, but this would be available to older children.

 

THOUGHTS FROM THE MINISTRY TEAM

Eleanor Rance

‘My own experience of admitting children to communion before they have been confirmed dates to my curacy in the late 1990s. In my diocese (Southwark) we were allowed to admit children in this way, following a resolution by the PCC. Preparation tends to be for children of around 7 or 8 years upwards. It focuses on what Baptism and Holy Communion each represent, about Jesus’ love for each of us, and about the significance of becoming part of the Body of Christ in this way. Children who were prepared for this genuinely wanted to be part of their church community. The age of preparation is significant; it is regarded as the point in a child’s life when they begin to know their own mind, and the choices they make are- by in large- for themselves.

What I saw in this process in my parishes was all positive. Children who had chosen this path, their parents, and other members of the church, all felt that this was a very natural part of worship together. I would commend it to any church community as a very logical part of our journey in faith together.’

 

David Walters

‘It seems that in the early Church, Communion immediately followed Baptism. The Eastern Orthodox Churches have always confirmed children immediately after Baptism. The subsequent divorce of Communion from Baptism has been the combined result of medieval theological preoccupations.

Changing worship patterns with the development of family orientated communion services has meant that children find themselves regularly in church at a service in which they cannot fully participate.  This is a development which I feel is very appropriate for our benefice to adopt.’

 

Stéphane Javelle

‘I think that the two Biblical sacraments of the New Testament, Baptism and Eucharist, are of God’s grace and not personal merit or will. « Sola gratia »

I think the primary meaning of the Eucharist is the share in the heavenly banquet where everybody is invited, especially the children.

I think that one cannot live without the breath of God, hence the baptism; or without the bread of God, hence the Eucharist.

I think the sacramental ritual that celebrates our faith and will is Confirmation with the Bishop, successor of the disciples.

I think the First Communion is a lovely rite of passage for the children that shows that they are starting to get an understanding of the grace given by God.

I think, from a strategic point of view for the Benefice, that it would be a way of gathering the families of the children in the church at the end of the primary school before they disappear into the secondary. Above all, I think that some of our children already have a clear desire of God that must be acknowledged by the grace of this sacrament.’

 

Heather Brearey

‘I believe that all should be welcome at the Communion table. Jesus would not exclude anyone on account of age or understanding or indeed for any other reason.

We say that we are all one body because we all share the one bread, but what do children think of this? They are excluded because they don’t know enough? They don’t understand the full meaning and significance of the bread and wine and they don’t share it so they are not part of the ‘one Body’?

If children had been at the last supper I believe that Jesus would have shared bread and wine with them, and made them feel full and valued members of his church, he would not have excluded them he would welcome them.’

NEXT STEPS

  • The ministry team create a suitable plan for preparation and first communion services (preparation schemes are available, from which we could choose)
  • The Rector will seek permission from the Bishop to make this change in our parish, in accordance with Church of England guidelines
  • The children/families within our community who might wish to be involved will be identified and contacted directly.
  • Preparation course dates would be established and dates for 1st communions would be set.

 

The PCC voted and passed the following resolution unanimously:

‘We, the PCC of Salisbury Plain Benefice, in the Diocese of Salisbury resolve to welcome baptised children to receive Holy Communion in the churches of this parish following a suitable course of preparation lead by our ministry team; as well as continuing to offer hospitality to those visitors who have been appropriately prepared elsewhere.’

Notices 11th March 2018

TODAY’S READINGS & SERVICES, Lent 4/ Mothering Sunday: 1 Samuel 1.20-end,

2 Corinthians 1.3-7, Luke 2.33-35

9am                  BCP Holy Communion   Shrewton

10.30am            Family Communion        Chitterne

3pm                  Special Service & Tea    Orcheston

6pm                  Evensong                     Tilshead

READINGS & SERVICES FOR 18th March, Lent 5 (Passion Sunday): Jeremiah 31.31-34, Hebrews 5.5-10, John 12.20-33

9am                  Morning Prayer              Orcheston

10.30am            Holy Communion           Shrewton

6pm                  BCP Holy Communion   Tilshead

 

WEEKDAY SERVICES

The following services take place during the week.

Do join us if you can:

Tues     10am                Holy Communion Shrewton

Wed     10am                Morning Prayer    Shrewton

Wed     4.30pm             Compline             Chitterne

Thus     9.30am             Morning Prayer    Tilshead

Thus     5.30pm             Evening Prayer   Orcheston

Sat       5.30pm             Compline               Tilshead

 

FOR OUR PRAYERS  

Please remember the following people in your prayers… Antonia, Angie, Betty, Bryan, Carol, Caroline, Christopher, Emily, Jerry, Jim, June, Karen, Kate, Marion, Maureen, Michael, Oscar, Pam, Peggy, Robert, Simon; for all who have been as mothers to us during our lifetime, and for all who nurture and care for us now.

 

COLLECT

God of compassion, whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary, shared the life of a home in Nazareth, and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself: strengthen us in our daily living that in joy and in sorrow we may know the power of your presence to bind together and to heal; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,one God, now and for ever. Amen.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

The Lent Course Week 4: 12th March/15th March

This week’s session (‘Reflect’) will be in Tilshead Village Hall on Monday 12th  (7pm-8.30pm). The session will be repeated at the same location, 10am on Thursday 15th  March. All welcome!!  For those of you who missed last week’s session but would like the notes, please call/drop a line to the church office.

Service, Teddy Bears Picnic & Tea, TODAY, 3pm, Orcheston You are all warmly invited to join us for a short informal service with your favourite hymns, followed by a Teddy Bears Picnic and Tea. Come and have a catch up, see who has the oldest bear, enjoy some fellowship.

Electoral Roll for Salisbury Plain Benefice

This is a notice to advise you that the annual revision of the Electoral Roll will take place between 24th March and 6th April. If you are not on the church Electoral Roll and would like to be, please collect one of the forms in church and return it to the church office, or to the Parish Electoral Roll Officer, Marcelle Stobie.

Save the Date: Annual Meetings 2018

The Parishioners Meeting and APCM for Salisbury Plain Benefice will take place at 7pm in St Mary’s, Shrewton on 25th April. Refreshments will be served from 6.30pm. Do come and hear what we’ve been up to during the past year!

ANNUAL CHURCH SPRING CLEANING DATES 2018

St Marys Church, Shrewton.    7th April at 10am         St Marys Maddington Church 19th May at 10am

Please do come and help if you are able, the more the merrier. (Coffee & biscuits available for sustenance!) There will be cleaning materials available but if you could please bring your own dusters/cleaning cloths/eco cleaning products etc, that would be brilliant. THANK YOU.

Safari Supper, 21st April 2018 at 6.30pm

In support of St Marys Church, Shrewton

Price:  £15. Tickets are available from the church office. Closing date for ticket purchases: 7th April.

Church Notices for 4th March 2018

TODAY’S READINGS & SERVICES, Lent 3: Exodus 20.1-17, 1 Corinthians 1.18-25, John 2.13-22 

 

Today, due to the snow, and difficulty on the roads connecting our villages, we are offering a short service of Holy Communion in our easy-to-warm church hall- Maddington Church Room- in Shrewton at 10.30am.

Normal ‘service’ resumes tomorrow with weekday services and the Lent Course.

READINGS & SERVICES FOR 11th March, Lent 4/Mothering Sunday: 1 Samuel 1.20-end, 2 Corinthians 1.3-7, Luke 2.33-35

9am                  BCP Holy Communion   Shrewton

10.30am            Family Communion        Chitterne

3pm                  Special Service & Tea    Orcheston

6pm                  Evensong                     Tilshead

WEEKDAY SERVICES

The following services take place during the week.

Do join us if you can:

 

Tues     10am                Holy Communion Shrewton

Wed     10am                Morning Prayer    Shrewton

Wed     4.30pm             Compline             Chitterne

Thus     9.30am             Morning Prayer    Tilshead

Thus     5.30pm             Evening Prayer   Orcheston

Sat       5.30pm             Compline               Tilshead 

FOR OUR PRAYERS  

Please remember the following people in your prayers… Antonia, Angie, Betty, Bryan, Carol, Caroline, Christopher, Emily, Jerry, Jim, June, Karen, Kate, Marion, Maureen, Michael, Oscar, Pam, Peggy, Robert, Simon; for all who are without shelter or have no long-term security.  

COLLECT

Almighty God, Whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

The Lent Course Week 3: 5th March/8th  March

This week’s session (‘Study’) will be in Maddington Church Room on Monday 5th  (7pm-8.30pm). The session will be repeated at the same location, 10am on Thursday 8th  March. All welcome!!  For those of you who missed last week’s session but would like the notes, please call/drop a line to the church office.

Mothers Union, 7th March, 2.30pm
We are meeting for prayer and fellowship at Parson’s Green Community Room in Shrewton. Everyone is very welcome.

Farewell to Bishop Ed, 11th March, 10.30am

Many of you will already know that the Bishop of Ramsbury is retiring at the end of April. There will be an official Diocesan farewell service in April, but this is our opportunity to say thank you and goodbye during the course of our Sunday Family Communion in Chitterne.

Service, Teddy Bears Picnic & Tea, 11th March, 3pm, Orcheston You are all warmly invited to join us for a short informal service with your favourite hymns, followed by a Teddy Bears Picnic and Tea. Come and have a catch up, see who has the oldest bear, enjoy some fellowship.

ANNUAL CHURCH SPRING CLEANING DATES 2018

St Marys Church, Shrewton.    7th April at 10am         St Marys Maddington Church 19th May at 10am

Please do come and help if you are able, the more the merrier. (Coffee & biscuits available for sustenance!) There will be cleaning materials available but if you could please bring your own dusters/cleaning cloths/eco cleaning products etc, that would be brilliant. THANK YOU.

Safari Supper, 21st April 2018 at 6.30pm

In support of St Marys Church, Shrewton

Price:  £15. Tickets are available by contacting the church office. Closing date for ticket purchases: 7th April.

Notices 25th February 2018

TODAY’S READINGS & SERVICES, Lent 2: Genesis 17.1-7,15-16, Romans 4.13-end, Mark 8.31-end

9am                  BCP Holy Communion   Chitterne

10.30am            Family Communion        Orcheston

4pm                  Family Service & Tea     Shrewton

 

READINGS & SERVICES FOR 4th March, Lent 3: Exodus 20.1-17, 1 Corinthians 1.18-25, John 2.13-22 

9am                  Holy Communion           Orcheston

10.30am            Family Communion        Tilshead

5pm                  Bible Study & Prayers   Chitterne

 

WEEKDAY SERVICES

The following services will take place this coming week. Do join us if you can:

Tues     10am                Holy Communion Shrewton

Wed     10am                Morning Prayer    Shrewton

Wed     4.30pm             Compline             Chitterne

 

FOR OUR PRAYERS  

Please remember the following people in your prayers… Antonia, Angie, Betty, Bryan, Carol, Caroline, Christopher, Christopher, Emily, Jerry, Jim, June, Karen, Kate, Marion, Maureen, Michael, Oscar, Pam, Peggy, Robert, Simon; for all preparing for marriage or baptism, and for any who are visiting our church community for the first time.

 

COLLECT

 

Almighty God, you show to those who are in error the light of your truth, that they may return to the way of righteousness: grant to all those who are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s religion, that they may reject those things that are contrary to their profession, and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


FORTHCOMING EVENTS

The Lent Course Week 2: 26th Feb/1st March

This week’s session (‘Pray’) will be in Orcheston Village Hall on Monday 26th (7pm-8.30pm). The session will be repeated at the same location, 10am on Thursday 1st March. All welcome!

For those of you who missed last week’s session but would like the notes, please call/drop a line to the church office.

 

?????? Questions, Questions ???????

Is there a question you’ve been longing to ask about faith or church, but never felt there’s the right moment to say so? Over the Lent period you will find a box and question slips in every church, where can write down the things that are intriguing, challenging or bothering you. We will endeavour to answer them during Lent course or in our final ‘Challenge/Grill’ session. Questions can be anonymous, but please write as clearly as possible!

Safari Supper, 21st April 2018 at 6.30pm

In support of St Marys Church, Shrewton

Price:  £15. Tickets are available through the church office. Closing date for ticket purchases: 7th April.
Can you help with mowing?

We urgently need some more volunteers to mow in Shrewton Churchyard during 2018 if we am to keep the task down to its current level. We mow the churchyard every two weeks and with 12 people on the rota the task only comes round 3 times in the year which is not a huge burden and only takes just over one hour per mow. If so, please let the church office have your contact details and we will pass them on to the mowing co-ordinator! Thank you.

Church Notices for week commencing 18th February

TODAY’S READINGS & SERVICES, Lent 1: Genesis 9.8-17, 1 Peter 3.18-end, Mark 1.9-15

9am                  Morning Prayer              Orcheston

10.30am            Holy Communion           Shrewton

4pm                  BCP Holy Communion   Tilshead

READINGS & SERVICES FOR 25th February, Lent 2: Genesis 17.1-7,15-16, Romans 4.13-end, Mark 8.31-end

9am                  BCP Holy Communion   Chitterne

10.30am            Family Communion        Orcheston

4pm                  Family Service & Tea     Shrewton

 

WEEKDAY SERVICES

The following services take place during the week.

Do join us if you can:

Tues     10am                Holy Communion Shrewton

Wed     10am                Morning Prayer    Shrewton

Wed     4.30pm             Compline             Chitterne

Thus     9.30am             Morning Prayer    Tilshead

Thus     5.30pm             Evening Prayer   Orcheston

Sat       5.30pm             Compline               Tilshead

 

FOR OUR PRAYERS  

Please remember the following people in your prayers… Antonia, Angie, Betty, Bryan, Carol, Caroline, Christopher, Christopher, Emily, Jerry, Jim, June, Karen, Kate, Marion, Maureen, Michael, Oscar, Pam, Peggy, Robert, Simon; for all who are grieving, especially the families and friends of Jeannine, Keith, Libby and Judith.

 

COLLECT

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness, and was tempted as we are, yet without sin: give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit; and, as you know our weakness, so may we know your power to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

The Lent Course Starting 19th/22nd February

The Parish Lent Course begins with its 1st Session on ‘Worship’ tomorrow evening in Chitterne Village Hall (7pm-8.30pm). The session will be repeated at the same location, 10am on Thursday 22nd. All welcome!!

The Second Session (‘Pray’) will be on 26th Feb/1st March in Orcheston Village Hall.

?????? Questions, Questions ???????

Is there a question you’ve been longing to ask about faith or church, but never felt there’s the right moment to say so? Over the Lent period you will find a box and question slips in every church, where can write down the things that are intriguing, challenging or bothering you. We will endeavour to answer them during Lent course or in our final ‘Challenge/Grill’ session. Questions can be anonymous, but please write as clearly as possible!

Safari Supper, 21st April 2018 at 6.30pm

In support of St Marys Church, Shrewton Price:  £15. Tickets are available from the church office. Closing date for ticket purchases: 7th April.

A Reflection for the Beginning of Lent

Tomorrow we begin a journey. It starts with ash and ends with fire.

The wrong way around?

Today the Rectory smells of burnt palm crosses. The crosses waved in celebration last year, turned into dark, fibrous ash. And tomorrow as we gather in Shrewton we will reflect on those ancient words ‘Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return’.

But early on 1st April we will stand in the darkness outside the doors of Orcheston St Mary lit by the Easter fire. We will carry a new Paschal Candle into the dark church declaring ‘The Light of Christ! Thanks be to God!’.

Our journey is from death to life, ash to fire, desolation to hope.

We will walk together in the coming weeks. As in every ordinary community across the world we will welcome new children, and say a last farewell to loved ones. We will baptise and we will bury, we will be grasped by the fierce grip of a newborn child, and we will gently let go of the dying.

Our daily lives are full of such transitions, often so small and insignificant they pass us by.

This year, why not take a moment to note them? The sunset and the morning, the dawn chorus and the dusk, the snowdrops’ dying back and the arrival of the trees in bud.

Jesus said ‘ Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. (John 12.24).’

During Lent we enter in. We walk the dry, challenging desert, we experience ending and grief, we remember that we are dust.

But come the Easter dawn, we will see the fire of new life and hope.

Join us this Lent, and enter in.

Notices 11th February 2018

TODAY’S READINGS & SERVICES, Next Before Lent: 2 Kings 2.1-12, 2 Corinthians 4.3-6, Mark 9.2-9 

9am                  BCP Holy Communion   Shrewton

10.30am            Family Communion        Chitterne

4pm                  Evensong                     Tilshead

 

READINGS & SERVICES FOR 18th February, Lent 1: Genesis 9.8-17, 1 Peter 3.18-end, Mark 1.9-15

9am                  Morning Prayer              Orcheston

10.30am            Holy Communion           Shrewton

4pm                  BCP Holy Communion   Tilshead

 

WEEKDAY SERVICES

The following services take place during the week. Do join us if you can:

Tues     10am                Holy Communion Shrewton

Wed     4.30pm             Compline             Chitterne

Thus     9.30am             Morning Prayer    Tilshead

Thus     5.30pm             Evening Prayer   Orcheston

Sat       5.30pm             Compline               Tilshead

 

FOR OUR PRAYERS  

Please remember the following people in your prayers… Antonia, Angie, Betty, Bryan, Carol, Caroline, Christopher, Christopher, Emily, Jerry, Jim, June, Karen, Kate, Marion, Maureen, Michael, Oscar, Pam, Peggy, Robert, Simon; for all who are grieving, especially the families and friends of Keith Eve, Libby Anson and Judith Philips.

JUDITH PHILIPS

It is with sadness that we report the death of Judith Philips, who lived in Shrewton. Her funeral will be at St Mary’s, Shrewton on Thursday 22nd February at 11am. We remember her husband and family in our prayers at this time.

COLLECT

Almighty Father, whose Son was revealed in majesty

before he suffered death upon the cross:

give us grace to perceive his glory,

that we may be strengthened to suffer with him

and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.


FORTHCOMING EVENTS 

Messy Church, 13th February, Shrewton Methodist Church, 10.30am- 1pm

All are welcome to attend Messy Church (please ensure children are accompanied to this activity), which focuses on the theme of ‘Friendship’ this time.

LENT 2018

Ash Wednesday, 14th February, 10am, St Mary’s Shrewton  A Service to mark the beginning of Lent.  All welcome. If any of you have Palm crosses which we can use to make ash for this service, please put them through the Rectory door before Tuesday lunchtime. Many thanks.

The Lent Course Starting 19th/22nd February We are delighted with the level of interest expressed in our ‘bespoke’ Lent Course for the Parish. Flyers are in each church now with the details of times, dates and locations. It is very much a case of ‘turn up and see if you like it’. We also appreciate not everyone will be able to get to the same sessions, so please remember that each Monday evening session is repeated on the Thursday morning.

?????? Questions, Questions ??????? Is there a question you’ve been longing to ask about faith or church, but never felt there’s the right moment to say so? Over the Lent period you will find a box and question slips in every church, where can write down the things that are intriguing, challenging or bothering you. We will endeavour to answer them during Lent course or in our final ‘Challenge/Grill’ session. Questions can be anonymous, but please write as clearly as possible!