Information about arrangements in the Parishes / Benefice is available on the Corona Virus tab above.
Stephen's talks on suffering, disasters and faith
In Stephen's talk on Sunday and letter on 6th June, he mentioned he was going to do a talk on disasters and faith. It’s not easy doing that in a short talk, so he has recorded three talks, each about 15 minutes long, which are all all connected and follow on from one another. The links are below
If you would like to have a chat about the talks please do let Stephen know.
Hope this is a useful contribution to our faith journeys. If you would prefer the script instead, please email Stephenand he'll’ll send it to you.
You may have seen this beautiful video, bringing together worship leaders from more 65 different churches and networks in the UK, to sing the UK Blessing. The group, organised by worship leader Tim Hughes, represents a number of churches who have collectively, supplied over 400,000 meals to the most vulnerable and isolated in the UK since COVID-19 lockdown began. This alongside phone calls to the isolated, pharmacy delivery drops and hot meals to the NHS frontline staff.
We pray this song is a blessing to you and your household, wherever you are in the world, as you watch and listen.
Some Listening Ideas
There are some excellent speakers and talks available online.
One that stands out is Simon Ponsonby at St Aldates Church, Oxford. He recently gave a talk titled Christ, Crisis and Coronovirus. It is about prayer, drawn from John 17, and though 32 mins long, it's definitely worth putting on a device to listen to on a walk, at the kitchen sink or driving the car or even just sitting down with a coffee to give full attention!
The benefice comprises four adjacent parishes: Farleigh, The Candovers with Bradley, Northington and Wield. The parish of Farleigh has four churches; Cliddesden, Dummer, Ellisfield and Farleigh Wallop. The parish of The Candovers with Bradley has three churches; Preston Candover, Brown Candover and Bradley.
The parishes together form the benefice of Farleigh, Candover and Wield which is served by two full time Priests: the Rector, David Chattell who takes primary responsibility for the Parishes of The Candovers with Bradley, Northington and Wield and the Assistant Rector, Stephen Mourant who has primary responsibility for the Parish of Farleigh.
Parish Prayer/Bible Reading Diary
The August - October edition is now available. We include prayers for our communities, those in need, and some of our regular church events across the benefice.
We are planning to employ a part-time benefice administrator, who will take on a lot of the administration Stephen currently does. Plans are almost complete – getting in place a job description, contract, handbook, application form, finances, timescale etc – and soon that role will be advertised across the benefice. You may have an interest as it would suit someone working from home for just a few hours a week, but will be vital, in due course, in managing service rotas, much of the wedding and some funeral administration, and serving the Lord by freeing clergy to focus on other pastoral areas that remain undeveloped. We pray that God will call the right person to this role – it could be you!
Dear Friends - A monthly letter from our priests
‘Speed and power’ is a catchphrase of a TV presenter famous for doing daft things with cars and two TV colleagues. Someone I know exclaims ‘speed and power’ when they see a tractor hauling a load on the road or driving across a field at running speed with their tyres tearing into the ground. The power of these mechanical monsters is amazing as they perform work in an hour that would have taken farmworkers days in bygone years.
Yet for all the sophistication of sat. nav. directed tractors and satellite imagery to help with sowing and fertilising the crops, we are still dependent on the sun coming up, the rain coming down and the growth of healthy crops. We build sophistication into life in many ways but we are still dependent on having ‘our daily bread’, for all the technology and wealth we might acquire and put in place to make life easier.
Jesus taught that we don’t live by bread alone, there is so much else in life that we should attend to. Healthy relationships with others, good friendships, acts of kindness, good neighbourliness, all these things, when going well, enhance our lives and we suffer when they are awry.
Covid-19 has reminded us of the value and fragility of human life, as at great economic expense measures have been taken to safeguard human life to protect people, especially the most vulnerable.
We know life is precious and a gift. Let us pause to give thanks for all we have that is good; for the hope we have that what is not so good might improve. In all this let us remember that we don’t live by bread alone but by every word of God. As the bible puts it, “He is the Lord our God and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand”
Our Harvest Thanksgiving Services start this month and details are in the service rota, do join us if you can, you will be most welcome.
I pray that you will have a blessed September especially if it is the start of something new as the academic year begins.
Lango Link Report We have recived an update from our friends in Lango - click here to read their letter. To see a brief report on last years trip to Lango by members of the deanary click here
Live the Mission News Letters
Why not find out a bit more about some of the faith-based projects and events being carried out in other parishes across the Diocese - visit the live the mission page for more information.