Updated 8th August 2022
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Benefice of Farleigh Candovers and Wield
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Dear Friends - A monthly letter from our Rector is available below.
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The Benefice comprises four adjacent parishes:
The Candovers with Bradley
The Parish of Farleigh has four churches - in the villages of: Cliddesden, Dummer, Ellisfield and Farleigh Wallop.
The Parish of The Candovers with Bradley has three churches - in the villages of: Preston Candover, Brown Candover and Bradley.
The Parishes of Northington and of Wield each have one church.
These parishes together form the Benefice of Farleigh, Candover and Wield, which is served by one full time Priest,
The Rector, the Rev David Chattell.
Parish Prayer/Bible Reading Diary
Dear Friends - A monthly letter from our priest
The Jubilee Weekend was a wonderful celebration of the life of the Queen. It was amazing to see and hear so much of her life - she has worked hard and been a huge influence in our nation and the world. Whilst recognising her public and state roles have demanded sacrifice and commitment, it was also clear she has benefited from much comfort, advantage and privilege. In a time when many are struggling to feed families and heat homes, access benefits and healthcare - advantage and privilege are becoming much debated topics.
And we here in Hampshire are also hugely advantaged and privileged in many ways. Our surroundings, infrastructure and opportunities abound. We are able to read! When one thinks about our own situation - there are many, many advantages we enjoy.
How do we let our advantages and privilege shape us? Or shape our response to, or even our thoughts of others?
I listened recently to a very thought-provoking “Thought for Day” programme- whilst driving home from a local hospital! I highly recommend the 2 minute listen to Bishop David Walker, Bishop of Manchester, available online or on apps. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0c9xwbh
I share a few of his ideas; He begins with the statement that privilege is neutral, just a statement of fact. What we do with our privilege is the crucial response.
In the Bible the people of Israel were special to God but wrapped up within this privileged status was the calling and responsibility to be a blessing to others. This could be a pattern for us to follow? Do we use our advantages to be a voice for the voiceless or do we shout down others? Do we use our influence to better others, work for justice and provide mercy or graciousness to people in their weaknesses?
Bishop Walker suggests that advantage and privilege can lead to entitlement – if we don’t manage it well - and interestingly links this ‘evil twin’ to many failings in our leaders in the UK and in the world that has led to war. Entitlement shapes our response - can lead us to put others down - lead to oppression, intimidation, discrimination and marginalization - even terrorism.
In contrast, Jesus is an example of humility - the opposite of entitlement - the one who sought the good of others, the betterment of the people he met. He used his power, influence and voice to enable, encourage and bring freedom.
In Luke’s gospel, Chapter 22, we hear of the disciples arguing about their position and ranking within this close band of followers who had unrivalled access to the wise teacher and healer that they followed. Jesus answered them with wise words that I commend to you;
“Then they began to argue among themselves about who would be the greatest among them. Jesus told them, “In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called ‘friends of the people.’ But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.”
His example was to be a servant King, one who came to serve. What an example to us whatever our role, rank and advantage.
Licensed Lay Minister of the Benefice of Fairleigh, Candovers and Wield
(I write in replacement for David, as he recovers from surgery. He would like to thank you for the many good wishes for his recovery. And I would like to thank all those who have supported the churches and us as a family in these weeks.)