• Updated 12th June 2022

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    Benefice of Farleigh Candovers and Wield

     

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    The latest letter from Bishops Debbie & David dated 11.03.22 can be read here

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    Dear Friends - A monthly letter from our Rector is available below.

    For the latest prayer diary please click here.

    The Winchester School of Misson Newsletter can be seen here

     

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    The Benefice comprises four adjacent parishes: 

    Farleigh 
    The Candovers with Bradley 
    Northington 
    Wield

    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

    The Prayer Diary for Friday 3rd June – Wednesday 20th July 2022 is now available. We include prayers for our communities, those in need, and some of our regular church events across the benefice.

     

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  • Dear Friends - A monthly letter from our priest

    Dear Friends,

    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” program - 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/p0c9y15y

    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.

    Ruth Chattell

    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.)

     

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  • Will you turn to Him?

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