• Updated 24th January 2021

    Some childrens videos are now available on the Children's Tab

    Dear Friends - A monthly letter from our priests is available here.

    Our streamed Services for Sunday, January 17th are available on the Services Tab.
     
    The latest letter from David and Stephen is available here.
     
    The latest prayer diary is available here.
     
    Service times in church buildings and opening schedules for private prayer are available on the services tab above 
     
    Information about arrangements in the Parishes / Benefice is available on the Corona Virus tab above.
     
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    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.

    talk 1 https://youtu.be/SwnfTJ5GqV8

    talk 2 https://youtu.be/5aalDb-VlU4

    talk 3 https://youtu.be/8tgIp9pE8qU

    Hope this is a useful contribution to our faith journeys. If you would prefer the script instead, please email Stephen and he'll’ll send it to you.

    The Blessing
    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!  
     
     
    If you would like to download a copy or have trouble with the link above go to https://staldates.org.uk/sermons-and-talks and either scroll down or search for Christ, Crisis, Coronovirus
     
    If you find you have some extra time, the St Aldates back catalogue of sermons is very extensive and many of the are really good - happy listening! 
     
    Welcome
     
    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  December 28th - February 14th edition 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 priests
     

    Dear Friends

    I know many were pleased to see the end of last year as the chapter of 2020 closed but of course nothing really changes just because the earth has completed another orbit around the sun!  Our hope is that COVID-19 will be controlled through the new vaccine as the vaccination program is rolled out over the next months and that we can enjoy unrestricted lives again.

    As we marked 2020’s end, reflecting on the extraordinary year our nation and indeed our world has had, we may have wondered how things can recover in the future?  Perhaps we pondered the passing of time as lockdown changed our lives and philosophised on the bigger questions of life about purpose and meaning as we faced futility and frustrations?  We measure out our lives allotting time to our work obligations in years for income’s sake, in days when planning a holiday and seconds if we are heating food in a microwave.  

    The digital world in phones and computers runs on clocks which divide the second into billionths and in each billionth of a second something happens in a computer’s microprocessor.  But however we measure time it still passes and we have less of it and with the passing of time regrets often come following on.

     As Rob Parsons of Care for the Family (great website) asks this question, “If the two thieves of joy are a hankering after a perfect past and a yearning for a change of some kind in the future, what have they stolen from us? 

    He answers, they steal our only opportunity to find fulfilment, happiness and peace – they steal today.”

     Someone said, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift––that is why it is called the present.” 

    One of the prayers that we sometimes use in a funeral service says, 

    “You are tender towards your children and your mercy is over all your works.
    Heal the memories of hurt and failure.
    Give us the wisdom and grace to use aright the time that is left to us on earth,
    to turn to Christ and follow in his steps in the way that leads to everlasting life.”

    Let’s not live with regret but live with the one who gives eternal life.  Only days ago we sang carols of One called the Light of the World so that those who ‘sit in darkness’, of any kind, might receive illuminating, focus giving light.  So, what might we see in this light?

    We see the glory of God in Jesus Christ, love, compassion, justice and mercy, we see that in God there is the greatest clarity about life and that despite the past, in God, there is hope for our future.

    But with the announcement of Jesus as light, came an observation that people deliberately rejected the light as “their deeds were evil”.  Perhaps we sympathise with that as who wants every thought, word and deed exposed?  But God shines his light for health reasons!  Jesus came to make it possible for change within the human heart, there is power in prayer in his name that God answers and things change!  Perhaps you saw this amazing article on the BBC news site, “Burnley's Pastor Mick - from dangerous drug dealer to lifesaver”

    Mick, about to shoot a man, saw a blinding light that stopped him in his tracks, the rest is history as it was the beginning of God’s work in his life for change, healing and freedom from many things.

    We, hopefully, may not be violent like that, but still have the power to harm others with our actions and words….

    Here is a little prayer you may like to use; Dear God, I would like 2021 to be different and better, less regrets and more hope.  Please shine your light in my heart, and with your light and power remove darkness and may the light of Christ lead me this year. Amen.

    Every Blessing

    David

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