• Updated 7th October 2020

    Dear Friends - A monthly letter from our priests is available here.
     
    The latest prayer diary is available here.
     
    Our final streamed Service for 30th August is available on the Services Tab. 
     
    Stephen’s Scribbles are available on the Hill and Dale tab and the latest letter from Stephen about Covid rules regarding services, dated 19th September, is available here.
     
    Service times in church buildings and opening schedules for private prayer are available on the services tab  
     
     
     
    Take a look at this inspiring and poignant version of Amazing Grace sung by people from around the world - be sure to watch right to the end!
     
    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.

    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 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.
     
    Benefice Administrator
     
    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!

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  • Dear Friends - A monthly letter from our priests
     

    Stephen’s Scribbles

    Dear friends, 

    As we climb out of lockdown and re–engage in Sunday worship, may I make some observations for us all:

    First, engaging with the Lord as we begin worship; many people, on arriving in their pew, do spend a few moments in private silent prayer, engaging with the presence of Jesus by His Holy Spirit. Personal preparation for worship is essential – bringing our worries, our pain, our unexpressed frustrations, thanks, praise, joy and sorrow before Him with whom we have to do, who knows all our weaknesses and our needs.

    Second, being aware that others have needs and to be wise to spatially distance, whilst metaphorically giving others a hug or “virtual” handshake, engaging corporately with them as we approach the Lord in praise.

    Third, to listen. Our temporary loss of congregational singing gives time to reflect on what inspires us: we are allowed choirs to lead us, and a “scratch choir” at some services, made up of those who can sing in tune and who can be appropriately distanced from each other in our church chancels, can add a new dimension to meeting with the Lord – as well as saying hymns together, or different people reading a verse each – can enable congregational participation in new ways, using the words of a hymn to express our worship, praise, struggles, and hopes.

    Fourth, to give: of ourselves in worship and service, for it is not solely about the words, but our voices, our bodies as living sacrifices,(Romans 12:1-2), our hands as offerings of peace and skill, and of our substance as we give to God what belongs to Him, and then more, as we remember that our lives do not consist in the abundance of our possessions, but of His possession of us.

    The biggest obstacle to overcome as we move back into Sunday worship is fear. Many are fearful of catching the virus, or that by carelessness could unwittingly contribute to its spread; at the same time, risk assessments have to realistic, but that is dependent on assumptions too.

    We all live just one heartbeat away from eternity, and He calls us to live in faith, not fear; in hope, not despair. “I sought the Lord and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.” says Psalm 34:4. That does not mean that we live recklessly, but circumspectly, knowing one day we will all come to an end of our finite existence, but walking with assurance that we are His, and because Jesus rose from death to life, we have a living hope that transcends the despair of this world and the ungodly system and culture within which we live.

    With autumn coming, we have a Bereavement Remembering Service again on 1 November – advertised elsewhere -Remembrance Sunday, and our run into Christmas. We don’t know yet whether we can hold our Carol Services as in previous years – possibly if we have limited & ticketed attendance, we may have to hold more than one when one would have sufficed – we’ll see!

    May I encourage you to pray personally much more at home: too many never set aside time to pray and seek the Lord; the consequence is stunted, shallow experience of the Holy Spirit of God, and a huge lack of spiritual power when difficulties arise. If God has more for us, why do we settle for less than the best?

    May God bless you all as we look forward to all God has for us.

    Prayerfully as always,

    Stephen

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  • 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.
     

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