Church Information - 18th July

18th July 2020

Benefice of Farleigh, Candover and Wield


Letter no 23 July 18th 2020

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Dear friends and fellow lockdown recoverers,


We have had two weeks now of Sunday worship in different forms across the benefice, and although it may feel restricted through not singing hymns inside our buildings, which have echoed the sung praises of our living Saviour for centuries, we ARE meeting together, and Jesus said, ”Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

Gathering for worship somehow brings a more powerful experience of the presence of Jesus than just the constituent parts, the different members, of the body of Christ on our own. The writer to the Hebrews wrote, ”Do not neglect to meet together, as is the habit of some.” Just as taking a burning coal off a fire, to see it then grow cool and lose it’s glow, we lose our spiritual glow when we are apart from our brothers and sisters in Christ, Having said that, many of us have been able to “maintain our glow” by joining in online with both the services we have been producing or maybe “visiting” other churches which have been producing vibrant worship with all sorts of amazing technical innovations.


Some of us may get a holiday break soon- both of us will have time off in late July/early August – having, like many of us, not had the breaks away we would usually have had after Easter.  We hope to provide one online service each week during August – and of course Sunday Services will continue at both ends, one service at each end each week at 11.00 a.m.

Please pray for a swift resumption of singing inside – there’ nothing better than singing rousing hymns together!


Some of you may be aware that Stephen has had, for some years, an additional role as “Surrogate” – that is, when couples wish to marry either very quickly or there are issues over banns, he is able to act as an officer of the Registry to hear and witness the swearing of an Affidavit for a Common Licence. Usually he does perhaps 3 a year; in the last 3 weeks he has done 17 – nearly a half of the Common Licences issued in the diocese as he is having to cover three deaneries; these all take time to process, so if you’ve not had a phone call from him or not seen him round and about as much in the villages, it’s because he’s had to spend a large amount of time dealing with each couple – a joy to help them, but a little time consuming.


Tomorrow’s online services are being processed today and should be uploaded to YouTube with the link from the website put up this evening. We should also mention now that as our faithful webmaster and the one who got our website up and running, Matthew Jones, churchwarden at Cliddesden, is moving to Sweden with his family next week – a huge step of faith with a new job for him in research chemistry – we have found a new “team” Peter Raine, my next door neighbour, and Debbie Scholey, also from Ellisfield, who will manage the website between them. Their email addresses are:- and so any items to be uploaded to the website should now go to them please. A huge thank you to Matthew for the work he has done in this and so much more.

May God bless you all in your daily lives, and may His peace bring a deliverance from worry and fear to us all. Prayer times Wednesday mornings 9.00 to 930 a.m. and fellowship group on Wednesday evenings 7.45 to 9.15 p.m. on Zoom – contact

As always we are available on phone, e-mail, or face to face over a garden gate or wall, for all matters.


Every blessing,

With our prayers and greetings, 

David and Stephen