GENEROUS JUNE – The Rector’s Letter to our congregations

During June this year, we’ve been thinking about ‘Generous Living. Generous Giving’, and we’ve had sermons at all of our main Services from the Bishops in Winchester and Sheffield Dioceses.

These are all available in the June Sunday 10.00 Services here on Facebook.

Canon Gary, the Rector, has written to all of our congregations, explaining the financial postion in each of our four Parishes, and inviting people to contribute if they are would like to, and are able to – for some this is a very difficult time financially, and for others it is an easier time to be generous.

Here is the Rector’s Letter, for those who have not had a copy through the post.

Thank you, all those who already support the Mission and Service of our Churches here so generously.

Churches Opening for Prayer and Worship – updated

Churches Open for Prayer and Visiting

We are delighted that the majority of the Vaon Valley Churches are now open prayer and visiting, with appropriate hygiene measures in place.

You are welcome to go to the Church for peace, prayer, visiting, etc. – you are responsible for your own hygiene precautions, as we cannot guarantee that all of our visitors will take handwashing and other necessary measures.

The following Churches are open:

  • St Mary’s, Breamore
  • St Mary’s, Fordingbridge,
  • St Mary’s, Hale
  • St Boniface Woodgreen.

(Hyde Church will follow once the interior works are complete, round about the middle of July, and Godshill at a later date.)

Churches Opening for Worship

The Government has announced that public worship may resume from July 4th – and that includes weddings.

The latest advice from the Church of England is here:

Further advice will follow from the Church of England in the next few days.

Once we see that advice, we’ll make decisions about when to resume worship in our Churches – which we’re very much looking forward to.

There are going to be many people who will not feel comfortable returning to enclosed spaces over the coming weeks, and I’m certain that we’ll continue with our on-line offerings even once worship resumes in our Churches.

Further details will follow.

SIMPLIFICATION – Fordingbridge PCC Open Meeting, Thursday 18th, 7.00p.m., by Zoom

Fordingbridge PCC is planning to meet on Thursday, June 18th, at 7.00, by Zoom.  We’ll start by reflecting on the well-attended Simplification Meeting last Thursday (which was followed by an Open Meeting of Hyde PCC on Friday, also well-attended).  This is an OPEN MEETING, and anyone who has further reflections on the Simplification Process is welcome to Zoom in.  (The PCC has a couple of other items to discuss, for which anyone is welcome to stay, but no obligation to.) 

If you would like to join in, please e-mail the Church Office for the Zoom details.


Dear AVC Congregations

In preparation for the Open Meeting of the Four PCCs on Thursday 11th, at 7.00p.m., Hyde PCC has asked for a summary of the large Simplification Document – there is now a link below to the Summary Papers, and I’ve included the full papers again as well.

The first part was drafted by Jeremy, and the second by the Simplification Working Group Members for Hyde, Andrew and Carrie, and it’s been edited by me. (so any errors or misrepresentations are mine!).

It may be useful to those who find the full documents rather indigestible.  (We originally sent out the full papers, because if we hadn’t have, the Working Group would have been accused of hiding the details – we couldn’t win on that one!).

I hope as many people will join in on Thursday as possible, either on Zoom, or live on our Facebook page and I’ve put the details below.

If you are not able to attend on the night, please feel free to send me any comments or questions you have, and we’ll try to answer them, either on the night, or by replying to your message.

Thanks, All – see you Thursday.

Here are the Zoom details:

Gary Philbrick is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Open Meeting of the Four PCCs – Simplification
Time: Jun 11, 2020 07:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 820 3807 9828
Password: 113057

Telephone: 0131 460 1196 – use ID and Password above.

Best Wishes,


Revd Canon Gary Philbrick,

Rector of The Avon Valley Churches

Covering Letter

Simplification Papers Summary

Simplification Booklet Draft for PCCs