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.

http://www.avp-benefice.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Generous-June-Letter-to-Congregations-Ju20.pdf

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:

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/reopening-church-buildings-public-worship

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.

SEW FRIENDLY – A quilt is a hug you can keep.

At the June meeting of Sew Friendly, when we were celebrating our first year, we presented twenty quilts to the Project Linus regional co-ordinators.

Project Linus started in the USA and is named after the comfort  blanket toting character from the Peanuts comic strip. The project came to the UK in March 2000 with a mission to provide new, homemade washable quilts to babies, children and teenagers who are sick ,disabled ,disadvantaged or distressed.

We were delighted to be told that a week after we had presented our quilts, they were delivered to the Children’s Intensive Care Unit at Southampton Hospital where we hope they will bring comfort to the children and their families.

Project Linus UK is a 100% volunteer based and non profit making organisation and relies on donations of cotton fabric for making the quilts, and office supplies which assist in this important work. In 2017 they delivered 2029 quilts in our local region.

Sew Friendly is delighted to have been able to contribute to this worthy cause.

Sew Friendly meets on the third Tuesday of each month in the Hyde Church Community Centre at 1pm and we share our knowledge and expertise with all our members, beginners and improvers. We respond to members ideas for projects and cover patchwork , applique , lace making and plan to do some fabric dyeing and dress making in the months to come.

If you would be interested in joining our group please contact Sue on 01425 656890.

NEEDING PRAYER?

Do you need Prayer for something in particular?

If so, phone the Prayer Line, organised by the Churches in Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole.

They’d love to hear from you.