Between a Rock and a Hard Place – Bible Reading Fellowship

Wednesday, September 28, 9.45am-4pm
Old Alresford Place
Admission £30
How can we face the toughest stages of our lives with a greater sense of the rock-like constancy of God? This Quiet Day – led by Debbie Thrower, team leader of BRF’s The Gift of Years: ‘resourcing the spiritual journey of older people’ and an Anna Chaplain to older people – explores how we can mine the more testing situations we face to deepen our relationship with God. This will be a day for encouraging us to trust the clay of our character to the Potter’s hand.

To book, write to BRF, 15 The Chambers, Vineyard, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3FE, telephone 01865 319700 or visit Please send payment with your booking and provide full names of all who are attending. To receive a receipt, enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

The art of Communication featuring Rev’d Nicky Davies

Saturday, September 24
2-5.30pm, followed by choral evensong in Winchester Cathedral
Wessex (New Learning) Centre, The Close, Winchester Cathedral
Admission free
A day of networking and practical support, hosted by former journalist and TV presenter and now Lay Canon and Licensed Lay Minister, Debbie Thrower, with presentations from and discussions with communications consultant Craig Philbrick; Diocesan communications team Luther Pendragon; Rev’d Nicky Davies, journalist and Publications Officer for the Diocese of Exeter; and Stella Wiseman, Marketing and Content Editor for the Diocese of Winchester.
For enquiries, email Rachel Hartland on

Mission shaped & inclusive? – an event to discover how inclusive we might be.

Mission Shaped and Inclusive?
An Inclusive Church event for the Diocese of Winchester – and beyond.
Saturday, 17 September, 10am-4pm
All Saints, North Baddesley, SO52 9EQ

The day will be led by Bob Callaghan, National Co-ordinator of Inclusive Church, and Louise Nelstrop, Programme Leader for Christian Spirituality, Sarum College.

To book, call Vanessa Lawrence on 07946 255375 or email

Inclusive Church is a group of Christians uniting together around the statement of belief:
“We believe in inclusive Church – Church which does not discriminate, on any level, on grounds of economic power, gender, mental health, physical ability, race or sexuality. We believe in Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.”

Do you fancy being a Bible story teller in primary schools?

Open the Book, the scheme which takes dramatised storytelling of the Bible into primary schools, is running two days, one a training day for new members and anyone interested in joining, and one for established teams.
They are:

Initial Training Day
Monday, July 4, 9.30am-3pm.
Donations welcome to cover the cost.
Come and learn how to take Open the Book in to schools near you. Discover different ways of presenting a story and share fellowship with other Open the Book storytellers.
St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Western Way, South Ham, Basingstoke, RG22 6ER.
Bring a packed lunch, drinks provided.
Car parking at the church, or in the free public car park in St Andrew’s Road behind the church.
Enquiries and bookings: or call 01793 418355.

Storyteller day (for established members of Open the Book)
Saturday, September 10, 9.30am registration for 10am start. Finishes at 3pm.
Christ Church, Chineham, RG24 8LT
£6 per person, £10 for two. Pay at the door.
This is a day for storytellers with special guest Bob Hartman, author of the Lion Storyteller Bible. Bob will be telling his story and talking about the new Open the Book material out next spring, 2017 Christian Values. It promises to be a fun day with great storytelling tips from Bob.
Don’t forget to bring your copy of the Lion Storyteller Bible as Bob will have a book-signing session.
The Bishop of Basingstoke will be leading a commissioning service for all storytellers – new and existing.
Bring a packed lunch, refreshments provided.
Car parking at the church.
Enquiries and bookings: or call 01793 418355.

Rural Open Day – engaging with rural communities

Rural Open Day
Saturday, July 9, 10am-4pm
St Mary Bourne Village Centre
The launch of the Rural Life and Ministry Pack with proven ideas and suggestions for outdoor services, using rural church buildings, engaging with rural charities, strengthening links with rural schools, supporting the farming community and forging and strengthening overseas links.

There will be an opportunity to worship, learn through table conversations, a rural walk and the chance to share lunchtime together in the vicarage garden.
Please bring packed lunch, other refreshments provided.
To book your place contact: Rev’d Craig Marshall, Rural Adviser,
(Please put RURAL DAY BOOKING in the subject box) or telephone 01264 738380.