From the Curate - November 2018

Dear Friends As we enter the season of Remembrance there is an extra level of poignance this year as we realise that it is 100 years since the end of World War 1. A hundred years is long time and yet World War 1 still seems like recent history – near enough that we are connected in some way with it. It was only in 2009 that we lost Britain's last survivor of the First World War trenches, Harry Patch, known as 'The Last Tommy’. It is good that we remember, and it is good to pause in our busy lives to be thankful and to pray that such dreadful events do not happen again. My own family has sad connections with World War 1. My husband’s great Uncle, Stephen Mepham, died in 1918 just a month b

Remembrance 100

In Bishopstoke we will be marking the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One in some special ways. On Sunday 11 November, there will be an Act of Remembrance on Glebe Meadow starting at 10.45 am, including the two minutes’ silence and the laying of wreaths at the war memorial. This will finish at about 11.15 am, and people are then most welcome to make their way up to St Mary’s if they wish for a short service for all ages from 11.30 am – 12 noon. (There will still be the usual 8 am and 9.15 am communion services on that day.) From 12.30 pm, St Mary’s and some visiting bell ringers will ring a half-muffled peal (lasting about 3 hours) as part of the ‘Ringing for Peace’ project. The

Ringers remember and mark the centenary of the end of the First World War

Each year, on Remembrance Sunday, the ringers at St Mary’s church have marked the occasion by ringing before the morning service with the bells half muffled in memory of those who died in the First World War and the many conflicts since. This special type of ringing involves tying a leather pad, called a muffle, to one side of each clapper. When it is rung, a bell swings through a full circle then back again. The bell sounds alternately loud and quiet, an effect sometimes referred to as ‘echoes from the dead’. This year is the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and there is a national drive to have all bells rung at 12.30 on Sunday 11/11 to mark the occasion. Therefore,

The Year of the Angel!

During December we’d like to place as many small knitted angels as possible around Bishopstoke and also give them to younger children at school if there are enough. Some people are already working on this, but it would be great to have even more. They are being made in various, shapes, sizes and colours, but tend to be about 6 inches / 15 cm tall. If you’d like a pattern or ideas, please contact Wendy Dale on 8064 2292. And once they are done, please bring them to either church or The Rectory. Many thanks.

A Harvest thank you

Thank you so much for all the food donations for the Basics Bank – they were much appreciated. We also raised a total of £325 (plus some Gift Aid) for Embrace the Middle East’s ‘Hampers of Hope’ appeal for refugees in Lebanon. If you would like to find out more about EME or support them, there are magazines and gifts & cards catalogues at the back of church.

Macmillan Coffee Afternoon – 28th September

On behalf of Margaret Sharp and myself, I would like to thank everyone who helped make this such a successful event. In all, we raised £340. It was great to see everyone chatting away, particularly as we hosted some visitors. God bless you all, Joy Barnard

From the Rectory - October 2018

Dear Friends I thoroughly enjoyed Bishopstoke Players’ rendition of ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ last week. As always, there was great acting, and it’s so good to see so many local people really involved in it. I discovered that Dibley Parish Church is dedicated to St Barnabas. It’s not uncommon to find this misspelled as ‘Barnabus’ as if it was a Latin name. But it’s actually Hebrew – and a nickname… In the early church – not long after the resurrection of Jesus and Pentecost – there was a Jewish man called Joseph who came from Cyprus. And in that exciting climate when everything was so new and fresh, and the Christians were working out how to live together in the power of the Holy Spirit, Jos

All Souls service

This year, our All Souls service will take place on Sunday 4 November at 3.30 pm at St Mary’s. This is a time when you can come to church to remember departed loved ones, whether they have passed away recently or several years ago. The gentle service will last about 40 minutes and there will be the opportunity to light candles in memory of your loved ones. Afterwards, refreshments will be served and people will be around for a chat, if you would like to stay.

PHF Anniversary Service

This year’s Anniversary Service will be on Wednesday 24th October at 2.30 pm at St Paul's, and we are delighted that Revd Jono Harvey (pioneer curate in Eastleigh until recently) will be our speaker. EVERYONE is very welcome and the service will be followed by refreshments for all those able to stay. Please come and help us celebrate 41 years of prayer, love and fellowship.

‘Wave of Light’

Our second ‘Wave of Light’ service will take place at St Mary’s at 7 pm on Monday 15 October – Infant and Pregnancy Loss Awareness Day. It will be a gentle time for anyone who has lost a baby (before or after birth), or young child, to come, reflect and remember. It will last about 35 minutes and will be followed by refreshments for those who wish to stay.

Faith Article - What is Truth?

Matthias Stomer (c.1600 - 1652) “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. The reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” “What is truth?” retorted Pilate… How the world needs, aches for – truth! Abimelek was a God-fearing man, but Abraham assumed the opposite and so he lied to him. Abraham’s grandson, Jacob, (led on by a scheming mother) lied to get his twin brother’s birthright. Later, his sons deceived him into believing that their brother, Joseph, was dead… On it went… Does this sound like a TV soap? The first book of the Bible is full of liars and deceivers. Their long,

Poppies for Remembrance

To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One this year, the uniformed organisations are making poppies which will be draped from the tower of St Mary’s. If you would like to add one, please give it to Richard or send it to The Rectory. They can be made from cardboard or other materials, and we would need them by 28th October.

Kerala Appeal

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to the emergency appeal for the many people affected by flooding in Kerala, India. I have been able to send £117.04 off to Christian Aid.

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