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For the second year running the Church of England’s Christmas campaign is ‘Follow the Star’.  Someone I was chatting to thought they should have had a new strapline for this year, just as in previous years.  But I do like ‘Follow the Star’…  I could make a...

Dear Friends

A couple of weeks ago, around the time that the clocks went back, I was thinking that this really isn’t my favourite time of year.  It’s getting darker; it’s getting colder; most of the trees have lost their leaves; and the amount of rain we’ve had some day...

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This month in all of our church services we are thinking about prayer.  We’re doing this because in just a few weeks time it will be the fourth ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ – a global wave of prayer from Ascension to the Day of Pentecost.

We’ll be coming at prayer fro...

On the Day of Pentecost – Sunday 9th June – we will be celebrating the outpouring of the Holy Spirit by worshipping together as Christians in Bishopstoke.  This year our united service will be one for all ages together at the Methodist Church at 10.30 am, and our speak...

As part of the nine days of prayer between Ascension Day and Pentecost this year, we will walk part of our shared parish boundary together (which was slightly revised a few months ago) with members of St Thomas’ Church, Fair Oak. 

The day for this will be Saturday 8 Jun...

Many thanks to everyone who came along to our Annual Meeting on 28th April.  We have two new PCC members – Edna Brown & Shirley Smeal, and Cherry Challis has been re-elected Church warden.  We are very grateful to all of these people and the others who continue to serv...

Dear Friends

I was angry when a couple of weeks ago the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, stripped IS bride Shamima Begum of her British nationality.  I immediately found out what other people were saying.  No doubt many were supportive of the Home Secretary’s actions, but m...

Thank you so much for all of your generosity over the Christmas period. 

Members of the church and community gave £90 to ARK Eastleigh for their hampers; £88 to the Children’s Society at Christingle; and, last but not least, a wonderful £571 to Open Doors, our Christma...

Talk from this year's Christmas Midnight Communion

It’s Christmas Eve!  But you discover the organ’s broken!  To be precise, the bellows have been nibbled by mice...  What do you do?  How can you sing the carols?

You nip down to a friend who plays the guit...

Dear Friends

We seem to be moving swiftly through Advent.  Soon it will be Christmas and, before we know it, the New Year.  What will 2019 bring?

A few weeks ago in our services we were reading some of Jesus’ words from Mark 13: ‘Nation will rise against nation, and...

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