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Corona Virus Information
Updated 1st April 2020
Information about arrangements in the Parishes / Benefice is available on the Corona Virus tab above.
New information will be posted on the home page then moved to Corona Virus Tab for future reference.
Ruth has set a chalenge for us all, but especially younger members, to illustrate the Easter Story with Lego Scenes, have a look at the Lego Challenge Page for more information!
Some Listening Ideas
There are some excellent speakers and talks available online.
One that stands out is Simon Ponsonby at St Aldates Church, Oxford. He recently gave a talk titled Christ, Crisis and Coronovirus. It is about prayer, drawn from John 17, and though 32 mins long, it's definitely worth putting on a device to listen to on a walk, at the kitchen sink or driving the car or even just sitting down with a coffee to give full attention!
The benefice comprises four adjacent parishes: Farleigh, The Candovers with Bradley, Northington and Wield. The parish of Farleigh has four churches; Cliddesden, Dummer, Ellisfield and Farleigh Wallop. The parish of The Candovers with Bradley has three churches; Preston Candover, Brown Candover and Bradley.
The parishes together form the benefice of Farleigh, Candover and Wield which is served by two full time Priests: the Rector, David Chattell who takes primary responsibility for the Parishes of The Candovers with Bradley, Northington and Wield and the Assistant Rector, Stephen Mourant who has primary responsibility for the Parish of Farleigh.
Parish Prayer/Bible Reading Diary
The February - Easter edition is now available. We include prayers for our communities, those in need, and some of our regular church events across the benefice.
We are planning to employ a part-time benefice administrator, who will take on a lot of the administration Stephen currently does. Plans are almost complete – getting in place a job description, contract, handbook, application form, finances, timescale etc – and soon that role will be advertised across the benefice. You may have an interest as it would suit someone working from home for just a few hours a week, but will be vital, in due course, in managing service rotas, much of the wedding and some funeral administration, and serving the Lord by freeing clergy to focus on other pastoral areas that remain undeveloped. We pray that God will call the right person to this role – it could be you!
Dear Friends - A monthly letter from our priests
As I write, the spread of the Coronavirus reaching a pandemic is the main news; the danger with some media coverage is to generate unnecessary fear and panic, whilst not to underestimate the seriousness of the virus, particularly for those in vulnerable categories. The good news is recovery rates are high. The greater attention to personal hygiene and not to get too close to others whilst the danger exists is common sense, although those who invented bacterial wipes must be rubbing their hands. (!)
However, we should not be driven by fear- for it affects how we think and act; it sometimes puts us first at the expense of others; it distorts what we are and what we are supposed to be. If our characters are being fashioned to be like Jesus as we walk with him, then fear will not erode our behaviour, for who we are resides deep within, where our lives are controlled by the Holy Spirit; only a morality that is deeply rooted down inside us, that is embedded in the heart, can survive the corrosion of fear. And out of our trust in a loving God whose ways are perfect, whose love is eternal, his strength in time of anxiety will give us all we need, enabling us to rise up in serving others with courage and sacrifice. Those for whom faith is superficial will come under the testing of trial, to “see what is in [their] hearts” as Deuteronomy 24 says.
Of course we are in the Easter season, celebrating the rising of Jesus from the tomb on Easter Day; we have an Easter faith which rejoices and triumphs in the face of adversity, for if our eternal destiny is settled already, whatever we endure in this world may, for a season, be difficult, and for some, incredibly hard, yet we know that resurrection is our hope. The epistle to the Hebrews has a chapter all about faith, listing many who endured suffering, disappointment, sorrow, pain and persecution, all who “were looking ahead to [their] reward.” (Heb. 12:26).
Life is not without trial; but it is not without joy, hope, mercy, encouragement, success, vision, triumph as well. Keeping everything in perspective is something we gain when walking in step with the Holy Spirit, Who guides, guards, warns, and brings the peace that passes all understanding. Forgiveness, and particularly joy are hallmarks of living faith – Following Jesus is not boring, dull, or unemotional, for vibrant faith will be seen and experienced. Living for Him should be tempered with the realisation that we live before an audience of ONE – Jesus- and our greatest task is to please Him and give Him delight.
One of the greatest missionaries of the 19th Century, C. T. Studd, wrote, “If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.” He founded what was the China Inland Mission, which in 1949 was exiled from the country due to the communist regime hating all religions, but Christianity in particular, for followers of Jesus placed their allegiance in Him, not in the State. There’s nothing more galling to those in power to find that citizens put their trust in Someone else the government can’t control. We have a joy that is steadfast and certain; a hope that lives through trial, sorrow and even death, for we trust Jesus Christ, risen, ascended, glorified and coming again one day soon.
May the living Jesus bless and make His presence known to you this Easter season, in His name and joy,