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    Updated 23rd May 2020
     
    NEW - Our Services for 24th May are available on the Services Tab
     
    NEW - The latest letter from David and Stephen dated 23rd May is available here.
     
    Davids deliberations, which would have appeared in Oxdrove/Hill and Dale is available here.
     
    Information about arrangements in the Parishes / Benefice is available on the Corona Virus tab above.
     
    The Blessing
    You may have seen this beautiful video, bringing together worship leaders from more 65 different churches and networks in the UK, to sing the UK Blessing. The group, organised by worship leader Tim Hughes, represents a number of churches who have collectively, supplied over 400,000 meals to the most vulnerable and isolated in the UK since COVID-19 lockdown began. This alongside phone calls to the isolated, pharmacy delivery drops and hot meals to the NHS frontline staff. 

    We pray this song is a blessing to you and your household, wherever you are in the world, as you watch and listen.

     

    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!  
     
     
    If you would like to download a copy or have trouble with the link above go to https://staldates.org.uk/sermons-and-talks and either scroll down or search for Christ, Crisis, Coronovirus
     
    If you find you have some extra time, the St Aldates back catalogue of sermons is very extensive and many of the are really good - happy listening! 
     
    Welcome
     
    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.
     
    Benefice Administrator
     
    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!

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  • Dear Friends - A monthly letter from our priests
     

    David’s deliberations

    Dear Friends,

    Funeral services are not really very easy times, and now with the restrictions on numbers who may attend and social distancing prohibiting the inability to give physical comfort those occasions are even harder for those who have lost a loved one.

    We believe that life is precious and wonderful.  Lives which have had a share of fulfilment, love and laughter, friends and family are the things most commonly celebrated in a Service of Thanksgiving for a departed love one.  We believe there is something awry with any worldview that holds human life cheaply and is indifferent to suffering though so often mourning involves memories of pain and bereavement too is another form of pain.

    Pain and suffering have been around since the year dot and we have all probably experienced these in some way or other before ever Covid-19 was a virus.  For those who believe in the God of the Bible the existence of suffering is one of the challenges posed to belief in God and commonly expressed by asking if God is good and all powerful why then does he not stop all human suffering now, and banish the Covid 19 virus?

    Some ask why God is allowing this current situation with the Corona virus which is the particular question arising in our time, but disease and plagues have been part of human experience for millennia.  Stephen Fry in an interview in 2017 railed against a God who would allow suffering and expressed very strongly his anger against a God who was believed to be kind and all powerful and yet permitted the death of children through disease.

    There is much to say in response and of course the answers bring more questions.  Here is a good answer making use of Oscar Wilde’s book The Selfish Giant.  It is an open letter in reply to Stephen Fry’s interview, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klPr708VWDk

    God revealed in the bible through Jesus Christ is a loving God who has not given up on creation but who addressed the problems of creation by becoming part of it as fully human, who experienced personally suffering and injustice and somehow in his death experienced the full weight of human sin: our falling short of God’s standards and rebellion to his perfect laws.  Furthermore, Jesus’ resurrection from the dead was the action that showed God had begun putting right the problems of this world in defeating death and making possible the gift of eternal life for all who believe.

    Life is precious and wonderful and we are saddened by anything that despoils our time with disease, human unpleasantness, pain or injustice.  So we do give thanks for all that is good, to God, for all we have and enjoy  asking that we might bless others with what we can give that enhances lives with our love, kindness, support and comfort, fun and laughter.

     But we know the big questions of life are never far away, death will always be present whether coming earlier than we anticipate or after many years.  The question is are we ready to meet God, to go into eternity?  Jeremy Marshall is the former CEO of the UK’s oldest private bank, C. Hoare & Co. who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2016.  He writes here about facing death  https://www.psephizo.com/life-ministry/coronavirus-and-the-fear-of-death/

    You might also enjoy:Justin Brierley, a broadcaster for Premier Christian Radio https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable/Episodes/Unbelievable-Why-doesn-t-God-end-Coronavirus-and-mend-the-world-Justin-Brierley

    Prof John Lennox’s  short book titled, Where is God in a Coronavirus world? Reviewed here https://www.psephizo.com/reviews/where-is-god-in-a-coronavirus-world/

    Rev Dr Ian Paul theological discussion on God’s will.

    https://www.psephizo.com/biblical-studies/on-plagues-judgement-and-the-book-of-revelation/

    Every blessing as we all look out for one another.  As ever please do get in touch for prayer requests or just for a chat!

    David

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  • Lango Link Report We have recived an update from our friends in Lango - click here to read their letter. To see a brief report on last years trip to Lango by members of the deanary click here

    Live the Mission News Letters
    Why not find out a bit more about some of the faith-based projects and events being carried out in other parishes across the Diocese -  visit the live the mission page for more information.
     

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