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Vicar
The Reverend Yann Dubreuil Tel: 07777684533
Administrator: Tel: 07777 684 533
Churchwarden
William Knowles Park Edge, Upper Froyle Tel: 01420 23164

Benefice Pastoral Care: Nick Carter (472861)
Anna Chaplain: Jonathan Rooke, Nicky Smallwood


Church Services at Froyle in January

Sunday 5th JanuaryFroyle 8.00am Holy Communion
    Bentley 5.00pm Live@5 with food served at 4.30pm
    Binsted 9.30am
Holy Communion
Sunday 12th JanuaryFroyle 11.00 am Holy Communion
    Bentley 9.30am Morning Worship with Children's Church
    Binsted 3.30pm
Messy Church at Binsted School
Sunday 19th January Froyle 11.00 am Holy Communion with anointing for healing
  Bentley 5.00pm Live@5 with Food served at 4.30pm
    Binsted 9.30am Morning Worship with Baptism
Sunday 26th January Froyle 6.30pm Evensong
    Bentley 9.30am Holy Communion with Children's Church
    Binsted 8.00am Holy Communion

Details of all the services within the Benefice are also found on the church notice boards.
To learn more about the individual Churches, click on the church icons below.

Bentley
Binsted
Froyle

The Vicars Letter
Dear All,

So, realising that the New Year we’ve entered is 2020, the Benbinfro office has been talking about the meaning of 20/20. Most of us thought it meant having perfect vision and that the phrase is often used to mark a level of perfection. Aha, we thought, so does that mean that this coming year will be perfect? A year in which all will go well and we will all feel satisfied that our wishes are being met.
And then some bright spark in the office Googled the phrase 20/20 and announced that it actually means a normal level of eyesight. That took some of the bounce out of everyone’s step. So we won’t be having a perfect year after all, we thought. It’s going to be a normal year, full of the usual ups and downs and we’ll have to make the best of it.
But of course, what is one person’s idea of perfection might be someone else’s idea of disaster. Your perfect day might be dry weather so you can do hours of gardening, while mine is more likely to be no gardening and a game of tennis. You might think having a big family get together is the perfect way to spend an afternoon, while others, like me, might prefer walking the dog in the rain and having time to organise thoughts and reflect on whatever has been worrying us.
We all have different ideas of perfection. But can we agree on what makes the perfect person? Aah yes, we all said, listing qualities such kindness, compassion and generosity, then hastily adding listening to each other as well. And is it always possible to be that person, we said, thinking of the times when there are queues in the bank, the supermarket and the post office and we arrive home laden with bags to find that the cat has caught a bird and distributed feathers all over the kitchen? Even the most good-tempered person has a breaking point and as it is said in Ecclesiastes 7:20 – ‘Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins’.
Most of us try to behave well most of the time, but everyday life tests us and sometimes we fall. We don’t mean to, but we are tripped up by life’s challenges. That is why the confession in our regular services contains these words: ‘Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned against you and against our fellow men, in thought and word and deed, through negligence, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault’. God knows that on the whole we try to behave well and pray we can do better in future.
So maybe the year ahead of us won’t be perfect. Maybe it will challenge us in ways we aren’t expecting. But perhaps, if we all try just that little bit harder to be perfect, if we strive to be considerate and kind, if we listen to the concerns of others, we will get a little nearer to making 2020 a good year, if not a perfect one.

Blessings, Yann & the Team

St. Mary's Church - Churchyard clean-up
We are planning a churchyard clean-up on Sunday 19th January starting at 2.00p.m.  Please join us to help weed, cut back, remove moss etc. etc. and possibly have a bonfire. Please come equipped with gloves, secateurs, fork, trowel or whatever is your favourite tool.
Many hands make light work so we hope to see as many of you as possible.

Jenny Gove 23697/Gill Bradley 520484

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