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The Reverend Yann Dubreuil Tel: 07777684533
Mr.W.Knowles Park Edge, Upper Froyle Tel: 01420 23164

Benefice Pastoral Care: Gill Thalon (23528)
Prayer Chain: Nick Carter (472861)
Anna Chaplain: Jonathan Rooke

Church Services at Froyle in November

Sunday 4th NovemberFroyle 8.00 am Holy Communion
  Bentley 5.00pm Live@Five (tea at 4.30pm)
    Binsted 9.30am
Holy Communion
Sunday 11th NovemberFroyle 10.50 am Remembrance Service at The War Memorial
    Bentley 9.30am Remembrance Service
    Binsted 10.50am
Remembrance Service
    Binsted 3.30pm
Messy Church at Binsted School
Sunday 18th NovemberFroyle 11.00 am Holy Communion
    Bentley 5.00pm Live@Five (tea at 4.30pm)
    Binsted 9.30am
Morning Worship
Sunday 21st November Froyle 6.30pm Choral Evensong
  Bentley 9.30am Holy Communion and Children's Church
  Binsted 8.00am Holy Communion

Details of all the services within the Benefice are also found on the church notice boards.
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Saturday 1 December at 6:30 pm Froyle Church
Those of you who have been to this in previous years will know what a special event this is. This candlelit service of Advent comprises a mix of anthems sung by the choir, hymns sung by everyone and readings given by various people. It is one of the most atmospheric and inspiring events in our church calendar. It is both a solemn and a happy occasion. Do come along, particularly if you enjoy choral music – or just to get a special foretaste of the Christmas season to come.

The Vicars Letter
Dear All,

Every November we commemorate Remembrance Day, which this year actually falls on Sunday November 11th, 100 years to the day since the end of the First World War. I’d always thought that there must have been great celebration when that devastating war finally ended, but Vera Brittain, writing in Testament of Youth, said, “When the sound of victorious guns burst over London at 11am on November 11th, 1918, the men and women who looked incredulously into each other's faces did not cry jubilantly: "We've won the war!" They only said: "The War is over.” Those lines have really made me think, not just about the men who fought and died, whose names are recorded on our War Memorials, but also of the men who came back and the people whose lives were deeply affected by wartime. At the beginning of the same book, Vera Brittain wrote, “When the Great War broke out, it came to me not as a superlative tragedy, but as an interruption of the most exasperating kind to my personal plans.” It was a natural reaction for a young woman. She was not quite 21 years of age, she was engaged to be married, she was looking forward to a life full of promise. But as the war progressed, she lost her fiancé, two close friends and her brother. She was not alone in the extent of her loss. About 700,000 British soldiers lost their lives in that terrible war; in London 41,833 men never returned home, while some smaller towns and villages families lost almost all their young men.

How fortunate this generation is, not to have been thrown into such a major conflict. We owe this not just to the men who fought the two great wars, but also to those who have campaigned, negotiated and prayed for peace in recent times. On August 4th 1918, King George V called a National Day of Prayer and one hundred days later the war ended. In this centenary year our churches have been recalling that initiative by taking part in Remembrance 100, a cycle of daily prayers for Peace and Hope, which began on August 4th and will end on November 11th.

Trying to imagine the impact of such a huge scale of loss on small communities, has also prompted us here in our Benefice, to think hard this year about the men who fought, the men who survived and the villages that then tried to rebuild their lives. In all three of our villages, we have researched details of the men who died and those who returned – in Froyle we have been remembering each one of the local men who died over the last four years on the Sunday closest to the anniversary of their death. Also in Froyle a concert of choral music and readings has commemorated this centenary. In Bentley people have sponsored memorial plaques engraved with the names of the fallen. And in Binsted local people have made doves and are also contributing their own personal stories of War and Peace, for as Vera Brittain said in Letters From a Lost Generation, “Nothing in the papers, not the most vivid and heartbreaking descriptions, have made me realise war like your letters.”

I hope many of you will join us this year at our Remembrance Day Services, when we will give thanks to those who died that we might live in peace today.

Blessings, Yann

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