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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 March

Sunday 3rd MarchFroyle 8.00am Holy Communion
    Bentley 5.00pm Live@Five (tea at 4.30pm)
    Binsted 9.30am
Holy Communion
Wednesday 6th March Froyle 9.30am Ash Wednesday Holy Communion
(Ash Wednesday) Binsted 7.00pm Ash Wednesday Holy Communion
Sunday 10th MarchFroyle 11.00 am Holy Communion
    Bentley 9.30am Morning Worship with Children's Church
    Binsted 3.30pm
Messy Church (in school)
Sunday 17th March Froyle 11.00am Holy Communion
  Bentley 5.00pm Live@Five (tea at 4.30pm)
  Binsted 9.30am Morning Worship
Sunday 24th Froyle 5.00pm Choral Evensong
    Bentley 9.30am Holy Communion with Children's Church
    Binsted 8.00am Holy Communion
Sunday 31st Froyle 11.00pm Mothering Sunday Service
    Bentley 9.30am Mothering Sunday Morning Worship
    Binsted 9.30am Mothering Sunday Morning Worship

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.


Church Clock
You may have noticed the church clock has been saying the same time for a few weeks now.  It is not the fault of our intrepid little elf who winds the clock each week but the poor clock has ‘saggy’ wires and keeps getting itself in a terrible twist.  But never fear we are on the case, a church clock expert has been and we are now waiting for them to return with their equivalent of ‘clock botox’ and then our clock will have new taut wires – not a sag in sight - for the next 150 years – we hope !
Linda Bulpitt

The Vicars Letter
Dear All,

I just happened to catch the final scene in an episode of the latest series of Grantchester the other day. This is the hit TV programme in which a detective constantly turns to his local vicar to help him solve baffling crimes. Now I wasn’t struck by the acting, good though it probably is, nor the thought that fighting crime might add some drama to the daily routine of a rural vicar (that would be fun, eh?) but I was intrigued by the final reference that the newly recruited vicar made in his first sermon to his very curious but wary congregation.
He didn’t apologise to them for arriving in the village on a thunderous motorbike (maybe that’s something I do rather fancy though…), nor did he thank the local young ladies for their giggling attentions, he talked instead about needing the help of his parishioners while he settled into his new role and while not quoting it verbatim, I think he was paraphrasing this passage from Ecclesiastes:
'Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!’
And it struck me that what he was really talking about was fellowship with one another. Now the word ‘fellowship’ occurs in the Bible and also in our regular services, where we refer to ‘the fellowship of the Holy Spirit’. But in this instance, the handsome dashing new vicar was talking about his congregation helping him as much as he could help them. He meant helping one another, working together with a common aim and giving each other support. So I started to think about how much ‘fellowship’ we have in our lives.
The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines the word principally as companionship, friendliness, participation and sharing, all things which I see in all three of the churches in our Benefice. After singing and praying together in our services, we stay for coffee and cake and chatter, or a much appreciated glass of sherry in the case of Froyle. Newcomers are made welcome by everyone, especially our Church Wardens and anyone who wants a quiet moment and a sympathetic ear can find comfort in one of the prayer corners of the churches. If someone is in need of practical help, such as a lift to the station or the shops there are friends here they can turn to.
And I think that companionship is enhanced through working together too. Groups of knowledgeable ladies select and arrange stunning flower displays throughout the year, rotas are organised to clean the churches every week, volunteers ring bells and work parties share the tasks of tidying churchyards a couple of times a year. There are similar stories in our villages as well, with many community activities available, including Tea at Three and the Wednesday coffee morning at the Wickham in Binsted.
So there is no reason to feel lonely, no reason to be alone, unless that is your preferred state. We are all part of one loving fellowship, here to help and support one another. Oh, and the new vicar of Grantchester ended his sermon by adding, ‘particularly if there is cake involved’! And there is cake aplenty here abouts, lemon drizzle, ginger, chocolate, take your pick. Rupert Brooke may have asked, in his well known poem, The Old Vicarage, Grantchester, ‘And is there honey still for tea?’ but here in the Benefice there will always be cake!

Blessings, Yann

St Mary's Church - Decorating for Easter

We shall be decorating the Church on Saturday 20th April starting at 9.00 am
The theme this year is:
Spring is Here - He is Risen!
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.
Thanks: Sarah (23294) & Gill (520484)

The Church in Lent
Lent this year starts on 6th March (Ash Wednesday), and, of course, leads up to Easter. In addition to the wonderful Froyle tradition of Lent lunches referred to elsewhere in this magazine, bear in mind the following events over this period.
Ash Wednesday
A short but lovely contemplative Holy Communion service takes place in Froyle church on Ash Wednesday at 9:30 am.
Lent Talks
Thought-provoking public talks on a wide range of subjects linked to Christian faith are a feature of Lent, are held all over the country and are well worth watching out for. On our own doorstep in Alton, a series of five such talks will be given by various speakers on different aspects of the Lord’s Prayer on each Thursday evening (7:30 pm to 9:00 pm), from 21st March until 18th April, at Alton Methodist Church.
Events closer to Easter
These will be featured in next month’s magazine, but make a note of the following:
• Maundy Thursday choral service in Froyle church. This service to commemorate the Last Supper is one of the two main choral events in the year held in Froyle. It is atmospheric, sombre but uplifting – definitely worth experiencing if you enjoy choral music. It starts at 6:00 pm.
• Maundy Thursday Passover Supper This is a Passover meal in the Jewish tradition (but organised by Christians!) which illustrates in a light-hearted way the Jewish origins of the Christian faith. It is instructive as well as being great fun, with good food and bring-your-own wine. It is open to all. The three churches in our benefice take it in turn to host it – this year it is Bentley’s turn. It starts at 7:30 pm. So you can manage both the service in Froyle and the supper in Bentley if you are feeling brave! The contrast is a rewarding one which I much enjoy!
• Good Friday
meditative service in Binsted This is another unusual service which is well worth attending for an hour or so of quiet reflection.
Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Garden making This event for children at Froyle church on the Saturday before Easter Day was entertaining and successful last year, if a little chaotic, so we are planning to repeat it this year – probably at 10:00 am.
If anyone has any questions, do please let me know.
William Knowles (23164)

A note about the new Church electoral roll
This year, 2019, as part of a six-yearly process, St Mary’s, like every church in the country, has to prepare a new electoral roll. The roll is a list of people who can vote in some church elections, the most important being for members of our Parochial Church Council. The PCC, along with the priests in the parish, is the group which runs the church, looking after things like service arrangements, the building and the churchyard.
Signing up is easy: you have to complete and return a form, which simply asks for your name, address, email address and whether you have a sufficient link with the church. You don’t have to pay, and we promise only to use your data in relation to church electoral roll matters. Even if you were on the old roll, you will have to sign up again now, if you want to be on the roll.
Being on the roll means you can vote in the PCC elections, which gives you a say in who runs the church. Please enrol if you’re interested in the church, and the village, of which it is an important part, and want your views to be represented. Once on the roll you’re also eligible for election to the PCC, if you want to have a say yourself. The elections take place at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, which this year is on Thursday 4 April.
You can apply for inclusion on the new roll from now till 11 March. You can find a form in the church, at the Meeting Place, or from me. Please do sign up.
Jonathan PickeringWarren Cottage, Lower Froyle
Church Electoral Roll Officer

“St. Mary’s News”
From pen pictures of the fallen heroes of Froyle, to rescuing vestments which rival those in York Minster, you will find much of interest in our first issue of “St Mary’s News”. This has now been delivered to those on the church electoral roll but is available to everyone.  Printed copies can be found at the back of the church or it can be downloaded from
Future issues will include insights on projects and plans which will contribute to village life, so if there’s anything you’d like to know about, just get in touch via 
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Welcome Sam & Gemma!
The Churches of Bentley, Binsted and Froyle are delighted to share with you that we have appointed Sam Ball and Gemma Turnbull, who will be starting in September and working with the youth and children in our villages.
Sam and Gemma were both brought up in NW Kent and met on a youth mission trip to Spain in 2012. In June 2017 they got engaged and will be getting married in July this year. They are both heavily involved in their home church, St Peter's in Hextable (a village just outside of Swanley), doing youth and worship, especially since studying their degrees in Theology and Youth Ministry, and Theology, Music and Worship. 
They came to visit in October and fell in love with Benbinfro and after interview, have accepted the offer to become Pastoral Assistants - Gemma focusing on Youth Work and Sam on Worship. Sam's favourite colour is blue (even though he's colourblind) and he likes eating biscuits. Gemma likes red (even though she used to have pink hair) and her weakness is tea and cake.
(They will therefore both enjoy that we are always serving tea/coffee and cakes at most church events.)