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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)

Church Services at Froyle in March

Sunday 4th MarchFroyle 8.00 am Holy Communion
  Bentley 5.00pm Live@Five
    Binsted 9.30am
Holy Communion
Sunday 11th MarchFroyle 11.00 am Holy Communion
Mothering Sunday Bentley 9.30am Morning Worship & Children's Groups
    Binsted 9.30am
Mother's Day Morning Worship
Messy Church
Sunday 18th MarchFroyle 11.00 am Holy Communion
    Bentley 4.30 for 5.00pm Live@Five
    Binsted 9.30am
Morning Worship
Sunday 25th March Froyle 11.00am Palm Sunday Service
Palm Sunday Bentley 9.30am Holy Communion & Children's Groups
    Binsted 8.00am Holy Communion
Thursday 29th March Froyle 6.00pm Choral Evensong
Maundy Thursday Binsted 7.30pm Passover Meal
Friday 30th March Binsted 11.00am Good Friday Meditation
Good Friday      
Sunday 1st April Froyle 11.00 am Easter Communion
    Bentley 6.00am Sunrise Service with breakfast
    Bentley 9.30am Easter Communion
    Binsted 9.30am Easter Communion

Details of all the services within the Benefice are also found on the church notice boards.
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The Vicars Letter
Dear All,
As this issue of the magazine appears during Lent, I thought I’d try to explain the concept of following a Rule of Life, which is a feature of this year’s Winchester Diocesan Lent Course ( Hah, I hear you say, I don’t need any more rules in my life. What with 20mph through the centre of Alton, catching the 7.15 train to London, sorting out the recycling and completing my tax return on time, I’ve had enough rules so far this year, thanks, and I daresay there’ll be many more before long.

But listen, this is not about the daily strictures we all have to observe to keep normal life running smoothly, this is about improving our lives. Bishop Tim’s wife Sally Dakin says a Rule of Life offers ‘freedom and fruitfulness’ and I think that at this time of year, when all things in the garden are stirring, it can also be described as the creation of a framework for growth.

So how does all this apply to us, I hear you say. Well, in the diocesan Lent course, a Rule of Life is defined by three areas – Loving, Living and Serving. Loving (God, others, myself) might mean committing to phoning a lonely relative once a week; Living (a rooted, open, generous, sharing life) might mean using your gift of hospitality and welcoming a new neighbour to the area; Serving (the community, stewarding creation, acting against injustice, working at home and work for the common good) might simply mean delivering this magazine to a part of your village. You might also wish to add reading a verse from the Bible each day, committing to a regular period of contemplation and prayer, or volunteering to assist at Messy Church in Binsted School.

And I know that the cynics among you out there will be thinking, but how is this any different to the New Year resolutions we made not so very long ago and have already forgotten? I could say, it’s not so very different and I know that we all find it hard to keep our well-intentioned resolutions. But the fundamental difference is that a Rule of Life is a strong structure of promises, principally promises to God, to commit to making this change in our lives for the long term. It’s not just for a month, not just for this year, but for as long as that commitment will improve our lives and the lives of others. Think about it. Just one small commitment under each of those headings, two if you feel up to it.

Blessings, Yann

These lunches are a simple soup, bread and cheese affair, in aid of a charity chosen by the host/hostess.
They take place between 12.30 and 2.00 pm, and all donations from attendees will be gratefully received.
If anyone needs a lift, would like to offer a lift, or has any other queries, please call me on 23697
Thursday March 8th The Old Malthouse in aid of Canine Partners (Gilli Bradley 520484)
March 14th Beech Cottage in aid of 'Thrive' (Caroline Findlay 22019)
March 21st Copse Hill Farm in aid of Canine Partners (Jane Macnabb 23195)

Jenny Gove (23697)