St Mary'sSt Mary's news

The Reverend Yann Dubreuil Tel: 07777684533
Administrator: Tel: 07777 684 533
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 September

Sunday 1st SeptemberFroyle 8.00am Holy Communion
    Bentley 5.00pm Live@5 with Commisioning for Sam and Gemma
    Binsted 9.30am
Holy Communion
Sunday 8th SeptemberFroyle 11.00 am Holy Communion
  Bentley 9.30am Morning Worship with Children's groups and Baptism
    Binsted 3.30pm
Messy Church at Binsted School
Sunday 15th September Froyle 11.00 am Holy Communion
  Bentley 5.00pm Live@5
    Binsted 9.30am Morning Worship with Baptism
Sunday 22nd September Froyle 6.30pm Evensong
    Bentley 9.30am Holy Communion with Children's Groups
    Binsted 8.00am Holy Communion
Sunday 29th September Froyle 11.00 am Joint Benefice 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.


The Vicars Letter
Dear All,

We’ve had the holidays and the fêtes, we’ve eaten our fill of strawberries and cream, enjoyed the tennis and the cricket, but now it’s time to start afresh. Summer is over and we have to leap out of bed when the alarm rings, go back to school and return to normal working hours.
Here in the Benbinfro team we’ve been talking about our memories of starting the new school term with new pencil cases, new shoes and in some cases, new uniform. But it’s also reminded us that the first task in class at this time was often to write an essay entitled What I Did in My Holidays. So that prompted a discussion about how the change in routine that many of us can enjoy during the summer months, brings not only rest and relaxation and a recharge of batteries, but also new experiences and ideas which we can carry forward in our busy lives.
And some of us have been having rather more exciting new experiences than most. For instance we’ve been hearing about the GoMAD (Go Make a Difference) team from BenBinFro who had an amazing time in Tanzania where they worked on various projects. At one of the local secondary schools they repaired and decorated a residential building for girls who have to travel some distance to the school, so they can stay there and finish their education in safety. You can read more about their work in a separate article in this issue.
Asking around the Benbinfro team, we’ve all gained from our vacations in one way or another. For one of us, it was a simple reinterpretation of the most well known prayer. At a Communion Service in a popular Cornish village, where the vicar delivered a sermon on the subject of the Lord’s Prayer. To give new insight into its meaning she reinterpreted its familiar, much loved lines in very personal, contemporary words, so ‘Give us our daily bread’ became, ‘Please feed me, Daddy’. It was simple and many traditionalists might not like it, but it was certainly thought provoking, underlining how God loves us and truly cares for us.
Other members of the team have also learnt new skills over the summer and been reminded to use old gifts. I for one was reminded of the life giving and joyful experience of one to one prayer ministry - letting go and letting God - allowing the power of God to bring personal renewal and spiritual refreshment to the soul as well as the body and mind.
So here we all are at the start of this new term, with sharpened pencils, renewed energy and enthusiasm, praying we will receive a good report and can achieve even more than we did in the previous academic year, relying on His strength and wisdom, not our own.

Blessings, Yann & the Team

St. Mary’s Church
Upper Froyle 
2.30 – 4.30
(commencing Tuesday 4th September)

Come and enjoy tea, scones, jam & cream
every Tuesday in September. 

Everyone is welcome.

We hope it will be a chance to chat and
enjoy the beautiful views 
and if it rains we simply move into the Church.  

If anyone would like a lift, please ring Nigel and Linda Bulpitt 22725 or Jane Macnabb 23195. 

Church Round-up
Things to note about the September services:
1st September is the day on which our two new Pastoral Assistants, newly married Sam and Gemma, start with us in the Benefice. They will be welcomed into the Benefice at the Live@5 service in Bentley on that day. Do go along and support this – a good opportunity to see what Live@5 is all about, if you haven’t been to one of these services before...! Sam and Gemma will be hugely important to us – in Froyle as much as elsewhere in the Benefice.
15th September is our Harvest Thanksgiving service, for which the church will be decorated as cleverly and beautifully as every year.. This service is a bit earlier in the autumn than usual.
29th September is the fifth Sunday in the month, and it is Froyle’s turn to host the joint service for everyone in the Benefice. However, this is also the Benefice Away Weekend, when many in the Benefice, together with all our ordained ministers, will be frolicking elsewhere. So Yann’s mum, who is ordained, has bravely volunteered to lead us in our service that day! So please do come along if you can.

Other things worth a mention....
Froyle Pet Service: it seems a long time ago now, but many thanks to all who organised this lovely service in July on the Recreation Ground, in lovely weather, and with lots of dogs in attendance. The dogs all learned much about the early training system for Guide Dogs for the Blind (not sure their owners understood much of it, though....).
Modernisation of Church facilities: this much discussed project has been reinvigorated over the summer by some very generous offers of funding, which have led us to think that we can, in the coming years, achieve all we have discussed by way of installing a kitchen, new lighting, new heating, replacement of the chairs (not pews), and, most ambitiously, replacing the lean-to structure on the far side of the church (the sacristy) with something bigger and better suited to a wider range of activities in our wonderful church – this replacement was first attempted in the 1980s! This is hugely exciting, but we need lots of help – with ideas and organisational skills as much as money, and from all who love what is special about Froyle, whether they go to church or not. The next issue of St Mary’s News) explains all this in more detail, so do read it and come along to hear it explained on 7th September at the church.
William Knowles
Mobile: 07775 928933