Benefice Pastoral Care: Gill Thalon (23528)
|Church Services at Froyle in March|
Details of all the services within the Benefice are also found on the church notice boards.
|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 !|
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.
|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.
A short but lovely contemplative Holy Communion service takes place in Froyle church on Ash Wednesday at 9:30 am.
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)|
|PARISH OF THE CHURCH OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, FROYLE|
|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 www.benbinfro.co.uk.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|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.)