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Vicar
The Reverend Yann Dubreuil Tel: 07777684533
Churchwardens
Mr.W.Knowles Park Edge, Upper Froyle Tel: 01420 23164
Mrs.S.Roberts The Old Dairy, Upper Froyle Tel: 01420 520041
Administrator (Full working day Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays)
Tel: 07500 949465; email admin@benbinfro.org
Benefice Pastoral Care: Kathy Ogilvie Thompson (23125)
Prayer Chain: Nick Carter (472861)

Church Services at Froyle in March

Sunday 5th MarchFroyle 8.00 am Holy Communion
  Bentley 5.00pm Live@Five
    Binsted 9.30am
Holy Communion
Sunday 12th MarchFroyle 11.00 am Holy Communion
    Bentley 9.30am Morning Service & Children's Church
    Binsted 3.30pm
Messy Church
Sunday 19th Februaryy Froyle 11.00 am Holy Communion
    Bentley 5.00pm Live@Five
    Binsted 9.30am
Morning Worship
Sunday 26th March Froyle 11.00 am Holy Communion
    Bentley 9.30am Holy Communion & Children's Church
    Binsted 9.30am
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.

Bentley
Binsted
Froyle

Mothering Sunday, 26th March, 11.00, Froyle Church
Like many traditions and festivities, Mothering Sunday began with a religious purpose. Held on the fourth Sunday in Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday, it was originally a day to honour and give thanks to the Virgin Mary, also known as Mother Mary. Then it became a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and family. On Sunday 26th March we would like the young to play an active role in our simple family service. You might be able to hand out hymn books, flowers, read a prayer or help with the collection. We look forward to seeing you on the day!
Sarah & William

+++ Save the date +++
Church Spring Jumble Sale – Saturday 23rd April
Is Spring on it’s way? We hope so! And so too will be our annual Jumble Sale in the Village Hall which raises funds for the church as well as provides an opportunity for us to get together! Any fresh ideas or offers of help always welcome.
Sarah (520041) & Julie (520620)

Lent Lunches 2017
These consist of home made soup, bread and cheese, and all donations go to the charity chosen by the hostess. If anyone needs a lift, or has any queries, please give me a call. All Lunches are from 12.30 to 2.00pm
Ash Wednesday March 1st Wykeham House Piam Brown Ward at Southampton hospital Susie Robertson 520820
Wednesday March 8th Stowells Mare & Foal Sanctuary Cherida Cannon 520470
Wednesday March 15th St Mary's Church Vestment conservation Jenny Gove 23697
Wednesday March 22nd The Old Dairy Cardiac Rehab Sarah Roberts 540041
Wednesday March 29th Badgers Bank Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Lauraine Bourne 22159
Wednesday April 5th Brewery House Cardiac Rehab Vivienne & John Sexton 520098
Jenny Gove 23697

The Vicars Letter
Dear All,

.“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Paul visited Corinth and founded the church there between 49 and 51 AD. He stayed one and a half years in this city (Acts 18:11) — a much longer time period than he had spent in many other cities in which he preached the gospel. Corinth was a strategic location for spreading the kingdom message and work. It was prosperous because the trade routes by land (north and south) and sea (east and west) from Italy to Asia passed through it. It had been a strong Greek city-state but was destroyed in 146 B.C. when conflict with Rome arose. In 44 B.C., Julius Caesar rebuilt it and many flocked to it because it offered so much commercial promise. It was a melting pot of Greek culture and Roman citizenship; wealthy merchants and laboring poor; freedmen and slaves. The religious climate included pagan temples, mystery religions, and Judaism.
Many have suggested that Paul wrote 1 Corinthians to correct divisions within the church but there is more evidence in the letter to suggest that Paul was dealing with a serious rift between the church and himself. One topic the church and Paul strongly disagree over seems to be the idea of what it means to be “spiritual” indicated by the Corinthians emphasizing speaking in unknown tongues.
Paul’s famous chapter on Christ-like love was a corrective to this wrong emphasis and for the pride and exclusiveness evident in attitudes expressed by some church members. It describes true spirituality – as John was to write in one of his letters, “God is love”, and as Jesus himself remarked, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
So much time and energy is spent discussing, debating and analysing ways to be, do, organise, govern and arrange church. Yet our first question must always be, “Do I have love?”

Blessings Yann

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