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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 May

Sunday 6th MayFroyle 11.00 am Holy Communion
  Bentley 5.00pm Live@Five (tea at 4.30pm)
    Binsted 9.30am
Holy Communion
Sunday 13th MayFroyle 11.00 am Holy Communion
  Bentley 9.30am Morning Worship with Children's Groups
    Binsted 3.30pm
Messy Church at Binsted
Sunday 20th MayFroyle 11.00 am Holy Communion
    Bentley 5.00pm Live@Five (tea at 4.30pm)
    Binsted 9.30am
Morning Worship
Sunday 27th May Froyle 6.00pm Choral Evensong
  Bentley 8.00am Holy Communion with Children's Groups
    Binsted 8.00am Holy Communion

Details of all the services within the Benefice are also found on the church notice boards.
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Service of Thanksgiving and Remembering
Froyle Church, Sunday 10th June at 3:00 pm
This a short, simple service of prayers and hymns (referred to in the current services rota, for those of you who have seen this, as a ‘Commemorative Service’) is for anyone wishing to remember and give thanks for the life of a person they have known and loved who has died. Many of you will remember we held such a service in September 2016, and there has been lots of interest in holding it again.
Anyone who has lost a loved one is welcome, whether or not your loved one had any connection with Froyle, and whenever he or she died.
If you would like to know more about it, do get in touch either with Sarah (520041, or with me.
William Knowles (23164)

The Vicars Letter
Dear All,

I’ve been thinking a little of late about the miracle contained in a tiny seed. As a child I annoyed my parents by snapping off the ripe seed heads of the purple opium poppies in our neighbour’s garden and scattering the dust-like seed everywhere. Those minuscule seeds, almost as fine as ground pepper and contained in a pod so like a pepper pot, produced masses of tall poppies with silky gossamer petals. I always marvelled at the ability of such a tiny thing to generate such a large number of plants and I’ve wondered too at the larger seeds of nasturtium and sunflowers, capable of going on to produce many flowers and many more seeds.
The Bible also has a lot to say about seeds. There is the very practical verse about seeds being sown and some falling by the wayside (Matthew ch.13, v.3), which ends ‘Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown’. When seeds are planted we don’t know precisely how many will grow to full size and some may not even germinate, but we do know that, given the right conditions, there is a good chance of success. We aim for warmth, moisture, the right kind of soil and light, knowing these factors will encourage germination and growth.
And Matthew also wrote about the mustard seed, saying, ‘It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.’ In the Middle East, mustard is a shrub and can indeed grow into a sizeable tree, because the climate is conducive to substantial growth, whereas in this country it is more like the bright yellow rape seed crop we see grown so often in our fields in this area in summer.
I think both these verses tell us something about the human condition and God’s hopes for us. We each have within us, the capacity to grow in faith and spirit, but we must nurture that seed with prayer and devotion to ensure it will flourish. And if the individual seed within each of us can grow to fruition, then we can help more seeds to germinate by spreading the message of Jesus and sharing our faith with others.
So I hope and pray, that, just as gardeners and farmers are praying for a fruitful crop this year, despite the cold Beasts from the East that delayed our Spring, we in the parishes of Bentley, Binsted and Froyle will see our churches flourishing and the faithful multiplying.

Blessings, Yann