|Benefice Pastoral Care: Kathy Ogilvie Thompson (23125)
Prayer Chain: Nick Carter (472861)
|Church Services at Froyle in July & August|
Details of all the services within the Benefice are also found on the church notice boards.
|Altar Rail Kneelers|
|We have had a few sessions of stitching, and realise that this is going to be a long term project! Only two people can stitch on one side at a time, and eyes tend to cross after a while, so regular rest with a cuppa is necessary!
The sessions will be from 2.30 to 4.30 pm on Mondays and Thursdays at The Old Malthouse, courtesy of Gill Bradley. There will be occasions, when for whatever reason, there may be no stitching, so please always call Gill (520484) the day before, or on the morning of. Thank you
|The Community Group|
|Older People Matter|
Older people matter. They matter to their relatives, their friends, their carers, the church and, of course, they matter to God. He loves them.
Simeon and Anna were two very elderly people. When Jesus turned up at the temple with his parents, they immediately recognised that Jesus was the Light of the World. They loved God and trusted him and they had been waiting in hope and expectancy for Jesus to arrive. Simeon takes Jesus in his arms, and, with joy, announces that a light for all the world has arrived. Wise old man. And Anna, an 84 year old widow, joins in. She praises God for Jesus’ arrival and she is so overjoyed that she starts telling everyone the good news. Older people matter. They have always had a valuable part to play.
Anna Chaplaincy takes its name from this story in Luke. God loves older people and an Anna Chaplaincy is one of the ways in which a church can help Jesus to reach out and love them. As representatives of the church, Anna Chaplains work with the congregation to go to elderly people of strong faith, little faith and no faith and share their spiritual journey with them. This might mean going to them in their homes, in care homes or at the clubs where they meet. God is already there, stirring up His spirit of love because older people matter to Him.
As Anna Chaplain, I will join in with the congregation to show how much we hold the elderly in high regard. I am looking forward to leading services appropriate for them including those with memory loss, praying with them, celebrating the blessings of their life and sharing with them the challenges that a long life inevitably brings.
Anna and Simeon were full of hope and joy. Our Anna Chaplaincy will try to help our own older people to try to find hope and joy because they matter.
I will be out and about in the Bentley, Binsted and Froyle Benefice each Friday as Anna Chaplain so if you would like me to pop over and see you on that day please email me. I will also be joining some of the services and look forward to meeting you in the coming weeks.Jonathan Rooke
Licensed Lay Minister
|Rogation Walk, Sunday 21st July 2017|
|Come and join us in walking through all three Parishes of the Benefice
Starting from Holy Cross Binsted at 2.30pm we will walk to St Mary’s Froyle and then on to St Mary’s Bentley to enjoy Tea and cakes at 4.30pm in the Church Hall before the Live@5 service
|For further information please contact
Nick Carter - 472861
or Kathy Ogilvie Thompson - 23125
When I sat down to start writing this month’s column, Flaming June was being snuffed out by high winds and heavy rain. I looked out at the storm tossed-trees and bruised full-blown roses and was reminded of Mr Jarndyce in Dicken’s Bleak House, saying, “The wind’s in the east…. I am always conscious of an uncomfortable sensation now and then when the wind is blowing in the east”.
Of course, I quickly realised that the wind wasn’t actually blowing from the east during those gusty days, but nevertheless it seemed to me at the time that nature was expressing the general feeling of uncertainty that prevailed, following so soon after the awful events in London and Manchester and with the general election and Brexit adding to the general mood of disquiet.
And yet, looking at the parish magazine and the June and July editions in particular, one is reminded of the certainty that life goes on. In our villages, particularly in summer, the annual fêtes, with their flower shows, cake stands and best dog shows, are timeless and reflect traditions that have been enjoyed for many years, more or less unchanged.
It would be easy for others to mock the insular nature of these parochial events for their Little Englandness, for their Vicar of Diblyness, but I think they are an enduring expression of our sense of community, of our coming together in appreciation of our neighbours and the simple good things in life. There is a feeling of security in this annual round of traditional pageantry, which can help us build the strength to face all kinds of difficulty, whether it is the risks associated with a daily commute into London or anxiety over the availability of health resources.
And the foundation stone beneath all these summer festivities and village community is the Church; for over 700 years a bedrock of constancy and faith in Froyle, Bentley and Binsted, which will always be there to sustain us no matter how turbulent the times and the weather, no matter how often we attend services, nor how little we attend (although I always hope for greater numbers). We should be fiercely proud of our little traditions, which knit our communities together and make them stronger, no matter how hard the winds of change (whether from the east or the west) may blow.