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June 2022 Newsletter

You can download the full latest newsletter here.

Introduction from Revd Alison

Welcome to what I hope will become a monthly newsletter, to sit alongside our weekly Pew Sheet, providing an additional source of news and information. I hope that you will find this helpful, and I would welcome any thoughts or comments. Please do let me know if there is anything you would like to see included either as a one off or a regular item.

Over 3 Sundays in June we will be following the Generous June teaching series in our 9.30am services at All Saints. This teaching series is to deepen our understanding of God’s generosity, and how it can influence all aspects of our day to day lives and will draw on passages from Mark’s Gospel.

New role of EcoChurch Lead

Huge congratulations go to David Chappell who has recently completed a Bishop’s Commission for Mission in Creation Care. Many of you will already be aware of the amazing work that David does in the Churchyard and the Conservation area, managing and developing it as a home for wildflowers and various wildlife. Following the completion of his course, David will now be taking a lead in helping Fawley Parish to become an EcoChurch, in support of the Diocese of Winchester Net Zero Strategy. Keep an eye out for further information as David encourages us to embrace the concept of EcoChurch and sustainable living.

Ever since New Testament times small groups of Christians have met to learn, to worship and to grow together. They continue to be an important setting for Growing in faith and in discipleship in many churches, as they have been in this church in the past. Home/Study groups are the place where we can go deeper, where we can ask questions, and where we can grow in fellowship and love with one another. I would encourage as many of you as possible to think about joining a Home Group, and it would be great if we could start both a daytime and an evening group. Please contact me (Alison) if you are interested in joining a group.

Extended Ministerial Development Leave (Sabbatical)

Extended Ministerial Development Leave is a recognized part of the church’s provision for ongoing learning and theological development for those in ordained ministry.  Due several unforeseen circumstances I have had to put my development leave plans on hold since 2018. The PCC have now given their full support to enabling me to take this time next year, so I plan to be on 3 months Extended Ministerial Development Leave from May-July 2023. I intend to use this time to explore the ‘Spirituality of Ageing’, something that I have been interested in for several years. I will be working with the Churchwardens and PCC to arrange necessary cover.   Alison

Christmas Services Update

Sadly due to the changing COVID situation we have decided to cancel two of our Christmas services.

The Carol service this Sunday 19th at 6.30pm is now cancelled.

Also the Midnight Mass on the 24th at 11.30pm is also cancelled.

The Nativity service on the 24th at 4.30 and the Christmas day service at 9.30am are still currently planned.

Please though check either on the website or our Facebook page for the latest news as this situation is subject to change.

Christmas Fayre Donations

It may seem a long way away, but Christmas is coming and we’re preparing for our annual Christmas Fayre. As usual this will be held at the Good Shepherd on the 27th of November all being well.

We are looking for donations to replenish our stocks. Please leave your donations at the back of the church.

Holbury Manor W.I. Are Restarting

Holbury Manor W.I. are restarting and and will be holding their meetings at the Good Shepherd between 7.30pm-9.30pm on the 4th Monday of the month.

New members are always very welcome.

The dates for the rest of this year, assuming no change in Covid regulations are:

  • September 27th, Talk from a local optician
  • October 25th, My life in the policy force
  • November 22nd, Crafting session – mosaics

with a Christmas Part on the 20th of December.

Full details can be found on the Holbury Manor W.I. Website.

Christmas Fayre Donations – Handbags

It may seem a long way away, but Christmas is coming and we’re preparing for our annual Christmas Fayre. As usual this will be held at the Good Shepherd on the 27th of November all being well.

We are looking for donations to replenish our stocks. We have a theme for each week, but don’t worry any donations are welcome. Please leave your donations at the back of the church.

This weeks theme is handbags.