Stockbridge, Longstock and Leckford

in the Mid-Test Valley Benefice The Mid Test Benefice (parishes Broughton with Bossington, Houghton, Leckford, Longstock, Mottisfont and Stockbridge

St Mary's Church Longstock. MJS 2016
St Mary's Church Longstock. MJS 2016
The Rector/Vicar for the parishes of the Mid Test Benefice is
The Rev'd Philip Bowden.
            Telephone:  01264810810

If you have concerns here are contact numbers:
Benefice Safeguarding Officer:
David Barnes 01264 810516
Safeguarding email 


Diocesan Safeguarding Officer
Jackie Rowlands 01962 737317
Mobile 07921 865374

The Revd Philip Bowden details above

For safeguarding help outside the church. If you have concerns or want to report abuse phone Hampshire Children/Adult Services on 0300 555 1386 or the police on 101.

In an emergency, or if you suspect you or someone else is in immediate danger, phone 999.

Church News Feed

Daily Bible Study - kindly provided by the Bible Society

Do have a look at the Premier Daily Bible reading below. It is really so good.

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 NLT

Hope is a slippery word and so we need to be quite clear what Paul means by it. Normally when we use the word ‘hope’ there is a maybe in our voice. That is to say, we are not confident about something. So when I say that I hope it will be sunny tomorrow, you know that I mean well and would love to think that it might be sunny, but I also realise that it might not. Or if I say that I hope that the train will arrive on time, once again you will know that I’m not absolutely sure that that is what is going to happen. In order to understand Paul’s use of the word hope, we need to get rid of any suggestion of doubt, because he was absolutely confident that the future was secure in God’s hands. His future hope was built on the solid rock of Jesus’ death and resurrection. He doesn’t have any trace of doubt that what God has promised will come true.

The language of confident hope was so important for the Christians in Rome. Their daily life as Christians was a continual battle. They were few in number and surrounded by a sea of cynicism and opposition. Paul knew that it was crucial that they should be inspired and strengthened by their hope in Christ. But his language is amazing. He doesn’t merely suggest that they should be full of hope as they lived for Christ. He goes much further by suggesting that they should overflow with hope! That is to say that they wouldn’t merely have enough hope to keep them going, but have hope to spare to share with those around them.

In our society there are not many people who speak about hope as they look to the future. The normal language is one of threats and fears. But we need to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and in the power of the Spirit to overflow with his hope.


Are you hopeful as you look to the future?


Holy Spirit, I invite you to fill me to overflowing with hope as I live in your strength today. Amen


*NEW* Offer Get 3 issues of your Premier Christianity print magazines for only £6.50! We are launching our new Pay Quarterly subscription with a great offer. Subscription includes unlimited articles online and access to the Premier Christianity app, too. Be equipped, inspired and informed from a Christian perspective. Subscribe to the UK’s leading Christian magazine now!

We also use this Daily Bible Study. It is an excellent all-rounder. Please CLICK to see a new  Bible Study every day. Don't forget you have a major faith resources section on this site. You can use it to find materials or to contact churches in Stockbridge or around Longstock. You can find church services on holiday by changing the site postcode.