This week in the Benefice

Week commencing 13 October 2019

Sunday 13 October       Trinity 17   Green (Harvest at Stockbridge)
8.00am: Broughton: Said Holy Communion BCP
9.30am: Broughton: Bible Uncovered
9.30am: Bossington: Holy Communion BCP
9.30am: Longstock: All Age Worship  
11.00am: Stockbridge: Harvest Festival, followed by bring and share lunch
11.00am: Mottisfont: Messy Church
6.00pm: Houghton: Evensong

Morning Prayer is said each day Monday-Friday at 8:30am in St Peter’s Church, Stockbridge

Monday 14 October

Tuesday 15 October
9.30am: Rosalind Hill House: Said Holy Communion

Wednesday 16 October

Thursday 17 October
12noon: St Mary’s lunch club at Broughton Memorial Hall
7.30pm: Longstock PCC meeting at 1 Chattis Hill Stables

Friday 18 October

Saturday 19 October
10.00am – 12noon: Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning at St Mary’s Broughton 10.00am – 12noon: Autumn Clean at St Mary’s Church and Churchyard, Longstock

Sunday 20 October     Trinity 18   Green (Harvest at Leckford)
8.00am: Old St Peter: Said Holy Communion
9.30am: Longstock: Morning Worship
9.30am: Mottisfont: Holy Communion BCP  
11.00am: Stockbridge: Mattins 11.00am: Broughton: Family Harvest Service
11.30am: Houghton: Baptism of Isabella Busk
6.00pm: Leckford:   Harvest Service


The Readings for Sunday 20 October are:

Trinity 18: Genesis 32.22-31   Psalm 121   2 Timothy 3.24-4.5   Luke 18.1-8

Harvest: Deuteronomy 26. 1-11;   Philippians 4.4-9;     John 6.25-35



Service pattern.   Last week the Benefice council met and has agreed a few changes to the general pattern of services across the Benefice. Although the number and type of services in each church have not changed, some of them have moved their position within the month to create less clashes and enable the clergy to lead more services on a Sunday.  Service times will be in the parish magazines and this notice sheet.

Please speak to the Rector if you want to express your opinions about this.

Leckford Quiz Night. It has become necessary for the Leckford Quiz Night to be rescheduled to Friday 15 November at 7.00pm. The evening will include a hot meal and the opportunity to win one of the most keenly contested quiz events in the Test Valley.     Tickets £12 per person. Contact Dawn 01264 810724.


Macmillan Coffee Morning. There will be a Macmillan Cancer Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Saturday 19 October between 10am – 12 noon at St Mary’s Church Broughton. There will be a ‘bring and buy table’ and lots of tasty cakes.  


Saturday 19 October. 10am – 12 noon.   Autumn Clean for St Mary’s Church, Longstock.    Please come if you can to help clean the church – clearing cobwebs, cleaning windows, polishing woodwork   If you have any long handled poles for cleaning cobwebs, please bring them. Out in the churchyard some tidying to be done – please bring your rakes and garden bags. Refreshments provided.


Sunday 20 October at 6.00pm: Leckford Church will have their celebratory service for Harvest time. Gifts for the Andover foodbank will be very welcome!


Friday 25 October at 9.30am Autumn Clean at Old St Peter's  - clearing leaves and polishing etc. All help would be most welcome, refreshments provided. 


Friday 1 November: 9.30am. Autumn Cleaning and polishing morning at St Peter's, Stockbridge. Please come to help if you can – refreshments provided.



Sharing God’s Life across the communities of mid-Test Valley

‘Encourage, Inspire, Challenge’ (with insights from the Bible First Letter of Peter)

Pre-Advent Course 2018

Wednesdays 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th November

In our ‘Pre-Advent’ course this year, as part of our reflections and preparations for Advent and Christmas, we shall explore together Biblical Themes of ‘Encourage, Inspire, Challenge’ Each evening will include input/discussion/refreshments/fun!

These evenings are open to all in the Romsey Deanery. You are most welcome to attend to share with and learn from one another as we seek to grow.

Venue: Poppies, Choice Plants, Timsbury, SO51 0NB

Time: 7.30 – 9.30 pm   Plenty of parking available. Advance indication if attending

will be helpful: please email



Forthcoming dates in October

19 Saturday October: Macmillan Cancer Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning between 10am – 12 noon at St Mary’s Church Broughton.  There will be a ‘bring and buy table’.

10.00am-12noon: Autumn clean at Longstock - St Mary’s church and churchyard

20 Sun

11:00 Family Harvest Service Family Harvest Service with Bring and Share Lunch (St Mary's Broughton)

11:30 Baptism of Isabella Busk (All Saints Houghton)

21 Mon

14:30 Mottisfont PCC Mottisfont PCC meeting at Mottisfont House

19:30 Broughton PCC (St Mary's Broughton)

22 Tues

19.30 Romsey Deanery Synod meeting at Broughton Village Hall

24 Thu

19:30 Houghton PCC Meeting at the Coach house, Church lane, Houghton.

25 Fri

9.30am: Church clean at St Peter’s Church, Stockbridge

26 Sat 10:00 Big Church Clean for St Mary's Broughton


Parish Tickets for Winchester Cathedral:
As you may remember, these parishes are allocted passes for Winchester Cathedral, renewed annually.  We now have the passes for the year ending 31 August 2019.  Anyone wanting a ticket or tickets for taking visitors or friends to see the Cathedral should ask their Church Warden/s.   The tickets will be signed out and you will be asked to return them within a week, so others may have use of these passes.

Church Wardens: Stockbridge:   Vacant.   Deputy Warden David Williams 811072

Leckford: Dawn Williams;  810724

Longstock: Maddie Hedley;  810284

(all phone numbers with the Andover code 01264)


Interesting reading: LESSONS OF THE GEESE

In the Autumn, when you see geese heading south for the winter flying along in the "V" formation, you might be interested in knowing what science has discovered about why they fly that way.   It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following.  By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
Quite similar to people who are part of a team and share a common direction get where they are going quicker and easier, because they are travelling on the trust of one another and lift each other up along the way. Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go through it alone,  and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the power of the flock.   If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation and share information with those who are headed in the same way that we are going.
When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wings and another goose takes over.  It pays to share leadership and take turns doing hard jobs. The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep their speed.  Words of support and inspiration help energize those on the front line, helping them to keep pace in spite of the day-to-day pressures and fatigue.    It is important that our honking be encouraging.    Otherwise it's just  … well … honking!

Finally, when a goose gets sick or is wounded and falls out, two geese fall out of the formation and follow the injured one down to help and protect him.   They stay with him until he is either able to fly or until he is dead, then they launch out with another formation to catch up with their group.  When one of us is down, it's up to the others to stand by us in our time of trouble.   If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other when things get rough …

"it is indeed a reward, a challenge and  a privilege  to be a contributing  member of a team"   Author: Dr. Robert McNeish, 1972, Baltimore, Maryland, US


The Andover foodbank  All activity is now at the main site at St John the Baptist (RC) Church, Alexandra Road and are now ready to receive food donations. Boxes are at the back of the churches. Urgently needed items : Long Life Fruit juice; Pasta sauce:  Sugar 500g: Tinned tomatoes: Tinned meat: Tinned fruit; toiletries and cleaning materials.   They have plenty of baked beans and pasta so no more needed now.
Address: St John the Baptist RC Church, Alexandra Road, Andover
SP10 3AD. Tel: 01264 362111.  You can donate cash at their web site:

Encounters with God to help explain the Trinity:

Humanity met God in three different forms:

  • God the Father: revealed by the Old Testament to be Creator, Lord, Father and Judge. Think of the exchanges and relationships with Noah, Abraham, Jacob and Moses
  • God the Son: who had lived on earth amongst human beings – the Servant King
  • God the Holy Spirit: who filled the disciples with new life and power – what we celebrated last week at Pentecost.  So, for example, one might be inspired by the doctrine of the Trinity to come up with an understanding of human relationships that was something like this...
  • Human beings are made in the image of God
  • God is a community of persons in a mutual loving relationship
  • Therefore the essence of humanity is to be found in human relationships with others, with God, and with God's creation
  • These relationships are filled with transforming power
  • For human beings to live truly in the image of God, these relationships must be mutual, generous and just
  • These relationships must acknowledge and value difference as well as sameness
  • These relationships must accept as well as give
  • Therefore we believe that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are somehow distinct from one another (not divided though), yet completely united in will and essence. How can this be? Think of the Trinity as the musical chord. Think of a C-chord. The C, E, and G notes are all distinct notes, but joined together as one chord the sound is richer and more dynamic than had the notes been played individually. The chords are all equally important in producing the rich sound, and the sound is lacking and thin if one of the notes is left out.

1 John 5:7 (New King James Version)

For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.



Prayer for peace in Syria

How long oh Lord? How long?
We have been crying to you for peace in Syria;
for an end to killing and despair, an end to hostilities on all sides.
We thank you for the current cessation of hostilities
and pray it may turn into a long lasting peace.
We cry to you for humanitarian aid to reach those most in need.
We beseech you for the rebuilding of ruined homes, businesses and communities.
We long for the repairing of the breach
and the restoration of streets where your children may dwell in harmony.
We cry out that justice, truth and love may prevail for all the people of Syria.
We pray in the name of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ our Lord.