Excerpt from Parish Chronicle October 2016

Change in the air

One of the challenges faced by children and young people in autumn is the new academic year – now underway. It can be a big thing to start a new class, college, apprenticeship, university or job. It’s not just new things to be learnt, but new routines and, above all, new relationships to begin. How will I get on? Will I like the people I work with? Will they like me?!

As adults we often like things to stay as they are – the status quo. Change brings uncertainty and possible threat to a chosen lifestyle. But nothing alive stands still, and growth and change are inevitable. The invention of printing, the industrial revolution, the advent of steam, the motor car, the aeroplane, medical advance and the digital revolution have radically changed daily life over 150 years – for good in many ways.

So too our church and parish know themselves to be on the brink of change – a change of leadership in a new vicar. Grateful for the best of the past we expect to find new direction, renewed spiritual life and new challenges. For the appointed person and for us all there will surely be change ahead.

For a new vicar nearly everything changes – home, work, neighbours, friends, community and schools, if with children. He or she will need our love, support, encouragement and prayer. For church and parish members there is opportunity to review and renew our contribution to the life of our church and village. What gifts and skills has God given you and me to
use for him in the growth of his kingdom in Denmead?

…nothing alive stands still, and growth and change are inevitable

In a new vicar we rightly look for someone who has living faith in an unchanging God; someone who has discovered God’s unchanging love, able to live it and teach it among us; someone with a vision of a worshipping community living out its faith and hope in Christ in the power of God’s Spirit.

“You are the body of Christ,” wrote Paul to a local church, “and individually members of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27). Everyone, then, who follows Christ has a role to play in his body, his family, the church. It’s not all down to a new vicar! The vicar will want to encourage us all to take a part in Christ’s church. That’s God’s way. An aim for a local church could be “Everybody doing one thing well”. Don’t just expect one person or a few people to do it all while you watch. Football has been described as a game played by 22 people badly in need of a rest watched by 50,000 people badly in need of exercise. Let’s not allow our church to be anything like that!

Will you ask God’s Spirit to strengthen and renew you in your faith in Christ, and so enrich our church and parish for a new day?

In Him,

John Byrne

 

Messy Church

Our next Messy Church takes place on the 15th October when we will celebrating our 5th Birthday.

All families with children, including Grandparents and carers are welcome to this fun filled afternoon of craft, singing and eating together.

We meet in the Church Hall from 3.30pm – 5.30pm. Further information from Rev Sandie Osborne 023 9236 2591.

 

All Saints Church Services

Sunday 2nd OctoberTrinity 19

8.00am Holy Communion 9.30am Parish Communion 6.00pm Healing Service

Sunday 9th OctoberTrinity 20

8.00am Holy Communion 9.30pm Family Praise 6.00pm Evensong

Sunday 16th OctoberTrinity 21

8.00am Holy Communion

9.30am Parish Communion 11.30am Baptism Service 6.00pm Informal Service

Sunday 23rd October Last after Trinity, Bible Sunday 8.00am Holy Communion

9.30am Family Communion 6.00pm Evensong

Sunday 30th October All Saints Day

8.00am Holy Communion 9.30am Parish Communion 6.00pm All Souls