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News Update – 8th October 2021

08 October 2021 16:43

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This Week’s Sunday Worship – 10th October

Our 8am will be a said, traditional BCP Communion Service.  All are welcome.

Then at 10am we gather for our second All Saints Together service, an opportunity for us to learn, grow and worship all together.  This service will not be live streamed.  This service will be led by Revd Emma and Lewis, our Youth and Family Community Leader.

Next week’s Sunday Worship – 17th October

At our 8am said, traditional BCP Communion Service, we welcome Revds. Canon David and Jeanette Power, who will be leading and preaching at this service. 

David and Jeanette will also lead and preach at our 10am Holy Communion Service, with Kids at Ten for our children aged 3-10 and our Youth Group for those aged 11-18.  All are welcome.

Revd. Jack Williams, our Curate

It is with great joy that this week we welcome our Curate, Revd. Jack Williams, back from sick leave.  Jack is now feeling much better and so this week, begins a gradual, phased return to ministry.  Jack, Charley, and Caleb have been missed greatly and it is wonderful to have them back serving and worshipping with us again.  Please do say hello and welcome them.

New Bishop of Portsmouth

Portsmouth Diocese are delighted to announce that the new Bishop of Portsmouth will be the Rt Revd Jonathan Frost, who is currently the Dean of York. Downing Street announced on Friday morning that HM the Queen had nominated Bishop Jonathan to be the tenth Bishop of Portsmouth. 

His current role involves him leading the historic York Minster where he has served since February 2019. He has previously been a parish priest, police chaplain, university chaplain and suffragan bishop. 

Jonathan is married to Christine, an integrative child psychotherapist. They have three adult children. He supports Fulham Football Club. He enjoys live jazz, the Taizé community, armchair sport and walking.

Bishop Jonathan said: "I believe the role of a bishop is to pray, to share the story and the love of Jesus, and to speak up for the marginalised and voiceless.

"I've got Portsmouth on my heart. Many people across this diocese have had a tough time through the pandemic, especially the most vulnerable, and I know Christians here played their part with others to support those in need.

"I'm looking forward to working in partnership, as together we tackle the biggest issues facing us today – such as the poor mental health and wellbeing of so many of our young people; climate change; and the scandal of poverty, which restricts opportunities and life chances.”

Do pray for Bishop Jonathan and his family as he takes on this responsibility in Portsmouth Diocese.

IDWAL (Inter-Diocesan West African Link) - Ghana

On Tuesday 12th October Nicola Ellis and Angela Herring will be travelling to
Ghana. They will visit our link church at St Paul’s, Tafo and represent
IDWAL at the 40th celebrations of the foundation of Koforidua Diocese
on 23rd October. Please remember them in your prayers, for a safe journey and a fruitful trip.

Men’s Group Drinks and Skittles Night


This Wednesday 13th October at The Barley Mow, Walderton PO18 9ED leaving from All Saints’ car park at 7.00pm.  Lifts should be available.  Please book with John Byrne via  or telephone 07906 370 369.

Wedding of Jamie and Megan

Please pray for Jamie and Megan, and all their family and friends, as they celebrate their wedding this Saturday 16th October.

Messy Church

Saturday 16th October from 3.30-5.30pm in the Church Hall.  Booking is essential for this.  If you are a young family with pre-school/ primary aged children and you would like to come along, please book as soon as possible via the Messy Church link on our website and we would love to welcome you.

Mothers’ Union

Our next Mothers’ Union meeting will take place on Tuesday 19th October at 2pm in the Heath Room, followed by refreshments. Our speaker will be Tim McKilroy. Tim came and spoke to us last October on his work in Winchester prison and this time his illustrated talk is titled ‘Mallerome People Make a Splash in Rwanda.’ Everyone welcome. (You do not have to be a member to come to our meetings) For more information about Mothers’ Union please look on their website

Liz Venn

Bereavement Support Group 

The Bereavement Support Group is set to meet Wednesday 27th October 2-4pm for opportunity to share refreshments and cakes, enjoy a few games and quizzes and to enjoy friendships new and old.  

Daily Bible Reading Notes for 2022 from Bible Reading Fellowship

I’m about to place a group order for 2022 for the New Daylight notes which have a Bible passage, reflection, and prayer suggestion for each day.  There are sample copies to view at the back of church.  

New subscribers are welcome to give their names to John Byrne on 07906 370 369 or during October, and we will include you for 2022.  We expect the cost to be £14.45.  

I will renew orders of existing subscribers unless they let us know otherwise!

John Byrne

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Early warning – a date to keep clear: Saturday 4th June 2022

We are beginning to make plans to celebrate the Platinum Anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, marking 70 years on the throne.  This is an unprecedented event, with our Queen being the longest serving monarch in British history. Next summer the nation will celebrate over 4 days, 2-5th June.   

Working with Denmead Parish Council and other local groups, plans are underway for a ginormous street party, and various entertainments along the Hambledon Road and in the church grounds on Saturday 4th June, allowing the village to join together to mark and celebrate such an extraordinary achievement.   More details will follow nearer the time…

However, to get preparations underway, we are once again calling on our wonderful groups of knitters to knit (or crochet) red, white, and blue flowers, which will be stitched together into giant lengths of bunting, to decorate the church entrance, the fence and, if possible, even out onto the parade of shops.

Ideally each flower needs to be 2-3 inches in diameter.  They can be plain red, white, or blue – or a mix!  You can always use buttons to form a centre.  Some examples are shown.  Please drop these flowers into the church office – the more the merrier! 

Change of details

If you move house or change telephone number or email address, please remember to inform Claire at, so she can update our records.

Covid Restrictions for Public Worship

We continue with social distancing, sitting in alternate pews, for both the 8am and 10am services.  

We recommend hand sanitising for all on arrival, and we will ensure the building is well ventilated, with doors and windows opened.

At both services face masks are optional – however, we have designated a ‘safe zone’ in which face masks are required – for those who prefer to sit knowing others around them are in their masks also.  This seating area is on the west side (left side as you face the altar).  Seating in the middle and east side are areas where face masks are optional.

We are working towards the best way we can find to maintain social distancing while allowing access to as many people who want to worship together.  On occasions when the church is filling up rapidly before a service, we will, therefore, begin to use the red designated pews in the middle and east side areas.  Our team of welcomers and the churchwardens will take people to these seats so that we can use the space as safely as possible.  Please bear with us if you must wait to be seated.

The Churchwardens, Revd Emma and the PCC will monitor and review our procedures as the national and local Covid situation changes, and will make changes accordingly.


Revd Emma Racklyeft, Vicar  023 9226 2647

Revd Jack Williams, Curate  07368 957 423

Lewis Jones, Youth & Family Community Leader  07780 981 235

Claire Holland, Parish Administrator  023 9226 8757

Peter Mitchell, Licensed Lay Minister (Reader)

Amanda Hillyard, Churchwarden   07808 198 827 

Mike Gaskin, Churchwarden  07734 325 284