Benefice News

Last week saw intrepid walkers scale the heights and depths of the Benefice as they made their way around our three churches. We were hoping for good weather although it proved a little too hot for yours truly. Thank you to all those who walked and to all those who came to Morning Prayer, Rogation Prayers and the Agape meal respectively. We really appreciated the support and refreshments and we also were able to appreciate God’s creation in all its glory as we traversed the route.

This week is Pentecost, the birth of church. We will celebrate this at all three churches; in addition we have APCMs at St Hubert’s and St Michael’s. If you are on the electoral register at either of these churches, please make every effort to attend. Thanks are due to the Churchwardens and PCCs who have been running the churches so well. We are also looking forward to next week when we have an Altogether Service for Trinity Sunday at Holy Trinity, Blendworth at 10.30am. This will be the only service in the Benefice on 26th May.

I look forward to meeting with some of you over the weekend.

Revd Joy

Revd Joy Windsor
Assistant Minister
07730 168291

We worship together on Sunday mornings, and are involved in many other aspects of church and village life.  We would love to welcome you to any of our churches and get to know you, so please click on the links to find out more.

With a wealth of history to explore, and many unique and beautiful features we are well worth a visit.

Anna Chaplaincy

BCI Churches and the United Benefice of Catherington and Clanfield are looking for an Anna Chaplain who could come alongside ourAnna Chaplain, Dawn, to accompany older people at this age and stage of their lives. It is an ecumenical, community-based, chaplaincy promoting the spiritual welfare of older people. Anna Chaplaincy is a person-centred and non-judgemental ministry for people of strong, little or no faith at all. We have expanded our ministry to 4 nursing and care homes and one sheltered housing complex. We are in need of someone willing to train as a Chaplain with the Diocese and to be able to work with our team of ‘Anna Friends’ to bring this ministry to our older residents. You would need to be able to give one to two days a month at minimum. Please talk to either Revd Richard or Revd Joy in the first instance.

There is training in the Diocese starting in May and all recruitment is subject to safer recruitment rules and to DBS clearance and to undertaking the necessary safeguarding training.

Latest News and Upcoming Events

Here is the weekly news sheet for w/b 19th May.

St Hubert’s Receives Grants for Repair and Conservation Work

We are delighted to announce that St Hubert’s has been awarded grants totalling £18,500 towards the cost of vitally important repair and conservation work.

The grants from National Churches Trust, the Wolfson Foundation and the Benefact Trust mean that, with generous match funding support from The Friends of the Church of St Hubert Idsworth Trust, the next phase of the work (Phase 1B) is now fully funded and can be carried out in the late Summer and early Autumn of this year.

The work – to improve the rainwater collection and dispersal arrangements at the church   – is a fundamental part of the multi-phase Repair and Conservation Project which is being implemented, when funds permit, to ensure that the historic fabric of the church, with its nationally important wallpaintings, is preserved for people to use, visit and enjoy for the next generation and beyond.

John Bannell, Churchwarden and Buildings Officer at St Hubert’s, says:

“This is really excellent news. This work is an important part of the conservation programme. We are extremely grateful to National Churches Trust, the Wolfson Foundation and the Benefact Trust for these grant awards as they have made all the difference between being able to proceed or not.”

Alongside the implementation of this phase of repair and conservation work, planning is already underway for the next phase together with a number of exciting new initiatives for widening community engagement. Consultation on these proposals will be taking place in the next few months leading towards a funding application being submitted at the end of the year.

About our Churches

Thank you for visiting our website which I hope you will find both welcoming and useful. The BCI Churches are a benefice of Holy Trinity in Blendworth, Saint Michael and All Angels in Chalton and Saint Hubert’s in Idsworth. However, we are more than just buildings; we are a community of people who are inspired by our faith in God, to learn from the teachings of Jesus and seek to be led by the Holy Spirit, to love and serve the community around us.

Our Safeguarding Policy

The BCI Churches are fully committed to the Church of England’s Safeguarding Policies. Our parish safeguarding statement to this effect can be read here.

Any safeguarding concerns about either children or vulnerable adults should be brought to the immediate attention of Ms Janet Laws, our Safeguarding Officer.

Registered Address:
Benefice Office,
Blendworth Lane,
Waterlooville, PO8 0AA

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