Benefice News

Last Sunday at Idsworth and Blendworth, we looked at the parable of the sower who plants seeds but does not appreciate what happens until he comes to harvest. It enabled me to try and address the concerns, anxieties and stress that we are experiencing during vacancy and worries about the future. We are never very sure what happens when we sow seeds of faith and I was able to demonstrate how some of what we have sown has come to fruition – even if it is of no direct benefit to ourselves.

One of the ways we can be proactive is in our prayers because any seed we sow will be made fruitful by God. Here is the LYCIG prayer for growth, which is a simple prayer for what we all long for:

God of Mission,
Who alone brings growth to your Church,
Send your Holy Spirit to give,
Vision to our planning,
Wisdom to our actions,
Joy to our worship
And power to our witness.
Help our church to grow in numbers,
In spiritual commitment to you,
And in service to our local community,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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 23rd June.

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.

John Butt – Top Fundraiser

Dear Friends,
Jackie and I again had an unusual and unexpected pleasure last night when we were invited to attend the AGM of Hampshire & The Islands Historic Churches Trust in Winchester Cathedral. At a rather delightful little ceremony, I was presented with the attached certificate, which is, I think, self-explanatory. We appreciated being recognised for our efforts stretching well over 2 decades, but especially in the continuous torrential rain of the 2016 Ride & Stride and the extreme heat of 2023 event! However, we acknowledge that success is mainly due to our many and generous sponsors. Thank you all so much for your magnificent support which has regularly put St Hubert’s where we belong in the Top Ten fundraising churches. The 2024 Ride & Stride is on 14th September. I shall be seeking sponsorship as usual nearer the time: Ride and Stride. There are many and varied ways of participating, and we welcome any ideas for getting more people involved.
With thanks and best wishes.

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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