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Daily Readings

Notices in brief...

For all the notices and more information, please see our Notices page

In Emergency 

In an emergency, please contact the Rector, Revd Jax Machin on:


Mobile: 07761 055228

Sparsholt Primary School

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Further information about the phone line is available


Coronavirus Support:

Chilbolton Coronavirus Support:

Coronavirus Support 


Crawley Corona Helpers:

Phone:  07807 363689 or Email: 

Littleton Coronavirus Support Group:



Sparsholt Community Support:

Support Group


Wherwell Coronavirus Help Line:



Hampshire Help Line:

0333 370 4000

(This number has been issued by Hants Constabulary.)

Prayer Requests

If you have any prayer requests, for any concerns lying on your heart or to give thanks, please email the office on

All prayer requests will be made anonymous before being passed on  to our Prayer Team.

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for June/July edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 7th May.

Readings for Friday 23rd April - ST GEORGE

Morning Prayer

Reading   Joshua 1: 1-9
Reading   Ephesians 6: 10-20
Psalm(s)   5 and 146

Evening Prayer 

Reading   Isaiah 43: 1-7
Gospel   John 15: 1-8
Psalm(s)   3 and 11

Readings for Saturday 24th April

Morning Prayer

Reading   Deuteronomy Ch 8
Reading   Ephesians 3: 14-end
Psalm(s)   110

Evening Prayer 

Reading   Exodus 29: 1-9
Gospel   Luke 2: 21-40
Psalm(s)   27

Readings for Sunday 26th April - The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Principal Service

Reading   Acts 4: 5-12
Reading   1 John 3: 16-end
Psalm   23
Gospel   John 10: 11-18

Readings for Sunday 26th April - Other Services

Morning Prayer

Reading   Nehemiah 7:73b - 8:12
Gospel   Luke 24: 25-32
Psalm(s)   119: 89-96

Evening Prayer

Reading   Exodus 16: 4-15
Reading   Revelation 2: 12-17
Psalm(s)   81: 8-16
Gospel   John 6: 30-40