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Sparsholt Mission Links

Notices in brief...

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


Lent Series 2018 come and join us

 Lent Series

Christian Aid Week 13-19 May (Littleton)

Volunteers needed - Please see our Notices  page for further information

A Spring Programme of Meditations at Wherwell Church

Please see our Notices  page for further information

Save the date - 23 April

The Lyra Singers from St Petersburg visit Littleton. 

Please see our Notices  page for further information


Confirmation will take place in Winchester Cathedral during the Easter Eve Vigil. 

Please go to Notices for further information.

Sparsholt 100 Club 

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Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for April/May edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - 5th March

  Winchester Churches Nightshelter     This independent local charity helps homeless people by providing a safe, warm environment together with a meal, advice and vital assistance to prepare for independent living. Sparsholt community, including the school, also support this charity by donating Harvest Festival goods and several villagers cook hot meals for the Nightshelter.  See Benefice page for further details.                                                                       
  Karis Kids This WInchester charity supports children orphaned by AIDS in Uganda by helping local families to care for them and enabling the children to go to school. See Benefice page for further details.
  Missionary Training Service This charity is run by Rev. Ian Benson, the son-in-law of Rosamund Wells who has been involved with St. Stephen’s Church for many years. The charity provides practical assistance to encourage missionary leaders around the world convert non-believers to Christianity. See for further details.



Sparsholt Church has also made donations to the following during 2016:


Fete donations         

The PCC, on behalf of the Fete Committee, donated to each of the following local organisations: Sparsholt Primary School, Sparsholt Village Playground Association and Ham Green Conservation Volunteers. Huge thanks to everyone who helped to make the 2016 Fete such a huge success.


Sparsholt School      

The pupils’ donations and School Christingle collection was processed and paid to The Children’s Society by the PCC.


PCC members gave personal donations for the purchase of Advent Calendars for Sparsholt School pupils.

The PCC also organised the village envelope drop for Christian Aid week in May. The Remembrance Service collection in November was paid to the Royal British Legion – Poppy Fund.