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Notices in brief...

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

Celebration of Recovery

Winchester Cathedral – Saturday, 25th August 25 - 10am–4pm

There will be a ‘Celebration of Recovery’ at Winchester Cathedral in the Outer Close. Visitors of all ages will be able to enjoy activities as part of an event to raise awareness of services such as AA, Al-Anon, the Night Shelter and Samaritans, helping those who are recovering from alcohol and drug addiction and those who are  struggling with mental illness.

This year  – the centenary of end of the Great War – is also the centenary of the formation of the RAF, as well as the visit by a soldier to Winchester Cathedral which inspired the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous. This will definitely be a celebration event, it is well worth a visit and I hope you can recommend it to your congregation.

For full details, please see Notices

Faith and the Arts IV

8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th October - For full details and how to buy tickets, please see Notices

Autumn Meditations at Wherwell Church 

2 Sept, 7 Oct, 4 Nov - For full details, please see Notices

Brightly coloured wood, fabric scraps and string needed!

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Littleton and Harestock Show, Messy Church Stand - helpers needed

For full details, please see Notices

Ride & Stride 2018, 8 September

Hampshire & The Islands Historic Churches Trust.

For full details, please see Notices

Drivers needed please!

The Care Group in Littleton is becoming short of drivers to take Lunch Club members to the Church Room by 12.15pm. If you can help please contact Shirley Lupton - mands@lupton.plus.com

Save the dates 

1st September, from noon, Littleton & Harestock Show

2nd September - Littleton and Harestock Show Service in Marquee

17th November - Charity Gift Fair, Crawley Village Hall. More info to follow.

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for October/November edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - 10th September.

 

Boaz                  Project

 

 

Boaz was set up to help address the lack of facilities for people with learning disabilities once they have left full time education. Its aim is to create an atmosphere of the work ethic for people who otherwise cannot gain employment. It began nine years ago and became a charity in its own right in November 2007. Its long term desire is to be able to employ some of those who access its facilities. The Project’s Christian ethos seeks to address the whole person, body, mind and spirit, aiming to release and realise each person’s full human potential to the glory of God.

Boaz Project                                                                                                                

 

Winchester Street Pastors

 

 

Street pastors are trained volunteers from local churches and we care about our community.We are on patrol from 9.30 p.m. to 3 a.m. on a Friday and Saturday night – as well as a Thursday once a month – to care for, listen to and help people who are out on the streets.We are part of a national team first pioneered in 2003, and Street Pastors continues to grow throughout the UK and across the world.We are led by our local coordinator and we also have support from local churches and community groups in partnership with the police, local council and other statutory agencies. 

Street Pastors

 

Crawley Church currently also makes annual donations to: 

   
  • Karis Kids (see Benefice Mission page)
  • Trinity Centre, winchester (see Benefice mission page)
  • Winchester Churches Night Shelter (see Benefice mission page) Night Shelter Manager, Michele Price lives in Crawley
  • Kevin Lay Foundation (see Littleton mission page)