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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

In Crisis - Need to talk 


Further information about the phone line is available


COVID Vaccination Scam ALERT!

There have been reports of a new scam where a person receives a text saying they need to book a vaccination appointment and it takes them to a fake NHS form which then asks for their bank details to prove their identity. 

The NHS will never ask for a person’s banking information so please do not provide as it will be a scam   

There is a texting scam leaflet you can download here:


The scam has been reported in the media here:

Coronavirus Support:


Chilbolton Coronavirus Support 

Coronavirus Support 


Crawley Corona Helpers

Phone:  07807 363689 or Email: 


Littleton Coronavirus Support Group



Sparsholt Community Support

Support Group




Update - Lockdown 2


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 Apr/May edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 5th March.

Readings for Monday 25th January - The Conversion of Paul

Morning Prayer

Reading   Ezekiel 3: 22-end
Reading   Philippians 3: 1-14
Psalm(s)   66 and 147: 13-end

Evening Prayer

Reading   Ecclesiasticus 39: 1-10
Reading   Colossians 1:24 - 2:7
Psalm(s)   119: 41-56

Readings for Sunday 31st January - The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)

Principal Service

Reading   Deuteronomy 18: 15-20
Reading   Revelation 12: 1-5a
Psalm   111
Gospel   Mark 1: 21-28

Readings for Sunday 31st January - Other Services

Morning Prayer

Reading   Jeremiah 1: 4-10
Gospel   Mark 1: 40-end
Psalm(s)   71: 1-6; 15-17

Evening Prayer

Reading   1 Samuel 3: 1-20
Reading   1 Corinthians 14: 12-20
Psalm   34
Gospel   Matthew 13: 10-17