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LENT 2020 SERIES

A series of talks on Mission and responding to God's Call.

Fur full details please click Lent_Series

SAFEGUARDING

Contacts:

NSPCC - For adults concerned about a child: 0808 800 5000

ChildLine - For children and young people on: 0800 1111

Action on Elder Abuse helpline: 0808 808 8141

24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

NAPAC – Offer support and advice to adult survivors of childhood abuse: 0808 801 0331

Stop It Now – preventing child sexual abuse: 0808 1000 900

Cruse – bereavement helpline: 0808 808 1677

Citizens Advice - Winchester District

has now officially opened its doors at their new location on Colebrook Street in Winchester, next to Winchester City Council offices. 

If you need advice you can visit the office during the following times:

Monday: 10:00-16:00

Tuesday 10:00-13:00

Wednesday 10:00-16:00

Thursday 10:00-16:00

Friday 10:00-13:00

Or alternatively call the Adviceline on: 03444 111 306

or visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk 

Waste Recycling Centres - need to register

In 2020 a new system is being introduced so that non Hampshire residents will have to pay to use Hampshire recycling centres. For residents it will be free BUT you will need to register your car registration number(s).

Full information plus the registration form can be found at https://www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/recyclingcentres/vehicle-registration/register

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for February/March edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 6th March.

 A warm welcome to the Downs Benefice, which lies to the north-west of Winchester, one time Capital City  of England.

 

 

The Five Parish Churches in the Downs Benefice

For more information please click on the image of a church below.

St Mary the Less

St Mary's

St Catherine's

St Stephen's

St Peter and Holy Cross

 

St Mary the Less Chilbolton

Village Street, Chilbolton, Hampshire, SO20 6BQ

St Mary's Crawley

Main Road, Crawley, Hampshire, SO21 2PZ

St Catherine's Littleton

Main Road, Littleton, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 6QY

St Stephen's Sparsholt with Lainston

Church Lane, Sparsholt, Hampshire, SO21 2NJ

St Peter and Holy Cross Wherwell

Church Street, Wherwell, Hampshire, SP11 7JJ

Services for Sunday 23rd February - The Sunday next before Lent and Ash Wednesday

    SUNDAY - 23rd February
8am (Wh) Holy Communion (BCP)
10am (Cr) 4th Sunday Worship
10am (Li) Family Communion
6pm (Ch) Benefice Evensong
     
    ASH WEDNESDAY - 26th February
9.15am (Sp) Holy Communion and Distribution of Ashes
9.30am (Li) Holy Communion and Distribution of Ashes
12.15pm (Ch) Holy Communion and Distribution of Ashes
     
     

 

In this Benefice we welcome everyone to our altars during communion.


Communicant members from all denominations are most welcome and others are invited for a blessing.

 

 

Readings - Year A

for Sunday 23rd February
Exodus 24: 12-end
2 Peter 1: 16-end
Matthew 17: 1-9
Psalm 84
 
for Ash Wednesday - 26th February
Joel 2: 1-2; 12-17
2 Corinthians 5:20b - 6:10
Matthew 6: 1-6; 16-21
Psalm: 51: 1-18