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Littleton Christmas ADVENTure.
 
Normally during December, St Catherine's Church, Littleton, organises a Posada around the village, with knitted nativity figures spending a night with each family, representing Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem.
 
For this year's Posada we have been thinking 'outside the box', or rather 'inside the bag'! We are offering Littleton families a bag of activities for the 4 weeks of Advent. Each bag also includes a Posada sheep and some sheep challenges! Bags will be delivered on the weekend of 21st/22nd November.
 
If you would like to take part, please sign up by Sunday 8th November so that we have sufficient time to prepare the bags:
 

In Emergency – Coronavirus

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

 Email: revdjax@downsbenefice.org.uk

Mobile: 07761 055228

 

Please also look at these websites to find details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life:

Diocese of Winchester: www.winchester.anglican.org

The Church of England: www.churchofengland.org

Further information about the phone line is available

here.

Coronavirus Support:

Update from the Littleton Helpers -

Please see Notices

Chilbolton Coronavirus Support Group

Chilbolton_Coronavirus_Information

 

Crawley Corona Helpers

Phone:  07807 363689 or Email: crawleycoronahelpers@gmail.com 

 

Littleton Coronavirus Support Group

Littleton Coronavirus Support Group

 

Sparsholt Community Support

Support Group

 

Sparsholt Community Support

Group  Newsletter

Update - Lockdown 2

 

Wherwell Coronavirus Help Line

Wherwell_Coronavirus_Helpline

 

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 office@downsbenefice.org.uk

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

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for Feb/Mar edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 8th January.

Prayer for today - Monday 30th November - Saint Andrew

Almighty God,
who gave such grace to your apostle Saint Andrew
that he readily obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ
and brought his brother with him:
call us by your holy word,
and give us grace to follow you without delay
and to tell the good news of your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

Benefice Morning Prayer comes into your home

                                                      Tuesdays at 9:30am on Zoom. 

 

The theme of Benefice Morning Prayer in December will be Advent, as we look forward and                                                        prepare for Christmas.

                                                     

                                                   Bring a candle.

 

                                                                           Come and join us!

                                        If you would like to join us for this short service please call on 01962 880 845 or send an email to the

Benefice Office

We can then get in touch with you, sending you a copy of the service and the link to Zoom.

Services for Sunday 6th December - The Second Sunday of Advent

 

10am (Cr) Morning Prayer
10am (Sp) Holy Communion
10am (Wh) Morning Prayer

It is necessary to book for all services. Please email the Benefice Office or call on 01962 880 845.

Masks must be worn in Church.

 

The Churches in The Downs Benefice are also open for Individual Private Prayer at these times:

St Mary the Less, Chilbolton 9am-4pm Sundays
St Mary's, Crawley 10am - 4pm Wednesdays and Sundays
St Catherine's, Littleton 10am - 4pm Wednesday and Saturdays
St Stephen's, Sparsholt 10am - 4pm Wednesdays and Sundays 
St Peter & Holy Cross, Wherwell 10am - 4pm Sundays 

Sunday 29th November

The First Sunday of Advent

 


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We are unable to open our Churches for services this Sunday - the beginning of our preparation for the ocming of Our Lord but hope you will take the opportunity to watch our Cafe Church Advent Sunday video above. 

#PrayerfortheNation

Across the world, Covid-19 has brought much sadness to many. 

‘On the brink of this second lockdown we might understandably feel helpless, anxious and vulnerable.’ says the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, ‘… we do what we can to halt the spread of this virus – but we can still feel powerless. Is there anything else we can do? Really do?  Yes. Yes there is. We can pray. Prayer is my first response when I feel out of my depth, when I need help, when I am worried, when I am concerned for those I love... Prayer changes things.'

Join Christians from all over the UK in prayer. Every day at 6pm we will pause and pray for those impacted by

 

the pandemic. Please click here for information and resources.

 

 You can set an alarm, light a candle or use a light on your mobile phone as a prompt to pray, or you may even hear a church or cathedral bell ring as a reminder.


Follow us on social media for daily prayers, and you can find an easy to use, printable prayer booklet here, to help you as you pray over the next 4 weeks. 

 

 

 

   

 

 

Letters from Revd Jax

Sunday 29th November

To see previous letters please click

Letters_from_Revd_Jax

Across the Downs

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Resources for Children and Families

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    Resources for   Wellbeing

 

The Five Parish Churches in the Downs Benefice

For a short history and photos of each church please click on the images 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

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.