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If you receive an email purporting to come from Revd Jax asking for help with settling a payment, please ignore and delete it. This is a fraud.  We have reported it.

Generous June is a collaborative initiative between the Diocese of Sheffield and the Diocese of Winchester. 

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.                             Philippians 2: 3-4

One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.            Proverbs 11: 24–25

We know that this year, June is going to look very different. We want to take this opportunity to reflect on what generosity can mean in the most challenging of times, but also look forward to what our generosity might look like in the future, as our communities come back together.

Join us by listening to the daily reflections throughout June. There will be voices from across the UK; contemplations and reflections to get involved with, plus other resources that we have been developing. This is your chance to delve deeper and explore generosity.

Today's daily reflection is from:

Debbie Sellin - Winchester

Subscribe to the Generous June podcast to get reflections exploring generosity delivered to your phone every day. You can find the podcast by searching ‘Generous June’ on your podcast app or by clicking on the following links: Apple , Google , Spotify .

We hope and pray that Generous June can be a real blessing and encouragement to you.

If you have any issues or questions throughout the month of June just get in touch with us:

Coronavirus Support:


Chilbolton Coronavirus Support Group



Crawley Corona Helpers

Phone:  07807 363689 or Email: 


Littleton Coronavirus Support Group



Sparsholt Community Support


Sparsholt Community Support

Group  Newsletter 


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.


Please click below for Safeguarding Links


Citizens Advice - Winchester District

Please click below for information about Citizens Advice, Winchester District


Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for June/July edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 10th July.

Resources for Children and Families

If you are worried or upset and need help for yourself or a friend, click on the link for a poster with some top tips and contact numbers.



or visit our Wellbeingpage


The CofE is also launching #FaithAtHome on today (Thursday 30th April). This will be available to many children and young people through our partnership to provide collective worship with Oak Academy, and through church and school networks. It will offer people of all ages and faith backgrounds a chance to pause, think and reflect, and to rebuild lost habits of prayer and faithful reflection in the home.

These weekly 10-12 minute packages of video content will be available from 7th May.  

The first can be accessed at  

                                                 MESSY CHURCH                                             



It's nearly a couple of months since Easter, when we remember Jesus being raised from the dead, but did you know that Jesus raised other people from the dead too? This week's story tells how Jesus was on his way to heal a young girl when he was delayed - find out what happened in Mark 5: 21-43.


Find the session here:


 For more information on about Messy Church: Children


These activities come from the Education Department for the Dioceses of Winchester and Portsmouth.  There are a lot of fun ideas, challenges and activities here - do please give some of them a go. These are this week's challenges but if

you would like to see more please go to Diocesan_Education_Department_-_Resources


               Bedtime Stories 

Andy Poole, Headteacher at St Clement’s and St John’s Infant School reads Mr Big: 

Jon Le Fevre, Headteacher at Pilgrims’ Cross reads his favourite book, The Gruffalo: 

Bishop Debbie (The Rt Revd Debbie Sellin, Bishop of Southampton) is reading “Can’t you sleep little bear” : 

Archdeacon Peter (The Ven Peter Leonard, Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight)  reads a story about bravery, Hiccup The Viking Who Was Seasick:

Archdeacon Peter (The Ven Dr Peter Rouch, Archdeacon of Bournemouth)  reads The Runnaway Bunny:

Revd Catherine (The Very Rev’d Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester) reads Smelly Louie:

Canon Andy (Canon Andy Trenier, Precentor and Sacrist at Winchester Cathedral) reads: Fender At The Harbour:   


Titanic at Southampton’s Sea City Museum

There’s a virtual tour of Southampton's Titanic Story at Sea City Museum where you can also find a range of free online resources to keep learning at home fun, including activity packs to discover more about the RMS Titanic, the Mayflower

and more at :


Our Planet 

This amazing series of programmes about the natural world is now available to view for free. Netflix have now released all eight episodes on their YouTube channel, as well as a selection of other educational content for teachers, parents and kids.

More details HERE



Wild Worship Guide

Sparsholt Church of England Primary School 



Easter Edition -

And for a bit of fun ...


All God's creatures gotta a place in the choir