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WELCOME

to the Churches of Whitchurch with Tufton and Litchfield in Hampshire, UK

where God has been worshipped for over 1200 years

Our Prayer for Monday

Schools and colleges, children and young people

 

We pray for all those involved in the shaping of young lives.

We give God thanks for the sacrifice and commitment of teachers and all those involved in serving children and young people in education.

We pray that all might be nurtured and cared for and that every needful resource would be made available – that all lives can flourish even in these difficult times and that no-one would be overlooked.

Our Prayer for Sunday

Family, friends and loved ones

 

We lift to God those we hold in our hearts – praying for their health, their well-being and their sense of hope.

We pray that even when loved ones cannot physically be together they would not feel apart.

We ask for God’s help in our communicating, our connecting and our caring.

Our Prayer for Friday

National and Local government

 

We pray for those who are in positions of authority with responsibility for decision making at national and local level at this difficult time.

We ask that God would give great wisdom, deep commitment to all and right judgment.

Our Prayer for Tuesday

Elderly, isolated and vulnerable

 

We echo God’s commitment to those most at risk of this virus by praying today for those who are particularly vulnerable and isolated: praying for their deliverance, protection and comfort.

We hold before God those who care for them – that they would be strengthened and encouraged in this work.

Our Prayer for Wednesday

Businesses, the workplace and economic wellbeing

 

In this time of great challenge, we pray for the economic wellbeing of the country.

We remember before God those who face great uncertainty in their work.

We lift before God those who have lost their jobs and face an uncertain and difficult future.

We pray for a renewed commitment to our common life together.

Our Prayer for Thursday

The NHS and other key workers

 

Our God is the great healer – and the agent used more than any other is the NHS.

Today we voice our gratitude for those who serve this country in the National Health Service and pray for that God would prosper the work of their hands – that they would all be encouraged in their continued work of sacrifice and care amongst us.

Our Prayer for Saturday

All who are grieving, and all suffering with physical and mental ill-health

‘Lord the one you love is ill….’ John 11 v 3

 

We bring to God all those who suffer in body, mind, spirit or with grief.

We ask that in God’s great loving kindness they might know God’s sustaining presence amidst their pain.

We pray for those who are stretched beyond their own capacity to cope and remain hopeful – that in the roar of these waterfalls God would bring a sense of coherence, comfort and strength.

 WELCOME TO BRIGHTWATERS BENEFICE

Our new Benefice (network of parishes) for our area will be known as the Bright Waters Benefice. The title has local historical significance, taken from the book Where the Bright Waters Meet by Harry Plunket Greene, who is buried at Hurstbourne Priors. This is a lovely picture of chalk water streams merging together, fishing and enjoying the beautiful countryside; and of course the theological significance of living waters of hope bringing new life.

We have now joyfully expanded to nine church congregations: All Hallows in Whitchurch; St Andrew’s in Hurstbourne Priors; All Saints in Barton Stacey; St James in Woodcott; St James the Less in Litchfield; St Mary’s in Tufton; St Michael’s in Bullington; St Nicholas in Longparish; and St Peter’s in St Mary Bourne.

 

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Our new Ministry Team comprises five Clergy (Revd Helen O’Sullivan as Associate Vicar) and five Licensed Lay Ministers; this means you will undoubtedly see new smiley faces in your churches and schools from time to time, so please welcome them. In the fullness of time we will have a new website as a central point for information for town and villages regarding service times, ministers and contact for administrators who assist us.

I would value your prayers at this time of change, which hasn’t been easy all round. However, ever the optimist, I can see plenty of opportunity for churches to network well, meet new friends and support each other across our communities in a new way, and have some fun! If anyone would like to contact me to chat about these changes please do email me (Revd.davidroche@hotmail.com).

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BLESSING THE DAY

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Today's prayer

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WORK FOR US

BRIGHT WATERS BENEFICE – PARISH ADMINISTRATOR

Following the merger of the Bright Waters and Whitchurch Benefices, the newly formed Benefice is seeking to employ a second Parish Administrator to support the Benefice Clergy and the various Parish Parochial Councils.  The Administrator’s duties will be supporting the Clergy and Parochial Church Councils within the Benefice and undertaking various duties which enhance the smooth running of the Benefice. The role will also embrace the Benefice’s Safeguarding responsibilities.

 

The successful candidate will be expected to work 2 days a week of 4 hours duration. The place of work will be  the Church Office of All Hallows, Whitchurch. Days worked will be deconflicted with the current administrator who currently works on Mondays and Thursday so that there is admin support to the Benefice on 4 days a week. Some home working will be permissible.

 

The role attracts a salary on current rates of £9.50 an hour and other benefits are available. We would look to commence employment from 1 March 2022.

 

Further details, including a job description and application form, can be obtained from the Church Warden, Allan Vaughan, on 07775-707068 or avchurch124@gmail.com who would be happy to have an informal discussion with interested parties.

 

 

Bright Waters Benefice is an Equal Opportunities Employer.  

OUR CHURCHES

All Hallows Church Whitchurch
ALL HALLOWS

Church Street,

Whitchurch
Hampshire
RG28 7AS

St Mary Church, Tufton
ST MARY

St Mary Tufton
Tufton, Whitchurch
Hampshire
RG28 7RJ

ST  JAMES THE LESS

St James the Less,

Litchfield, Whitchurch

Hampshire

RG28 7PR

St James has its own website for local information, accessible HERE.

St James the Less Church, Litchfield