The Benefice of Bentley, Binsted & Froyle Churches
The Benefice of Bentley, Binsted & Froyle Churches

A thriving community of faith across three churches.

 

Prayer week is over for this year, but our prayer wall will be here to stay for a while! Please make use of the brilliant prayer stations on the virtual wall and continue to message us with your prayer requests.

 

Prayer week may be over, but we continue to pray.

 

 

 

 

 

Take a look at June's Bentley and Binsted Parish Magazine! There are lots of church notices, community articles and even a couple of poems this month - something for everyone and lots to enjoy. Click HERE to access this month's magazine. 

 

 

 

 

Please find our latest Sunday video service HERE. Our services will be available every Sunday at 11am on our YouTube channel.

 

Access our Thought for the Day videos HERE.

 

Access the Worship at Home liturgy we are using for our Sunday services HERE.

 

 

Over the last few weeks, members of Holy Cross Church have been praying at 9:30am every Wednesday for the parish of Binsted, and we feel this is especially important in these challenging times. This is a non-denominational prayer meeting and we would like to extend an invitation across the whole parish for anyone interested in joining for these meetings via Zoom. If you are unable to stay for the whole hour, please join us for however long you can manage, and if you prefer to pray at home without Zoom, then please do so - you might like to use the prayer guide below, which we use for our meetings.

 

 

Binsted Prayer Guide
Prayer guide for the Binsted prayer meeting, especially adapted for the needs of the current coronavirus situation.
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Alton Foodbank are asking for some urgently needed items. Please visit www.alton.foodbank.org.uk to find out how to donate.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS

Updated on Tuesday 24th March:

The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

But they called on the Church to “continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable”.

It follows the announcement by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson of sweeping restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.

It means all Church of England churches will close with immediate effect in line with the Government’s instructions. There will also be no Church weddings or baptisms.

Funerals at the graveside or in crematoriums can still take place, but only in line with the Prime minister’s Statement.

In a joint statement the bishops said: “In the light of the Government’s measures, announced by the Prime Minister this evening, we urge everyone to follow the instructions given."

"We will give a fuller statement of advice as soon as possible. Let us continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable, and build our communities, even while separated."

 (https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches#na)

The Church buildings of Bentley, Binsted and Froyle are usually open 365 days a year. It is however absolutely right that in these circumstances we sadly close our doors. But we are your parish Churches. We are still here for you. We are working with our village communities to help those who are vulnerable at this time.

 

Do get in touch with any of our Clergy:

  • Revd Yann Dubreuil - 07777 684533
  • Revd Christopher Ogilvie Thompson - 07776 178690
  • Or if you would like to speak to the Church office - admin@benbinfro.org. We are currently working from home but are still able to pick up emails and calls regularly.

 

If you are in practical need in the village of Binsted or the surrounding area, please contact:

  • Kay Hunter Johnston on 01420 54474

Or the Binsted Churchwardens:

  • Kathy Ogilvie Thompson - 07710 623784
  • Stella Croom Johnson - 07740 861256
  • Liz Carey - 07974 405815.

 

If you are in Bentley or surrounding area, please contact Linda Fuller - 01420 23752 and 07891 825410.

 

The Diocese have given guidance regarding the upcoming APCMs for Bentley, Binsted and Froyle churches. They have extended the date for APCMs and their associated election dates until the 31st October 2020. Therefore the Electoral Roll revision timetable is also postponed to line up with the extended APCM dates.

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Friends,

We are all trying to adjust to the new situation in which we now find ourselves. We thought you might find it useful to read some insights which David Ison, the Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, has shared from a group which worked on a three-year project on trauma and tragedy in Christian congregations:

 

This crisis is traumatic for communities, the nation, the world. It’s not a shock-event like a fire or a terrorist attack, but a slow-building crisis – a crisis that shatters our assumptions that the world is generally safe and reliable, and that all that we’ve worked for in businesses, churches and communities will be fruitful. The loss of security and hope, the breaking down of supportive connections between people, and the fear that this crisis is overwhelming – all of these are characteristics of trauma.

 

Some of the wisdom that has been gained about trauma recently can help:

 

a) Our whole selves are affected – we may feel all sorts of strange symptoms, because our body is

 

reacting to the fact that we don’t feel safe. Concentration and sleep may be difficult. We feel distracted, and find it hard to cope. Emotions will be all over the place in surprising ways. Knowing that in traumatic situations it’s normal to be up, down, energetic, exhausted, afraid – will help us to cope with it.

 

b) People react very differently, depending on different backgrounds and experiences, including past traumas. We need to be kind and understanding to others, and also to ourselves.

 

c) We respond best when we have clear, reliable information; when we have something practical that we can do; and when we can be connected to others, if not in person then by phone or through social media, T V and radio.

 

d) We make sense of things by making them part of our story – the story of our own life, and the stories of our communities and of our world. But this takes time. While the trauma is unfolding and we continue to experience the pain of losing what we once had, it’s very hard to make sense of it. We need to remember that holding on together is how we’ll eventually be able to come through and look back on what we’ve experienced.

 

Communities (and individuals) typically respond to disaster by first going through a ‘heroic phase’, full of energy and self-sacrifice. This eventually burns itself out, and is followed by a ‘disillusionment phase’, which may contain much mutual blame and suspicion. Only as the disillusionment phase loses its force can realistic, hopeful rebuilding take place.

 

This is a very confusing and draining time, a time when ordinary healthy rhythms are lost. We may be feeling in our minds and bodies the impact of trauma – feeling low and anxious one day when it’s hard to get your brain in gear, energetic the next day, and all at a time when we need to be able to change and adapt to unusual events. So taking care of ourselves and our own well-being is vital. That includes the basics of good rest, eating, and exercise. It also includes as far as possible having people we trust whom we can share with, and being in touch with them.

 

We pray you will know the comfort of the Holy Spirit in this difficult time, and know more of the Father’s love for us.  Thank you for all that you are continuing to do in your communities.

 

With our prayers for you all,

Bishop Tim, Bishop David and Bishop Debbie

And the Bishop’s Staff Team:

Andrew Robinson, Diocesan Chief Executive

Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester

Peter Rouch, Archdeacon of Bournemouth

Richard Brand, Archdeacon of Winchester

Mat Phipps, Bishop’s Chaplain

 

 

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