Benefice Newsletter 6th December

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

Please find attached a copy of Sunday’s Benefice Newsletter and associated documents from Lucy. 

Sunday Service at St Mary.  David Ahearn has kindly agreed to lead the next service in St Mary, which will be Morning Prayer at 9.30am on Sunday 6th December.  For those of you who have been in the church recently, you will notice that we have not turned on the heating as a cost-saving measure.  I can assure you all that the heating still works, having had it on this morning as a dress rehearsal, and it will be on full blast for the service on Sunday.

Carol Singing.  Most of you will now be aware that the current Government restrictions allow us to sing carols outdoors, although, as Norma has pointed out in the Newsletter, there are still some caveats. 

Service on Sunday 20th December.  This brings me on to the traditional Carol (or not?) Service on Sunday 20th December.  Canon Paul and I have been in discussion about the format and location of the service.  We could have a limited number of us inside St Mary (max of 25) with readings and some recordings of carols, handbell ringing etc.  The benefit of such an event is that it would be warm.  The downside  would be that we would not be allowed to sing.  An alternative would be to hold a foreshortened service outside (either in the churchyard or on the Green) with a couple of readings and the opportunity to sing some carols.  Singing would be the obvious upside but the potential for inclement weather would be a key downside.  Currently the service is planned for 6pm.  If we kept that timing (and the availability of our vicar is a key point) it will be dark outside and could be quite chilly.  A 2pm service on Sunday might be a possibility so that it would be light outside but would need Paul to get his skates on to get to the Green at Fernham in order to lead the service there at 3pm.  But perhaps Saturday might be an alternative (and my apologies to Paul because I have not even mentioned that date as a possibility)?  If anybody has views one way or another I would be grateful if you would let me know by the end of Friday 9th December, so I may then discuss them with Paul.  Thank you.

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Churchwarden St Mary The Virgin, Longcot

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Benefice Newsletter 29th November

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

Please find attached a copy of Sunday’s Benefice Newsletter and associated documents from Lucy. 

You will probably note from the Newsletter that the next service to be held in St Mary will be Morning Prayer at 9.30am on Sunday 6th December.  We are still awaiting further guidance from the Diocese on the conduct of Christmas services and we will let you know the detail once we have it.

My grateful thanks to Robert Baker for renovating the noticeboard in the churchyard and to Bob Birtwhistle for providing the ‘muscle’ to help put the noticeboard back in place!

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Churchwarden St Mary The Virgin, Longcot

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Bible Readings and Newsletter – November 22nd

Please click on the links below for this week’s bible readings and newsletter.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ashbury, Compton, Longcot and Fernham News – December 20

Please click on the link below to read the December newsletter.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Newsletter – 15th November

Please find attached the Newsletters and bible readings for Sunday 15th November. Please also see the auction catalogue for the forthcoming silent auction in Ashbury

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Bible Readings 18th October 2020

Please find attached next week’s Newsletter and the Bible Readings for Sunday 18th October. I’ve also attached ‘Look’ – a Sunday sheet for children between 4-9 years old providing activities and games focussed on this week’s Gospel

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Bible reading 11th October 2020

Please find attached next week’s Newsletter and the Bible Readings for Sunday 11th October.

I’ve also attached ‘Look’ – a Sunday sheet for children between 4-9 years old providing activities and games focussed on this week’s Gospel.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Bible Readings 4th October 2020

Please find attached next week’s Newsletter and the Bible Readings for Sunday 4th October.

I’ve also attached ‘Look’ – a Sunday sheet for children between 4-9 years old providing activities and games focussed on this week’s Gospel.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Bible Readings for 20th Sept 20

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Longcot Village Green Concerts 2020

On Sunday 6th September The Clarinet Collective will be giving a short concert twice on Longcot Village Green, at 2pm and again at 4pm. Bring your own rugs, chairs and refreshments and come and join them for an afternoon of music of all kinds, from Mozart and Handel to Gershwin and Scott Joplin!

This group of freelance professional clarinettists has already given two very successful concerts in St. Mary’s Church in conjunction with the Longcot Flower Festival. They were to have given another in May this year which, sadly, had to be cancelled due to the Covid outbreak. They have devised the two concerts to bring some more live music to the village in a format that allows for social distancing to be observed. The performances will last about 50 minutes each and there will be no interval. Admission is free with a collection in aid of the Longcot Village Trust fund to build a new community space in St. Mary’s Church.

In line with current government requirements places are limited and must be booked in advance. To make your reservation for either concert please email victorialmedcalf@gmail.com. Email contact details will be required on booking.

Orchestra

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment