We extend a warm welcome to you and look forward to sharing worship.

Sunday 25th February 2018                                                    2nd Sunday of Lent Liturgical Colour –Purple                                                                           Year B Readings
8.00 am Blendworth – Holy Communion – –  Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16; Romans 4: 13-end; Mark 8: 31-end.
9.30 am Chalton – Family Service – Mark 8: 31-end.
9.30 am Idsworth – Morning Prayer – Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16; Mark 8: 31-end;

Psalm 119: 1-8.  We welcome Canon Anthony Rustell who will be leading worship at St Hubert’s today

11.00 am Blendworth – Parish Communion  – same readings as for 8.00am
3.00 pm Idsworth – Baptism of Edmund Callender



 Almighty God,

you show to those who are in error the light of your truth,

that they may return to the way of righteousness:

grant to all those who are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s religion,

that they may reject those things that are contrary to their profession,

and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same;

through our Lord Jesus Christ who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.   Amen.


Post Communion

 Almighty God,

you see that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves:

keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls;

that we may be defended from all adversities

which may happen to the body,

and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen

Thank you for worshipping with us today – we hope to see you again soon.

Please take this pew sheet home with you to remind you of forthcoming events.

For further information about our services and points of contact please visit our website – www.bcichurches.org.uk

Please noteThe list for Prayers for the Sick has now been revised and some names have been transferred to the lists in each church.  For names to be added please ask the person first and then please keep us informed of their progress.  Thank you.


Reece Moore, June Wakeford, Luke Brindley, Richard Brindley, Gertrude Russell,

Sarah Washbourn (Ann Taylor’s niece); Baby Chloe (Nikki Martin’s gr. daughter),  Gayle Catterall-Goodwin,

Peter Manley, Stephen Longhurst, Sylvia Draycott


Wendy King (from Downlands), Jeannie Maskell, John Phillips, Pamela Earle.



 Readings for Today


Genesis 17: 1-7,15-16; God makes a covenant with Abram to give him and his descendants the land of Canaan.  God gives Abram and his wife Sarai new names, Abraham and Sarah, and promises that Sarah will bear a son.

Romans 4: 13-end;. Paul explains that God’s promise depends on faith, and is for all who share the faith of Abraham.  His faith was reckoned to him as righteousness and will be reckoned to us who believe in God who raised Jesus from the dead.

Mark 8: 31-end; Jesus teaches that he will be rejected, killed and rise again on the third day.  Peter rebukes him, but Jesus rejects his rebuke and tells his disciples that those who lose their life will save it.





 Please DO NOT switch the heaters off at the end of each pew until further notice.    If you are feeling that you are getting too hot the recommendation is that you sit on your kneeler! 

Thank you



Ladies and Gentlemen and Young People!

Don’t forget the Easter Bonnet Competition in all our Churches on Easter Sunday!  Why not get creative and make this a really colourful celebratory service!

At Blendworth this will be followed by our traditional Easter Egg Hunt for the children.



Parish Magazine

The Magazine Subscription for 2018 is now due.  Payment is either 50p for an individual magazine or £5.00 for the year (cheques made payable to ‘Blendworth Parish Magazine’).  Payment can either be given directly to Mike Williams or John Pink, or to Carol at the office for forwarding to Mike or John.  Thank you.





Your prayers are asked for all three of the adult members who have been following the ‘Christian Basics Course’; in particular for Lynne and Helen who will be going forward for confirmation by the Bishop at the Cathedral on Easter Eve.


Dates For Your 2018 Diaries
Sat 24th Feb 12.00 noon Wedding of Joanne Beveridge and David Young at HTB
Tues 27th Feb 8.00 pm Second Compline at Chalton

Fri 2nd March

1.30pm Women’s World Day of Prayer Service at St Edmund’s Catholic Church
7.00pm-9.30pm LYCIG Event at St Jude’s Southsea with hymn writer John Bell.  A small group is going so if anyone would like to join them please speak to Rosemary.
Sun 4th Mar 3.00 pm Restart of Adult Confirmation Preparation




 Come and enjoy soup and bread and fellowship every Friday in Lent

Arrive at 12.00noon in Blendworth Church Centre

 Please see note concerning the Bishop’s Lent Appeal below


16th Feb 23rd Feb 2nd Lent Lunch – Choir
02nd Mar 3rd Lent Lunch – Horndean WI 09th Mar 4th Lent Lunch – The Men
16th Mar 5th Lent Lunch – Methodists 23rd Mar 6th Lent Lunch – St. Edmunds




   More Dates for your diaries – (please note additional messages).  

 Following on from the amazing support for last year’s appeal the Bishop is calling his appeal for 2018 ‘Refugee and Neighbour’.  He is focusing on helping refugees as they arrive here in our diocese, and more globally, by giving to Christian Aid.  Both immediate and longer term help is needed internationally as well as supporting local initiatives for refugees of all ages to feel settled and become truly at home.


Come along to one or more of our Lent Lunches and enjoy soup, bread and fellowship as well as finding out more about the Bishop’s Lent Appeal.



Watch this space for the dates for events to be held at Idsworth  in 2018.  For more details contact the Chairman of the Friends – Andrew Callender – t. 023 9241 3410


A full list of events for 2018 at Idsworth is now printed in the Benefice Magazine



Watch this space for the dates for events to be held at Chalton in 2018. They will include the ever popular Teas at Three, and speakers returning with interesting talks.


A full list of events for 2018 are now published on the notice board of each of our churches



United Benefice Services for 2018 each starting at 10.30am


Trinity Sunday 27th May                    Blendworth


  Sunday 8th July                   Idsworth


   Sunday 16th September                     Chalton



Annual Parochial Church Meetings 2018 each to follow a shortened Morning Service


Sunday 15th April                      Idsworth


   Sunday 22nd April                      Chalton


  Sunday 29th April                      Blendworth





Sunday 4th March                                                                       3rd Sunday of Lent

Liturgical Colour – Purple                                                                         Year B Readings

8.00 am Blendworth – Holy Communion BCP Exodus 20: 1-17; 1 Corinthians 1: 18-25; John 2: 13-22
9.30 am Chalton – Parish Communion – same readings as for 8.00am
9.30 am Idsworth – Morning Prayer – Exodus 20: 1-17;  John 2: 13-22;  Psalm 19.
11.00 am Blendworth – Parish Communion – same readings as for 8.00am

During this service the Reverend Elizabeth Grove, Diocesan President of the Mothers’ Union, will be present at the enrolment of two new members to our Blendworth Branch – Linda Manley and Susan Young.  Please pray for them and for our branch as they welcome Linda and Susan among them.




 To all group Chairmen/women of Blendworth Groups

 Please could all Chairmen/women of all Church Groups send their Annual Reports to Marion Williams so that they can be collated in readiness for the APCM at the end of April.  Thank you.


Groups involved –  Church Wardens, Diocesan Synod, Deanery Synod, , Magazine, Fundraising, Flower group, Marriage Workshop, Rakers and Scrapers, Sidespersons, Social Group.



An important message from the Blendworth Treasury Team.

 Please could all Treasurers of Church Groups send their

annual accounts for 2017 to Val Griffiths if not already done so

 Groups involved:-     Social Group, Church Centre, Coffee Shop,

Flower Ladies, Weekly Draw, Junior Church, Magazine.           Thank you


 Sponsorship of Church Consumables

 Many of you have already generously sponsored the items that we regularly use at Blendworth.  Our Paschal Candle, with new transfers, is due to be renewed at Easter and we have also ordered new Wedding Candles, Palm Crosses and Communion Wine and.  If you would like to contribute to these necessary items of Church life, please speak to Carol at the office (023 9259 7023). . Thank you very much to all those who have already kindly offered donations towards several of these consumables.  It is very much appreciated.




 Unfortunately this event has been postponed until later in the year due to lack of response.

Please watch this space.