Sunday 24th February                                                    2nd Sunday before lent                          

Liturgical Colour – Green                                                                            Year C Readings

8.00 am Blendworth – Holy Communion – Genesis 2: 4b-9, 15-end, Revelation 4,

Luke 8: 22-25.

9.30am Chalton – Family Service – Luke 8: 22-25
9.30am Idsworth – MorningPrayer-  Genesis 2: 4b-9, 15-end, Luke 8: 22-25,

Psalm 65

11.00am Blendworth – Parish Communion – same readings as 8.00am

We welcome to our services today Revd Stuart Cleaver to 8.00am at Blendworth and to 9.30am at Idsworth and Revd Canon Wendy Kennedy to 9.30am at Chalton and 11.00am at Blendworth.





Almighty God,

you have created the heavens and the earth

and made us in your own image:

teach us to discern your hand in all your works

and your likeness in all your children;

through Jesus Christ our Son our Lord,

who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things,

now and for ever.    Amen

Post Communion


God our creator,

by your gift

the tree of life was set at the heart of the earthly paradise,

and the bread of life at the heart of your Church:

may we who have been nourished at your table on earth

be transformed by the glory of the Saviour’s cross

and enjoy the delights of eternity;

through Jesus Christ our Lord..      Amen



Readings for Today


Genesis 2: 4b-9, 15-end: This passage tells us that God created people, animals and plant life and suggests that humanity has a special responsibility to care for God’s creation

Revelation 4:.An incredible vision of heaven, in which John sees God seated on a throne, surrounded by twenty-four elders worshipping God

Luke 8: 22-25 After travelling around teaching vast crowds of people, Jesus wants to sail across the Sea of Galilee to a quieter area.  When a storm breaks out he calms the sea and the disciples are amazed.


An Interregnum Prayer

God our Father – You have welcomed each one of us in Christ Jesus and called us to be his body in this place; send us your Holy Spirit, at this time of uncertainty and change, to fill us with vision, energy, and faithfulness in prayer, that we may be true to our calling to bring new life to our community.  Guide those on whom will fall an extra burden of responsibility during this time of vacancy.  And give wisdom to those who are to choose new incumbents for this united benefice, and the adjoining parishes, in the proposed pastoral reorganisation.  That the ones whom we receive may be wise and gentle shepherds of your people: ready to serve us with joy, to build us up in faith, and to lead us by example in loving obedience to your son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.    Amen.


Mid week Holy Communion Service

Just for the time being our mid-week services at 11.00am on a Wednesday will be suspended.  If there is any change to this arrangement we will publish this on the pew sheet.

Blendworth Fundraising

Your subscription for the next series of the Bonus Ball is now due.  There are still some numbers available if anyone is interested.  Please give your payment to Gordon Taylor or Sue Wilson.  Thank you

Dates For Your 2019 Diaries
Fri 1st Mar 1.30pm  World Day of Prayer at Blendworth
Tues 5th Mar 7.00pm Shrove Tuesday at the Church Centre – see details on p 4.
Thur 7th Mar 2.00 pm Chalton PCC
Fri 8th Mar 12 noon 1st Lent Lunch in the Church Centre
Tue 12 Mar 6.00pm Compline by Candlelight at Chalton
Wed 13th Mar Idsworth PCC
Mon 25th Mar 2.00pm Lady Day Service at Blendworth
Sat 6th April 7.00pm ‘Memories of Flanders and Swann’ Concert – see details below
Wed 24th Apr 2.15pm Friends AGM at Idsworth

Churchyard Maintenance

We are taking the opportunity to carry out some tasks in the churchyard at Holy Trinity using contractors to maintain some areas around the trees, gravestones and perimeters. This will be happening over the coming months and is in support of the work of the Rakers and Scrapers Team plus Blendworth Centre (who cut the grass). Any queries should be addressed to the Church Wardens.’  Thank you.








The Idsworth Church Friends Trust invite you to:
‘Memories of Flanders and Swann’
A Concert presented by Michael Mates and William Godfree
Saturday 6th April, 7pm, in the Rowlands Castle Parish Hall
For Tickets: £15, ring 02392 413410








An important message from Marion Williams


Please could all Chairpersons of Church Groups from Blendworth

send their annual reports for 2018 to her asap

ready for publishing for the APCMs – thank you








New Electoral Roll for 2019


There will be new Electoral Rolls at our three churches this year 2019.  The letters and forms for Idsworth will be distributed by Gareth Denby and for Chalton by Sarah Iredale, and they will be available very soon.  The letters and forms for Blendworth will be available at the beginning of March from Marion Williams as will notices concerning their completion.






Sunday 3rd March                                                           Sunday next before Lent                          

Liturgical Colour – Green                                                                            Year C Readings

8.00 am Blendworth – Holy Communion BCP – Exodus 34: 29-end,

2 Corinthians 3: 12-42, Luke 9: 28-36, (37-43a)

9.30am Chalton –Parish Communion – same readings as 8.00am
9.30am Idsworth – MorningPrayer-  Exodus 34: 29-end, Luke 9: 28-36, ( 37-43a),

Psalm 99

11.00am Blendworth –Parish Communion – same readings as 8.00am






More Dates for your diaries
Tues 5th Mar Shrove Tuesday – Fish and Chip Supper – see below
Sat 27th April Pie and Mash Evening + pudding!  Tickets £8 on sale nearer to the event.
Don’t forget the usual Friday Lent Lunches.

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

Friday 8th March – Friday 12th April inclusive


More details about the above including other events in our Benefice later to follow –

so keep an eye out for anything that might interest you.









Come along to Blendworth Church Centre at 7.00pm

for a friendly Fish and Chip Supper followed by Pancakes

All are welcome – why not bring a friend?


Tickets £10.00 with a family ticket on request

from Jo Lougher during February







A Memorial Book will be available for anyone who wishes to add their memories

of Richard Sharratt in Church for both the 8.00am and 11.00am Services for the next couple of weeks until the end of the month.

At other times it will be kept safely in the Clergy vestry.


Compline by Candlelight at Chalton during Lent 2019


This year those that organise Compline at Chalton are changing the time of the service to an earlier start at 6.00pm.  The first service will be on Tuesday 12th March and will be led by John Butt who will run the service on a slightly different basis to past services.  The idea stems from the recent experience at Idsworth where there is a very successful quiet contemplative service.  Thereafter the services will follow on each Tuesday in Lent at 6.00pm until the last service on Tuesday 16th April.  Anyone who would like to come along to this quiet service will be very welcome.