Revd. Vickie Morgan: Tel No.07429187233



Sunday 8th December for Travis                                2nd Sunday of Advent

Liturgical Colour – Purple                                             Year A Readings

8.00 am

Blendworth:  Holy Communion – Isaiah 11: 1-10;

Romans 15: 4-13;

Matthew 3: 1-12.

Led by the Revd. Vickie Morgan

9.30 am

Chalton:  Morning Prayer – Isaiah 11: 1-10; Matthew 3: 1-12;

Psalm 72: 1-7, 18.

Led by the Revd. Canon Wendy Kennedy

9.30 am

Idsworth: Parish Communion – same readings as for 8.00am

Led by the Revd. Vickie Morgan

11.00 am

Blendworth – All Age Worship with Nativity: –

Matthew 3: 1-12

Led by the Revd. Vickie Morgan




O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power

 and come among us, and with great might succour us;

that whereas, through our sins and wickedness

we are grievously hindered in running the race that is set before us,

your bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,

be honour and glory, now and for ever.     Amen




Post Communion

Father in heaven,

 who sent Son to redeem the world

and will send him again to be our judge:

give us grace so to imitate him

 in the humility and purity of his first coming

that, when he comes again, we may be ready to greet him

 with joyful love and firm faith;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.      Amen




Readings for Today


Isaiah 11: 1-10; – Isaiah paints a picture of a shoot growing from a stump that seemed dead – we now know that shoot to be Jesus.  At the heart of his mission are peace and restoration, not just for us but for the whole of creation.


Romans 15: 4-13; – As we wait in great hope for the coming of Christ, we must strive to be like Christ.  Those who are strong and powerful need especially to heed these words.  We are reminded of the inclusive nature of God’s love and called to welcome others as God has welcome us.


Matthew 3: 1-12; – John the Baptist prepares the way for Jesus by calling everyone to repentance.





A message from Idsworth


St Hubert’s Church Idsworth (PO8 0BA)

are hosting another series of their Mindfulness Programmes – ’A Place to Reflect’


The dates and titles of the programmes are as follows


           Wednesday 11th December 2019 –   7.00pm – Quiet Evening Prayer

               Wednesday 15th January 2020 –   7.00pm – Quiet Evening Prayer

                      Sunday 26th January 2020 – 10.30am – Mindful Drawing – after Morning Prayer


All welcome to share in this quiet time of reflection and further details are in the magazine.




Volunteers required


Each parish of the Benefice should send representatives to Synod meetings – both Diocesan and Deanery.  At present we have two representatives who attend Deanery meetings from Blendworth and one representative who attends the Diocesan meetings.  These meetings occur about 4 times a year and anyone who could attend on behalf of Idsworth and Chalton would be most welcome.  They will need to make a brief overview of the meeting attended to the PCC at the next meeting.  If you would like to represent your parish Vickie would be delighted to hear from you.  Thank you


Dates for Your 2019 Diaries

Tues 10thDec

7.00 pm

Carols in Horndean Square

Sat 14th Dec

10.30am-12.30pm – Christmas Market – see below

7.30 pm

Downland Singers Concert – see below

Thur 19thDec

9.30 – 11.30 am – Christmas Coffee Shop in the Church Centre

Sun 29th Dec


Joint Benefice Parish Communion at Blendworth

For information for all Services across the

Benefice during Advent please see page 4



The Christmas tree is standing proudly in Blendworth Church, but it needs some clothes!  Volunteers to decorate the tree would be very welcome on Saturday morning so that it looks its best in readiness for the Nativity service the next day.




The Downland Singers



A Christmas Carol

(with apologies to Charles Dickens)


on Saturday 14th December at 7.30pm


at Blendworth Church Centre (PO8 0AA)


Tickets: – £10 adults, £5 under 16s

Available from Marion Williams or Jeff Legg

also, from Roger Rixon (07738240467) or





Christmas Market at Blendworth Church Centre


Saturday 14th December 2019 – 10.30-12.30


Have you anything that you can donate to the following stalls?


1.      Books, Games, Puzzles, and cakes (various). 

2.      Could you also donate a prize for the Grand Draw?

3.      Would you be able to run or help run a stall?

If the answer to any of the above is YES, please contact Jo Lougher (9307 4122)

for further information

Or why not call in at the coffee morning any Thursday held in the Church Centre from 9.30am-11.30am.  You will be very welcome.


Sunday 15th December                                                     3rd Sunday of advent

Liturgical Colour – Purple                                                        Year A Readings

8.00 am

Blendworth:  Holy Communion – Isaiah 35: 1-10;  James 5: 7-10;

 Matthew 11: 2-11


Idsworth:  All Age Worship – Matthew 11: 2-11


Chalton:  Carol Service

11.00 am

Blendworth:  Service of Nine Lessons and Carols




An overview of the Christmas services in our 4. churches are shown below.







Rowlands Castle

Sunday 8th Dec

2nd Sunday of Advent

8.00am – Holy Communion

11.00am – All Age Worship with Nativity

9.30am – Morning Prayer

9.30am – Parish Communion

8.00am – Holy Communion

10.00am – Morning Worship

3.30pm – In Loving Memory Service

Sunday 15th Dec

3rd Sunday of Advent

8.00am – Holy Communion

11.00am – Service of 9 Lessons and Carols

4.00pm – Carol Service

9.30am – All age Service

8.00am – Holy Communion

10.00am – Holy Communion

Sunday 22nd Dec

4th Sunday of Advent

8.00am – Holy Communion

11.00am – Parish Communion

9.30am – No Service

9.30am – Service of 9 Lessons and Carols

8.00am – Holy Communion

10.00am – Morning Worship

6.00pm – Service of 9 Lessons and Carols

Tuesday 24th Dec

Christmas Eve

11.30pm – Midnight Communion

4.00pm – Crib Service

11.30pm – Midnight Communion

6.00pm – Instant Nativity

11.30pm-Midnight Communion

Wednesday 25th Dec

Christmas Day

11.00am Family Communion with Carols

9.30am – Family Worship with Carols

9.30am –All Age Worship with Carols

8.00am – Holy Communion

10.00am – Family Service

Sunday 29th Dec

1st Sunday of Christmas

NO  8.00am Service of Holy Communion today at Blendworth but see Rowlands Castle

10.30am Joint Benefice Parish Communion at HTB.  Please note special time


8.00am – Holy Communion

10.00am – Morning Worship





Baubles are available to hang on the Christmas Tree at Blendworth with your message and

a box will be near-by for your donation to the Children’s Society




A reminder that Gordon Taylor and Sue Wilson await your subscription for the next series

of the Bonus Ball for the Blendworth Fundraising