Spotlight News for 9th May 2021

Sunday 9th May

Year Of The Bible Scripture Readings

As part of our Year of the Bible we are highlighting two readings each week.  During the year, these will combine to show the full story of the Bible - from creation to new creation.  This week’s readings are:

Judges 13:1 – 16:31    Samson defeats the Philistines         

Ruth 1:1 – 4:22             The Story of Ruth   

Full details on this collection of readings are available on our website in the Year of the Bible section or


Thy Kingdom Come 2021: Pray For 5

As in previous years, the period between Ascension and Pentecost, 13th -23rd May 2021, will be a time during which we are all encouraged to pray that those we know will enter into a fuller relationship with God and that our efforts to aid this goal will be blessed and guided by God’s Spirit.  Now is a great time to think of the five people you will pray for during this period.  In addition to those who do not yet have a relationship with God, our national leaders are encouraging us to pray for people who have sampled on-line worship during the pandemic but are yet to know God more completely and those members of our Church family with whom we have lost contact during the last year.


Locally we will be providing a range of resources to support your prayers at this time:

  • A Novena booklet containing a daily psalm, thought and short prayer to offer for each of your five people.  These are available through the Church Office (one per Church Family household)
  • A Journal to allow you to think, pray and make notes about a daily reflection by the Archbishop of York.  These are available through the Church Office (200 copies available)
  • A family activity that is available to younger members of our Church family and those attending our Primary School.


Our online services of morning and evening prayer during this period will follow a special format that reflects Thy Kingdom Come materials and topics.  We hope that this will be a time when we will join with our friends at St Anne’s and the Methodist Church to pray for God’s kingdom to be strengthened in Brockenhurst.  Copies of these service booklets will be available a little nearer the time.  The underlying pattern of prayer from these services used will also be part of our daily on-line prayer accessed through our website.


The Diocese are running several one-off events to help renew and refresh our prayer lives:

Tuesday 18th May 8-9pm Colours and Doodles

In this session we’ll experiment with the use of colour in reflection and prayer – and we’ll try Bible-doodling.

Tuesday 15th June 8-9pm Prayer Walking

A chance to think about the places and spaces we inhabit, and to intercede creatively for those we live amongst.

Tuesday 13th July 8-9pm Dare to Share

Come and listen, and be listened to (in small groups), as we reflect on our relationship with God and our experience of prayer.


Interesting Intercessions

Friday 14th May 10-12:30pm

An online workshop for those who already lead ‘the prayers of the people’ or who’d like to learn to lead intercessions in church – relevant for both online and offline worship.


Rule of Life Mini Retreats

Thursday 13th May 7.30-9.30pm; Friday 28th May 10am-12.30pm; Monday 7th June 2-4.30pm; Wednesday 16th June 10am-12.30pm

 How might a Rule (or Rhythm of Life) help us to grow and be more fruitful in our relationships with God, with each other, and with the communities we’re part of?


Enquiries to 

Bookings to


Should you want to know more, or want to reflect confidentially on how you might pray at this time, please contact John Pearson (



Monday 17th May  7.00pm - St. Saviour’s Church

The Mothers’ Union invite you to their first branch meeting since lockdown when Revd Mary Nicholson, together with Patricia Kenyon, will be talking about Acorn Chaplaincy, a new charity they have set up to help those with addiction.  Everyone welcome!  The usual restrictions will be in place - track & trace, social distancing, face masks, hand gel etc.


CAMEO (Come-And-Meet-Each-Other) coffee mornings are due to restart on Thursday 20th May in the Church Hall 10.15am -12.00pm. The CAMEO Team will be delighted to welcome you all back! Do come and join us.

By necessity, some Covid -19 protocols will be in place: a register of attendees will be taken; hand-sanitisation stations will be in use; the wearing of face-coverings will be required until you are seated.

A warm welcome awaits!


Our Mission of the Month for May is Christian Aid for details of their work being done please visit their website, see below for details.


This Christian Aid Week (10th – 16th May) we continue to battle the injustice of Climate Crisis in many parts of the world especially countries like Kenya.  This year we are asking supporters to give, act and pray.  But, due to Covid restrictions, we are not able to deliver the Christian Aid Week red envelopes to your doors.  We hope that you may still be willing to support the work of Christian Aid by making your donation in one of the following ways.  

In Church donations  -  Red Christian Aid Week envelopes will be available at the back of St. Saviour’s Church from the end of April and these can be returned via our Christian Aid bucket after the 10.30am service at St.Saviour’s either on the 9th or 16th May.

Online donations - via

Telephone donations - 020 7523 2493 to donate by telephone.

Paying directly into Christian Aid’s bank account - For details of how to make a direct bank payment please call 020 7523 2226.

Together we can create a world where everyone can live a full life,

free from poverty. 

Let’s Walk Together:  A Walk for Creation – Saturday 22nd May at 10am
The churches in Brockenhurst have joined together to plan an ecumenical “Walk for Creation” on Saturday 22nd May.  Everyone is welcome – people of all faiths and none – let’s walk together to appreciate the wonderful world we live in!  Dogs welcome too.  The walk will be around 2 miles, with frequent pauses for reflection and prayer, and hopefully lots of chat in between.  We will start and end at Whitefield Moor car park and hope to serve coffee and cakes at the end – please bring your own mug!  We will go ahead whatever the weather!

Due to COVID restrictions, it would be great if you could let us know if you are coming, and also so that we can make sure we have enough of the important stuff (cake) 😊.  Please register your interest by calling or emailing any of the contacts below:

Church Office:              01590 624584
Annabelle Mellor:         07775 782164
Milla Pearse:                 07963 818638


Contactless Credit & Debit Card Donations

There is an opportunity to donate by card in St Saviour’s.  Full instructions for payment are on the table by the card reader at the exit.


Brockcare – If you hear of anyone in the village who is sick, elderly, lonely or bereaved and who might welcome a visit from one of our Pastoral Visitors, please contact Nikki Cullingford in the Church Office on 624584.


By-Gone Brockenhurst Book Volume 4

If you wish to purchase John Purkess’ By-Gone Brockenhurst Volume 4 book, together with the earlier editions, please contact either Jane Forrest on 624287 or Janet McDonald on 622144.  Books can also be purchased from Streets in Brookley Road.  Books cost £5 each.  All monies raised go towards church funds. 


ECO Church Weekly tip – May’s theme is ‘In the utility room’

When using a washing machine ensure there is a full load and turn down the temperature. Heating the water to higher temperatures uses more energy.





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