Spotlight News for 24th January 2021

As Covid-19 Lockdown restrictions continue across the country, Simon, the Churchwardens and the Worship Team have met to review current circumstances, Government and Church of England advice and the thoughts and feelings of members of our community. As a result of these discussions and much thought and prayer the difficult decision has been taken to close our church for ‘live’ services with worship continuing only online.

Alpha Online

We are planning to run Alpha online for the Group, with Boldre and South Baddesley, from Monday 25th January at 7pm for eight weeks.  To find out more about taking part or to book you place, please contact Simon on vicar@brockenhurstchurch.com.

Our Mission of the Month for January is Leprosy Mission; for details of this condition and the work being done for sufferers please visit www.leprosymission.org.uk  

Year of the Bible 2021

Throughout this year, there will be lots of opportunity to learn about, experience and engage with the Bible so that it can become an even stronger foundation for our lives.

Over a 20-week period there will be Old and New Testament passages highlighted here providing you with a Bible reading plan to help you better understand the Bible’s ‘big picture’. If you have questions, talk to Simon Newham.

As part of our Sunday services, we will be adding short videos produced by the Bible Society that explore the ‘big picture’ of the Bible.  Each week there will be a range of supporting resources available on our website, including a full sermon and Bible testimonies. The focus for each week is shown below:

  • 24th January – Introducing the Bible   
  • Revelation 19: 6 – 10 and John 2: 1 - 11
  • 31st January – Origins and Meanings
  • Revelation 12: 1 – 5a and Mark 1: 21 - 28

Lent Programme 2021

Lent is not far away beginning with an online service of Ashing at 7pm 17th February.  On other Wednesdays through Lent there will be a service of Night Prayer at 7pm at which members of our community will be sharing something of how the bible has been a support and encouragement to them.  A full programme of services and others events for Lent can be found on our website.

There will be an online Study Group on Monday evenings through Lent entitled Let Your Light Shine for all who want to explore and deepen their faith in this Lenten season of renewal and growth. For more information about taking part please contact the Revd Diane Webster webster.dianem@googlemail.com or John Pearson johnmpearson@gmx.co.uk

The Church of England is here for you - Daily Hope

During this Coronavirus pandemic whatever situation you are in we know that this is a difficult time, so we hope that this free phone line can help bring you God’s comfort and peace.  The Church of England has set up a free phone-line of hymns, reflections and prayers.  The content is updated regularly and there are many different items to listen to all in the comfort of your own home. 

The free phone number is 0800 804 8044. 

Changes in the Parish Office

Following our recruitment process in November & early December we are pleased to announce that Nikki Cullingford will be joining the team as the new Senior Parish Administrator from 2nd March replacing Sharon Dibden who is retiring after many years service.

There will be chance on 28th February during the 10.30am Worship Service to celebrate and thank Sharon.  Further information to follow.

Robert Park’s Funeral – Friday 29th January  1.45pm Test Valley Crematorium

Robert’s funeral service will be attended by family only, but will be available on-line for those who would like to attend in this way.  The details can be found at :

https://robertpark.muchloved.com

Lent Calendar - Pictures Of God

We are planning to produce a Lent website calendar similar to the one we had during Advent. We are looking for an illustration of a Bible verse that describes a characteristic of God. With Easter coming we will leave a picture of the crucifixion until Good Friday and we will finish with a resurrection picture on Easter Sunday. Other pictures that you contribute will be assigned to dates as they arrive.

If you want ideas for titles / characteristics of God please let me know – I have lots! The pictures can be done by you or found - they may be by old masters, contemporary art or not overtly religious. As before the variety is really valuable.

The pictures will be put up in calendar form with a new one becoming available to open each day. Please send me your offerings as soon as they are available – it helps give us time to put them onto the website.  For more information - sue.moss@littleoaks.net

Brockcare's Coronavirus Team and our many wonderful volunteers across the village are on 'stand-by' to offer help once again as restrictions are in force as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. These are worrying times for the elderly and vulnerable especially, and for those who may have to self-isolate. If you hear of anyone in our village who may need help with shopping etc. please ask them to phone the Church Office on 624584.

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 Sharon Dibden in the Church Office on 624584.

A prayer for those affected by the current Coronavirus pandemic

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Counselling Together is continuing to offer counselling in the New Forest, in the New Year there will also be the opportunity to offer new clients the option of working online.  For further information, phone on 07983 320450 or via email counsellingtogether@yahoo.com  Alternatively see their website www.counsellingtogether.co.uk