Spotlight News for 31st January 2021


Sunday 31st 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.


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


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:

Genesis 1:1 – 2:25 Creation

Genesis 3: 1 – 24    The Fall

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


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.

#Live Lent - Let your light shine" is the title of an on-line study course at 7.30pm on Monday evenings during Lent, starting on 22nd February.   Participants should have a booklet (£2.99) which can be ordered from the Church Office or Diane Webster, allowing time for delivery.   

For more information about taking part please contact the Revd Diane Webster or John Pearson


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.


Lent Calendar - Pictures Of God

We are going 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 -


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.


If you wish to purchase John Purkess’ By-Gone Brockenhurst books, please contact either Jane Forrest on 624287 or Janet McDonald on 622144.  Books can also be purchased from the Church Office or Streets in Brookley Road.  Books cost £5 each, Parts One, Two and Three are currently available.  All monies raised go towards church funds. 


A prayer for those affected by the current Coronavirus pandemic

Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us to love our neighbour, and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you. In this time of anxiety, give us strength to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick, and to assure the isolated of our love, and your love, for your name’s sake. 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.  It is operated out of local churches and follows strict government guidelines for Covid.  For further information, phone on 07983 320450 or via email  Alternatively see their website