Sunday 15th May 2022 – 5th Sunday of Easter

This week we welcome Fr Pip Martin who will be presiding and preaching at our 10am Service. Pip is the Vicar of Branksome St Aldhelm’s Parish and will be Robyn Golden-Hann’s Training Incumbent after she is ordained deacon on 3rd July.

We would love to see you at one or all of our services on Sunday. Please see the newsletter below for details of when these are.

“We believe in inclusive church – a church which celebrates and affirms every person and does not discriminate.

We will continue to challenge the church where it continues to discriminate against people on grounds of disability, economic power, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, learning disability, mental health, neurodiversity, or sexuality.

We believe in a Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.”

It costs us £6000 per month to keep Bemerton Parish running. We need your help to keep offering a presence and service to the people of Bemerton. We are a registered charity and so we do not need to make a profit but we need to cover the costs of maintaining our buildings and introducing new ways to support the local community.

Our vision to to be able to offer the facilities here at a very affordable rate to people who live within the parish. We also wish to be able to offer affordable cooked meals to the local community to complement the Community Fridge and Larder.

Please can you help us to keep a presence in the local community. We would be incredibly grateful if you could support us by setting up a standing order to contribute £2 or £3 per month. If you are able to do this please contact the parish administrator at bemerton.parish@yahoo.co.uk or the parish treasurer at treasurerfinance.bemertonpcc@gmail.com Many thanks

Sunday 8th May – 4th Sunday of Easter

We look forward to welcoming you to one (or all) of our services on Sunday.

“We believe in inclusive church – a church which celebrates and affirms every person and does not discriminate.

We will continue to challenge the church where it continues to discriminate against people on grounds of disability, economic power, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, learning disability, mental health, neurodiversity, or sexuality.

We believe in a Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.”

It costs us £6000 per month to keep Bemerton Parish running. We need your help to keep offering a presence and service to the people of Bemerton. We are a registered charity and so we do not need to make a profit but we need to cover the costs of maintaining our buildings and introducing new ways to support the local community.

Our vision to to be able to offer the facilities here at a very affordable rate to people who live within the parish. We also wish to be able to offer affordable cooked meals to the local community to complement the Community Fridge and Larder.

Please can you help us to keep a presence in the local community. We would be incredibly grateful if you could support us by setting up a standing order to contribute £1 or £2 per month. If you are able to do this please contact the parish administrator at bemerton.parish@yahoo.co.uk or the parish treasurer at treasurerfinance.bemertonpcc@gmail.com Many thanks.

Sunday 1st May 2022 – 3rd Sunday of Easter

We would love to see you at one of our services on Sunday. At our 10am Service at St Peter’s School Hall on St Peter’s Place we will have breakfast. Come along for croissants, pain au chocolate and choc chip brioche, tea, coffee and fruit juice.

“We believe in inclusive church – a church which celebrates and affirms every person and does not discriminate.

We will continue to challenge the church where it continues to discriminate against people on grounds of disability, economic power, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, learning disability, mental health, neurodiversity, or sexuality.

We believe in a Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.”

It costs us £6000 per month to keep Bemerton Parish running. We need your help to keep offering a presence and service to the people of Bemerton. We are a registered charity and so we do not need to make a profit but we need to cover the costs of maintaining our buildings and introducing new ways to support the local community.

Our vision to to be able to offer the facilities here at a very affordable rate to people who live within the parish. We also wish to be able to offer affordable cooked meals to the local community to complement the Community Fridge and Larder.

Please can you help us to keep a presence in the local community. We would be incredibly grateful if you could support us by setting up a standing order to contribute £1 or £2 per month. If you are able to do this please contact the parish administrator at bemerton.parish@yahoo.co.uk or the parish treasurer at treasurerfinance.bemertonpcc@gmail.com Many thanks.

Sunday 24th May – Second Sunday of Easter

We look forward to welcoming you to one of our services tomorrow. For information about what being an inclusive church is please see below.

“We believe in inclusive church – a church which celebrates and affirms every person and does not discriminate.

We will continue to challenge the church where it continues to discriminate against people on grounds of disability, economic power, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, learning disability, mental health, neurodiversity, or sexuality.

We believe in a Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.”

Holy Week and Easter Sunday Services

Everybody is very welcome to attend any of our services over the next few days. This evening (Wednesday 13th April) we have a service of meditation using Taize chants. This is at St Michael’s Church and starts at 7pm.

Please see the poster below for information about other services and events. For those seeking a lighter way to mark Easter please note we are showing ‘The Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, the Witch and the wardrobe’ on Friday at 3pm in St Michael’s Community Centre, Bemerton Heath. We will be serving hot cross buns and tea/coffee/squash.

Then on Easter Sunday we will gather outside St Michael’s Church for the lighting of the fire and the lighting of the Easter Candle. There will then be an opportunity for children to hunt the grounds for 8 egg signs that will have a bible verse on them. Make a note of all 8 verses and come back to receive a gift.

Sunday 3rd April 2022

Services tomorrow:

8am Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at St Andrew’s Church, Lower Bemerton. A traditional English language service without hymns and lasting around 45 minutes.

10am Informal Worship with breakfast at St Peter’s School Hall, St Peter’s Place. Breakfast will consist of croissants, pain au chocolate, chocolate chip brioche, toasted waffles and fruit. There is also a selection of hot and cold drinks available.

6pm Book of Common Prayer Evensong at St Andrew’s Church at Lower Bemerton. A traditional English language service lasting around 45 minutes with three hymns and some sung responses.

Sunday 6th March 2022 – First Sunday in Lent

Services this week we would love to see you at.

8am BCP Holy Communion at St Andrew’s Church, Lower Bemerton.

10am Informal Service including breakfast at St Peter’s School Hall, St Peter’s Place. We will have a selection of croissants, fruit, tea and coffee. A few prayers and an opportunity to discuss the topic of the day. We will be thinking about Lent but also praying for peace and unity in the world.

6pm Evensong at St Andrew’s Church, Lower Bemerton.

Sunday 20th February 2022

8am BCP Communion Service at St Andrew’s Church, Lower Bemerton. A said service using traditional English lasting up to 45 minutes.

10am Holy Communion/Eucharist at St Michael’s Church on Bemerton Heath. A service in modern English lasting 60 – 75 minutes with four hymns/songs.

4pm – 5:30pm Cafe Church at St Peter’s School Hall, St Peter’s Place. Drop in anytime between 4 and 5:30pm for a selection of tea/coffee/hot chocolate and teacakes, scones and crumpets. There will be a short Bible reading on each table and an opportunity to write a prayer for whatever is on your mind and an opportunity to get to chat to each other. There’ll be some painting available for children to do and some drawing and colouring activities.

Meeting ID: 875 9499 3957
Passcode: 270871

When attending a service:

Please sanitise your hands regularly, especially upon entering and leaving the building and when you have touched a surface that could be contaminated.

Please wear a mask throughout our services, even when singing, unless you are exempt and observe a safe distance between other households or individuals.

Lent Course

During Lent we will be watching ‘I Daniel Blake’ over five sessions and reflecting on how people of faith can respond to the issues raised in this excellent film. Our sessions will be on Wednesday evenings from 7 – 8:30pm on 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th March and 6th April. If you are interested in coming along to a discussion group please let Kevin know at rector.bemerton@protonmail.com

Our regular Sunday services

From the 1st February 2022 we will have following service pattern:

1st Sunday2nd Sunday3rd Sunday4th Sunday5th Sunday
St Andrew’s8am
BCP Holy Communion

6pm BCP Evensong
8am
BCP Holy Communion
8am
BCP Holy Communion
8am
BCP Holy Communion
8am
BCP Holy Communion
St Michael’s10am
Eucharist/Holy Communion
10am
Eucharist/Holy Communion
10am
Eucharist/Holy Communion
10am
Eucharist/Holy Communion
St Peter’s School
Hall
10am
All Age Service
4pm
Messy Church
4pm
Cafe Church
4pm
Cafe Church

Weekdays (not week beginning Sunday 20th Feb)

8:30am Morning Prayer Tuesday to Friday (10am on Saturday) at St Andrew’s Church.

10am Common Worship Holy Communion on Wednesdays at St Michael’s Church.

10am BCP Communion on Fridays at St Andrews Church.

Are you interested in studying the Inclusive Church books?  Please let Kevin know via email or text if you are. There are six books in total and they are around £9 each.  They are on Disability, Gender, Poverty, Sexuality, Ethnicity and Mental Health.  We could look at getting three or four sets as a parish that could be loaned out if cost is a prohibitive factor.