All Saints’ Dogmersfield News

Welcome to our All Saints’ news page where we hope to keep you up to date with important information both within the church and the surrounding community.

Due to the third lockdown and having previously been in Tier 4 All Saints is closed until further notice.Online services are available via our sister church St John’s Hartley Wintney, as soon as we are able to reopen or to provide our own services online we will do. In the meantime please stay safe, well and follow the guidance so we can all return to All Saints as soon as possible.

Online services are also available at our sister church in the benefice St John’s Hartley Wintney please use the link below.

https://stjohnshw.online.church/

Every weeek day morning at 9am a group from the Benefice assemble on Zoom to read the bible and pray together

The meeting ID is 956 4694 2455 and the passcode 333.

December 2020

The church wardens and Sarah our LLM had very sadly made the difficult decision to cancel the service at All Saints’ on Christmas Day. The decision has not been taken lightly but in view off the rising numbers of cases in Hart and the news this afternoon that we are gong to be placed into Tier4, it was deemed irresponsible to continue. We are so sorry not to be able to welcome you and your families to this traditional service of celebration but hope that you will appreciate the reasons behind the decision.

We were lucky to be able to hold our Christingle and Carol Services and will let you know when we will be resuming services in the New Year.

We are delighted that the church will be reopening on Sunday 6th December and the details for all our our services in December are shown on the services page. Strict Covid-19 procedures are in place for everyone’s safety included limited numbers at services so if you would like to attend (or if your plans change and you are then unable to attend) or have any questions please contact

PCC Secretary Christine Lowe or our Churchwarden Amanda Ross

Christine can be contacted as follows,

Tel: 01252-811218

Mob: 07711-887026

christine.lowe.trh@gmail.com

Amanda can be contacted

amandaross57@hotmail.co.uk

Further information can also be found here

https://www.winchester.anglican.org/coronavirus/

https://www.churchofengland.org/resources/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches

13.09.20 The return of the Choir

We are delighted that we have been given permission for the choir to sing again at All Saints. This Sunday will be Matins and although the congregation cannot join in, the choir will sing, which is wonderful!

Attached is the relevant Risk Assessment that has been carried out (20.09.20 a revised RA is being carried out  after further research with the Royal School of Music (RSM) and will be added to the website on completion.

Risk assessment for the return of the choir

Please see the link below for all those who would like to attend Sunday Services at All Saints.

Details for those attending services at All Saints Dogmersfield

31.07.20

Please see the latest advice regarding the wearing face masks whilst attending church services.

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches

15.07.2020

We are very pleased to announce that All Saints will be re-opening on Sunday 19th July, please read the attached document which gives details regarding the dates of services and the contact details of the PCC Secretary Christine Lowe who will be able to advise regarding attending as their are sadly restictions on the number who can attend a service.

The PCC

Resumption of Services at All Saints 19.07.2020

05.07.20

We are hoping to hold our first service on Sunday 19th July, but this will depend on a number of different criteria being met.

We will update you with further information and will be providing a comprehensive guide on all the new protocols that will be in place before we confirm the date. In the meantime All Saints will continue to be open for private prayer on Thursdays and Sundays between 10am and 5pm.

PCC latest on the resumption of services at All Saints

24.06.20

All Saints’ Church will now be open for private prayer every Thursday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm, following official guidelines.

The church has been deep cleaned and protocols for your personal safety will be clearly posted both in the porch and inside church. The PCC has conducted a Risk Assessment in accordance with Covid 19 guidance and a copy of this will also be in the porch.

As soon as we have received office guidance from the Diocese for resuming services at All Saints’, we will let you know.

15.06.2020

There is a PCC Meeting scheduled for the week commencing 15th June and the plans for re-opening All Saints for private prayer are on the Agenda. The plans to ensure everyone who wishes to take the opportunity for private prayer can do so safely and with in the Government’s guidelines will follow shortly.

06.06.2020

Places of worship will be allowed to open for private individual prayer under government plans to be announced next week.

27.03.2020 Coronavirus

As we continue in this difficult time of handling the spread of the Coronavirus, here’s some information we would like you to be aware of, in your activities with the church and with your surrounding community.

All Saint’s is continuing to follow the relevant advice and best practice that has been issued by the Government, the NHS and the Diocese.  As this situation is changing rapidly, we will endeavour to keep everyone informed of any changes as soon as possible.

Important – Please follow ALL the recommended government guidelines and stay at home to stop Coronavirus spreading.  Full NHS advice for everyone can be found here.

We also recommend visiting both the Church of England and the Diocese of Winchester websites, where there is regularly updated information, and occasional communications from our bishops and archbishops.

26.03.2020 Barley Mow 

The Barley Mow has set up as part of the part of the community a take away service and community shop for essential goods, please see the attached link for further information.

https://www.facebook.com/129034390496214/posts/2884437268289232/?d=n

Online services are also available at our sister church in the benefice St John’s Hartley Wintney please use the link below.

https://stjohnshw.online.church/

Every weeek day morning at 9am a group from the Benefice assemble on Zoom to read the bible and pray together

The meeting ID is 956 4694 2455 and the passcode 333.

17th January 2021 – Epiphany 2

A written service shared  by Angie Smith the Vicar of the Benefice.

Sunday 17th January 21 – Do Justice

10th January 2021 – Epiphany 1 

Message to All Saints from Sarah Jan 10.21

And from from this morning’s online service a prayer entitled A covenant with God was shared by Angie Smith the Vicar of the Benefice.

A covenant with God

3rd January 2021

Epiphany Message from Angie Smith Vicar of the Benefice

Epiphany Sunday 2021

Please see the links below;

We Three Kings  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lx35_DRIZ8g

In The Bleak Midwinter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTzqMi2AQF8

Archbishop of Canterbury New Year Message https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000qr7s/archbishop-of-canterburys-new-year-message-2020

December 2020

The church wardens and our LLM Sarah have very sadly made the difficult decision to cancel the service at All Saints’ on Christmas Day. The decision has not been taken lightly but in view off the rising numbers of cases in Hart and the news this afternoon that we are gong to be placed into Tier4, it was deemed irresponsible to continue. We are so sorry not to be able to welcome you and your families to this traditional service of celebration but hope that you will appreciate the reasons behind the decision.

We were lucky to be able to hold our Christingle and Carol Services and will let you know when we will be resuming services in the New Year.

All the spaces that are available inside All Saints’ for the Carol Service tomorrow 20th December and the family service on Christmas Day 25th December have now been allocated. Those of you who have requested a place will be directed to your reserved pew by our two churchwardens Amanda or Jacqui.

If you would like to attend, but haven’t yet made an enquiry, we are delighted to be able to confirm that both services will now be broadcast from the church to the churchyard so please feel free to wander along and sing a few carols tomorrow or join in the child family service on Christmas Day. If you are outside, you are permitted to sing and to gather in  numbers as long as you adhere to the social distancing rules.

If you would prefer to participate in a service on line, please check the St John’s website : stjohnshw.org.uk for times and links.

We look forward to welcoming you and if we don’t see you, we wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. Thank you for all your support this year.

Sunday services will recommence from Sunday 6th December 2020 and the details for our service in December are shown below. Strict Covid-19 procedures are in place for everyone’s safety included limited numbers at services so if you would like to attend (or if your plans change and you are then unable to attend) or have any questions please contact  

PCC Secretary Christine Lowe or our Churchwarden Amanda Ross

Christine can be contacted as follows,

Tel: 01252-811218

Mob: 07711-887026

christine.lowe.trh@gmail.com

Amanda can be contacted

amandaross57@hotmail.co.uk

Online services are also available at our sister church in the benefice St John’s Hartley Wintney please use the link below.

https://stjohnshw.online.church/

Every weeek day morning at 9am a group from the Benefice assemble on Zoom to read the bible and pray together

The meeting ID is 956 4694 2455 and the passcode 333.

Readings and Sermon from Rev Sam Chandler – 29th November  2020

Reading and Prayers – Advent 1

Advent 1 Sermon 29th November 2020 – Reverend Sam Chandler

Good morning to the congregations of St Mary’s, Winchfield and All Saints, Dogmersfield on this first Sunday of Advent – 29th November 2020.  The reason I am recording this is because we are still in lockdown and I wanted to give you the opportunity of marking the start of this time of preparation and reflection before Christmas.  The reading for this sermon is Mark 13: 24-37

Mark 13:24-37

I am sure that many of you will remember exactly where you were on 11th September 2001 even though it is now nearly 20 years since the two planes crashed into the World Trade Centre in New York City and the world as we knew it changed forever. Similarly, many would say that they can remember exactly where they were when they first heard Princess Diana had been killed or that John Lennon had been shot and for people of my parents’ generation – when John F Kennedy was assassinated.  I think what has caused all these events to imprint themselves so dramatically in our memories is their suddenness. There was a moment when the world shockingly and unexpectedly changed due to this one particular event and in three of these examples it was due to the death of a single person.

Some of you might be wondering why I would start this talk on the first Sunday of Advent on such a sombre note. Isn’t Advent a time of expectancy – a time of looking forward to the excitement of Christmas?  Well yes, but traditionally the themes suggested for reflection at this time of year are the four last things – Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell. Not exactly cheery but perhaps because they remind us that something of ultimate importance is at stake here. The baby who is to be born – who is coming to change the world, will offer us the choice between light and darkness, life and death.

Our reading from Mark’s gospel begins with the words of Jesus to his disciples ‘In those days….the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light;’  At the beginning of Chapter 13, one of his disciples had been admiring the magnificence of the temple of Jerusalem. Jesus however is telling them that change is coming.

The message is timeless and inclusive – as relevant as it was when Jesus spoke it to his disciples living in the uncertainty of Roman occupation, highly relevant to the early church who would have been familiar with the Old Testament apocalyptic prophecies such as those in the Book of Daniel. Equally it is applicable to us today living in these difficult times when we might long for the return of Jesus to bring order and peace whilst at the same time perhaps considering whether we might be ready to face him.  The incredible promise within the text that ‘Heaven and Earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away’ is a message of reassurance for us today as it was to those early Christians.

Christ is coming again and coming as judge. Advent faces us not just with death but with judgement and through this judgement there will be consequences.  If we dismiss the idea of judgement after death by a righteous judge, we remove accountability for how we live our lives.  Every time we say the Creed we affirm our belief that Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead. Advent confronts us with the truth – actions have consequences. This should not be a terrifying prospect because the one who will judge us is Jesus – who knows what it is to be human and who understands our struggles and failures.

If, however the prospect of judgement still alarms us, then we must continue to turn to Christ in our fear – our rescuer and redeemer.

In Advent we wait and prepare for something that has already happened – the incarnation, whilst also looking forward to Christs return. We remember the times when God has saved his people and it is his mercy that gives us our Christian hope – not some vague notion of hope, but rather a hope based on a Saviour who gave his all for us.

Quoting Theologian Paula Gooder in her book ‘The meaning is in the Waiting’, the themes of the second coming of Christ and judgement can be ‘the equivalent of an embarrassing relative – still present but best ignored’.  Despite much expectation of the early Christians that Jesus’s return was near, we are still waiting and the whole theme of judgement does not sit well with our modern-day culture of all things being allowable and acceptable.  Despite our unease with these themes, is it right that they should just be ignored when they are so bound up with the Biblical themes of salvation and the kingdom of God?

Receiving the “good news” while neglecting to consider judgement undercuts the glory of the good news by removing a reference point of the wrath that is due to us. It also makes it difficult for us to truly understand the sacrifice of the cross – that simultaneously God could satisfy His wrath against sinful humanity and forgive us our sins through the death and resurrection of His Son. It is important that we do not allow ourselves to diminish our view of God. As Mr Beaver says of Aslan in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, ‘Of course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you”

Perhaps one way of confronting these difficult themes is to see Advent as representing the space between two worlds, as Paula Gooder describes it ‘between the beginning of the end and the end of the end’. We can have a vision of our world as God yearns it to be and yet realise that as yet that vision is incomplete. There is still work to be done. We catch glimpses of God’s glory but need to wait until that time is fulfilled which will be in God’s time.  Until then we wait in eager longing along with all of creation for God to reveal his master plan. Individually, during this time of waiting it is important we ‘keep short accounts with God’ through confession of sins and forgiveness of others for the day and the hour are unknown.

We are coming to the end of a year that has been deeply challenging. A year that has been in many ways a year of waiting. Waiting for lockdown to end, waiting for a vaccine, waiting for the return of the life we knew before.  Sometimes it has been hard to see the way ahead – a liminal time of what was and what will be.

Like those office workers in the Twin Towers who were still tapping away at their screens in blissful ignorance when the first plane struck, so we have no idea of the day or the hour when Jesus will return in power and glory and maybe that is just as well but this Advent may we wait in eager expectation for the arrival of the Saviour of the world.  Amen

Sarah’s message for 22nd November 2020

Please see below the link to a letter from Matt Bianchi the Curate for the Benefice.

Letter to the benefice

Remembrance Sunday – 8th November 2020

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

The Memorial Plaque for Dogmersfield village is inside All Saints Church. A wreath has been laid. Sadly, we are not permitted to hold a service in the church, but the church will be open all day tomorrow from 10am for those who wish to pay their respects, or pause a moment for private prayer. If you do visit, please follow the Covid regulations which are displayed in the porch.

Sarah’s message for Remembrance Sunday.

Dear Congregation and Choir,

It is with a heavy heart that I write this message to those of you who would have been commemorating Remembrance Sunday in All Saints’ Church today. This has always been a very special occasion in our calendar, and it has been my great privilege to have led the service for the last nineteen years.

Sadly, nothing is ‘normal’ at the moment, and we must pray that all will be possible next year.

In recent years we have marked several centennial anniversaries on this day of Remembrance.

This year, it is one hundred years exactly, since the Cenotaph was unveiled in Whitehall, as a permanent memorial to those who had lost their lives in the Great War.

It is also the anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior which was placed in Westminster Abbey on the 11th of November 1920.

On November 7th 1920, four unidentified British bodies were exhumed from temporary battlefield cemeteries at Ypres, Arras, the Aisne and the Somme.

None of the soldiers who dug up the bodies were given a reason for their task.

The bodies were taken by field ambulance to the GHQ near Arras, and placed in the chapel. Once there, the bodies were draped with the Union flag. Sentries were posted and after conferring, the chaplain the Reverend George Kendell, a Brigadier-General Wyatt and a Colonel Gell decided that one body should be selected at random. With his eyes closed, General Wyatt placed his hand on one of the coffins. The others were taken away and reburied by the Reverend Kendell.

A Guard of Honour was selected which stood overnight by the coffin of the chosen soldier. On the morning of the 8th of November, a specially designed oak casket, made from timber taken from trees at Hampton Court Palace arrived, and the Unknown Warrior was placed inside.

On top of the coffin was placed a medieval Crusader’s sword, which had been chosen especially by King George the Fifth from the Royal Collection, and a shield, on which was inscribed: “A British Warrior who fell in the Great War 1914—1918 for King and Country.”

On the 9th of November, the Unknown Warrior was taken by a carriage drawn by six black horses, through Guards of Honour, and the sound of tolling bells and bugle calls to the quayside of Boulogne harbour. There the casket was saluted by Marshall Foch, piped aboard with an admiral’s call, and loaded onto HMS Vernon, which was bound for Dover. The coffin stood on deck covered in wreaths and surrounded by the French Guard of Honour.

Upon arrival at Dover the Unknown Warrior was met with a nineteen-gun salute, something normally reserved for Field Marshals. A special train had been arranged and he was conveyed to Victoria Station. He remained there overnight, and on the morning of November 11th was finally taken to Westminster Abbey on a gun carriage drawn by six horses from the Royal Horse Artillery. Huge but silent crowds thronged the route, and after passing the Cenotaph the procession was joined by King Gorge the Fifth, the Royal Family and Ministers of State.

At the ceremony in Westminster Abbey the coffin was flanked by a guard of honour, composed of a hundred recipients of the Victoria Cross.

The guests of honour were a group of about a hundred women who had been chosen because they had each lost their husband and all their sons in the war. It was reported in the press that “Every woman so bereft, who applied for a place, received it.”

The coffin was duly interred only a few feet from the entrance to Westminster Abbey, in soil brought from each of the main battle fields, and covered with a silk pall.

Service men from the armed forces stood guard as tens of thousands of mourners filed silently past the casket.

The press commented that, “The ceremony appeared to have served as a form of catharsis for collective mourning on a scale not previously known.”

The grave was capped with a black Belgian marble stone engraved with brass melted down from wartime munitions.

It is the only tombstone in the Abbey upon which it is forbidden to walk.

The idea of the Unknown Warrior was conceived by a Padre called David Railton while serving as an army chaplain on the Western front in 1916. He had seen a grave marked by a rough wooden cross which bore the legend in pencil: ‘An Unknown British Soldier’. ( It was the union flag that he had used as an altar cloth at the front, that was subsequently draped over the Unknown Warriors coffin.)

In 1920 he wrote to the Dean of Westminster proposing that an unknown British soldier be buried with due ceremony “among the Kings”, to represent the many hundreds of thousands of Empire dead.

This idea was strongly supported by the Dean and the Prime Minister David Lloyd George.

It was David Railton’s intention that all the relatives of the some 517,773 combatants whose bodies had not been identified, could believe that the Unknown Warrior could very well be their lost husband, father, brother or son.

I knew that the tomb of the Unknown Warrior existed. Indeed, I have seen it in Westminster Abbey, but I did not, until this November, know the details of this moving and deeply significant story.

It is so very important that such historical details relating to the two Great Wars, and other later conflicts are never forgotten.  We must ensure that future generations understand that the enormous sacrifices made by so many are the reason that today we enjoy the liberty and freedoms which we are too apt to take for granted.

Because of the Covid pandemic it has been impossible for the Royal British Legion to sell their poppies, through faithful helpers, in the streets, shops and homes, as they normally do.

This means their desperately needed, and unique service of care for all injured and disabled British Service men and women, and the dependants of those who have been killed or badly injured may be acutely underfunded this year.

I am sure that many of you reading this will have made a donation online or by post, to the Royal British Legion. If it has slipped your mind, I urge you to donate what you can to support their wonderful cause, in this year of financial difficulty.

2020 has been a tumultuous year. The pandemic has engendered so much uncertainty, fear, pain and loss for a great many people. Surely, 2021 will bring a measure of normality back to our world? We must pray that it will.  I often think of one of the heroes of the pandemic: the legendary Captain Sir Tom Moore. He has known much suffering in his life, but his mantra is one of irrepressible optimism: “Tomorrow will be a good day.”

Before I conclude, I must briefly go back to the tomb of the Unknown Warrior. Around the main inscription at the top of the tomb are four quotations from the New Testament. One is from 2 Timothy 2 verse 19: “The Lord knows those who are His.” We all belong to God and His love encompasses the whole world. We must pray for a kinder, safer and better world, one that God would recognize as being the world He intended us to live in. Above all we must pray for peace. Never feel that our prayers are of no account. Prayer is a vital force. Prayer produces an energy which God can harness, with Love, for Good.  You may feel that so little can be achieved by the prayers of so few.

Yet the poet says:

“The healing of the world is in its nameless saints.

Each separate star seems nothing, but a myriad scattered stars

Break up the night, and make it beautiful.”    AMEN.

02.11.2020

Dear All,

Sadly, due to the current restrictions, no services will take place at All Saints’ Dogmersfield until further notice. We are deeply dismayed that we will not be able to commemorate Remembrance next Sunday.

We are so grateful to all of you who have faithfully attended since we re-opened in July. The church has been ‘full’ ( our maximum of 32 with social distancing) on most Sundays and in recent weeks the choir, under Jacquie Harry, have provided us with uplifting music which has transformed the services.

The church will now be open for private prayer every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 10am-4pm. If you are able to visit, please follow the instructions for your safety which are displayed on the church door.

We will let you know was soon as services are permitted to resume – hopefully in early December.

Thank you for your continuing support.

In the meantime if you would like to join the online service at St John’s please use the link below.

https://stjohnshw.online.church/

Please note there is a special Remembrance Day service on Sunday 8th starting at 10.00am, the online services normally start at 10.30am.

05.11.2020 Letter from the Archbishop’s

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting took place on Saturday 24th October at 10.30am, all those on the Church Electoral Roll were welcome to attend.

Strict Covid-19 measures was in place to ensure everyone who attended remained safe and that we complied wth the rules regarding church attendance.

Combined agendas APCM 10.2020 rev 1

Further information will be added to this website shortly.

Saturday 3rd October 7pm Ordination of Matt Bianchi as a Priest and 

Sunday 4th October 10am Ordination of Sam Chandler as a Deacon. 

Letter from Angie Smith  re Ordination services_and details of the links to watch the services online.

Order of service for the ordination of Deacons

26.09.20 Due to the Covid-19 restrictions the Annual Vestry Meeting and APCM will be on SATURDAY 24th October at 10.30 am, more details to follow.

04.09.20 The All Saints’ Dogmersfield calendar for 2021 is now available to order

All Saints Dogmersfield Calendar 2021

If you would like to order one. we have a limited order of 75 so please don’t leave it too late to order, these sold out so our thanks to Sue Rumsey.

Please see the link below for details for all those who would like to attend Sunday Morning Services at All Saints.

Details for those attending services at All Saints Dogmersfield

Our next service will be on Sunday 30th August 2020 Family Service.

09.08.2020 Sunday 9th August 2020 Matins service taken by Sarah Groombridge

Sarah’s message for Matins 9th August 2020

19.07.2020 Church services resume at All Saints’ Dogmersfield

We held our first service since lockdown at All Saints’ yesterday. There was no singing, but it was wonderful to be back. Sarah Groombridge led a service of Matins with music provided by Jacqui Harry on the organ and the Intercessions written and read by Jill Chapple (see below).

Sarah’s message for Matins 19th July 2020

Prayers 19th July 2020

We were able to congregate in the churchyard afterwards to catch up with old friends.

There will be a family service next Sunday, 26th July. Again numbers will be restricted so if you wish to attend, could you please contact Christine Lowe : Christine.lowe.trh@gmail.com; 07711887026,  so that your name can be added to the list.

Sarah Groombridge first sunday back after lockdown 1.jpg

All Saints new noticeboard with a welcome message.jpg

15.07.2020

We are very pleased to announce that All Saints will be re-opening on Sunday 19th July, please read the attached document which gives details regarding the dates of services and the contact details of the PCC Secretary Christine Lowe who will be able to advise regarding attending as their are sadly restictions on the number who can attend a service.

The PCC

Resumption of Services at All Saints 19.07.2020

During this period of lockdown due to the Coronavirus a Sunday morning service is available online from St John’s Hartley Wintney our sister church in the Benefice. The service is led by the Vicar of the Benefice the Rev’d Angie Smith and the link is below.

The Service is live at 10am on a Sunday or can be replayed at a later date.

https://stjohnshw.online.church/

14.07.2020 A message from Sarah Groombridge our Lay Reader who would have taken the service at All Saint’s this morning.

Message from Sarah for Sunday July 12th

28.06.2020 A message from Sarah Groombridge our Lay Reader who would have taken the service at All Saint’s this morning.

Message from Sarah for Sunday June 28th

14.06.2020 A message from Sarah Groombridge our Lay Reader who would have taken the service at All Saint’s this morning.

Message from Sarah for Sunday 14th June

06.06.2020 Places of worship will be allowed to open for private individual prayer under government plans to be announced next week.

As soon as there is news regarding the plans for reopening All Saints for private prayer.

03.06.2020 An explanation of the planned Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) for All Saints with accompanying guide.

Parish Giving Scheme letter

An introduction to the PGS Leaflet 2019

 

01.06.2020 Pentecost Sunday sevice

Service for Pentecost Sunday 2020 (002)

 

24.05.2020 A message from Sarah Groombridge our Lay Reader who would have taken the service at All Saint’s this morning.

Message from Sarah to the Congregation and Choir  for Sunday 24th

 

10.05.2020 A message from Sarah Groombridge our Lay Reader who would have taken the service at All Saint’s this morning.

Message from Sarah  For Sunday May 10th

07.05.2020

A very big thank-you to those involved in the ongoing work in the churchyard, this work includes the new hedge and work on the oak tree that fell down in the high winds.

26.04.2020 A message from Sarah Groombridge our Lay Reader who would have taken the service at All Saint’s this morning.

Message from sarah 2

The text from Sam Chandler’s sermon on the Psalms 19.04.2020

Psalms of Orientation Sam

A letter from our Vicar of All Saints Dogmersfield Rev’d.Angie Smith

Letter from Angie 22042020

An Easter message from our Vicar of All Saints Dogmersfield Rev’d.Angie Smith

AS Easter Sunday Sermon for reading

12.04.2020 Happy Easter !

Please do join in the online service at St John’s Hartley Wintney this morning which starts at 10am (from 9.30am for a coffee and a chat).

This can be found on their website at

https://stjohnshw.org.uk/churchonline or

On their Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/StJohnsHW/

10.04.2020 An Easter message from Sarah Groombridge our Lay Reader at All Saints.

Dear Church Family,

This Easter will be different for us all.

Whether we are regular church goers or not, Easter is normally a time of celebration. It is certainly the most important festival in the Church’s calendar. With the moving story of the Crucifixion and the glorious sequel of Christ’s Resurrection it brings the eternal message of hope, in the face of death and destruction. Many families gather together each year for a special Easter lunch with chocolate egg hunts for the children and visiting grandparents.

This year everything seems more than a little surreal. None of us, however old, have experienced anything comparable.

Apart from being unable to meet up with friends, even those households still living as families, may be isolated from other much loved family members; this applies particularly to grandparents or even, younger members with underlying health problems. It may also be that someone in the family has contracted Covid 19, and that they are already in isolation, or more worryingly, in hospital.

Whatever the particular circumstances, in such unprecedented times our Christian faith must be a great support and strength to us, especially to those of us living completely alone. If we believe in a God of Love and Compassion, we know that however dark and bleak our situation seems, that unfailing Love will always surround us. Jesus came to earth to impart to all people the glorious message, that God is a God of Love. Moreover, He told us that not only is God a God of love and compassion, but that God IS Love.

I truly believe that wherever love and kindness are shown God IS present in that situation.

The Divine Presence is shown in the love and dedication of those doctors and nurses working tirelessly in the NHS to alleviate suffering.

It is present in the selfless carers who look after the old and vulnerable in retirement homes. It is present in the groups who shop for and minister to those isolated in their own homes, in our village, and in communities throughout the country.

There are many more who are selflessly working for the greater good. They may not be aware of it, but God’s love through the Holy Spirit is their inspiration.

So, may I wish you all as Happy an Easter as is possible in these unprecedented circumstances. To those who are in complete isolation and who may well be very sad and lonely, remember that Jesus promised that He would be with us ALWAYS, even to the end of Time.

I have found a prayer from the Omega Institute very uplifting:

May the Light that shows the Way, illuminate the mind;

May the Love that knows the Truth, unfold within the heart;

May the Power that gives true Life, arise within the soul;

Let Light and Love and Power raise all, in Christ, to God.

May God’s Blessing be on us all. Amen.

Sarah

08.04.2020 A messge from the Churchwardens of All Saints Dogmersfield- Easter 2020

Dear All Friends of All Saints’,

We would normally be expecting to welcome you to our church this weekend to celebrate the most important occasion in the Christian calendar.

The church would have been full of lilies and the eggs hidden in the churchyard for the traditional Easter Egg Hunt. Our Easter Sunday service ( so often led by Rev Arnold Bennett) is always a joyous and moving occasion, especially with the choir in full voice. Whilst the doors of the church are closed, we hope that you will all be able to celebrate Easter in some way.

Please also refer to the Diocesan website where you can join in virtual services throughout Holy Week, and links to St Johns, where Angie and her team have prepared a series of virtual events.

We hope and pray that you and all your family and friends can stay safe and well during these troubling times.

We look forward to welcoming you back to All Saints’ as soon as we are permitted to open our doors.

Thank you for all your support in the past,

With very best wishes,

Amanda Ross and Jacquie Pemberton

Church Wardens All Saints Church, Dogmersfield

An Easter message from our Vicar of All Saints Dogmersfield Rev’d.Angie Smith

AS Easter Message 

26.03.2020 Barley Mow 

The Barley Mow has set up as part of the part of the community a take away service and community shop for essential goods, please see the attached link for further information.

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