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Vicar
The Reverend Yann Dubreuil Tel: 07777684533
Churchwardens
Mr.W.Knowles Park Edge, Upper Froyle Tel: 01420 23164
 
 
Benefice Pastoral Care: Gill Thalon (23528)
Prayer Chain: Nick Carter (472861)

Church Services at Froyle in April

Sunday 1st AprilFroyle 11.00 am Easter Communion
  Bentley 6.00am Sunrise service with breakfast
  Bentley 9.30am Easter Communion
    Binsted 9.30am
Easter Communion
Sunday 8th AprilFroyle 11.00 am Holy Communion
  Bentley 9.30am Morning Worship with Children's Groups
    Binsted 3.30pm
Messy Church
Sunday 15tth AprilFroyle 11.00 am Holy Communion
    Bentley 5.00pm Live@Five (tea at 4.30pm)
    Binsted 9.30am
Morning Worship followed by APCM
Sunday 22nd April Froyle 11.00am Ap
  Bentley 9.30am Holy Communion & Children's Groups
    Binsted 8.00am Holy Communion
Thursday 29th April Froyle 6.00pm Choral Evensong
Maundy Thursday Binsted 7.30pm Passover Meal
Friday 30th April Binsted 11.00am Good Friday Meditation
Good Friday      
Sunday 1st April Froyle 11.00 am Easter Communion
    Bentley 6.00am Sunrise Service with breakfast
    Bentley 9.30am Easter Communion
    Binsted 9.30am Easter Communion

Details of all the services within the Benefice are also found on the church notice boards.
To learn more about the individual Churches, click on the church icons below.

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Froyle

The Vicars Letter
Dear All,

When I settle down to write these monthly letters, three or four weeks before they appear in the parish magazine, I sometimes wonder if the thoughts currently in my mind will seem relevant when they are finally read. Today I’ve been noticing how the shops are full of reminders that Mothers’ Day is imminent. Shelves of pastel coloured ornaments are cheerfully displayed as ideal gifts and fresh flowers are suddenly unusually expensive.

Now I’m not against celebrating Mothering Sunday, as we used to call it, in fact I have remembered to post a card and am encouraging my own children to make their tributes . But I am conscious that when this column is finally read, we shall be celebrating Easter, the most important date in the Christian calendar, a time when we remember that this was a time of great sadness for one particular mother. We can only try to imagine Mary’s pain, because no parent expects to see their child predecease them.

And did she have happy memories she could recall of His childhood and His adult years? Were there mementoes, small gifts or cards she could treasure? It’s not very likely, is it? But she would have remembered the daily gestures, those little acts of kindness, the small things through which love and affection are shown on a regular basis.

Mothering Sunday was originally the day people returned to their ‘mother church’ and gradually this also became a day when domestic servants could return to their families. I like to think that those homecomings were full of joy, celebrating their special relationship and creating memories to sustain them until the next time of meeting. But I think too, for those of us who can see our parents more frequently, that it is the commonplace daily love that really matters. Of course some people will still want to make the big gestures once a year, whether it’s the largest bunch of flowers in the shop or the biggest box of chocolates, but those aren’t the things that will be remembered as clearly as a frequent helping hand and a sympathetic ear.

I’m sure that Mary had some good, simple memories of her extraordinary Son. I’m sure that she could remember the love that had existed between them, mother and Child. And as I wrote this, a well known hymn came into my mind, which I thought with the substitution of Mother for Father, sums up a good mother child relationship and vice versa. So with apologies to both the composer and our Father, I give you:

Mother, I place into your hands my friends and family.
Mother, I place into your hands the things that trouble me.
Mother I place into your hands the person I would be,
For I know I always can trust you.

Blessings, Yann

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