The Benefice Cross of Ampfield, Chilworth and North Baddesely

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These are the stories that matter to us as followers of Jesus in Ampfield, Chilworth and North Baddesley. We are concerned for social justice in our area, and what it means for us as residents to follow God in our neighbourhood. Equally we are passionate about justice and equity in all the lands and for the welfare of the whole created order.

Can we learn from mission in deeply rural areas? Revd Paul Seaton-Burn talks about the importance of the land, on shaping mission for context and avoiding managed decline.

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In 2016 more than 166000 people attended an eclectic mix of festivals. These large gatherings mix worship, teaching and community in a clearly attractive format. What’s the attraction?

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Setting God’s People Free’ a new report from the Church of England identifies that parish churches are mostly failing to equip worshippers with the knowledge to confidently share Godly wisdom in the world, and to be the hands and feet of our Lord in this world. The report also highlights how little we know about the 98% of the Church of England who are not ordained.

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Four young people from this group of parishes were confirmed at Winchester Cathedral last night. We thank God for the promises they made before God, for their life among us, and for the gift they will be in the future to the great worldwide church of God.

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North Baddesley parish owns a painting of the dead Christ. Contemplating it makes a hard stop in holy week. Not for us a convenient jump to the exalted discovery of Easter resurrection.

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Money is a controlling force in much of our world. Jesus had an awful lot to say about the power of money and how that relates to the Kingdom of God. Dethroning Mammon is a readable new book from the Archbishop of Canterbury about the power of Mammon in our personal lives.

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All Saints one day pop up Christmas Market was a great opportunity to meet new people and grow links with the community and also provided welcome income for the work and mission of the church.

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Painters, sculptors, photographers, textile workers, and other artists are invited to submit work to this exhibition which has been part of the Romsey Festival calendar for the last two event cycles. With a good track record of sales and attendance it is an ideal opportunity to get your work in front of the local community in North Baddesley and to attract viewers from across the Festival area.

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Revd Andrew Ashdown, priest in this group of Churches, and husband to Vicar Victoria, our vicar is in Aleppo, Syria, to serve as a witness for peace at the violent conclusion to this episode of the long running war in Syria. Andrew is in Aleppo where he is acting as an independent witness.

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A fantastic weekend welcoming over fifty families to the 2016 Scarecrow festival. Enjoy a flavour of the event

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Churches should grow: in numbers, in maturity, and in the contribution they make to transforming the communities where they are based. Examining ourselves we admit that as churches in Ampfield, Chilworth and North Baddesley, we aren’t yet meeting God’s good intents for the welfare of our communities and the mission of the gospel. To get started on the first steps of change, everyone is invited to join in the LyCiG local course which is running during Lent.

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We think that it matters that we are here in the villages of Ampfield, Chilworth and North Baddesley and here to serve them specifically

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