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.

This week #5Things A trove of discipleship resources, despairing peaceful voices from Palestinian churches and Christians, A pioneer of assisted dying wonders if ‘the genie is out of the bottle’. Chaplains play key roles as partners in preventing suicide in prison and evaluating ‘fairness commissions’ in the UK.

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#TheseFiveThings:24-17 This week, Kindness & love in public policy and regulation after the Grenfell Tower disaster. What’s up in changes in social hostility and government regulation across the world, how big churches engage with society in London and more things!

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TheseFiveThings are, funnily enough five things that have caught our attention in the past week or so.

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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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Do you have a #ChilworthConnection? See the period come back to life in an exhibition in St Denys 7-8 July 2017. Did your ancestors live here? What was where your house is? Do you love local history?

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The election is on 8th June 2017. The differences between parties mean the next government will greatly change our country. We encourage all eligible to vote with care, for peace and mercy.

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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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The All Saints Art Show & Sale opens SOON. Save the date, download a poster for your window, and its not too late to enter the show and sale.

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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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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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TheseFiveThings are well, five things that have caught our attention in the past week or so. This week, Religion Wellbeing, Martin Luther King Jr, the importance of parental relationship support in getting good outcomes for children; and some other good things.

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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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