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Parish churches in Ampfield, Chilworth & North Baddesley

On Wednesday 31st March
Dear [subscriber:firstname | default:reader]

The email is a little early this week to cover all the Holy Week and Easter activities.

The online services, links and orders of service are below and there will be Morning Prayer on zoom at 11:30 as usual. Also, St. Mark’s church will be open for private prayer on Maundy Thursday from 10am – 2pm and on Good Friday from 10am – 3.30pm.

We are aware that some of you are beginning to wonder when we will be able to go back into our buildings and when we will go back to ‘normal’. On Monday, Victoria wrote:

"At the moment this is what the Ministry Team and I have decided. I will be asking the PCCs to debate the way forward at their next meetings but for now:

"The current plan is to have services back in the building in-line with step 4 (June) of the government's roadmap out of lockdown because the earlier steps are very focussed on outside activities and small numbers of people. We realise that some people may be keen to return to the building sooner than that but we have to balance practicalities such as church-size, social distancing, lift sharing, lack of singing and need for continued online presence for those not able to go back yet. Our conclusion is to wait until we can go back in a more 'normal' way. The vaccine roll out does make a difference; however, most have not yet had their second jab and some in the congregations have not yet had the first. If you would like to go into St Mark's, St John's or St Denys' for private prayer we can easily arrange that.

"Do share any thoughts and concerns you may have with me, our Churchwardens and PCC members."

I wish you a blessed Holy Week and a Happy Easter.


Holy Week and Easter Services

Maundy Thursday, 1st April: 19:30

On YouTube ( and on the website. The order of service is
Good Friday, 2nd April: 14:00

A reflection for Good Friday on YouTube and on the website. There is no order of service. If you usually receive a direct link to YouTube for services, it will arrive on Friday morning. If you don't usually but would like one, please reply to this email.
Easter Day, 4th April: 09:30

An act of Spiritual Communion from our homes on Easter Day - on YouTube ( and on the website. The order of service is available from (pdf) or there is a version with pages 2 up for printing (

Churchyard Easter Egg Trail

Churchyard Easter Egg Trail
Follow the Easter Egg Trail to find ten pictures of eggs hidden around the churchyard and follow the Easter Story! Available from Friday 26th March in the churchyards of St. Mark, St. Denys and St. John the Baptist.

Lent reflections 6

Our Lent reflections are available on our Facebook page on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout Lent. Here is the final reflection.
Lent reflections 6

Palm Sunday Worship on 28 March

Palm Sunday Worship on 28 March
Join us for worship from our homes on Palm Sunday.
Thank you, Sally, for these lovely Fritallaria Meleagris or snake’s head fritillary from the churchyard of St Denys.
snake’s head fritillary
Meanwhile. In other news the seasons roll on. Please send us lots of pictures. We look forward to sharing and seeing what everyone is up to.
Your parish church has not gone away. We are offering daily prayer privately. Please join us, venture deeper into spiritual communion with our Lord, and prayer for the welfare of our communities and those in health and public service. or ring the vicarage
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