Friendly village in the Test Valley, Hampshire, on the edge of the New Forest

All Saints Awbridge August 2013

All Saints Awbridge August 2013

Walk for Wildlife: on a lovely summer’s evening in early July we enjoyed a guided walk through the wildlife conservation area with Bryan Raines, who had donated the walk to our benefice auction in 2011.  We saw so much of Bryan’s amazing work to provide suitable habitats for wildlife in Awbridge, grass snakes and slow-worms, orchids and other rare flowers and grasses, not to mention the numerous butterflies, moths and birds which now breed there.  This was followed by an enjoyable picnic on the recreation ground.  Our First service that weekend focussed on “God of all Creation” who made all that we have and all that we are, and photos from the walk enabled us to worship God our Creator more fully, being aware that in him we too are a new creation.  (2 Cor 5 v 17)

 

As we  look forward to some relaxation and enjoy the summer holidays many in our world have little food or water, but thanks to you some can enjoy better water supplies through your support of Turn on the Tap through our collection of coins in water bottles. Bottles are available at church and Choice Plants for you to join in. Turn on the Tap: If you would like to collect for TOTT please collect an empty water bottle from Choice Plants, Timsbury or All Saints, Awbridge, please collect coins and complete the gift-aid label on the back and hand to a member of Awbridge church in time for our Harvest Service on Sunday 22 September. For further info about the project please see: www.turnonthetap.org.uk.

Thank you to all those who came to the BBQ in July run jointly with Awbridge First Responders, we had a great time, great food and good fun and plenty of entertainment with water rockets! Thank you especially to all those who helped to provide the wonderful food.

 

Young Church at All Saints Awbridge, after 8 years of loving commitment and dedication Pepe has stepped down from her role as Young Church leader in order to concentrate on developing Messy Church in the benefice.  Thank you to Pepe for all she has done over the years engaging with families and children in our parish.  This means we have opportunities for new leaders for our Young Church work to continue, this has been going since our extension was built 21 years ago, it was started by families who came to church and wanted something for their children, once facilities were available we could offer young church, we started with no experience or skills just a willingness to share Jesus with our children!  Please contact Mary Savage 367908 or Fred Tucker 340709 if you want to get involved.

 

The Ark Toddler Group this group is thriving under the leadership of Lynda Tucker and as a result needs more regular adult helpers to set up and clear up, are there any grandparents or those without small children available to help on Friday mornings in term-time, in the village hall, please contact Lynda 340709 for more information, the first session of next term will be Friday 6 September.

 

Messy Church: our recent Messy Church in Braishfield, on Joseph, was truly amazing, creating a technicoloured dreamcoat, making bread loaves, camels, dream pictures, Egyptian headdresses and many more celebrating Joseph’s experiences of trusting God despite bad times and wondering what was to happen next. This was all part of God’s rescue plan for his people, Joseph’s family, suffering from famine, were then able to find food in Egypt courtesy of Joseph’s managerial skills! Our next session on 13 October in Awbridge will look at the story of Moses and how he led the Hebrews back out of Egypt and again God was in charge of rescuing his people!

A few days later we celebrated inside Romsey Abbey with a Messy Eucharist with various craft activities representing all aspects of this feast, making an altar with carpentry skills, making unleavened bread on a camping stove, making altar cloths and frontals with collage, decorating candles, plates and glases, extracting grape juice, and creating a prayer tree all these items were brought together for the celebration of communion so that the bread and juice could be shared and enjoyed by all present.

If you and your family have yet to try Messy Church please come on Sunday 13 October, 2 30 pm, Awbridge Village Hall. We would love in the future to be able to offer Messy Church more regularly but this needs a committed team of willing volunteers so if you want to get involved let us know: Pepe Alexander 340386 or Mary Savage 367908.

 

Harvest will be the next festival we celebrate in Awbridge when again we shall be supporting Southampton City Mission with non-perishable foodstuffs, more details in September.

 

Future events for your diary:

Sunday 22 September Harvest Festival 9 30 am followed by Harvest Lunch  at the village hall. Donations of non-perishable food items will be given to Southampton City Mission.

 

Worship and Events in Awbridge in August

Sunday 4 August

9 30 am Holy Communion

No First service

Sunday 11 August

9 30 am Morning Worship

No young church

Sunday 18 August

9 30 am Holy Communion

Sunday 25 August

9 30 am Family Service

Sunday 1 September

9 30 am Holy Communion

6 30 pm First

 

Other Activities for August

Awbridge Lunch Club

Wed 14 August, 12 noon, the Church Rooms,

contact Delia 340395

 

Welcome Pack

If you have recently moved into the Awbridge area and would like a copy of our village Welcome Pack please contact one of the churchwardens, see details below.

Useful church contacts:

Rector: Canon Steve Pittis 01794 368335 email: pittisinc@gmail.com

Benefice Office 01794 878020 email: braishfieldbenefice@gmail.com

Churchwardens: Fred Tucker (01794 340709) or Mary Savage (01794 367908)

Young Church: Pepe Alexander (01794 340386)

The Ark Toddler Group: Lynda Tucker (01794 340709)

Awbridge Neighbourcare: 0845 094 6155

Other relevant information can be found on at www.awbridge.info

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