Author Archives: Revd Alex Pease

Notre Dame Cathedral – Bell Ringing

Ringing for Notre Dame – call to action Following the devastating fire at the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris yesterday afternoon (15th April), the Archbishops of Canterbury & York and Prime Minister Teresa May have asked for bells at churches and … Continue reading

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New Bishop of Southampton appointed

A new bishop has been appointed for the southern half of our Diocese (we are in the northern half)… this video to see who it is! Bishop David Williams remains responsible for our half of the Diocese as Bishop of … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday in Itchen Valley – playing our roles in the Eternal Drama by Revd Alex Pease

It’s Palm Sunday and we had our annual procession following one of Judy Bishops Donkeys.  As Max was indisposed, it was the debut performance of Mischief in this role leading the worshippers around the St John’s Itchen Abbas churchyard and … Continue reading

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Itchen Valley Parish APCM 2019

About 50 of us had the enormous pleasure of meeting together at Avington Park for our APCM.  Thank you so much to all of you who attended and thank you to Charlie and Sarah Bullen for letting us use your … Continue reading

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John Guest 1928-2019

Just over 50 of us joined together with Beryl, Maureen, Jessica and Lewis for John’s funeral at Basingstoke Crematorium on Tuesday 9th April 2019. The entrance music was ‘True Love’ sung by Bing Crosby.  Jessica read “I said to the … Continue reading

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Lent Course 2019 – Sharing God’s Life by Revd. Alex Pease

Around 10 of us have spent the last few weeks meeting together over coffee and tea and biscuits at St John’s Itchen Abbas to work through the Diocesan Lent Course for 2018 ‘Sharing God’s Life’  which helps to unpack the … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday Sunday April 14th 2019 at St John’s Itchen Abbas

Please do join us for Parish Communion on Palm Sunday – this coming Sunday!

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Your generosity – an open letter to all those who so kindly give to Itchen Valley Parish

Dear Parishioner, Thank you so much for your generosity during the course of the year.  Without it we would not be able to continue to operate at the heart of the Itchen Valley. As you know, much of your giving … Continue reading

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Maundy Thursday…

Please note that there is an error in Church Matters as published today….the Maundy Thursday service is at St Mary’s Avington rather than St Swithun’s Martyr Worthy. Many apologies Alex

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‘Lion in a box’ Biblical Superheroes: Daniel by Tim Clapp

We had a lion in a box at the Family Service this morning at St Mary’s Easton!  Tim Clapp was leading the Band and also preaching on Daniel.  It was a hugely entertaining service and we all learned a lot … Continue reading

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‘I am doing a new thing, do you not perceive it?’ Isaiah 43:16-21 by Revd Alex Pease

Isaiah 43:16-21 Do you glory in the past or are you excited by the future? When I was an ordinand, one of my tasks was to go and work on secondment with a vicar called Arthur in a parish in … Continue reading

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Mervyn Thomas CEO of Christian Solidarity Worldwide to speak at Preston Candover Wednesday evening 10th April 2019

Our Rural Dean David Chattell has asked me to draw your attention to the following event. On Weds eve at 7.30pm Preston Candover welcome  Mervyn Thomas the CEO of Christian Solidarity Wordwide to speak in the village hall , Preston … Continue reading

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APCM Thursday 11th April at Avington Park at 7pm

Dear Parishioners, I do hope that you will be able to join us for our Annual Parochial Church Meeting at Avington Park on Thursday 11th April at 7pm.  This meeting is always much more fun than I ever think it … Continue reading

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Family Worship Sunday 7th April 10am St Mary’s Easton

Please come and join us and hear how God helped Daniel when he was frightened

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Why St Paul doesn’t tell women to love self sacrificially – Mothering Sunday sermon by Revd. Alex Pease

Mothering Sunday 2019 Mothering Sunday is not the same as Mothers Day. Mothers’ Day was first proclaimed in the United States by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914 after a campaign led by a lady called Anna Jarvis who wanted to honour … Continue reading

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