Author Archives: Revd Alex Pease

Letter from the Rectory- Optimism in the New Decade by Revd Alex Pease

This article first appeared in the February edition of Itchen Valley New The word which came to me as the year turned was ‘optimism’:  optimism both as a personal aspiration and as a hope for a new decade!  I think … Continue reading

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Dr Alan Jordan

Alan Jordan’s thanksgiving service will be at 3.30pm on Thursday 6th February at St John’s Church Itchen Abbas and will be led, in my absence abroad, by Revd. Andrew Micklefield. Best wishes Alex

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The Marriage Course starts on Wednesday 22nd January….last chance to join

This is the last chance to sign up to The Marriage Course to be run on Wednesday evenings at St John’s Itchen Abbas  – please could you let Beccy know if you would like to come  and have not yet … Continue reading

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Romans 1 and the wrath of God…a difficult talk by Revd Alex Pease

Romans 1 In the closing years of the fourth Century AD, a man who had had a life of sexual and intellectual adventures, while weeping about his past under a fig tree, heard a child chanting in Latin ‘Tolle Lege’ … Continue reading

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Is it the baptism of water or the Holy Spirit that we want? by Revd Alex Pease John 1:29-42

John 1:29-42  John’s disciples follow Jesus What is the most important: the wedding or the marriage? I get a lot of brides who give me the impression that it is the wedding which is most important.  They are prepared to … Continue reading

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The Wise Men – first Family Service of 2020 at St Mary’s Easton by James Greig

The first All Age Service of 2020 kicked off the New Year in great fashion with a brimming St Mary’s. Tim Clapp and the band led us through a wonderful service as we celebrated Epiphany – the day when we … Continue reading

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Valley Worship Sunday 19th January 2020 at St Mary’s Easton at 10am

Please do join us for the first Valley Worship of the New Year when we starting our new series on St Paul’s Letter to the Romans

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The Baptism of Christ….and James Robertson Matthew 3:13-end by Gerry Stacey

We had the great pleasure of baptising James Robertson today, Will and Penelope Robertson’s No 1 at our Parish Communion at St John’s Itchen Abbas. LLM Gerry Stacey preached as follows: Matthew 3:13-end The Baptism of Jesus 13 Then Jesus came … Continue reading

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The Marriage Course at St John’s Itchen Abbas commencing Wednesday 22nd January

Dear Neighbours, Happy New Year!  I hope that you all had a happy Christmas and New Year holiday. If making sure that your marriage is as wonderful as it can be was one of your new year resolutions, or if … Continue reading

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Parish Ministry Team 2020

Happy New Year to all our parishioners, I prepared this message before Christmas and as you read it, I should be falling over on the ski slopes! I return on Wednesday 8th January. During the Autumn of 2019 a number … Continue reading

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The Darker Side to Christmas Matthew 2:13-23 by Revd. Christopher Blissard-Barnes

Matthew 2: 13-23. A well -known historian who did not believe in the Christian faith once said to a Bishop that people like Christmas because a baby threatens no one. ” The whole thing is a happy event which means … Continue reading

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Christmas Morning 2019 in Itchen Valley Parish

We were packed out at St John’s Itchen Abbas and did run out of seats (at 160 plus we were bound to do so) – so sorry for those of you who had to stand!  But we had a lot … Continue reading

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Midnight Mass/First Communion of Christmas 2019

Another wonderfully atmospheric Midnight Mass at St Mary’s Avington this evening.  Over 40 of us made the journey to St Mary’s after dinner parties and long journeys home to worship God on this Christmas morning.  Always a delight to have … Continue reading

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Crib Service at St Mary’s Easton 2019

Just packed!  That was the verdict on the Crib Service this year as we found we had almost 300 men women and children crammed into St Mary’s Easton for our annual Crib Service.  It is a really amazing way to … Continue reading

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All of history as preparation for Christmas Day by LLM Gerry Stacey

What links about a third of the pictures in the National gallery with Shakespeares Macbeth and King Lear?  What is the relationship between works by Handel and Haydn and Bach and songs by Bob Dylan Katy Perry and even the Spice … Continue reading

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