Category Archives: Diocese

Letter from The Director of Operations of Winchester Diocese

To the PCC and Congregation of The Parish of The Itchen Valley, I am writing on behalf of the Bishop’s Council to sincerely thank your parish for meeting your requested contributions to the 2020 Common Mission Fund in full. This … Continue reading

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The Common Mission Fund

Please do see the attached poster which has been sent to us to pin up in our churches – but probably more likely that you will be able to see on here!

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Holy Week 2020

Dear All, Holy Week commences today.  As you know, we are really limited in what we can put on in terms of services during this period.  Our team is small at the best of times but child care is taking … Continue reading

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Preparing for Brexit – Pastoral Letter from the Bishops of Winchester, Basingstoke and Southampton

I received the following letter from our Diocesan Bishop recently after a really excellent presentation by Malcolm Brown at Wolvsey a couple of weeks ago.  I thought that you (as our worshipping community) might like to read it in full. … Continue reading

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Lavinia Owen receives the Bishop’s Commission for Mission

Winchester Cathedral was completely packed out today for Lavinia Owen to be given the Bishops Commission for Mission after the course that she attended last year. I was really struck by how popular these courses were with 90 people from … Continue reading

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Bishops Letter on Brexit crisis

I received the following letter from our Bishops Tim Davind and Debbie this week. Dear Clergy and Parish Leaders, We are conscious that in the past few weeks there have been many changes to both our local politics in the … Continue reading

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Thy Kingdom Come – video of events throughout the Diocese

While we were enjoying our wonderful Thy Kingdom Come sung evensong on Pentecost Sunday, this is what was happening elsewhere in the Diocese

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Lavinia Owen and the Bishop’s Commission for Mission/Pastoral

Lavinia Owen will be known to many of us for her acting skills in many roles with the Southwood Players, but also she has for many years been leading CAMEO our monthly lunch for our more senior neighbours.  In addition, she is … 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)…..watch 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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Common Mission Fund – Letter of thanks from Winchester Diocese – by Colin Harbidge Head of Operations

To: The PCC and Congregation of The Parish of Itchen Valley, I am writing to express our grateful thanks for meeting your common mission fund request for 2018  in full, enabling the funding of mission and ministry right across the … Continue reading

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Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Walks in Itchen Valley Parish

This week we have been holding our prayer walks as part of the international prayer campaign Thy Kingdom Come.  We have prayed through Avington, some of Itchen Abbas and Easton.  I am hoping that we can cover Martyr Worthy and … Continue reading

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Thy Kingdom Come by Bishop David Williams

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Joint Pastoral letter from the Archbishops

Dear friends Greetings at the beginning of this Holy Week! I know you will be busy over these next few days as we all proclaim what Christ has done for us in his passion and resurrection. Some of you will … Continue reading

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Have you ever considered offering respite fostering care

Bishop David has emailed us asking if we can give publicity to a new County Council initiative.  It seems that changes in the demographic of our households seems to have affected the numbers offering themselves as foster parents and the … Continue reading

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Diocesan E News December 2017

This is the December edition of the Diocesan Newsletter. It has a number of articles of relevance to us Firstly some guidance on the General Data Protection Regulations which come into force next year.  This will have an impact on … Continue reading

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