• Bishop’s Sutton News & Events August 2016 August 6, 2016

    Forthcoming Events

    Clay pigeon Shoot

    Bishop’s Sutton 18th Sept. 10a.m.- 2p.m
    In aid of Air Ambulance and St Nicholas Vestry Appeal
    BBQ and Raffle

    Contact Barry Page 01962 738711 or 07590 252942
    or Duncan Jeans 0790 9786272

    Face to face with Alistair Stewart

    30th Sept. Bishop’s Sutton Village Hall, 7p.m
    Bring your own drink and glasses but nibbles provided.

    Tickets £10 available from Lynette Joly 01962 733540
    and Angela Milligan 01962 732241

    Race Night

    Oct. 15th Bishop’s Sutton Village Hall, 7p.m. – 11p.m

    Tickets £10 available from Lynette Joly 01962 733540
    and Angela Milligan 01962 732241

    Bring your own drink and glasses but supper provided

    Other News

    A big thank you from a Mr Wallbridge of Wolverhampton who visited St Nicholas’ Church on his pilgrimage from Winchester to Canterbury.

    He Commented that St Nicholas was the most welcoming church on his journey and the only one to provide refreshments.

    Revd. Canon Phil Collins

    It is with great sadness to us that we will be losing Phil following his retirement on 25th Sept.

    He has been our mainstay in providing us with officiants each Sunday for which we are really grateful.

    His support and guidance will be sorely missed by us all and we wish him and Jan all the best for a happy retirement.

    Kind regards, Joyce Lovering

  • Bishop Sutton’s Successful Crib Service and Party December 15, 2015

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    The crib service at St. Nicholas church was a wonderful occasion with lots of young people participating in building the nativity scene round the crib. Kay Waterworth, played her guitar as we sang carols, and everyone vigorously played their instrument. The nativity story was told, the crib blessed, Max read the opening prayer, Lillybayar said the closing prayer and the whole service was beautifully summed up by Tom reading the Christmas Star poem.

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    After the service, everyone went to enjoy their Christmas party in the village hall which Arabella and Ros so beautifully organised. The whole afternoon was a huge success with everyone focusing on the meaning of Christmas.

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    A poem – The Christmas Star – read by Tom

    A diamond shines no brighter
    than that lovely Christmas star.

    It shines in all its brilliance;
    it’s seen from near or far.

    A symbol of the Christ child
    as He lay upon the hay,

    It tells to all the waiting world
    a King was born that day.

    O Bethlehem Star keep shining –
    give us faith and hope and love.

    Keep our thoughts forever turning
    to the Saviour up above.

    Give us strength and hope and courage
    to do our best by far

    as we watch that Christmas star…

  • A Splendid Day in Salisbury! December 14, 2015

    On Thursday 3rd December St Nicholas had its second Church trip out of the year.

    If you have been following us, you may know that our first one took us to Chichester Cathedral and was attended by 20 people. This time round, we almost managed to fill the bus with 30 on a day to Salisbury Christmas market.

    The weather that day held out for us right up until we got back on the coach for our return trip home and many of us managed to achieve at least some of our Christmas shopping with an added bonus of feeling nice from supporting local arts and crafts and local businesses at the atmospheric City market.

    Some of us also took time out to take a tour around the magnificent Cathedral and to see the Magna Carta.

    Salisbury Cathedral

    All in all a splendid day was had by all with no mishaps with exception to the ‘older ladies’ (and supposedly wiser) who on returning earlier than the arranged time, realised after a while, that they had been waiting in the wrong carpark! Fortunately no bodies were lost or left behind.

    With many thanks once again to Brian our Coach driver for the day and Jeff Sole for supplying our transport.

    For future Church Trips Out, please keep an eye out for next years notices.

  • St Nicholas Buzzing with a Wedding and Baptism December 4, 2015

    The last weekend of November, St Nicholas Church bared witness to Lucy and Ashley Parr’s marriage to one another and a Baptism on the Sunday of George Robert Sanders.

    IMG_4721At 1:00pm the bells rang out of St Nicholas for Lucy and Ashley and 80 of their guests. It was a lovely ceremony made more special by Frank their eldest, who did a special reading for them.

    A big thank-you goes to David the Organist and the Bell ringers and also to Joyce Lovering for all their help and support towards making their day a momentous occasion.

    IMG_4744The Baptism which took place on Sunday 29th November at 2:00pm of George Robert Sanders was joined by his parents Robert and Joanna and his Godparents Russell, Edward and Amy. Once again, it was witnessed by around 80 people.

    Seeing St Nicholas so packed for both events was a special sight to behold. The Church looked stunning with flowers and candles creating a beautiful atmosphere. Between both days we also managed to raise £220 which will go towards both charity and St Nicholas Church.

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  • Children Enjoy November’s All-age Service in St Nicholas November 30, 2015

    This month’s All-Age service was tinged with sadness, as it was Revd. Amanda’s very last time, holding an All-Age service in St Nicholas Church.

    That said, it didn’t prevent us from celebrating our King! Of course, it was all about Jesus Christ the King, but fortuitously, a narrator and three wise men from the village dressed up and gave acknowledgement and a short history lesson of King Canute and King Alfred, the past Kings that reigned over the heart of Wessex. Of Course, one of the men, with his crown of thorns dressed as Christ, and told us about Christ the King who rules over all of Creation.

    IMG_4691The children, who wore crowns, and gave a fanfare by cheering, shaking instruments and rooting for our local past kings, also showed gratitude, by giving thanks to Christ the King.

    IMG_4703As always Angela White provided us with some suitably themed biscuits. Crowns with Jewels, these were gratefully consumed over coffee, and Joyce and the team made doves, crowns and a crown of thorns for Christ the King.

    IMG_4715IMG_4706We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Revd. Amanda Grant for all that she has done for our Parish and to wish her well for the future.

  • 25th Oct All-Age Service at St Nicholas November 9, 2015

    The 25th of Octobers’ All-Age service at St Nicholas church was enjoyed by many including a ‘mini’ member of the parish dressed very appropriately (and cutely) in a sheep onesie. This was in keeping with the theme of the service that of the Good Shepherd

    IMG_4549Sheep were very much in evidence in the service that day as Revd. Amanda Grant told the Story of ‘The Shepherd who knows his Sheep’ (John 10:22-29). And much like the Good Shepherd, Amanda led the congregation through a fun light-hearted service that included many sheep, children singing and playing musical instruments and an accessible message on Jesus as the Good Shepherd.

    IMG_4531After the service there was coffee and those who stayed to catch up with other people from the village ate sheep shaped biscuits. While the adults were socializing a group of young children found our local hedgehog, which had sadly died. So we performed a short burial and funeral service for the much love hedgehog.

    IMG_4502Finally, our thanks go out to Revd. Amanda and her team who once again gave the parish an enjoyable All-Age service at St Nicholas Church.

    The next All-Age service will be held on November 22nd at 10:00am in St. Nicholas church and the theme will be Christ the King.

    SheepLeapingIn Jesus’ time, a shepherd was committed to spending every day with his sheep on the hillside. These shepherds took care of the sheep’s needs by leading them to new pastures and protecting them from the dangers on the hillside. The shepherd knew each sheep and in turn the sheep recognised the shepherds voice and followed him in trust.

    Jesus uses this simple but powerful symbol of a shepherd as a influential metaphor to describe his relationship with us. Like the shepherd with the sheep, Jesus provides for his flock, and keeps us from danger. When we learn to hear his voice, we can follow his calling, and live a life in peace and love.

  • Salisbury Christmas Market Trip 3rd December November 4, 2015

    Join us for a coach trip to the Salisbury Christmas Market

    SaliburyChristmasMarketThursday 3rd December
    Leaving Bishops Sutton 9.30am to return from Salisbury at 3.30pm
    Book seats with Mel at 735540
    price £10 per person

    This year’s Christmas Market takes place, once again, in the 18th century Guildhall Square, right in the heart of the medieval, cathedral city of Salisbury. With the backdrop of the historic Guildhall and surrounded by dozens of other wonderful buildings this is a truly beautiful setting for the Christmas Market. For 2015 the Christmas Market will have over 100 exhibitors in tastefully decorated wooden chalets.

    Our Christmas Market is inspired by the best of traditional European Christmas Markets, but it will also have something very British about it too. Our exhibitors and caterers will be among the best in this country and all will have been especially selected for the very high quality of their products, and the stylish way in which they present their chalets.

  • Harvest Festival Supper in Bishop’s Sutton Village Hall October 2, 2015

    On the 26th of September. The Parish of St. Nicholas hosted a Harvest Festival Supper in Bishop’s Sutton Village Hall.

    The Harvest Festival meal was quite a feast with Neil Allum and his partner Michaela donating some delicious local cheeses. We also sampled some very tasty pates’ followed by chocolate brownies or stewed fruit and cream, all donated by parishioners and people from Bishop’s Sutton village.

    The aim for the Harvest Festival was to create a socially enjoyable evening with as much produce, locally sourced as possible. We were entertained by live music from ‘here be Dragons’ band from Alton who played a wide range of music suitable for all ages. The food, the people and the band all helped in celebrating this Harvest Festival, a very special time of year for village life.

    IMG_4493The evening was followed by a wonderful Sunday morning ‘All-Age’ Harvest Festival Service in St. Nicholas Church, which was beautifully decorated with harvest produce and the service was lead by Revd. Amanda Grant. At the Harvest service, sixty-two people from all ages gave thanks for this years Harvest produce. We also blessed the foods that were donated by people from the church and Bishop’s Sutton village, for those people who are homeless and use the excellent facilities at the Winchester Night Shelter.

    IMG_4469At the service the sixteen children who attended, were challenged to a game of Apple Bobbing; the congregation had much laugher. The service was such a success that people stayed to talk and eat savoury (leaf design) biscuits, apple and cheese and a small glass of Cider all of which rounded up the service to an enjoyable conclusion.

    IMG_4475All in all a wonderful weekend was had by all which we hope will be a new addition to the St. Nicholas of Bishop’s Sutton’s yearly calendar. The church and the Fund raising committee would like to thank all those who kindly donated food for the Harvest Festival Supper and the church Harvest Festival service, and gratitude to all who worked so hard to make both events relevant and successful.

  • Diamond Wedding of Dick & Jean Vincent August 8, 2015

    Dick and Jean Vincent of Bishop’s Sutton will be celebrating their Diamond (60th) Wedding anniversary on 23rd Aug. The whole benefice congratulates them and wishes them every happiness for the future.

  • Church Trip Out – A Great Success! August 3, 2015

    On the 28th August, The people of St Nicolas Parish had their first ever ‘Church Trip out’ to Chichester. Surrounding Parishes were also invited and 20 of us enjoyed a very pleasant day out viewing the latest Chris Gollons’ collection of Artwork ‘powerful Women in the Bible’ that was Exhibited in the Cathedral, followed by a leisurely lunch and walk round the City. Some of us even made it into a shopping trip arriving back to the Coach, arms laden with bags!

    Everyone enjoyed themselves and following its success we are hoping to plan our next trip to Salisbury in the late autumn.

    We would like to give a special thank you to Jeff Sole for providing us with the Coach and to our lovely driver, Brian.

    Anyone and everyone can join us and don’t have to be a regular Church goer. Look out for future dates and details in the local adverts or email Mel; melio36@hotmail.com to register your interest.