Our Purpose as the Church here in Calmore is to gather together to worship God and grow in faith and to witness to the love of God.  

We welcome you to our website and hope you will find what you are looking for. 

To visit the website of the 4 churches in the Totton Team Ministry please go to www.tottonteam.compark.co.uk

To see our Privacy Notice please use the link above.

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The relaxation of lockdown has pushed our doors open – ever so gently, ever so slowly!

Our church buildings are open at limited times for supervised ‘private prayer’. Our church buildings offer our wider communities a place to find solace and inspiration in these deeply unsettling times.

Here are the local times when the buildings are accessible :

St. Anne’s Calmore : Sundays 9.00-11.00am, Wednesday 10.00-11.30am

St. Mary’s Eling : Sundays 10.30am, Tuesday 10.00am

St. Matthew’s, Netley Marsh : Sundays 8.00- 9.00am , 11.00- 12 noon, Tuesday 9.00- 11.00am, Thursday 4.30- 6.00pm

St. Mary’s Copythorne : Sundays 9.00- 11.00am, Thursday 10.30am – 12 noon

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MESSAGE FROM CHURCHWARDEN IAN

News from St. Anne’s Church

18th June 2020


We have been notified by the Church Of England that places of worship can now open, following guidelines of safe distancing and washing hands, for personal prayer only. St Anne's opening times for personal prayer are:

Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:30am Sundays from 9 to 11am

You will see a table with hand sanitizer when you enter and seats have been labelled to comply with social distancing guidelines. Entrance to the church will be by the front door and exit via the door behind the choir seating (as there is a step in the exit doorway, anyone who is disabled or infirm may exit via the main church doors). We will not be able to use the church room so sadly there will be no coffee or tea available.

Church Warden's message

We pray that you are all okay and well and staying as safe as you can.

The Facebook Group set up for St Anne's called "Calmore Connects, the St Anne's Facebook page and our Web page have been viewed and used regularly as has the "Zoom" facility. Also it's so good to hear that many people are phoning each other and even sending letters. It's really lovely that we can use all these communications to keep us contact with one another during this difficult time.

These are unusual times for everyone, but with each small safe step we take, it will bring us back together at St Anne's and as a community.

Ian

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Anni and Rob Churton have had a message from Joshua who is now in his final year of education. He writes:

I Joshua Ococ thank all my sponsors, Rob Anni and others, I really appreciate what you have done for me. Nothing much I can offer you all but (that) God's blessings should be upon you all and with Him peace, happiness, protection (and) healings. I pray that may God listen to my prayers as it is written in Matthew 7.7 and Joshua 1 8-10. Thanks to you all my sponsors, may The Almighty God bless you all.

Joshua's mother also asked for her greetings to be forwarded (to us all).

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Lord, As we sail on seas that the Covid storm that has thrown our course away from our normal passage, guide us with your light of hope and show us all a safe journey home.

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           THE TOTTON TEAM MINISTRY       

Revd Chris Steed - Team Rector                                            Revd. John Reeve – Team Vicar

The Rectory, 92 Salisbury Road, SO40 3JA                          The Vicarage, Ringwood Road, Woodlands, SO40 7GX

023 81843308chrissteed@uwclub.net                                  023 80663267          johnreeve6@aol.com

Our church buildings are open at limited times for supervised ‘private prayer’. Our church buildings offer our wider communities a place to find solace and inspiration in these deeply unsettling times.

Here are the local times when the buildings are accessible :

St. Anne’s Calmore : Sundays 9.00-11.00am, Wednesday 10.00-11.30am

St. Mary’s Eling : Sundays 10.30am, Tuesday 10.00am

St. Matthew’s, Netley Marsh : Sundays 8.00- 9.00am , 11.00- 12 noon, Tuesday 9.00- 11.00am, Thursday 4.30- 6.00pm

St. Mary’s Copythorne : Sundays 9.00- 11.00am, Thursday 10.30am – 12 noon



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Dear Friends,

Church unchained.....

Did you know that when we use the word ‘redemption’, we are using a metaphor direct from the slave markets?

It is one of the ways the Bible depicts our personal experience of being delivered from slavery. ‘Redemption’ was a technical term in the ancient world for the release of a slave or indeed to buy back anything. In the New Testament, it refers to deliverance of Hebrew slaves in Egypt (they were to mark every year) and being redeemed by the blood of Jesus (in normal times we should mark very often). Common enough in the Roman Empire, Paul refers to the slave markets in Romans as a powerful way of speaking of the meaning of the death of Christ. In a reading for Sunday on which today’s sermon is based, release from chains speaks powerfully of what we can experience for ourselves. As the story of John Newton underlines, Amazing Grace means that the Lord can and will break every chain! May we know this personally and translate that into our social concern to break the bonds of oppression people sit under.

It might feel like the church has been chained recently, locked out of our churches and unable to meet and enjoy communion with each other and with the Lord directly through the bread and the wine of which it is symbol. Now our chains are being released gradually. The news now is that as from 4th July, our ‘Independence Day’ is that social life and church can resume, though still under restriction.

That can now start to happen in a phased and safe way. The Government has put churches on the same footing as pubs and cinemas as premises that can open after 4th July in a safe way. Detailed guidance to follow, but it is not yet time to sing and numbers probably capped at 30. Weddings can go ahead on that basis. So we are not yet at church unchained but we are getting there! When we can sing again, who has our first hymn?! What rejoicing there will be!

We heard at the PCC last week (held on Zoom) that our churches are not disappearing financially. This is good news! Please do all you can to continue with Parish Giving or the Envelope scheme. In times when we have no fee income from bookings or weddings, your church needs you! The PCC also approved the building plans for St Wins and the fund raising campaign for an eco heritage project at St Mary’s. So we are well on course for parish re-organisation.

You will know of various formats by which spiritual help is on offer:

  • You Tube videos and helpful material at Netley Marsh and Copythorne
  • A written service at home for St Mary’s and St Anne’s plus anyone else who requests by email
  • Live service using Zoom with a meet and greet afterwards
  • An on-line Bible study mid-week

With very warm wishes,                                                                                                                             Rev Chris

 

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Live Zoom Church

Last week we did our first successful Live Zoom Church Service. This has heralded a new way of meeting as so we will be continuing this into the future.

Doing it on Zoom also allows people to listen to and participate in the service without internet or computer by using their phone.

After the service there will be a chance to chat. This will be done by splitting the congregation off into randomly assigned "rooms" with around 5 people in each "room", enabling a better flow of conversation than one person talking and 25 people listening.

Sunday

"Doors" open at 10.45                               Service begins at 11.00               After church chat at ~11.40

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82841220447?

pwd=eU10eTdHZVpHUTRaMHp2eWJab1B1UT09

Meeting ID: 828 4122 0447                      Password: 400952

 How to use Zoom

If you ask around, people will tell you that Zoom was easier to use than they thought.

Click on the link above and follow the instructions on screen. If it asks you to download Zoom click download and allow the install (you may need to click on the link again once you have done this). When you sign in, say yes to using computer audio and video. You can use your smartphone, tablet/iPad or laptop/computer. Settings such as turning on/off camera and microphone can be found at the bottom of the screen after moving your mouse or touching the screen. 

If you have any issues please contact Andy Wickens by email Andrew.L.Wickens@gmail.com or call 07774313875

 Using your landline or mobile to ring into the service

You can also call into the service and listen even if you do not have a computer or internet. Please pass on the following details to those that do not have internet or computer access and would enjoy joining us on Sunday (and the practice on Saturday if needs be). 

HOW TO JOIN ZOOM FROM PHONE/LANDLINE

  • Call either 0203 481 5240 or 0131 460 1196
  • When prompted for the meeting ID enter 828 4122 0447#
  • If asked for participant ID, there isn’t one - just enter #
  • When prompted for the password enter 400952 #

Zoom Etiquette 

There is some Zoom etiquette to follow that some may be unaware of, here are a few pointers.

- Stay Muted

- Think about what is behind you if your are using your camera

The service is recorded and uploaded onto Facebook (though you will only be seen by the recording if you speak)

 

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Totton Baptist Church are still collecting for the basics bank. There is usually someone there from 10am to 2pm.  items can be left outside but its suggested after 12 as its in the shade at the front then. They are short of tinned meat, Men's toiletries (razors), shower gel and deodorant but please no potatoes or perishable items.

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PARKING OUTSIDE CHURCH

Please use the area immediately outside St Anne’s opposite Farm Close entrance as a drop-off zone only.Please park sensitively (and legally!) and use the car park if possible.

This site was updated on 26TH jUNE 2020