I seem to have spent much of the past month getting myself organised! Christmas brings an abundance of greetings in various forms – cards, letters, emails and phone calls. I ended up with piles of papers, lists of things to do, some that urgently needed doing, not to mention New Year resolutions!  Whilst all this was building up our daily Bible readings – as listed in Morning Prayer – were from Paul’s first letter to the Christians in Thessalonica, an important city in Macedonia.  I was really struck by how encouraging his greetings to them were – for sometimes Paul’s letters had to be rather different in style as he reproved believers who were opposed to each other or whose faith was faltering, or whose lives were falling short of the standards set by our Lord.  Paul speaks of his Thessalonian friends as models of how Christians should behave. He comments on their faith in the midst of persecution, or of their love for each other. He remembers their welcome and hospitality, their eagerness to share the good news of salvation with those who were worshippers of idols, or who had never heard of God’s love.  How encouraged they must have been to receive such greetings! No doubt it brought back happy memories of Paul’s initial visit to them – just as our Christmas mail (from friends not seen for years) set us off reminiscing about days long ago.
His letter goes to mention all kinds of topics – plans for future visits, relations in the wider community, the need for sexual purity, their contacts with Christians elsewhere.  Maybe its Chapters 4 and 5 of this letter (as printed in our Bibles) that are referred to most often. In answer to a question they had raised, obviously, Paul writes at length about death, the after-life, the second coming of our Lord Jesus, and our need for patience in waiting for that longed-for day!  Can I encourage you(!) to read this letter for yourself, as if it had just arrived in the post? If you do, you – too – will be encouraged, and verses 27 and 28 of chapter 5 will have been fulfilled!          Mary Boak

Forthcoming Events at St. Anne’s Church
Monday February 4th 7.30 pm – 8.30pm Intercessions Refresher
Monday February 11th 7.30 pm Fellowship – ‘Nature in Close-up’ by Maurice Pugh
Tuesday February 19th 10.00 am – noon Quiet Spaces at St. Anne’s Church
                                                                               (Poé-sié poems and music)
Tuesday March 5th 10.30 am- 12.30pm Shrove Tuesday - Pancakes and Coffee Morning
Monday March 11th 7.30 pm Fellowship – “Cunard History & Glamorous Stars”
                                                                                By Stephen Herra
Saturday April 6th 10.00 am – noon Easter Coffee Morning
Spring Flower in a Tea Cup competition!
Monday April 8th 7.30 pm Fellowship – Music Quiz by John Sherbourne
Sunday April 14th After the service Annual Church Meeting
Saturday May 11th 10.00 am - noon Coffee and Plant Sale
Monday May 13th 7.30 pm Fellowship – “The Long and Winding Road”
                                                                            By Stewart Marchant
Saturday May 18th 7.00 pm – 9.30 pm Beetle Drive
Monday May 20th 11.00 am – 1.00 pm Quiet Spaces – at The Vicarage, Cooks Lane
                                                                      (Grave Talk – see below for details!)

 St. Anne’s Church Electoral Roll Every six years a new Electoral Roll has to be prepared and 2019 is the year in which this has to happen. Inclusion in the new Roll is not automatic, and current members who wish to be included will have to complete a new application form. Consequently, I will be issuing applications in February – please make sure that you fill in a form and return it to me no later than April 7th please.                                                                                                                                                                       K
en O'Prey 
Women’s Refuge
Please remember this valuable ministry by bringing basic toiletries (soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shower gel, shampoo, etc) to Church and placing in the blue box at the back.

Would you like to join our team that lead our prayers of intercession on a Sunday morning? We would welcome new volunteers to join the rota. Guidance will be available to help new team members to prepare for the role. If you would like to know more please talk to Sally or to Graeme.
Chris, John and Graeme will be leading a Refresher evening for Intercessors on February 4th. This evening is offered for all those in the Team who currently lead intercessions in Church Services and for those exploring this ministry.

Unwanted Gifts
If you have any Christmas gifts that you do not intend to use we would be pleased to receive them as donations to be used in future sales and prize draws! Please pass the items to Val if you have anything to donate.

Easter Coffee Morning
Saturday March 24th – 10.00 am
Please come and join us for coffee and a chat! We will be offering Hot Cross buns – and there will be various stalls and a raffle – all with musical entertainment!
We will also be running our annual ‘Spring Flower in a Tea Cup’ competition! We look forward to seeing your arrangement! For more details contact Val

Rwanda Trip – 6th – 19th February 2019
We are just about ready for the Deanery visit to Rwanda – led by Sally. After a very early start to get to Heathrow we will fly to Rwanda via Brussels. We will spend a few days in Kigali – the capital – visiting the Genocide Museum, the Cathedral and the Christian University. We also hope to meet the Archbishop.
Sally, Stewart, Mike and Antony will then travel to our link parish in Kibuye – close to the very beautiful Lake Kivu. Here we will be meeting with Archdeacon Justin and his team and we look forward to hearing about the progress they have achieved in mission and ministry since our last visit in 2016.
We will then all meet up again in Kigali before travelling to Gahini Hospital where we will be able to see the improvements made with the donations given to the hospital from our 2018 Lent Appeal. Catriana and Steve Bennett have sent some photographs of the refurbishment which are now on display in Church.
Gahini is very close to Akagera Game Park so we are hoping to spend an exciting day in the Park before returning to Kigali for our flight home departing late on the 18th.

(From February 21st Sally will be on a placement at St. Barnabas House and Chestnuts Hospices in Worthing, West Sussex.)

Services at St. Anne’s in February, March, April and early May
Sunday February 3rd 9.30 am Holy Communion – Rev Graeme Dixon
Sunday February 10th 9.30 am Holy Communion – Rev Chris Steed
Sunday February 17th 9.30 am Morning Praise – led by Terry Stanfield
Sunday February 24th 9.30 am Holy Communion by extension – Anthony Sturmey
Sunday March 3rd 9.30 am Holy Communion – Rev Graeme Dixon
Sunday March 10th 9.30 am Holy Communion – Rev Graeme Dixon
Sunday March 17th 9.30 am Holy Communion – Rev Chris Steed
Sunday March 24th 9.30 am Holy Communion – Rev Graeme Dixon
Sunday March 31st 9.30 am Holy Communion – Rev Graeme Dixon
Sunday April 7th 9.30 am Holy Communion – Rev Graeme Dixon
Sunday April 14th 9.30 am Holy Communion – Rev Graeme Dixon
Friday April 19th 9.30 am Good Friday Reflections – Rev Chris Steed
Sunday April 21st 9.30 am Easter Sunday - Holy Communion – Antony Sturmey &Graeme Dixon
Sunday April 28th 9.30 am Holy Communion – Rev Chris Steed
Sunday May 5th 9.30 am Holy Communion – Rev Sally Marchant
Kidzone will be available on February 3rd, 10th, 24th; March 3rd, 17th, 24th, April 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th,
May 5th and 19th

January Beetle Drive A big ‘thank you to Sharon and team for organising a fun afternoon. We had a good time chasing beetles and building snowmen! With the great support for the event £100 was raised for church funds! 

Deanery Lent Appeal 2018 Dr. Steve and Catriana Bennet Steve and Catriana – who run Gahini Hospital in Rwanda – will be on Home Leave in May and are planning to visit St. Nicholas Church, Brockenhurst on Sunday May 12th.

Deanery Lent Appeal 2019 We recently received the following appeal from Antoine – the Principal of Kigali Theological College and University – “The Rwanda Parliament now requires ALL Christian Ministers to have a University Education, a bachelor’s degree and a valid certificate in religious studies. This means further training which can be ill afforded.” On our visit to Rwanda in 2016 we found that many pastors carrying out valuable work in remote communities have little or no cash income – so little hope of finding the means to travel to Kigali and to enter a long period of study and training. The Deanery Rwanda Mission team have decided to use the 2019 Lent Appeal to offer vital help. The Deanery has good links with the University – Please help us to provide BURSARIES for Pastors to continue in Ministry 

Team Events
EVERY TUESDAY (Term Time) 9.30am – 11.30am Tot’s Café – St. Mary’s Church, Eling
3rd Sunday in each month 10.00 am Lego Church – St. Mary’s Church, Eling
3rd Sunday in each month 7.30–8.30 pm Sunday Night Live – AFC Totton                                                   
Saturday February 2nd 2pm – 5pm Messy Church at St. Winfrid’s Church
Tuesday February 5th 7.30 pm Team Pilgrim Group – The Rectory – see below for details
Tuesday February 13th 2 pm Team Social at Hanger Farm Café in the Totton Tennis Centre
Please come along and join us for a chat over our refreshments!

Messy Church
Our next event is on Saturday February 2nd starting at 2 pm at St. Winfrid’s Church, Salisbury Road, Totton.
The theme is “Messy Battle” and we’ll have all the usual fun, mess, games, crafts, a story and tea!
All are welcome, but children please bring an adult or two with you!!

Quiet Spaces Soul Space – February 19th at St. Anne’s Church
10.00 am – 12 noon Poé-sié poems and music
Poé-Sié is a meditation experience led by Doris Prügel-Bennett, classical accordionist, and Graham Norman, with spoken poetry, who “.. believe that music, silence and poetry are expressions of the Holy Spirit. For every listener there is creation through sound and silence. We bring you words, notes, silences. You bring your mind and soul. Something happens.” The program intersperses poetry and music with contemplative, prayerful silences. If you would like to come along, all are welcome.

Monday May 20th – Grave Talk 11.00 am – 1.00 pm at The Vicarage, Cooks Lane Sally will be leading a Grave Talk session. This is open to people of all faiths and doubts and will consist of chatting informally around issues concerned with death, dying and funerals. We seldom talk about death and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and air your thoughts. It won’t be morbid! Sally 

Sunday Night Live Christian Music to Inspire and Encourage Every Third Sunday of the Month 7.30 – 8.30 pm Free entry for everyone AFC Totton’s Testwood Community Stadium, Salisbury Road, Totton, SO40 2RW  

Churches Together in Totton and the Forest Edge Thursday February 7th – 7.00 pm – Testwood Baptist Church Dear CTTFE Christian Brothers and Sisters, For those of you who were able to get the CTTFE AGM and the Unity service held at Testwood Baptist Church, you will have heard Revd. Chris Steed, who is an accomplished writer with many books published on the Social challenges of today, mention that he has recently published a new book ‘The Identification Principle’. The book discusses how incarnational means God connecting with messy human experience and the church being instrumental in transforming society. It offers a fresh approach to how the death of Christ saves us. Chris says he felt that this book more than most was given to him. Gordon Tuck from Testwood said after reading the pre-published version it was Prophetic . It certainly has a lyrical quality. One reaction is that this is relevant Christian writing with a poetic feel at times. You now have a chance to buy a copy and discuss it with the author himself! As well as getting a signed first edition all in your local neighbourhood! Refreshments will be provided Howard

Women’s World Day of Prayer – Friday March 1st – 10.30 am St. Teresa’s Catholic Church - Totton This year the service has been prepared by Christian women from Slovenia on the theme ‘Come - Everything is Ready’ These services offer an insight into the lives of the women in the country they represent. It is a wonderful opportunity to feel at one with women gathering to pray together all over the world. The service is open to men too! Refreshments will be served after the service. An Appeal! Polly Radford has been our St Anne’s Rep for Women’s World Day of Prayer for a number of years and has now stepped down, so we are looking for a volunteer to take this role forward. Thank you to Polly for all your hard work – if you are interested in this possibility for ministry, please let Polly know. 

Bishop Jonathon On January 19th there was an emotional service in Winchester Cathedral to bid farewell to Bishop Jonathon – giving thanks for his caring ministry in Winchester Diocese and wishing him well as he takes up his new calling as Dean of York Cathedral.

Who to contact
Team Rector – Rev Chris Steed Tel: 07704 138433 email:
Team Curate – Rev Graeme Dixon Tel: 07785 233622 email:
Churchwardens  Ian Gregory Tel: 02380 872885  Ann Quesnell Tel: 02380 663469
Church Website
Find us at the junction of Calmore Road and Cooks Lane – SO40 2RH
Copy for June Newsletter  Please forward items to Stewart by Sunday May 19th
for publication on  May 22nd