News from St. Anne’s Church September 2019

Great is Thy Faithfulness

You never know what you are going to find in a charity shop! Sometimes a real treasure. Recently our daughter discovered an LP from days long ago, which was a selection of hymns recorded at Billy Graham Crusades around the world. The descriptive information on the cover began with the following paragraph:  “Billy Graham Team first began to carry out its worldwide ministry in 1954 with the London Crusade at Harringay Arena, the spiritual birthplace of more than 30,000 people in Great Britain.  This was the beginning of Global Evangelism.”For twelve weeks the choir that numbered 4,000 voices on some occasions, and averaged 2,000 every night, taught us the richness and majesty of the historic hymns that are so well-loved in Great Britain.” What memories were rekindled as we listened to the record! For Don and I were both involved in that Crusade early in the year in which we got married – 1954. He was a counsellor, who talked and prayed with people who came forward to trust the Lord Jesus for their salvation. My younger sister and I sang among the altos in the huge choir. It was then that we learned the hymn quoted in the title above, “Great is Thy Faithfulness”, which was often sung by George Beverley Shea, with the choir joining in to sing the refrain. We look back on those days with thankfulness to God for all that he did by His Spirit, which was transformational not only for individuals but for communities and nationally in some respects.  “Where is there a mighty One like You? Faithfulness is Your character” says the Psalmist.  God our Father always keeps His promises! Sometimes we have to wait a while before the experience the answer to our prayers, when we are in difficult situations, but he NEVER fails us.  What a contrast to the situations politically, nationally and worldwide! Leaders make unwise decisions; wild promises are made that are never fulfilled; rash actions that only increase the mayhem. As a result cynicism, disappointment, grief and worrying uncertainty are the results. Looking ahead to the future can be very depressing – unless we remember what God has said. Let us never forget the encouraging truths expressed in the hymn that I mentioned at the start. God NEVER fails. His promises of peace and joy; of new life and hope; of the soon return of our Lord Jesus Christ WILL be fulfilled.

 Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;   There is no shadow of turning with Thee.

Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not,  As Thou has been, Thou forever shalt be.  Mary Boak

Installation of Rev Graeme Dixon

Graeme will be installed as Vicar of Nursling and Rownhams on September 9th. The service will be held at St. John’s, Rownhams at 7.30pm.  Bishop Debbie Sellin – the Bishop of Southampton will preside at the service.  All are welcome to support Graeme and Steff as they begin the next step of their ministry There will be refreshments after the service.

A Prayer for the start of a new school year

Loving Lord

Be with all the children going to school over the next few weeks,  Give them comfort and confidence and help them to have a love of learning,  Be with those who struggle either with learning difficulties or with getting along with others, help those who don’t fit in to find their path,  Help all to find compassion and understanding for each other,  May anxieties be eased and friendships formed.  Thank you for the gits you give to those who teach and look after the children. Be with the parents, especially for those first timers who may be more worried than their children and for those whose last child has now started, may they find joy in this new chapter of their lives.  n Jesus Name


Forthcoming events at St. Anne’s Church

Monday September 9th 2.00 pm           Fellowship “How do you take your tea” Jane Glennie

Saturday October 19th                         Autumn Fayre

Team Events

September 25th – 2.00 – 4.00 pm          The Team Social Group will visit the Spot in the Woods – maybe it will be warm enough to sit in the garden!  Please bring along a friend or neighbour who might not otherwise get out to eat cake and share fellowship! All welcome!


St. Anne’s we will be starting Lego Church – once a month on a Thursday at 6pm –  First dates are November 7th and December 5th  Have you got any Lego hidden away in your cupboards, loft or garage? If so – would you like to donate it for Lego Church please? We can collect it – we can wash it!  Just let Sally or Stewart know! We also need volunteers to make cakes, preparing bacon rolls, helping set up for the event and serving refreshments! There will be a list on display in church shortly for you to sign up!

Tot’s Café

Tuesdays (in term time)       09.30-11.30     St. Mary’s,Eling for toddlers and carers.  Toys, Crafts, Singing, Story Telling, Refreshments

Smarties Challenge!

Please return your Smartie tubes containing your donations to church before the Harvest Service on Sunday October 6th.


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.

Pastoral Visiting Team

If you are interested in joining our Pastoral Visiting Team at St. Anne’s, visiting those in our parish who are housebound, in hospital or in a Care Home, please let Sally know. We will be running training sessions to enhance our ministry.

Choir Appeal!

The choir is in need of Sopranos (singing the tune).  If anyone is interested themselves, or knows of anyone, please have a word with Sally or Sue Manning (our organist/pianist).  Choir practices are on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm and services 9.30am on a Sunday.

Nativity Play Thursday December 19th at 4.30 pm  Wintershall, Guildford

 Experience the Christmas Story in a new way

Dramatic and intimate, the story begins in the open air with the shepherds. The audience then take their seats in the atmospheric barn, where the story unfolds of how Jesus changed the world.  It is a beautiful production, with a large cast of players and animals. This is the perfect opportunity to catch the show and reflect on the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Mince pies and hot drinks available before the show  Adults £18 - Travel by minibus - £10 each  For more information or to book a ticket contact Chris on 02380 86288

Basics Bank – Latest News

The Basics Bank particular needs at the moment include –

Tinned meat; Tinned fruit; Tinned Spaghetti; Jars of cooking sauce; Tinned Veg (especially peas) and toiletries including toilet rolls.

Please place your donations in the boxes in the church.

An evening with St Matthew`s Church Netley Marsh to celebrate the continuing twinning with the Palestinian Christian Community at St Philip`s Church Nablus.

21st September 7-9 p.m. St Matthew`s Church Hall, Ringwood Road Netley Marsh SO40 7GD.

We will be showing two films from film maker, and fellow member of the Britain Palestine Twinning & Friendship Network, Samiha Abdeldjebar.  Samiha trained in Film Production at La Fémis (Paris). She is a committee member both for Bradford on Avon Friends of Palestine and BPTFN, and is passionate about documenting issues around social justice and human rights. Samiha made the promotional DVD for BPTFN in the UK and members of St Matthew`s Church, and staff and children at Netley Marsh Infants School, featured in this production.


In October 2013, a unique cultural exchange took place in South West England: a week-long visit by fourteen teenagers from Palestine. Talented young dancers, singers and drummers, they are the Hakaya Band from the award-winning Ghirass Cultural Centre in Bethlehem. The film tells the story of that week. Come and share the hopes and dreams of these youngsters!


A short documentary (2019) in the form of a video-diary about Samiha`s first journey to Palestine in the spring of 2017. With footage she recorded herself during her trip, and in her own words, this is the story of an eventful six days in Jerusalem and the West Bank. This tale, of reunions and friendship, and of the remarkable vitality, dignity and resilience of the Palestinians, will remind us of what being part of a link with St Philip`s and the school community in Nablus is all about.

  • Parking will be available at Church & at the Hall.
  • Refreshments with a Palestinian flavour.
  • Some pictures of our link community.
  • Hosted by the Middle East Matters Group, St Matthew`s Church.
  • Free entry, donations appreciated!

For further information please contact

Who to contact
Team Vicar Revd Sally Marchant Tel: 02380488113                                                
NB Sally is "off duty" on Fridays
Churchwardens  Ian Gregory Tel: 02380 872885  
Church Website
Find us at the junction of Calmore Road and Cooks Lane – SO40 2RH
Copy for October Newsletter  Please forward items to Stewart by Sunday September 22nd
for publication on  September 25th