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Newsletter - July 2022

Christian Aid Week
A big thank you to everyone for your generous support of this year’s Christian Aid appeal. As of early June, the sum donated amounts to £742 which with Gift Aid will be close to £900. The (very wet!) street collection raised £170 with the rest coming from the envelopes in each of our churches. In a sign of changing times, next year we will have a card machine provided by Christian Aid to help with the street collection. Of course, donations can be made at any time to Christian Aid

CTIA Songs of Praise, picnic and Annual meeting
We are looking forward to a sunny day on Sunday 24th July when at 4.00 p.m. (time to be confirmed) we will have a picnic before a short meeting and a Songs of Praise style celebration in St John’s churchyard (but if necessary, inside). We look forward to seeing you there> Please suggest the hymns / songs you would like to sing that afternoon by emailing or by telling any of the CTIA committee or by leaving a note of your suggestions on the lists that will be in the CTIA churches in the first half of July. 

CTIA Autumn social event – Saturday 10th September
Please save the date! Planning is in mid-June at an early stage but unforeseen circumstances permitting CTIA’s first major social event post Covid will take place in the evening of 10th September, probably a barn dance at the medieval barn at Pinglestone Farm. Full details and tickets should be available by early August. As well as an evening of fun, fellowship and food we hope to be able to raise further monies for the charity that CTIA is currently supporting, Winchester Youth Counselling. We look forward to your support

Introducing Jon Hughes – Methodist Lay Pastor
We extend a warm welcome to Alresford Methodist Church’s new pastoral leader, Jon Hughes who writes:

“The role of a Lay Pastor is a new venture for both me and the church family at Alresford.  I have had a life long association with the Methodist Church, as my father was a Methodist Minister. Around thirty years ago I became involved with working with Children and Young People, with particular focus on the 11+ age range.  During this time, many people suggested I should consider becoming a Local Preacher but my response was “No, I have not felt God calling to me!” Well, much to my amazement in 2005 he did and so I embarked on the training which resulted in my becoming a fully Accredited Local Preacher in June 2009.

I decided to apply to be the Lay Pastor at Alresford after being nudged on three separate occasions, from three different sources and knowing how previously others told me I should consider being a Local Preacher, and my excuse in reply, I thought it best not test God’s patience too much second time around.

By profession I was a Charted Civil Engineer, working in the Construction Industry for over 42 years, before retiring at the end of March 2020, just as the first Covid lockdown began.  I am not sure I really know what retirement is like having spent much of it under “lockdown regime” and now I have taken on the role of Lay Pastor perhaps I never will!

My wife, Diane and I have been married for 43 years and live in Valley Park, between Eastleigh and North Baddesley. We have two grown-up children who both have flown the nest and set up home for themselves. Our son works in London as a free-lance graphic designer and our daughter, who is married, lives in Eastleigh and we are truly blessed have two young grandchildren living so very close by. I have no specific hobbies but enjoy reading, my favourite writers being John Grisham, Lee Child and David Baldacci. I also enjoy watching most sport and may if time permits try taking up golf again, after a break of about twenty years! When I was working full –time I would try to go swimming or fit in a gym session during my lunch hour and my ever-tightening waistband suggests I need to start a structured fitness regime again.”

The CTIA committee is currently:
St John’s: James Pinniger (Chair), Sarah Wilding and Jackie Connell
Alresford Methodist Church: Jon Whale, Ruth Wintle and Gary Carter
St Gregory’s: Piers Armstrong, Rosemary Chambers and Laura Brill
(St Mary’s Old Alresford, All Saints Bighton, St Peter’s Ovington – Churchwardens)


News - 25th July 2021

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Young Christian Climate Network (YCCN):

'Relay to COP26' is walking from the G7 at Cardis Bay up to COP26 in Glasgow.
Screenshot 2021-07-30 at 09.11The overall idea is to connect with as many churches as they can as the walk passes.
Churches Together in England information is available at: Relay_to_COP26.aspx



The group walked from Winchester Cathedral and reached Alresford at about 4.30pm on Sunday, 25th July.   A crowd at the top of West Street welcomed the walkers to Alresford.

The next morning they left Alresford at about 9.30am, walking out via Old Alresford.  A cheering on crowd sent them off again with a short moment of prayer. 


47296421 292278384738862 70641Churches Together In Alresford (CTiA)

A covenant to "make visible the common mission of our Churches to the people of Alresford" was first entered into by the participating churches in 1991. The following updated version of the covenant was signed at a joint service on 19th January 2019.


We the members of the undersigned Churches in and around New Alresford:- DECLARE our common belief in one God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit has called us to work together and we now declare our readiness to commit ourselves under God in a renewal of our local Covenant.

WE GIVE THANKS for all that we have in common and repent of all that may be sinful in our divisions. We seek a fuller unity and deeper understanding based on the richness of our diverse traditions.

WE THEREFORE COVENANT with each other to make visible the common mission of our churches by:-
  • Working together for the reconciliation and unity of the whole church in our land and throughout the world,
  • Working together for the spread of the Gospel,
  • Meeting together in prayer, worship and study, and to share joy through fellowship, 
  • Caring for each other across denominational boundaries,
  • Sharing together in service to the community and the world in the name of our Lord, 
  • Publicly bearing witness to our Faith,
  • When contemplating a new initiative, to discuss with each other whether it could, in the spirit of this covenant, be better done together.
WE INVITE OTHER Christian churches and groups to join us in any subsequent renewal of this Covenant.

IN TOKEN OF THIS COVENANT we commend each other to the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

CTIA currently comprises:

Alresford Methodist Church
St Gregory the Great, Alresford (Roman Catholic)
Arle Valley Benefice (Anglican) represented by the churches of St John the Baptist, New Alresford and St Mary, Old Alresford

    CTIA organises and supports a number of events during the year including:
  • 48356491 1149801748517967 3540Good Friday Walk of Witness followed by coffee and hot cross buns in the New Alresford community centre.
  • Lent groups.
  • Carol singing both in New Alresford town and at some of the sheltered housing in the town.
  • Annual weekend away which has been held in Bournemouth in recent years.
  • 57368698 1230925357072272 2848Fund raising and social events to support a charity which we choose every two years.  At the moment we are supporting Winchester Youth Counselling.
  • Prior to this we raised money for Firefly International.
  • A Boxing Day Walk.
  • Collecting for Christian Aid.
  • Thy Kingdom Come
  • 71383175 1343460899152050 6124Support for children’s summer holiday club.
  • Participating in Rotary Internationals annual shoe box appeal.
  • Alresford Basics Bank.
  • We started support for Christians Against Poverty (CAP) in late 2018 as the sponsoring body for Clare Pinniger and Suzanne Hodnett who are beginning to
    build a local presence for CAP.

The CTiA committee is currently: 

St. John's - James Pinniger, Jackie Connell and Sarah Wilding
Alresford Methodist Church - Jon Whale, Ruth Wintle and Gary Carter
St. Gregory's - Piers Armstrong, Rosemary Chambers and Laura Brill
(St. Mary's, Old Alresford, All Saints, Bighton, St. Peter's Ovington - Churchwardens)

Screenshot 2021-07-30 at 09.17Click here to find out more about Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.