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On Friday the 9th of April, we heard the sad news of the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. He will be remembered for his loyalty to his Queen and country and for his outstanding service to the nation, the Commonwealth and the wider world. Our thoughts and prayers are above all for Her Majesty and the Royal Family and we hold them all in our hearts at this time. Due to Covid 19 a physical book of Condolence is not allowed to be held in the church building but do please go to the Diocesan website where an on-line book of condolence is available to sign should you wish to do so: www.winchester.anglican.org
From the 9th all flags must be flown at half-mast and bells should be rung half-muffled. Further guidance and advice from the Diocese will follow.
We are now able to resume services in Church, subject to social distancing requirements and, for the moment, no congregational singing. Please ensure you disperse promptly after the service and take care when talking outside.
Please see these guidelines about face masks.
The recorded services are available on the Sunday Services page.
The Church building remains open for private prayer.
We are a lively Anglican church for the whole village of Overton.
The church is made up of people at all stages on the faith journey and all ages and backgrounds.
There are good facilities for children and young people to enjoy their own activities. We make good use of our modern Church Rooms with midweek groups running for children and the local community.
Rev’d James Russell
David Spencer and Mo Hilton have been helping to facilitate Mindfulness Meditation courses that the Rev Jenny Ellis (from Methodist community) has been leading for a number of years. Mindfulness springs from the contemplative traditions of Christianity and other ancient wisdom traditions. While not specifically Christian (and being welcoming to people of all faiths and none) our “Introduction to Mindfulness” course has helped Christians to find a calm place in an active life, stilling busy minds and allowing space for a fuller engagement with God. We are offering on-line Zoom sessions for an 8 week course on Monday evenings starting 12 April at 5:45pm till 8pm. We are having a “What’s it all about and is it for me?” session on the evening on Monday 29th March. Let us know if you are interested by emailing email@example.com or phoning Jenny on 01256 892895 and we’ll send a Zoom link.
Further details on the flyer.
Important Update: The recycling bins at St Mary's will be out of order until collections resume after lockdown. Please collect and store your clean dry recycling in the meantime if you have space to do so.
Please use this easy-to-follow guide to what can be placed in these new bins.
Fill Them Up - Zero Waste stall, in the Red Lion Car Park - 2-5pm, Thursdays 18th and 25th March and 1st, 8th April.
We are continuing to support Andover Food Bank during this period of self-isolation. Their urgent needs can be found on their website and donated items can be left at the Overton Co-op.
This week they are in need of the following:
Food: Tinned Fruit. Cat Food
They currently have plenty of Cereal.
Your support at the present time is especially appreciated.
Thank you so much to those who have donated towards this fund and to those
who have signed up to give regularly. A regular flow of income into this fund will ensure the good
state of repair and appearance of the grade II listed building. If you haven’t
already signed up to give an amount regularly please contact David Rees at ochfpromoter
and he will give you a simple pack and a form to fill in.
More details of Overton Church Heritage Fund.
St Mary's Overton
11:00 am Sunday Celebration
A recording of the service will be available later in the day - Sunday Services
St Mary The Virgin, Laverstoke
The April Test Magazine is available to subscribers and also on sale at the Overton Co-op.
You can help support the church when you shop on-line, by using the Easy
Fundraising website. It really is easy!
Read more here.