Category Archives: Services

Family Praise – Big News

Many years ago, a group of us, after a lot of prayer, realised that if we wanted provision for children in St. George’s it was up to us to make it happen. So Family Praise was born! For a while it was just once a month – then we increased to twice a month and from October – wait for it!!!! WE ARE GOING WEEKLY.

We hope that this will give us opportunities to try new things. Once a month there will be a Eucharist – something that many people have requested. Open the Book will make an appearance and we are looking forward to our own ‘specials’. We still have things to iron out and we need more leaders and musicians (volunteers welcome) – but it is really exciting. Please pray for Family Praise and all involved and don’t forget to tell people, we will be there every week during term time at 11.30 and everyone is very welcome.

Maxine Everitt

St Mark’s to Hold a Pet Service

The animals will hopefully come in two-by-two on Sunday 24th January at 3pm when St Mark’s Church in Upper Hale hold their pet service.

The service, which will allow people to give thanks to God for the animal kingdom and have their pets blessed will be followed by a Bring-and-Share buffet tea.

The Reverend Lesley Crawley said: “We are running the service as some people on Facebook asked whether we could have a Pet Service in the parish and it seemed like an excellent idea! Everyone is welcome to come along and bring their pets for a blessing and also a plate of food to share afterwards, if they would like to.”

Harvest Festival – a time to share

Many churches have a tradition of people bringing the ‘fruits of creation’ to the altar at the Harvest Festival service, thanking God for them and then distributing them to those who need them. In the Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale, the churches of St John’s, Hale, St Mark’s, Upper Hale and St George’s, Badshot Lea will be collecting food for the local Foodbank on 4th October at the Harvest Services which are 9:30am, 10am and 11am respectively.

The Reverend Lesley Crawley said, “Please come along and sing your favourite harvest songs and, if possible, bring some food for those who don’t have enough. We will also be taking a collection at the end of the service at the door for the Syrian refugees.”

The Foodbank are particularly in need of tinned meat, instant mash, tinned Sponge Puddings, powdered milk, chocolate, Long Life fruit juice, tinned fruit, biscuits, snack bars, tinned rice pudding, UHT Milk, sugar, tinned vegetables, tinned fish and toiletries.

Photo accreditation: Georgie Fry

St John’s Patronal Festival

At St John’s we will be celebrating our Patronal Festival with an All-Age service at 9:30am on 6th September followed by a BBQ in the Rectory Garden (25 Upper Hale Road, GU9 0NX) at 12:00, bring your own meat and alcohol (if desired), we will provide the buns, salad and soft drinks.

Our Saint’s Day is 27th December but as few people are around at that time and the clergy are on holiday, we have translated the festival to Sunday. This is a bit of information about our patron saint:

Whether or not John the Apostle and John the Evangelist are one and the same, the Church honours on this day the one who proclaims Jesus as the Word made flesh and who is ‘the disciple whom Jesus loved’. John was one of the sons of Zebedee, along with James and Peter, who followed Jesus. John was there at the Transfiguration of Jesus on the holy mountain; he was there with Jesus at the last supper; he was there with Jesus in his agony in the garden; he was there with Jesus and his mother, standing at the foot of the cross; he was there with Jesus as a witness of his resurrection and ‘he saw and believed’. John was a witness to the Word, he proclaimed the Word and he lived and died witnessing to the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ, who loved him and whom he loved.

From Exciting Holiness

How many Christmas Cards?

The members of the congregations of St George’s, St Mark’s and St John’s would like to wish everyone in the Parish of Badshot Lea and Hale a very happy Christmas…. and so we decided to give everyone a Christmas Card. The photocopier is busy working flat out to produce a massive 5600 Christmas Cards! Soon the members of the congregations are going to deliver them to the 13 000 or so people in the Parish.

This year there is a new congregation – it is called Messy Church, and so there is also a Messy Christmas on Thursday 11th December at 3:30pm at St Mark’s Church, Alma Lane, GU9 0LT. Messy Church is designed for people who aren’t used to traditional church or don’t find traditional church very helpful… it explores bible stories by the use of crafts, a story and a song and then we eat a meal together. Why not give it a try?

Here are the rest of the Christmas Services to put in your diaries:

St George’s (Badshot Lea)
21st Dec at 11:30am – Family Praise Carol Service
21st Dec at 6pm – All Age Carol Service
24th Dec at 3pm – Crib Service for Toddlers
24th Dec at 5.30pm – Crib Service for all
24th Dec at 11:30pm – Midnight Mass
25th Dec at 10:00am – Family Communion

St Mark’s (Upper Hale)
11th Dec at 3:30pm – Messy Christmas involving crafts and food!
15th Dec at 6pm – Informal Carols by Candlelight
24th Dec at 5pm – Crib Service (come dressed as your favourite nativity character)
25th Dec at 11am – Informal Communion

St John’s (Hale)
14th Dec at 4pm – Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelight
24th Dec at 3pm – Crib Service (come dressed as your favourite nativity character)
24th Dec at 11:30pm – Midnight Mass with Incense
25th Dec at 8am – Holy Communion (traditional)
25th Dec at 9:30am – Sung Eucharist

Remembrance Services 2014

On November 9th the following services of Remembrance will take place:

In Hale the 9:30 Service at St John’s followed by 10:45 at the War Memorial then a 11:15 Joint Service at Hale Methodist Church (no service at St Mark’s).

In Badshot Lea the 10:00 Shortened Service at St George’s followed by 10:50 at the War Memorial.

In Weybourne a service at 4pm at the War Memorial followed by refreshments in the Village Hall.

You are very warmly invited to the services.