Ordained? Me?!

An event for young people (14+)

Have you ever wondered whether God might be calling you to be a vicar?  Perhaps people have told you they think you’d be good at it, or that they think you should consider it…
It’s a pretty scary concept!
Bishop Tim would love to invite you to a day where you can chat with other people thinking about ordination, explore the options, your passion and your fears, and start to ask the question: “might this be for me?”
Worship, workshops, Q&A.
Cost: £FREE! (including lunch)
When: Saturday 8 March 2014, 10.30 – 4.00
Where: The Ascension, Thorold Road, Bitterne Park, SO18 1FU
Details: pete.maidment@winchester.anglican.org

Schools work training day in Southampton

your-schools-logo-finalIf you weren’t able to come to the brilliant schools assembly training that Andy and team did at Christ Church Winchester on 26 November, don’t despair – you have another chance!

Sammy Jordan from Highfield Church, Southampton, and Chris Davies from Southampton City Mission will be working together as part of the Your Schools Southampton initiative, to offer a schools training day on Saturday 11 January 2014 at Highfield Church Centre.  To download a flier with full details, click here.

Advent calendars with a difference

Many thanks to Carole, from Oakley with Wootton, who’s sent two really good ideas for families to use during Advent.  Here’s what she says:

I wonder if this might be helpful for anyone?
Last year we created an ‘Advent Prayer Stable’ for our church family to encourage people to pray through advent for our church and our mission.(Our mission statement is ‘Living and Loving like Jesus so that lives are transformed and hope restored’.)
One of our members created a cut-out stable with 24 prayer topics and the idea was that people would choose a prayer card, pray for the topic and put in into the stable. (Some families did it the other way round and took cards ‘out’ of the stable one by one)
From feedback we received, everyone was really keen to repeat it, as it had encouraged families to pray together at an appropriate time for them- breakfast/ teatime/ bedtime etc and even the youngest children were able to join in. It was also welcomed as something more meaningful and different from  chocolate advent calendars! The suggestion was made that it would be nice if everyone prayed for the same topic on the same day, so we have done that this year with a candle that can be cut out from an A3 sheet of card on which all the topics are also printed.
I am attaching the two ideas; the cards have instructions on how to make the stable or the candle. Obviously many of the prayer topics are local to our community, but could easily be adapted for any church or group.

Click here to access the Prayer Stable
Click here to access the Advent Candle

Sharing your faith at work: embarassing, inappropriate and unprofessional? An event for 18-30s


“Lord, I spend so much time with my colleagues and yet I seem to speak of you so little and, when I do, I can’t help but feel like I’ve fluffed it.” How many of us have prayed something like this?

For a lot of people the word ‘evangelism’ comes with a serious amount of baggage. Join LICC for a relaxed evening dedicated to giving working Christians aged 18-30 a chance to explore how we speak to our colleagues about Jesus.

Alongside open times of discussion, apologist and author Amy Orr-Ewing will unpack talking about Jesus in a secular culture, offering practical tools for handling today’s big questions. Young business professional, Jeremy Moses (Agape Graduate Movement) will also share some of his own story, ranging from being open about his beliefs to leading a colleague to faith.

To attend in person, click here.
To attend online, click here. A nominal fee will be charged if you want an ad-free download.

The Bible TV series

Jesus picture

THE BIBLE is an epic 10-hour mini-series that will be broadcast this December on Channel 5 (with the first episode airing on November 30 2013 at 9pm). The series brings to life the dramatic tales of faith and courage in the most widely-read book of all time. Breath-taking in scope and scale it features powerful performances, exotic locations and cutting-edge visual effects to create a spectacular television event that will entertain and inspire the whole family. From Genesis to Revelation, THE BIBLE series features some of the most famous stories ever written and some of the most iconic characters.

To help individuals, churches and community groups to engage with this unique opportunity, Scripture Union has created two new free resources. Click here to access them.

Yesheis.com – sharing Jesus online

Many thanks to Ruth at Christ Church Chineham, for pointing us to the yesHEis website.  Here’s what they say:

With so many people in the world connected online, we’ve created yesHEis to help Christians share their faith in Jesus. Search and discover an increasingly rich and diverse resource of media that you can freely share via many of your social networks. Connect today and gain access to a personalized dashboard, giving you the ability to view the impact of the media you have shared.


The Zipit app from Childline

Zipit is ChildLine’s first ever app, available for Android, Apple and BlackBerry smartphones (and iPod touch). It’s free to download.

What does Zipit do?
Zipit helps you get flirty chat back on the right track. It’s packed with killer comebacks and top tips to help you stay in control of your chat game.

-Save images onto your device and share them with your friends!
-Share images on Facebook, Twitter, BBM or via email
-Find out how to deal with a sexting crisis
-Get advice to help you flirt without failing
-Call ChildLine or save the number to your phone
You can also share images from Zipit through other apps like Whatsapp or Instagram, depending on what kind of phone you have and what apps you have on your phone.

Find out more from the Childline website

Advent resources


If you haven’t already sorted your plans for Advent, now’s the time to do so!

•Here’s a brilliant ‘Advent in 2 minutes’ video – worth showing to get discussion going!
•ROOTS have an Advent Sunday All-Age Service which introduces some of the traditional themes of Advent.
•The Advent page of Going for Growth has links to worship ideas, activities, Advent countdowns and a whole lot more!

Thanks again to Ben Mizen at the Diocese of Portsmouth for this information.

Living the Mission of Jesus

Diocese Of Whinchester Final Stage 1 ColoursFollowing the Diocesan Synod Conference  in September this year when we discussed, agreed and Synod voted on the strategic priorities for this Diocese over the next 3-5 years, Pete and Andy have been invited to lead a team to write some material for us all to use in Lent 2014 in order to take the vision to the grass roots level in parishes across the Diocese. There will be 6 sessions, and the team will provide material for:
– Children’s groups (up to the age of 11)
– Youth groups (11-18 years)
– Adult groups (home groups, men’s groups, mums and toddlers etc)
– Sermon material
– All age (specifically an outline for a Messy Church congregation)
This is a really exciting undertaking, and you can access a sample here.