Services and Events

Church Services

Friday 12th

1.30 – -3.30 pm Cosy Café – St Thomas Charlton (NB new time)

Sunday 14th

10 am Holy Communion – Tangley, Smannell & Hurstbourne

10am Holy Communion – with Explorers for the children – Charlton

10 am Family Service – Penton

10.30 am Family Service – Weyhill (Fairground Hall)

6 pm Evensong – Vernham

Tuesday 16th

9.30 – 11.30 am Pop in & Play Hurstbourne Tarrant Community Centre

Wednesday 17th

10 am Holy Communion – Tangley

Sunday 21st

8.30 am BCP Holy Communion – Penton & Hurstbourne

10 am Family Service – Charlton

10 am Holy Communion – Enham & Vernham

10.30 am Holy Communion – Weyhill (Penton Church)


This Week

The Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 3 12 – 19
Psalm 4
1 John 3 1 – 7
Luke 24 36b – 4b

Next Week

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Acts 4 5 – 12
Psalm 23
1 John 3 16 – end
John 10 11 – 18

In your Prayers please pray for...

All those in our parish who are currently receiving treatments, caring for those who are or awaiting results, may the Lord be with them always giving them strength and determination on the path to wellness.

The farmers who are working hard to catch up with planting after the wet weather this spring.

Our schools as they return for the final term of the year and all that this brings for the staff and students over the coming weeks


Collect for 14th April

Almighty Father, who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples with the sight of the risen Lord: give us such knowledge of his presence with us, that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life and serve you continually in righteousness and truth; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Our Churches are opening for Private Prayer as follows

Penton open during daylight hours 

Hatherden 8 am – 4 pm daily

Hurstbourne Tarrant 9.30 am – dusk

Vernham Dean 10 am – 4 pm – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday

Weyhill Church is currently closed until further notice.

Words of Encouragement

By Alan Evans

God has promised you a helper

Back in the days before steam and diesel, the only sort of ships that existed were sailing ships. Intrepid sailors travelled the globe, crossing great oceans to discover new worlds, powered by one thing and one thing alone. The wind. Today of course, there are massive fuel-powered vessels so sailing’s become more of a sport than a necessity. And while I’ve never been interested or involved in that particular sport, the couple of times I have been on a sailing boat, I must admit, it has been quite exhilarating, but take away the wind and the vessel is becalmed. Today that might mean losing a race, but back in the age of sail being on a becalmed vessel could be deadly for all onboard.

It seems to me that a Christian life without the Holy Spirit is a lot like that. The nineteenth century British preacher and evangelist Charles Spurgeon once said that without the Spirit of God, we can do nothing. We’re like sailing ships without wind, completely useless.

Before he was crucified, Jesus made this promise to His disciples, which also applies to us today:

John 14:26 … the Helper will teach you everything and cause you to remember all that I told you. This Helper is the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name.

Imagine the Spirit of God as the wind in your sails helping you to remember all that Jesus said, helping you to become all that He created you to be, the mighty hand of God on your life, the hand of His greatness, to work in you and through you for His glory.

If this power of God is available to us as Christians to help us in our daily lives, why would we ever want to go it alone? We’d be like sailing ships without wind, becalmed, drifting and ultimately dying. God the Holy Spirit is our Helper, there beside us in every situation. Just ask him for his help and he is more then willing to give it.

Announcement and Notes


Upcoming Events for the Diary

(Full details will follow in the coming weeks, all subject to change)

Weekly –

Tuesdays – Pop in & Play – Hurstbourne

Wednesday – Holy Communion – Tangley

April –

Thursday 25th – Craft Club Christ Church Hatherden

Friday 26th – Cosy Café – Charlton

Sunday 28th Play & Praise Charlton

May –

Thursday 2nd – Coffee House – Wildhern

Saturday 4th – Prayer Hour – Hatherden

Tuesday 7th – PCC Meeting – Hatherden

Friday 10th – Cosy Café – Charlton

Sunday 12th – Messy Church – Charlton

Tuesday 14th – Pastrow APCM – Hatherden

Notes from Pastrow Admin

Friday 12th – Cosy Café 2 – 4 pm St Thomas Charlton, (NB times have changed for the summer)

Pop in & Play – 9.30 – 11.30 Every Tuesday Hurstbourne Tarrant Community Centre (term time only)

Grace Ministry for a Moses-Like Generation 

Individuals from St Thomas’s church began contributing to the orphaned children of South Rwenzori in western Uganda just over one year ago. Over that period they have contributed a total of £551.00. Thank you to all those who have contributed and thank you, Jean Milne, for the display in church and keeping track of the donations. They enable two young people with no parents to receive an education and pastoral support for a whole year, making a life-changing difference to them.  Ian

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Pastrow Family Polos and Sweatshirts – Branded polo shirts (£12) or sweatshirts (£15), can be ordered now, they come in a variety of colours and sizes; the choice is yours. Contact Jude for more information.

 A Grace Ministry for Moses-Like Generation in Uganda.

Would you like to commit to supporting very needy orphans in South West Uganda (South Ruwenzori – next to the border with Congo (DRC))? There is a huge number of orphaned and needy children in this area. We are supporting 30 young people by paying their school fees and other related costs. St Thomas’s Charlton are contributing £50 a month and a number of individuals also give regularly. The founder and head of this ministry is Rev William Musisi Muhindo, a good friend of Ian Smale’s and an inspiring Christian and church leader in the South Ruwenzori diocese. If you would like to know more please contact Ian on

The Parish Giving Scheme
A great way to regularly support you home parish church, join at Home – Parish Giving Scheme paper applications can be obtained from Jude please call 07999 352585

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In Memory

Kenneth Mitchell (13th)
Ruth Davies (14th)
Barbara Gardner (15th)
Chrissie Munro (15th)
Donald Humphrey (16th)
Knud Borchersen (16th)
Frederick Weeks (16th)
Joyce Ray (18th)
Helen Penfound (19th)