Bishop’s Waltham Deanery Newsletter 8 ~
January 2018

My best wishes to you all for the New Year as we start 2018 with the LyCiG (Leading your Church into Growth) Local course across the Deanery. This is the culmination of a lot of work starting with the Deanery Framework and now delivering the course itself with over 80 people registered. It links well with the Live Pray Serve initiative in our Diocese and we hope it will provide the tools for all our churches to grow both numerically and spiritually.

Rev Gregg Mensingh

The Deanery LyCiG Local course continues on MONDAYs – 22 and 29 January and 5, 19 and 26 February (NOT 12 February—half term) at Rookesbury Hall, Church Road, Newtown, PO17 6LE. Coffee and Biscuits from 7.15 with course running from 7.30 to 9.00pm.

Dates for Deanery Meetings
Mission & Pastoral Committee
Tuesday 20 February Standing Committee
Monday 5 March Deanery Synod
Tuesday 20 March (deferred from January due to LyCiG)

Wiawso Link
Rev Canon Graham Morris came over in November to encourage our Deanery Clusters but sadly to date we have not heard back from Bishop Abraham and hence no further links have been developed with Wiawso schools and Parishes.

 Deanery Ascension Day Service 
with Gathered Choirs from all Deanery Parishes
on Thursday 10 May 2017
@ 7.30pm
at St Andrew’s Church, Church Lane, Meonstoke SO32 3NA
The Preacher will be confirmed soon.
The service will be followed by celebratory refreshments.

Hackney Link – Possible Visit
A visit from our friends in Hackney on Saturday July 21st is being finalised so please keep the date free in diaries across the Deanery.

Deanery Framework ~ Update

 The “Deanery Framework” (formerly Deanery Plan) remains a living document. but there have been no amendments to date.
 If you would like a copy of this or the appendix, please contact the Deanery Administrator.

Live Pray Serve
Following the Meon Archdeaconry Meeting on 27 September, the Deanery Synod discussed this diocesan initiative. It was linked to LyCiG (providing provide tools for the implementation of both our Deanery Framework and this initiative as the main themes of Live Pray Serve are
• Making disciples
• Growing churches
• Learning from life
• Transforming society

Around our Deanery
 Congratulations to rev Canon Nick Fennemore who will be taking up the role of Cathedral Chaplain and Minor Canon of Winchester Cathedral, whilst continuing with his Southern Health chaplaincy role. Canon Nick has been with the Benefice of Soberton and Newtown for over three years and has been Interim Priest-in-Charge since early 2017; he moves at the end of January and will be much missed by the Benefice.
 Rev Canon Robin Coutts retired in November 2017 and a celebratory service was held for him at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Hambledon and he was presented with a mosaic made by a member of the congregation, with all parishioners having the opportunity to add tiles to the surround.
 The Benefice of Soberton and Newtown and the Parish of Hambledon continue conversations around the future pattern of ministry.
 Deanery Administrator Vacancy – the current Administrator is stepping down after 3 years (end of March 2018); the new role will be stipendiary, working flexibly 40 hours a month. More details from the Lay Chair, Norman Chapman (

What’s on in the Deanery?
 There will be several Lent Courses across the Deanery and more detail will be provided shortly but will courses known include:
o BCD churches on Mondays (March 5, 12, 19 and 26) at Durley School, 7.45pm based on Images of Christ in the National Gallery (in conjunction with St Martin in the Field)
o Soberton & Newtown Benefice on Thursday mornings at 10.00am at West Cottage, Soberton, dates and topics to be confirmed.

Next Newsletter -May 2018…….Any items for inclusion or comments to the Deanery Administrator on