The Bitter and The Sweet Exhibition
Saturday 28th September - 10.00am to 5.00pm Alton Maltings
We are presenting an eclectic mix of work in mixed media: paint, textile and collage. Some exhibits are work we have made on our own, others have been created out of our partnership during the time I worked as an Anna Chaplain, supporting older people in Alton.
Our Exhibition theme: The Bitter and The Sweet emerged out of our conversations around the challenges faced by older people and their families as they approached the end of their lives.
We devised several projects that brought older people and their families together with children and it was exciting to see many magic moments, shared one with another. We concluded that this theme was relevant whatever our age and worth exploring through our artistic endeavours.
Jane Austen’s home in Chawton is nearby and worth a visit too although you have to pay and our Exhibition is free!
Sunday 6th October - 11.00am to 15.00pm St Andrew's Church Medstead
The Harvest Festival takes place on Sunday 6th October at 11am followed by a "bring and share" lunch in the church hall. After lunch, Ingrid will tell us about the work being done by Kolkata Cathedral in an effort to alleviate poverty in the slums and to prevent women being the victims of slave labour and trafficking.
Autumn Jumble Sale
Saturday 12th October - Starting at TBC Medstead Church Hall
Details TBC nearer the date
Medstead's Remembrance Sunday
Sunday 10th November - Starting at Medstead Village Hall
A Commemoration of Peace for remembrance Sunday
Sunday 24th November - Starting at TBC St Andrew's Church
More details confirmed nearer the date.
Lighting-up and Carols in the Churchyard
Friday 6th December - Starting at TBC St Andrew's Church
Legacies are a lifeline for our churches. Each year around 5,000 people leave a gift in their will to a Church of England parish. In total, parishes receive around £50 million in legacy gifts each year – gifts to finance mission projects, maintain beautiful church buildings and grow faithful communities.
For many people, leaving a gift in their will is a final opportunity to make a lasting gift to God. It is also a way to make a lasting difference to the future of their church and community. The Church of England has produce a helpful leaflet which will help you explore how you can make provision in your will for a legacy to the Church.
Download the document below for further information.
We can reclaim 25% of your gifts and donations from the government. This comes from the tax you pay on your income and which we can claim back to support the church. This costs you nothing. Please use the gift aid form found below. Every little extra bit helps out: especially if it comes from your taxes.
With this in mind, we ask every member of the church family to consider how much he or she is prepared to give to the work of the church's ministry - a weekly or monthly sum: we ask you to pledge this sum as a financial commitment, since it gives our parishes more certainty in planning their financial outlays. Please see the document below for more information.
The Parish Giving Scheme is the principal way in which we finance your parish church.
Donations can be made on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis by Direct Debit using a PGS gift form. This scheme will boost your donation by 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 you donate
(at no extra cost to you or us.)
Do please see the Download document below for further information.
The Parish Church of St Andrew's is the oldest documented building in Medstead. The origins of the Church and the parish of Medstead can be traced back to the Saxon period. The first known reference to the Church is in the Domesday Book of 1086.
At the time of the Norman Conquest in 1066, it is likely St Andrew's was a small, two-celled chapel built of either flint or wood. It appears likely the Church was substantially enlarged or replaced around 1160, to which the oldest work now existing, the North Arcade of the Nave, has been dated.
Between 1853 and 1861 significant alterations were made to the church and, in essence, these alterations provided the building we see today.