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Kids Corner

Notices in brief...

For all the notices and more information, please see our Notices page

Littleton Christmas ADVENTure.
Normally during December, St Catherine's Church, Littleton, organises a Posada around the village, with knitted nativity figures spending a night with each family, representing Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem.
For this year's Posada we have been thinking 'outside the box', or rather 'inside the bag'! We are offering Littleton families a bag of activities for the 4 weeks of Advent. Each bag also includes a Posada sheep and some sheep challenges! Bags will be delivered on the weekend of 21st/22nd November.
If you would like to take part, please sign up by Sunday 8th November so that we have sufficient time to prepare the bags:
Littleton Christmas ADVENTure

In Emergency – Coronavirus

In an emergency, please contact the Rector, Revd Jax Machin on:


Mobile: 07761 055228


Please also look at these websites to find details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life:

Diocese of Winchester:

The Church of England:

Further information about the phone line is available


Coronavirus Support:

Update from the Littleton Helpers -

Please see Notices

Chilbolton Coronavirus Support Group



Crawley Corona Helpers

Phone:  07807 363689 or Email: 


Littleton Coronavirus Support Group

Littleton Coronavirus Support Group


Sparsholt Community Support

Support Group


Sparsholt Community Support

Group  Newsletter

Update - Lockdown 2


Wherwell Coronavirus Help Line



Hampshire Help Line

0333 370 4000.

(This number has been issued by Hants Constabulary.)

Prayer Requests

If you have any prayer requests, for any concerns lying on your heart or to give thanks, please email the office on

All prayer requests will be made anonymous before being passed on  to our Prayer Team.

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for Feb/Mar edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 8th January.

Resources for Children and Families

If you are worried or upset and need help for yourself or a friend, click on the link for a poster with some top tips and contact numbers.



or visit our Wellbeingpage


The CofE is also launching #FaithAtHome on today (Thursday 30th April). This will be available to many children and young people through our partnership to provide collective worship with Oak Academy, and through church and school networks. It will offer people of all ages and faith backgrounds a chance to pause, think and reflect, and to rebuild lost habits of prayer and faithful reflection in the home.

These weekly 10-12 minute packages of video content will be available from 7th May.  

The first can be accessed at  


Daily videos for teenagers using challenges from sport and culture to help explore the Bible and how it might be relevant today.

Created for teenagers with no experience of church, as well as those who’ve been there all their lives:

                                                            MESSY CHURCH                                             


 For more information on about Messy Church: Children


These activities come from the Education Department for the Dioceses of Winchester and Portsmouth.  There are a lot of fun ideas, challenges and activities here - do please give some of them a go. These are this week's challenges but if

you would like to see more please go to Diocesan_Education_Department_-_Resources


               Bedtime Stories 


Our story this week is Smelly Socks by Robert Munsch:

Archdeacon Gavin (The Ven Gavin Collins, Archdeacon of The Meon in Portsmouth Diocese) reads: Where’s Teddy?

Bishop Paul (The Bishop of Durham, The Rt Revd Paul Butler) reads: A Moment Like This: 

Professor Joy Carter CBE DL (Vice Chancellor at The University of Winchester, which has an Anglican Foundation; a Deputy Lieutenant in Hampshire and inaugural Chair of the Church of England’s Foundation for Education Leadership) reads:  Our House Is On Fire : Greta Thunberg’s Call To Save The Planet:

Canon Mark (Canon Mark Collinson, Canon Principal at Winchester Cathedral & the School of Mission) reads:The Little Gate by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen:

Sammy Jordan, Youth Discipleship Enabler who works in the School of Mission, Winchester Diocese reads: Giraffes Can’t Dance: 

Canon Andy (Canon Andy Trenier, Precentor and Sacrist at Winchester Cathedral) reads: Fender At The Harbour:   

Revd Catherine (The Very Rev’d Catherine Ogle, Dean of Winchester) reads Smelly Louie:

Archdeacon Peter (The Ven Dr Peter Rouch, Archdeacon of Bournemouth)  reads The Runnaway Bunny:

Archdeacon Peter (The Ven Peter Leonard, Archdeacon of the Isle of Wight)  reads a story about bravery, Hiccup The Viking Who Was Seasick:

Bishop Debbie (The Rt Revd Debbie Sellin, Bishop of Southampton) is reading “Can’t you sleep little bear” : 

Jon Le Fevre, Headteacher at Pilgrims’ Cross reads his favourite book, The Gruffalo: 

Andy Poole, Headteacher at St Clement’s and St John’s Infant School reads Mr Big: 


Peregrines at Winchester Cathedral 

The peregrines returned and the chicks are now flying around the Cathedral. Watch them on the webcam and read the Peregrine Diary:    


Titanic at Southampton’s Sea City Museum

There’s a virtual tour of Southampton's Titanic Story at Sea City Museum where you can also find a range of free online resources to keep learning at home fun, including activity packs to discover more about the RMS Titanic, the Mayflower

and more at :


Our Planet 

This amazing series of programmes about the natural world is now available to view for free. Netflix have now released all eight episodes on their YouTube channel, as well as a selection of other educational content for teachers, parents and kids.

More details HERE



Wild Worship Guide

Sparsholt Church of England Primary School 



Summer Edition 

 And for a bit of fun ...                          

All God's creatures gotta a place in the choir