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Letters from Revd Jax

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.


Letters from Revd Jax



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Christ the King - 22nov20

Second Sunday before Advent - 15nov20

Remembrance Sunday - 8nov20

All Saints'/All Souls' - 1nov20

Last Sunday after Trinity - 25oct20

Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity / Luke the Evangelist - 18oct20

Eighteenth after Trinity - 11oct20

Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity - 4oct20

Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity - 27sep20

Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity - 20sep20

Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity - 13sep20

Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity - 6sep20

Twelfth Sunday after Trinity - 30aug20

Eleventh Sunday after Trinity - 23aug20

Tenth Sunday after Trinity - 16aug20 - Reflection by Andrew Kent

Ninth Sunday after Trinity - 9aug20

Eighth Sunday after Trinity - 2aug20

Seventh Sunday after Trinity - 26jul20

Sixth Sunday after Trinity - 19jul20

Fifth Sunday after Trinity - 12jul20

Fourth Sunday after Trinity - 5jul20

Third Sunday after Trinity - 28jun20

Second Sunday after Trinity - 21jun20

Corpus Christi - 14jun20

Trinity Sunday - 7jun20

Pentecost - 31may20

The Seventh Sunday of Easter - 24may20

Ascension Day - 21may20

The Sixth Sunday of Easter - 17may20

75th Anniversary of VE Day - 8may20

The Fourth Sunday of Easter - 3may20

The Third Sunday of Easter - 26apr20

The Second Sunday of Easter - 19apr20

EASTER DAY - 12apr20

Holy Saturday - 11apr20

GOOD FRIDAY - 10apr20

Holy Week - Thursday - 9apr20

Holy Week - Wednesday - 8apr20

Holy Week - Tuesday - 7apr20

Holy Week - Monday - 6apr20

Palm Sunday - 5apr20

Fifth Sunday of Lent - 27mar20

Mothering Sunday - 22mar20