A Letter from the Vicar

Dear Friends,

Growing in Faith!

“…we pray…that you may live a life worthy of the Lord…bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God…” (Colossians 1 v 9-12)

In Jesus’s ‘Great Commission’ to his disciples (Matthew 28 v 16-20) he commanded them to “make disciples of all nations”. Part of the role of a local church is to help young people and adults to ‘grow’ in their faith. In Holdenhurst Parish in addition to your clergy we have a Lay person, Gian Tondeur trained in discipleship and Gian was recently presented with a Bishop’s Commission for Mission (BCM) in Discipleship. Gian is involved in a variety of areas of ministry encouraging discipleship amongst church members.


One of the groups that Gian leads is ‘Build-Up’ a fortnightly ‘Home-group’ that meets at Daphne Green’s home on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. This group spends time in prayer, studying the Bible and learning more about the Christian faith with the aim of helping people who attend ‘to grow in the knowledge of God.’ If you are interested in growing in faith, do make enquiries with Gian at St. John’s church on a Sunday morning, through email manorlady70@hotmail.co.uk or phone 07746 814200.

‘Youth Alpha’

In February, Jez Ferguson was appointed as Youth Minister within the Benefice of Holdenhurst and Iford. One of his first new groups is to lead a ‘Youth Alpha’ course for young people within our churches. At this course, our young people are encouraged to ask questions and discover more about the Christian faith for themselves. For some of the group, it may be appropriate to make a step of faith by being confirmed by a Bishop at a Confirmation service. Jez plans to start ‘Youth Alpha’ in late March and continuing after Easter. For further information about ‘Youth Alpha’ contact Jez on jez@stsaviours.net

God bless,