The Hermitage Team of Churches have some exciting events coming up in the next few weeks, they are open to anyone, please do have a look and add to your diaries!

Team Lent Course 2020

We are delighted to inform you that the Lent Course for 2020 has been chosen and we will be running a series of sessions based on the book "Where the Lost Things Go" by Lucy Berry.

"Where the Lost Things Go" is a 'practically perfect' Lent course for small group study - or for reading on one's own - based on the popular film Mary Poppins Returns.  Poet and Minister Lucy Berry skilfully draws out some of the themes of the Oscar nominated movie and shows how we can consider them more deeply alongside passages of the Bible.

The course is based around five weekly sessions, entitled:

- Were we dreaming? Belief and Unbelief

- This can't be happening!  Loss, denial and acceptance

- The Banks Children? Or the Bank's Children?

- Lost People, being found: Fogs and the Wilderness

- Light! A seriously heavy symbol


Each session includes suggested clips from the film and discussion questions, Bible readings and closing prayers.

As with previous years, we will run a number of groups across the team and we will purchase a copy of the DVD movie so if you have not seen it, we can arrange a time for us to view all together before breaking away into our groups or for each group to view together.

If you are interested in taking part in this course, please complete the expression of interest form attached and further information will be sent to all who have responded.

The study book will need to purchased and Shoemakers in Newbury are doing our team a special discount (more on that to follow).

We are also looking for Session Leaders so if you would like to lead a course, please email and let her know.

Please complete the form below (click on the blue text 'Team Lent Course 2020) and we look forward to spending this season of Lent with you.

Team Lent Course 2020

Concert in Memory of Jonathan Edwards

A special concert will be held on Saturday 4th April 2020 at 7.30pm in Compton Church in memory of our dear friend Jonathan Edwards.  All money raised will go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.  Tickets cost £10 to include refreshments and you can purchase these from Compton Village Stores or call 01635 578177.  The concert will feature the Hagbourne Community Choir and the Goring Little Ukulele Group.

Downland Filling Station



Thursday 19th March - Katherine Gantlett - ‘Sabbath-Still Relevant?’

Author of ‘Walking Through Winter’, wife of a farmer & mother of Charlie, Katherine studied at Westminster Theological Centre where she went on to work for 5 years. Now she is a coach helping people grow in their understanding of themselves and others through psychometric profiling. Her hope is to see people released into their true God-given identities and walk in Jesus’ rhythms of grace.

Thursday 16th April  7:15pm  Hampstead Norreys Village Hall Richard Gamble  - THE WALL OF ANSWERED PRAYER

The Filling Station is an informal gathering of Christians, from every denomination. We have a band, a prayer team and guest speakers. Former chaplain of Leicester City Football Club and CEO of Sports Chaplaincy UK, Richard joins us to talk about The Wall of Answered Prayer – an audacious project to build a monument about Jesus. Since its launch the story has attracted national media interest. Here is your chance to hear from the founder himself.


Thursday 21st May  7:15pm  Hampstead Norreys Village Hall - Rev Wes Sutton - HEALING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS

The Filling Station is an informal gathering of Christians, a time to be refreshed. This month's guest speaker Rev Sutton has followed an unexpected path from tax collector to teacher, from psalmist to priest.  Now as the Director of the Acorn Christian Healing Foundation, where they equip and encourage churches in the Healing Ministry of Jesus. Come and make the most of this great opportunity to learn more about healing. 


Thursday 18th June  7:15pm  Hampstead Norreys Village Hall - John Bishop, OBE - JESUS, THE GOOD SHEPHERD

The Filling Station is an informal gathering of Christians, with a band for worship, a prayer team and guest speakers. 40 years of looking after sheep (and people), retired farmer John reflects on what he's learned along the way and how Jesus, the ultimate shepherd, challenges us to lead as well as be lead. John was honoured for his contributions to agriculture and the community having opened up Rushall Farm, Bradfield for others to learn and benefit as well as raising significant funds for the local school and MS Society. Come and invigorate your faith. 


Thursday 16th July  7:15pm  Hampstead Norreys Village Hall - Ian Mcdonald - Living deeper:  RADICAL JOY IN ANXIOUS TIMES

The Filling Station is an informal gathering of Christians, a spiritual injection open to everyone. This month our speaker fascinates both young and young at heart. Ian is part of the Diocese of Oxford focusing on youth, emerging culture and discipleship. He is passionate about laughter and how can help us live deeper, more connected lives. He teaches a happiness course, is a laughter yoga instructor and a stand-up comedian. All this and a Masters degree in theology from Kings College London! Come and learn to find joy in any situation.