Seven Churches in South Oxfordshire

From the Rector: Sunday 4th September

Dear Friends

A very warm welcome to this service, wherever you are worshipping across the Langtree Team ministry area. As the schools begin their new academic year we pray for the children starting school, or moving schools, that this next step on their life’s journey may be fulfilling and very happy.

We also continue to pray for all those affected by the earthquake in central Italy; we give thanks for the work of rescue teams and community support groups, and we pray for the central and regional government officers, that there will be visionary leadership and discernment as to the works that are now required in those places.

In our own communities, please pray for Revd Robert Thewsey, and his family, as they move into the Rectory at Shiplake prior to becoming the new Rector in that benefice on Thursday 15th September.

Here in Langtree, preparations are getting underway to welcome Revd Alan and Margaret Gates to Ipsden and North Stoke on Thursday 13th October. The service will be held at St Mary’s North Stoke at 7.30pm on that date, and everyone from across the team is very welcome to attend as Bishop Colin and Archdeacon Judy license Alan into his new ministry in the Team.

Finally, don’t forget to review your charitable giving to your local church from time to time. Contrary to popular myth, your church receives no financial support from the central structures of the Church of England. All the ministry costs, and all the building costs, and all the community work costs, are funded locally. It really is down to us !

“O Lord our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”  (Psalm 8v1)

Your Rector and Area Dean                                                                    Revd Kevin Davies


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