Seven Churches in South Oxfordshire

From the Rector: Tuesday 21st December 2021

Christmas Update

Dear friends,

In-person services are still “on” for Christmas. Wrap up – we’ll keep the doors open ! If you have a cold or cough, please think of others – and don’t come. If possible for you, do take a lateral flow test on the day of the service. You will need to wear a mask in the church buiding, too. That all being said, the churches are looking wonderful, with decorations and candles, and the welcome will be as warm as ever. It is the season of joy and hope, and there is plenty to go around.

The Advent Journey – last few steps….

8.30-8.40pm every day up to 24th Dec. Online for Advent with Revd Kevin.  Zoom numbers 842 3891 2144 and 123165. A daily reading, music and prayers for the Advent Season.

Other service options for elsewhere in the Team can be found on the Langtree Team Ministry Churches website.

You can support Checkendon church and  Stoke Row churches via dedicated and secure online card donation pages. Thank you!

Christmas Eve

4pm Christingle Service at Checkendon Church, with the Music Group, and children’s choir. Doors open 3.40pm.

9.30pm Christmas Eve Communion at St John’s Stoke Row.

Christmas Day

11am Christmas Day Celebration at Checkendon Church.

Sunday 26th December

There are two worship options for you on Boxing Day:

9am Early (in person) Holy Communion at St Leonard’s Woodcote, with Revd Linda Smith

10am. Zoom Carols with Revd John Blair. 188 513 761 (Please wait to be admitted)

Looking ahead

Unless there are further restrictions imposed upon us, in person services for 2nd January will be 9.30am at Stoke Row, 11am at Checkendon, and your online option is the evening gathering Together at Home at 6.30pm, with the zoom numbers 636645195 and 000162. There won’t be one of these mailings from me next week, unless we are forced to make emergency changes to what we can offer. Readers of the Henley Standard can enjoy my 2021 Christmas Story in the Christmas Eve edition.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement, both online and in person, throughout this year. There is much to be thankful for in our pilgrimage and fellowship. May the joy of Christmas touch each one of us, and may the hope that Christ brings be born in our hearts and homes.

Your Rector,   Canon Kevin Davies


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