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From the Rector: Tuesday 28th June 2022

Langtree Team Churches Ukrainian Refugee Local Support Fund Dear friends, I’m very pleased to announce that a generous anonymous donation has allowed Checkendon Church to launch a fund specifically for the support of Ukrainian refugees hosted in the Langtree Team area. Hosts have been contacted with details about how to apply. The fund remains open for lump sum donations (which can be…

From the Rector: Tuesday 21st June 2022

A happy baptism Dear friends, Village activities continue apace; Stoke Row Church shared cake with the Friends of Stoke Row School in church last Saturday, and at Checkendon we welcomed baby Charles Hildred into God’s family, enjoying the chance to greet friends old and new. The music group blessed us all with some classic hymns and songs, and coffee after the service…

From the Rector: Tuesday 14th June 2022

Connected Dear friends, We had become complacent about our connected world. Grain from Russia and Ukraine has stopped flowing to Africa, pushing more into desperate flight, or to give in to the temptation pick up a gun. Fragile economies teter on the edge. Our own spiralling energy costs and the resulting inflation come from the  same conflict; the UK economy may not…

From the Rector: Tuesday 24th May 2022

Celebrate and give thanks. Dear friends, The coming half term/bank holiday/Jubilee week brings two opportunities at least for us to gather and celebrate, both Her Majesty’s faithful service and witness and also God’s gift to his people of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Jesus promised those who followed him that they would not be “left comfortless” (two words which could well describe…

From the Rector: Tuesday 17th May 2022

Meet the Bishop Dear friends, This Wednesday (tomorrow)  you have an opportunity to meet and question Bishop Stephen Croft, Bishop of Oxford, at Shiplake Church, from 7.30pm. Whether you want to ask him about his priorities for the Diocese, the Christ Church affair, or how the economic crisis is affecting your church, do take this opportunity to have your say. Parking for…

From the Rector: Tuesday 3rd May 2022

War weary Dear friends, A number of Ukrainian refugees have begun to arrive in our communities; located in Stoke Row, and also Goring. There are a couple of other visa applications in the system; but these are where there has normally been an existing connection. Most of the potential hosts across our team that have registered with the Home Office are still…

From the Rector: Tuesday 26th April 2022

Easter, ongoing Dear friends, Easter is a longer “season” than Christmas. Six, sometimes seven weeks when daily readings and prayers remind us that Christ is risen, and that hope is never wasted. The Easter season ends on Pentecost Sunday, which this year falls on 5th June, the culmination of her Majesty’s Jubilee weekend. On the way to the party, let us daily…

From the Rector: Holy Week 2022

Dear friends, The gritty reality of an Easter with a war in Europe is not something anyone anticipated this time last year. We looked forward to the taming of Covid, and the return of social fellowship in all areas of life; education, emplyment, healthcare, Church, leisure. Society has returned, but every area is struggling to be “normal” with possibly staffing, or supply…