Seven Churches in South Oxfordshire

From the Rector: Tuesday 13th June 2023

From the heavens

Dear friends,

Many congratulations to Rachel Carter and Edward Hildred, who became Mr and Mrs Hildred at Checkendon church on Saturday. A very cheerful service, with the bells ringing, and organ playing, and in wonderful serendipity, the Red Arrows flying overhead as we started, seemingly adding Checkendon at 1502hrs into their flight plan back from trooping the colour. Heaven also added its own blessing with a spectacular downpour during the sermon. But the hot sun had lulled the chauffeur of the vintage car into a false sense of security……he’d “left the roof open”, and almost fled from the church, to return, somewhat dampened, five minutes later. The sun came out again to greet the newly weds, and the joy was palpable. Many congratulations to them, and my thanks indeed to all the “ground crew” at Checkendon – the volunteers who make such hospitality and ministry possible. As the Red Arrows pilots will tell you, they are the lucky ones who get to fly, but behind them and their aircraft are a very large team. The planes don’t look after themselves.

Worship Services for Sunday 18th June

9.30am Informal Worship at St John’s, Stoke Row with Mr Peter Ferguson. A simple service to start your day.

11am Family Worship at St Peter and Paul, Checkendon with Canon Kevin Davies. Join us for a service of praise, with the music group, and coffee afterwards.

Midweek zoom service: Wednesday Evensong at 5.00pm  410 935 129

To the earth

Please do join us at worship, Sunday by Sunday. It is a chance to be together before God, to listen to the Scriptures, to pray, and simply take some time away from the press of the day to day. There are things to be thankful for, to confess, or sometimes to simply hold before God in perplexity, and be comforted by his presence.  I met a lady at the wedding (above) who was married in Checkendon but who has spent almost all of her life living abroad. “Thank you for being here,” she said. “I’ve not lived here for so long, but nevertheless it is still home.”  I wonder, where does your heart return to, when you let it fly?

May the Lord be with you,

your Rector, Revd Kevin

These beautiful half height lilies are perfect in a pot, and the flash of pink befits their name “lollipop”.


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