Seven Churches in South Oxfordshire

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 was thronged. Today Checkendon’s boot fair will see the green and field awash with stalls and visiting bargain hunters, and the centre of the village will be a hive of market activity from very early in the morning. Worship in church will continue, however, as usual at 11am, and we will be celebrating the eucharist and praying for God’s mercy on our world. God doesn’t offer bargains, just gifts.

Worship Services for Sunday 26th June

9.30am Holy Communion at St John’s Stoke Row, with the Revd Angela Linton.

11am Holy Communion at Checkendon, with Revd Kevin Davies. With, hymns, a short sermon, and coffee afterwards.

6.30pm-7pm. Together at Home. An online evening service with Revd Kevin Davies.  Zoom numbers 636 645 195 and passcode 000162. Music, prayers, and a last word from Mark’s gospel.

(Online services will move to Wednesday’s at 5.30pm from  Wed 29th June. Join Revd John Blair for Evensong on zoom numbers 410 935 129)

Other service options for elsewhere in the Team can be found on the Langtree Team Ministry Churches website. Do join us for worship either in person, or online, or both. Don’t forget that you now can support both Checkendon  and  Stoke Row churches via dedicated and secure online card donation pages. Just click on the link. It is very easy! Thank you for your support.

Prayer requests

Thank you all for your care and support for your churches. Thank you to those of you at Checkendon who have already responded to my appeal letter earlier in the year. Please could I encourage those of you who have not yet had a chance to look through the material to do so, and to write to or email the Treasurer if you would like to help. It is a little understood fact that every local C/E church receives nothing whatsoever towards running costs from either the Government or the National Church of England. Each church has to be financially self sufficient.  Please help if you can.

Your prayers are requested for Charlotte Snowdon and her rehabilitation and therapy at Stoke Mandeville Hospital; for Amanda Dunham and Mateus Jacubowski as they prepare for their marriage; for those who have recently welcomed a Ukrainian family into their homes; for the refugees themselves; for peace at home and abroad; and for your church fellowship and all that we can share together. There is much to ask God. There is also much to thank God for.

Your Rector,           Revd Kevin Davies

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