Seven Churches in South Oxfordshire

From the Rector: Tuesday 23rd February 2021

Thank You

Dear friends,

Thank you to those of you who came along to our zoom team service for Ash Wednesday – it was great to see so many, from all over the Team ministry. Our next Team service will be on Maundy Thursday evening, 1st April, with zoom numbers 879 0804 7954 and 107463. This service will be the communion of the Last Supper, and as before there will be contributions from all across the Team.

The daily Lent Journey meetings are proving very popular. We’ve been “in the desert” for the first week, experiencing the Judean wilderness, and exploring faith and our walk with God. We’ll be heading to Galilee soon, as Jesus’ ministry begins. Join us each day or when you can, at 8.30pm for a ten minute devotional; readings, prayer, music, input from Revd Kevin and Revd John. Everyone is welcome. The zoom numbers are 842 3891 2144 and 123165. Do make a note of them in your diary.

Worship for Sunday 28th February

You will need the zoom app installed on your device (laptop, tablet, phone or PC) – download from https://www.zoom.us.  Just before the appointed time, run the app, click on “join meeting” and enter the meeting number and passcode below.

11am Holy Communion with Revd Kevin. 636 645 195 and passcode 000162.  A communion service for Lent, with hymns, prayers and a short sermon.

It is absolutely OK to pass these details onto friends and family, who are very welcome to join us. Please don’t however post them on social media. Other online service options can be found on the Langtree Team Ministry Churches website. All live services across the Langtree Team have been suspended for the present.

You can support Checkendon church and now, Stoke Row church via dedicated and secure online card donation pages. Just click on the link. Please also Gift Aid your donation if you pay any income tax. Thank you !

Early Daffs

The bulbs that were planted in the autumn have begun to show their hand: daffs getting their heads up for St David’s day, snowdrops rebounding from the icy spell, crocuses (or is that croci?) peeping up at the base of the rowan tree. Even some enthusiastic tulips in the beds are getting ahead of themselves. Winter may yet have one or two cards to play, but his hand is now thin. With each day that passes spring gathers pace, the daylight lengthens, and hope returns with every vaccination.

With a tentative timeline for the easing of lockdown it becomes possible for your ministers and church councils to put in place (also provisional) plans for our own future steps. Generally what happens after a major government announcement is that both the National Church of England, and also the Oxford Diocese, spend a few days digesting the implications, sometimes seeking clarification, and then issue further, more detailed, guidance of their own. As soon as there is anything to report, I’ll let you know.

Let us give thanks to God for his mercies, which are new every morning.

Revd Kevin

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