Seven Churches in South Oxfordshire

From the Rector: Tuesday 7th September 2021

Here comes the sun!

Dear friends,

The irony of the sun disappearing almost the moment the schools broke up, staying away for the whole of August, and then “returning to work” along with pupils, parents, teachers and just about everyone else has not been lost on me. I do hope that even if you are surrounded by ferocious to do lists you will still have the courage to take the odd moment to appreciate the light, and the glory of the season as it changes.

It was wonderful to be back in church, at Checkendon, last Sunday. It is the “new normal” which in our case means pews are still spaced and doors kept open, but masks are optional, we sing hymns, and there are refreshments afterwards. We want everyone to be as comfortable and confident as they can be. Our new evening online fellowship “Together at Home” offers something prayerful and engaging at the end of the day. Anyone is welcome to join us, wherever you are in the Team, or elsewhere across the world!

Come to church, in person, and online: Services for Sunday 12th September.

9.30am Morning Prayer at St John’s Stoke Row, led by Revd Kevin Davies.

11am Holy Communion at Checkendon, led by Revd Kevin Davies. A shorter communion service, where we just share the bread. There will be singing, and coffee, and a chance to chat.

6.30pm-7pm. Together at Home. A short, informal evening service (via zoom) with Revd Kevin. 636 645 195 and passcode 000162. Everyone welcome, wherever you are. Join our pilgrimage as we begin to engage with the Gospel of Mark.

It is absolutely OK to pass these details onto friends and family, who are very welcome to join us. Other service options 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. Just click on the link. If you’ve not tried this way to make a donation, please give it a go. It is very secure.

…and the firmament proclaims his handiwork

This is from Psalm 19, one of next Sunday’s readings. Enjoy this rudbeckia, with zinnias and marigolds, making a great choir of praise, without a note being sung.

Let all the earth cry “Glory!”

God bless,  Revd Kevin

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