Seven Churches in South Oxfordshire

From the Rector: Tuesday 18th June 2024

Office space required

Dear friends

The Team Ministry is looking for an office space! After over twenty years at The Grove, Stoke Row, and with thanks to the kindness and hospitality of the Robin family, the property is now being sold, and we need to find a new home. The Team office is the place of work for Mary Daniels, our part time Administrator, who helps all the clergy across the Team, and it is the “print shop” producing orders of service for all our churches, as well as the central supply hub for all the “requisites” that our churches use.

If you have unused space, preferably with its own entrance, which you might be prepared to consider, please do get in touch with me, or any member of the team staff. The Team Council cannot afford to pay a commercial rent, but we do make a regular honorarium payment, as well as cover all costs incurred such as heating, power, and broadband. Thank you!

Worship Services for Sunday 23rd June

9.30am Holy Communion at St John’s Stoke Row with Canon Kevin Davies

11am Holy Communion at St Peter and Paul, Checkendon with Canon Kevin Davies.

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

Congratulations !

Very well done to Checkendon School who have just received a glowing report from the official Church of England Inspection body, known as SIAMs. This looks at the ethos, worship, RE, and management of the school, with special emphasis on how it is fulfilling its purpose as a Church School.  I’ve uploaded the inspector’s findings to the Team website, and you can view them here. Head teacher, Mrs Sarah Hillier, pupils, governors and staff have all worked together to achieve this great outcome.

A prayer to come back to later, to end your day. “Glory to thee my God, this night, for all the blessings of the light. Keep me O keep me, King of kings, beneath thine own almighty wings.” Supplication in devotion so readily becomes praise, as Bishop Thomas Ken found: “Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above ye heavenly host, praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.” When added to Tallis’ music, these prayers can be sung as a round (“in canon”), and the polyphony leads us heavenward, away from the frazzle and bustle of the day, to places in our hearts we find bathed in light. Here is a version made with many voices, using instruments Tallis and Ken themselves would recognise. Play it right through; the silence at the end, before the applause, is part of the divine music too.

May the peace of the Lord be always with you.

Revd Kevin



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