Churn Benefice Activities for July

Churn Youth Group

Sunday 3rd July at 6pm, in the Methodist Chapel, Blewbury

Sunday 17th July at 7pm, at Tickers Folly, Blewbury.

All young people of secondary school age are welcome to come along. We meet on the third Sunday of the month from 7pm to 8.30pm at the Benefice Centre or other venue depending on what activity we decide to do.

Ever thought about Confirmation?

We will be holding a Confirmation service in the Benefice on 6th November 2011. If you are considering or would like to find out more about Confirmation please contact either Louise or Fr Jason by the end of July. Separate preparation for Adults and Teenagers will begin in the autumn. There will be no obligation to get confirmed at the end of the sessions, but we hope that you will want to!

The CHURN Branch of the MU

The next Pram Service will be on Wednesday 6th July at 12.15pm in the Vale Room, Blewbury Village Hall. ALL AGES ARE WELCOME.

A sandwich lunch is provided by the Mothers Union after the service. This is a short Eucharist service ideal for pre-school children to bring parents, grandparents, carers to.

THE CHURN Mothers Union – Annual Teddy Bears Picnic

August 3rd at 12.15pm

In the garden of Charmian Marples, Badgers Holt, South Street, Blewbury

Please bring a rug/chair and a picnic plus teddy bear. We welcome all children  and any young mums, dads, friends, grandparents and carers. Soft drinks and ice-creams will be provided. If it rains we shall move inside the house – it may be a bit cramped but we shall manage and have fun together. See you there!

Christian Fellowship Group

For Mums with young children who meet together to grow in faith and take something of what they experience to their families.

The next meeting is on 5th July at Torpids, High Street, Upton, 8pm. A social evening. We hope to welcome new members to the group – so do come along.

Contact for information or transport: Justine 510864; Revd Louise 851011

“Christ in Quiet”

Monthly contemplative prayer services, reflecting on bible passages, listening to Christian music and gently moving into silent prayer, these last about 30 minutes. Held across the benefice on the last Saturday morning of each month at 9am. Next services

30th July, St. Andrew’s Hagbourne and 27th August, All Saints’ North Moreton

This year’s Pilgrimage will be on Sunday 3rd July 2011. We meet at the top of Churn Knob from 12.15pm onwards (with a picnic), and hold a short service prior to setting off on the 12 mile walk from Churn Knob to Dorchester Abbey.

June Happenings in the Churn Benefice

Christian Fellowship Group

– for Mums with young children who meet together to grow in faith and take something of what they experience to their families.

The next meeting is on 7th June at Torpids, High Street, Upton, 8pm. Theme – Helping our children to understand that what we do affects others.

Contact for information or transport: Justine 510864; Revd Louise 851011

Churn Youth Group

Sunday 19th June at 7pm in the Benefice Centre

All young people of secondary school age are welcome to come along. We meet on the third Sunday of the month from 7pm to 8.30pm at the Benefice Centre or other venue depending on what activity we decide to do.

ASCENSION DAY

Thursday 2nd June is the Feast of the Ascension of Christ, a red letter day and important celebration in the Church’s year. There will be a Sung Eucharist and Sermon at St. Mary’s at 8pm. Everyone in the Churn Benefice is encouraged to come and share in this important festival.

“Christ in Quiet”

Monthly contemplative prayer services, reflecting on bible passages, listening to Christian music and gently moving into silent prayer, these last about 30 minutes. Held across the benefice on the last Saturday morning of each month at 9am. Next service 26th June, St. Michael’s Blewbury

This year’s Pilgrimage will be on Sunday 3rd July 2011. We meet at the top of Churn Knob from 12.15pm onwards (with a picnic), and hold a short service prior to setting off on the 12 mile walk from Churn Knob to Dorchester Abbey. There is an interesting article in May’s edition of The Door with lots more information.

Having acted as local co-ordinator for four years (and been involved for eight), it’s time for me to pass on the baton, so please contact me on 01235 850082 if you could be persuaded to take on this role from 2012. Most of the work is done on the morning of the Pilgrimage itself, with a few meetings over the year. Penny Brassell

The CHURN Branch of the MU

The next Pram Service will be on Wednesday 1st June at 12.15pm in the Vale Room, Blewbury Village Hall. ALL AGES ARE WELCOME.

A sandwich lunch is provided by the Mothers Union after the service. This is a short Eucharist service ideal for pre-school children to bring parents, grandparents, carers to.

Churn Benefice Meetings in May

Christian Fellowship Group

– for Mums with young children who meet together to grow in faith and take something of what they experience to their families. The next meeting will be on 17th May, 8pm.

Contact for information or transport: Justine 510864; Revd Louise 851011

The CHURN Branch of the MU

The next Pram Service will be on Wednesday 4th May at 12.15pm in the Vale Room, Blewbury Village Hall. ALL AGES ARE WELCOME.

A sandwich lunch is provided by the Mothers Union after the service. This is a short Eucharist service ideal for pre-school children to bring parents, grandparents, carers to.

“Christ in Quiet”

Monthly contemplative prayer services, reflecting on bible passages, listening to Christian music and gently moving into silent prayer, these last about 30 minutes. Held across the benefice on the last Saturday morning of each month at 9am.

Next service – 28th May, All Saints’ Aston Upthorpe

Churn Youth Group

Sunday 15th May at 7pm in the Benefice Centre

All young people of secondary school age are welcome to come along. We meet on the third Sunday of the month from 7pm to 8.30pm at the Benefice Centre or other venue depending on what activity we decide to do.

Mothers Union – BIG BREW

Coffee Morning – Using and Promoting Fair Trade Products with a Honey Theme!

Saturday 21st May, 10am to 12noon

Will be held in The Benefice Centre (next to St. Michaels’ church Blewbury)

In addition to Tea and coffee there will be a raffle, bring and buy stall (including honey cakes and goodies) and a Fair Trade stall. All proceeds to the MU overseas fund

Churn Benefice Activities for April

The CHURN Branch of the MU

The next Pram Service will be on Wednesday 6th April at 12.15pm in the Vale Room, Blewbury Village Hall. ALL AGES ARE WELCOME.

A sandwich lunch is provided by the Mothers Union after the service. This is a short Eucharist service ideal for pre-school children to bring parents, grandparents, carers to.

Churn Youth Group

Sunday 17th April at 7pm in the Benefice Centre

All young people of secondary school age are welcome to come along. We meet on the third Sunday of the month from 7pm to 8.30pm at the Benefice Centre or other venue depending on what activity we decide to do.

“Christ in Quiet”

Monthly contemplative prayer services; reflecting on bible passages, listening to Christian music and gently moving into silent prayer, these last about 30 minutes. Held across the benefice on the last Saturday morning of each month at 9am.

Next service – 30th April, St. Mary’s Upton

Churn Benefice Activities for March

Churn Youth Group

Sunday 20th March at 7pm in the Benefice Centre

All young people of secondary school age are welcome to come along.

We meet on the third Sunday of the month from 7pm to 8.30pm at the Benefice Centre or other venue depending on what activity we decide to do.

The CHURN Branch of the MU

The next Pram Service will be on Wednesday 2nd March at 12.15pm in the Vale Room, Blewbury Village Hall. ALL AGES ARE WELCOME.

A sandwich lunch is provided by the Mothers Union after the service. This is a short Eucharist service ideal for pre-school children to bring parents, grandparents, carers to.

“Christ in Quiet”

Monthly contemplative prayer services; reflecting on bible passages, listening to Christian music and gently moving into silent prayer, these last about 30 minutes.

Held in the churches across the benefice on the last Saturday morning of each month at 9am. Next service – 26th March at All Saints’ North Moreton

Christian Fellowship Group

– for Mums with young children who meet together to grow in faith and take something of what they experience to their families. The next meeting will be on Tuesday 15th March, 8pm at Torpids, High Street, Upton.

Theme: “A Journey through Lent to Easter with your Children”.

Contact for information or transport: Justine 510864; Revd Louise 851011

LENT GROUPS

Wednesday evening:

7.45pm – 9.15pm in the Benefice Centre

Fr Jason will lead a book group/bible study on Living Jesus, by John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford.

It will not be necessary to purchase the book to partake in this group.

Meeting – 23rd March, 30th March, 6th April and 13th April. (4 sessions)

Thursday lunchtime:

12.30pm – 2pm in the Benefice Centre

Louise will lead a Lent reflection. Lunch will be provided at 12.30pm by members of the group. We hope many will be able to join this fellowship beforehand.

Meeting – 17th March, 24th March, 31st March, 7th April and 14th April. (5 sessions)

Thursday Evening:

7.45pm – 9.15pm at Sula Sgier, Main Street, West Hagbourne by kind invitation of Doreen and John Watling.

Fr Geoffrey will lead a Lent group looking at the Sacraments.

Meeting – 10th March, 17th March, 24th March, 31st March and 14th April. (5 sessions)

(Please note:- there will not be a meeting of this group on 7th April)

What’s on in the Churn Benefice for February

Churn Youth Group

Sunday 20th February at 7pm in the Benefice Centre

All young people of secondary school age are welcome to come along.

We meet on the third Sunday of the month from 7pm to 8.30pm at the Benefice Centre or other venue depending on what activity we decide to do.

Also – 6th February at 7pm, in the Benefice Centre, Discussion Group

The CHURN Branch of the MU

The next Pram Service will be on Wednesday 2nd February at 12.15pm in the Vale Room, Blewbury Village Hall. ALL AGES ARE WELCOME.

A sandwich lunch is provided by the Mothers Union after the service. This is a short Eucharist service ideal for pre-school children to bring parents, grandparents, carers to.

Also…..

Mothers’ Union AGM, Sunday 27th February – 3pm – Benefice Centre

We shall review the past year, make plans for the future and enjoy worship and fellowship together. Members and anyone interested in the work of the Mothers’ Union are invited to attend. The meeting will conclude with refreshments

New Bishop of Reading

The new Bishop of Reading is to be the Rt Revd Andrew Proud. The new Bishop replaces the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell who became Bishop of Chelmsford in 2010.

Bishop Andrew, who is 56, is currently Area Bishop of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. He will be installed as Bishop of Reading at Reading Minster on Saturday 16th April.

Licensing – The Revd Geoffrey Borrowdale will be licensed to the Churn Benefice by Archdeacon Norman Russell on Sunday 30th January at 10.30am in St. Andrew’s Hagbourne. All are welcome to attend.

The Big Sing!

An opportunity to come together to sing some favourite Hymns.

Sunday 13th February – 4pm in St. Andrew’s Hagbourne.

Followed by refreshments. All Welcome. There will be a retiring collection to support the work of the Hagbourne Action Group.

Christian Fellowship Group

– for Mums with young children who meet together to grow in faith and take something of what they experience to their families. The next meeting will be on Tuesday 8th February, 8pm at Torpids, High Street, Upton.

Theme: “Growing in Spirit with our Children”

Contact for information or transport: Justine 510864; Revd Louise 851011

“Christ in Quiet”

Monthly contemplative prayer services; reflecting on bible passages, listening to Christian music and gently moving into silent prayer, these last about 30 minutes.

Held in the churches across the benefice on the last Saturday morning of each month at 9am. Next services – 29th January at St. Michael’s Blewbury and 26th February at St. Andrew’s Hagbourne.

Churn Benefice December News

Churn Youth Group

Sunday 19th December at 7pm in the Benefice Centre

All young people of secondary school age are welcome to come along.

We meet on the third Sunday of the month from 7pm to 8.30pm at the Benefice Centre or other venue depending on what activity we decide to do.

The CHURN Branch of the MU

The next Pram Service will be on Wednesday 1st December at 12.15pm

in the Vale Room, Blewbury Village Hall. ALL AGES ARE WELCOME.

A sandwich lunch is provided by the Mothers Union after the service. This is a short Eucharist service ideal for pre-school children to bring parents, grandparents, carers to.

Home Communion over Christmas

Home Communion is available to anyone who is unable to get to church through sickness or frailty, either for a short time or on a long term basis. If you, or anyone you know, would like to receive Holy Communion at home over the Christmas period, please contact The Revd Louise Butler, 851011, or leave a message at the benefice office, 850267.

Night Prayer by Candlelight in Advent

Wednesday evenings 8-9pm

1st December North Moreton 8th December Hagbourne

15th December Aston Upthorpe 22nd December Upton

Everyone welcome!

Annual Blewbury Christmas Market

27th November in St. Michael’s Church Blewbury

Homemade puddings & pies, Fairtrade chocolate, Christmas Cakes & Biscuits…….

and hundreds of gifts from children’s stocking fillers

to silk scarves and hand embroidered linens.

Come do your “foody” and Christmas Gift shopping.

10.30am to 12.30pm with music, refreshments and a bran tub for children.

November with the Churn Benefice

Churn Youth Group

Sunday 21st November at 7pm in the Benefice Centre. All young people of secondary school age are welcome to come along. We meet on the third Sunday of the month from 7pm to 8.30pm at the Benefice Centre or other venue depending on what activity we decide to do.

The CHURN Branch of the MU

The next Pram Service will be on Wednesday 3rd November at 12.15pm in the Vale Room, Blewbury Village Hall. ALL AGES ARE WELCOME.

A sandwich lunch is provided by the Mothers Union after the service. This is a short Eucharist service ideal for pre-school children to bring parents, grandparents, carers to.

Christian Fellowship Group

– for Mums with young children who meet together to grow in faith and take something of what they experience to their families.

The next meeting is on Tuesday 30th November, 8pm at Torpids, High Street, Upton.

Family Christmases around the World.

Contact for information or transport: Justine 510864; Revd Louise 851011

Announcement – Fr Anthony

Fr Anthony’s last service in the Benefice will be Evensong on November 21st, 6pm at St. Andrew’s. There will be a collection for Anthony. If you wish to contribute to this please give it to one of your Churchwardens or bring it to the Benefice Office.

Advent Sunday – Sunday 28th November

The traditional Advent Carol Service will be held in St. Michael’s, Blewbury on Sunday 28th November at 6pm. Everyone in the benefice is invited to attend this very popular service.

Night Prayer by Candlelight in Advent

Wednesday evenings 8-9pm

1st December North Moreton 8th December Hagbourne

15th December Aston Upthorpe 22nd December Upton

Everyone welcome!

Will Aid 2010:
Make a Will, Make a Difference

This scheme provides the opportunity for adults of any age to have their basic Will drawn up by a professional solicitor during November in return for a voluntary donation to Will Aid. The suggested donation is £75 for a single Will, £110 for mirror Wills or £40 for a codicil or change to a previous Will. The money raised from donations is shared between the participating charities, including Christian Aid and others, and is put to use helping people to live, build their communities and improve their future in the UK and around the world.

People can take the opportunity to leave a gift to their favourite charity and you may wish to consider a legacy to your local church. Any legacy, small or large, could make a huge difference.

It’s so easy to take part in Will Aid. Simply find a convenient solicitor at www.willaid.org.uk or by phoning 0300 0300 013 and make an appointment for November as soon as possible. Names of local participating solicitors are also displayed on the notice board in St. Michael’s Church.

September News from the Churn Benefice

Churn Youth Group

Sunday 17th October at 7pm in the Benefice Centre

All young people of secondary school age are welcome to come along.

We meet on the third Sunday of the month from 7pm to 8.30pm at the Benefice Centre or other venue depending on what activity we decide to do.

The Churn Benefice All Soul’s Service

The annual All Souls’ Service will take place this year at

St. Michael’s Blewbury on Sunday 31st October at 3.30pm.

All are welcome at this service, which includes the lighting of commemorative candles and reading out of names of those to be remembered. Anyone who would like to have a loved one remembered at this service is invited to add their name(s) to the list on the sheets available in all the benefice churches from 3rd October until 17th October.

Announcement

As you may or may not be aware, Fr Anthony and Rosemary are in the process of buying a retirement house in Ipswich. They plan to leave the Benefice sometime later this year or early next. More information will be given when available.

The CHURN Branch of the MU

The next Pram Service will be on Wednesday 6th October at 12.15pm in the Vale Room, Blewbury Village Hall. ALL AGES ARE WELCOME.

A sandwich lunch is provided by the Mothers Union after the service. This is a short Eucharist service ideal for pre-school children to bring parents, grandparents, carers to.

PASSIONATE about PARENTING

This Autumn a group will run for parents caring for children of 0 – 6 yrs. This will be a time to share the joys and challenges of being a parent.

DATES: Tuesday evenings, 8-10pm for 6 weeks from October 5th (break for half-term)

VENUE: Blewbury Benefice Centre

BOOKING FORMS from: Louise Butler, louisegbutler@aol.com  851011, Jenny Balshaw, jenny.balshaw@googlemail.com  815452

Have you wanted the chance to……..

  • discuss bible passages.
  • worship informally.
  • pray in a group setting.
  • get to know other Christians in the area over coffee.

Then this group may be for you!

It is held on Wednesdays at 7.45pm in the Benefice Centre near Blewbury Church. If you want further details please call George or Hazel Howell on 01235 851992.

Please also let us know if you would attend a group if offered on a different day and give the preferred day. See you there!

Upcoming Events in the Churn Benefice

clip_image002Churn Youth Group

Sunday 19th September at 7pm in the Benefice Centre

All young people of secondary school age are welcome to come along.

We meet on the third Sunday of the month from 7pm to 8.30pm at the Benefice Centre or other venue depending on what activity we decide to do.

clip_image004Christian Fellowship Group

– for Mums with young children who meet together to grow in faith and take something of what they experience to their families.

The next meeting is on Tuesday 28th September, 8pm at Torpids, High Street, Upton.

"Bringing the Bible Alive" – The parable of the Wise & Foolish Men.

Contact for information or transport: Justine 510864; Revd Louise 851011

Benefice Prayer Initiatives – an update

clip_image006Exploring Silence

The sessions on Tuesday evenings at 6pm in Upton church continue. Up to 9 people have been meeting and are beginning to find this stillness leads them into a closer relationship with God. We are all learning by experience.

Christ in Quiet

This monthly half hour service has been held in turn at Aston Upthorpe, Blewbury and Hagbourne. At each venue a prayer station has been left as a guide to others. On Saturday September 25th the service will take place at 9am in North Moreton church. A time to listen to God through music and words of scripture.

clip_image008The CHURN Branch of the MU

The next Pram Service will be on Wednesday 1st September at 12.15pm in the Vale Room, Blewbury Village Hall. ALL AGES ARE WELCOME.

A sandwich lunch is provided by the Mothers Union after the service. This is a short Eucharist service ideal for pre-school children to bring parents, grandparents, carers to.

 

PASSIONATE about PARENTING

This Autumn a group will run for parents caring for children of 0 – 6 yrs. This will be a time to share the joys and challenges of being a parent and cover subjects such as effective communication, building confidence, setting boundaries etc.

DATES: Tuesday evenings, 8-10pm for 6 weeks from October 5th (break for half-term)

VENUE: Blewbury Benefice Centre

BOOKING FORMS from: Louise Butler, louisegbutler@aol.com  851011, Jenny Balshaw, jenny.balshaw@googlemail.com  815452

Some changes to midweek services – starting in September.

Our pattern of midweek services on Tuesdays and Fridays will change; Wednesdays and Thursdays remaining the same.

The schedule from September will be as follows:

TUESDAYS at St. Mary’s Upton (from 7th September)

9.30am Morning Prayer 10am Holy Eucharist 5.30pm Evening Prayer 6pm Silent meditation

WEDNESDAYS at St. Andrews Hagbourne

9.30am Morning Prayer 10am Holy Eucharist

THURSDAYS at St Michael’s Blewbury

9.30am Morning Prayer 10am Holy Eucharist

FRIDAYS at All Saints’ Aston Upthorpe (from 3rd September)

8.30am Morning Prayer 9am Holy Eucharist