The Knitted Donkey


During Advent families from villages of the Benefice take part in a Posada. Posada – Spanish for “shelter” – is a custom that originated in Mexico where nativity sets of Mary and Joseph visit a different family or place every night between Advent Sunday and Christmas Eve. Our “Posada” consists of a knitted Joseph, Mary and a much loved Donkey.

Inspired by this custom, Rebecca Abrey has written and illustrated a children’s story book that tells the tale of the of a little knitted donkey’s journey and the fun that he had along the way.  You can see a few of the pages below.

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 32 pages with 13 colourful original illustrations.

Copies are available to purchase at £6 [£7.50 with postage].
£1 from each sale goes to The Children’s Society.

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TOPSY Foundation UK

Since 2001 TOPSY has made a significant difference to the lives of thousands of HIV-affected children, women and men living in a poor rural area of South Africa. TOPSY UK’s main aim is to raise funds and awareness to aid the work of its namesake in South Africa, TOPSY SA, where the recent focus of their work has been for the holistic care of orphaned and vulnerable children; the provision of food security to communities threatened by malnutrition; and income generation to help alleviate poverty.

Women from the communities produce a wide range of beadwork including a most appealing Christmas range of small decorations featuring stars, angels and Christmas Trees.  Attractively priced at between £1 and £3, items will be available to buy over coffee after our 10am services, and on Sunday 4 December one of the charity’s trustees has been invited to give a brief introduction to the work of the charity after the service Spelsbury.  Items will also be available at the Christmas Bazaar, Tiddy Hall, Ascott on 9 December, 6 – 10pm.  Do support this very good cause!

Testing, Testing, Transforming lives
Outreach, Ownership, Opportunities for the future
Prevention, Provision, Participation, Progression
Social care, Skills, Self-Sufficiency in Communities
Young lives are nurtured through education and care

More information at or for sales of the decorations please call  07811 361304 

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Meditation at the heart of life

Meeting for worship: Quakers in shared silence at Friends House, Euston © Church Times

The Revd Dr Nicholas Buxton (you might just remember him as Nick with the long hair, one of the retreatants on the 2005 TV series The Monastery) is a priest in Newcastle upon Tyne and the author of a very readable book about ‘Meditation and modern life’ called The Wilderness Within. Reacting to an article on Anglican-Quaker relations, he recently wrote of a predecessor of his who 100 years ago introduced the practice of silent prayer and went on, as Canon of Winchester Cathedral, to write an account of his encounters with Quakerism, published as The Fellowship of Silence in 1917. In it he relates how he once met someone in church who did not otherwise attend services, but came to the silent-prayer meetings and had brought no less than 30 of his colleagues in a nearby office with him!

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Benefice Rota


We are trying to bring all the various rota’s from the churches of the Benefice into a single Benefice Rota.  This is very much still a work in progress!

We have added a new page to the website which can be accessed from the menu on the left of the screen – Service Rota.  It is automatically updated so as long as Mark or Beth is informed of changes, it should be correct!  You can take a look at it by clicking here.