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Annual Parochial​ Church Meetings 2021

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Every parish is legally required to hold an Annual Parish Meeting to elect Churchwardens and an Annual Parochial Church Meeting to conduct other parish business, including to elect members to the Parish Church Council; for those members of the PCC to represent the parish on the Deanery Synod; to review the finances and the workings of the parish over the previous calendar year. The meeting can also raise issues for the PCC to consider during the coming year.

Following guidance from the Diocese of Oxford, and under special COVID-19 provision, our APCMs this year will be held virtually on Zoom on the following dates:

Chadlington – Monday 24 May at 7.30 pm
Enstone – Tuesday 25 May at 7.30 pm
Spelsbury – Wednesday 26 May at 7.30 pm
Ascott – Thursday 27 May at 7.30 pm

We encourage all members of our Electoral Rolls to attend these important meetings in the life of our parishes and Benefice. If you would like to attend the APCM of your church, please complete the simple form here and we will email you log in details on the morning of the meeting.

Below, you will find links to our APCM reports and accounts, together with nomination forms for Churchwardens and PCC members and  minutes of the APCMs held in 2020. If you are unable to do so, please request a copy is sent to you by emailing Beth Sinclair, Benefice Administrator, here

Nomination forms for office holders must be given to the Rector before the commencement of the meetings by email or post to The Vicarage, Church Road, Chadlington, Oxon. OX7 3LY.

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Diving deeper into God’s Word


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“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” – Psalm 119:105


We have a new bible study group starting in the Benefice and everyone is welcome!  The first meeting will be at 11.00 am on Wednesday 10th July and we will meet every second Wednesday of the month starting in September.  Meetings will last about 1 hr -1.5 hrs and will take place in the North Transept room of Chadlington church.

We are going to look at John’s gospel to start with, and then plan to move on to the Psalms, Isaiah, Revelation and Job.  There will be study notes and meetings will be largely discussion-based.  You don’t need any previous knowledge or experience of bible study groups.

If you would be interested in attending, or if you would be interested in coming to a bible study group held at a different time, please let Ilona know by email here or have a word with her after a service.

The Churches Electoral Roll


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Preparation of a new Church Electoral Roll

In accordance with the Church Representation Rules a new electoral roll is to be prepared in each parish in 2019.  The Church Electoral Roll is your parish church’s register of electors and is the list of those qualified to attend and to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting in the elections for the Parochial Church Council and the parish representatives on the Deanery Synod.  In 2019 and every 6 years thereafter the electoral roll is renewed.  In a year of renewal, no names are carried over from the old roll and everyone must apply for inclusion on the new roll. Continue reading The Churches Electoral Roll

A truly memorable​ celebration for Harvest


46 people from across the Benefice gathered this evening for a very special Benefice Harvest Service and Supper in the newly re-ordered St. Kenelm’s Church, Enstone.  The nave was transformed and the Communion service took place around the tables, interspersed with a two-course meal of cottage pie with peas followed by apple pie / crumble and 6lts of custard! Continue reading A truly memorable​ celebration for Harvest

Journey through Advent: Forgiveness


The discussion at the first of this year’s Advent Suppers focused on the challenge of forgiveness. We regularly pray that we may be forgiven as we forgive others and sometimes it is easy to forgive – but there are times when it is hard, even impossible. So how does the Bible help us understand how we might approach forgiveness? To help our discussion, we read some news stories including two about Eva Kor, a concentration camp survivor who was able to forgive the unforgivable when others would not or could not. We watched Rob Bell’s video ‘Luggage’ in which he argues that forgiveness is as much to do with setting ourselves free as it is lifting the burden of others. A lively discussion followed that ranged over a variety of personal experiences and produced some memorable mental images including filing cabinets, dead balloons and horse jumps!

Unfortunately time didn’t allow us to explore some of the wider questions, such as how forgiveness relates to desire for revenge, whether it means condoning bad behaviour and how it might differ from reconciliation. We plan to organise a discussion group next year to give us an opportunity to discuss some of these questions, maybe in the form of a book club. The Brothers Karamazov, anyone?

If you would like to look at the materials we used you can download them here.  You can also find a link to the Bell video we watched.

If you haven’t signed up but would like to join us for the second and third Advent Suppers, please let Mark know by signing up here