Thank you for being part of the church family
in this Benefice over the last year.
Thank you to everyone who helped out this year:
it has been a wonderfully busy one
with exciting things happening in all our villages.
Thank you to those who give of their time and those who support us financially: we couldn’t do it without you.
Thank you to those who just show up when you can,
it is great to have you among us.
With every blessing for Christmas
and the New Year.
Mark & Ilona
There will be a service on Sunday 29 December in Ascott Church at 10.00 am
We have had some wonderful Christmas Carol services this year, with the Benefice Choir singing at both Chadlington and Enstone. As a treat for Christmas, you can hear the pieces that the Choir sang and also the congregation’s rendition of ‘Joy to the World’ accompanied on handbells by clicking here.
is the meeting place
of heaven and earth.
For this, tonight,
is the stable
in which God keeps his appointment
to meet his people.
Not many high are here,
not many holy;
not many innocent children,
not many worldly-wise;
not all familiar faces,
not all frequent visitors.
But, if tonight
only strangers met,
that would be enough.
For Bethlehem was not the hub of the universe,
nor was the stable a platform for famous folk.
In an out-of-the-way place
which folk never thought to visit –
there God kept and keeps his promise;
there God sends his son.
After the upheaval and dust of the last six months of work inside St. Kenelm’s Church, the end is in sight of what has turned out to be a 30-year project to safeguard and enhance our beautiful building. All that remains to be done is the final fix of our hidden kitchen; the connection of mains water and drainage, and finally, the installation of our new reredos depicting the life of St. Kenelm in a mosaic of Venetian glass. Continue reading First glimpse of St Kenelm’s→
Christmas is meant to be joyful but in reality life can feel difficult and painful, particularly at this time of year when the nights are long and other people seem to be planning celebrations that are a long way away from how we feel. We know that this can be particularly true for those who have recently lost a loved one.
Our Longest Night service is an opportunity to sing quiet carols, light candles and share our feelings with God. We hope to offer space and time for quietness and reflection, and reassurance that we are not alone even in our darkest and most difficult times. We will look for God’s comfort and hope and the real message of Christmas that comes to shine light into our darkness.
If this time of the year feels a bit empty or hard for you, do join us for a service at Enstone Church on Saturday 21 December at 6.00 pm. The service will last for about 40 minutes.
If you are coming by car, please park in Little Tew Road and walk to the Church through the Churchyard. Do bring a torch!
Should the weather turn wintery and it is necessary to cancel the service, we will post a notice on the Benefice website here.