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Christmas Greetings from the Chase Benefice

Enstone Crib Service 2019
Crib & Christingle Service 2019 – St. Kenelm’s Church, Enstone

Happy Christmas!

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.

This, tonight,
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.

Taken from Cloth for the Cradle, Iona Community

First glimpse of St Kenelm’s

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