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Instead of a traditional Advent Calendar this year, why not join the growing number of people throughout the UK who are giving a tin or packet of food or toiletries, tooth-paste or chocolates to our local Food Bank. Simply get an empty box, put something in it each day and then bring it to Church ready for the Foodbank to collect later in December.
Together, let’s make a real difference to others in our community!
At 4pm on Sunday 13 October, a group of families met at Enstone Church for the first Friends @ 4 gathering. Through play, praise and prayer we explored the theme of Shelter.
At this time of year, animals are preparing for winter and looking for somewhere safe and warm, perhaps in our churchyard or in our gardens. We did a treasure hunt to find animals inside the church, in our stained glass windows and mosaic, and also looked for soft toys that had been hidden. Continue reading Friends @ 4
Psychotherapists, counsellors and others interested in mental health as well as spirituality may have spotted some interesting speakers at Wychwood Circle this autumn. After mindfulness in September, on November 3rd we have author Guy Stagg who has suffered with serious mental illness and who, as a non-believer, decided to undertake the 5,500km ‘pilgrimage’ from Canterbury to Jerusalem: he hiked on foot, alone, on ancient paths and busy routes, relying on the generosity of strangers all the way. The result is ‘The Crossway’ (Picador 2018), which mixes travel and memoir and where Guy Stagg (guystagg.co.uk) tells of his walk towards recovery and – a big question for us – ‘asks whether religion can still have meaning for those without faith’. Join us at Wychwood Library at 7pm. Continue reading Mental health, imagination & spirituality
If you wish to attend our annual Memorial Service and/or to have people remembered in the prayers, please complete the following form: Continue reading Memorial Service 2019
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.
It hardly needs stating that we live in turbulent times. As yet more deadlines come and go and the UK increasingly becomes the focus of incredulity, hilarity or pity across the world, it is opportune that Wychwood Circle has two speakers in the next couple of months to help us think through a moral (and inevitably political) stance on the Brexit divisions. Continue reading FLUNG TO OPPOSING POLES – the state we’re in…
Thank you to all those who attended our APCMs this week. The following were elected to serve our churches:
Chadlington: Jean Heath and Cheryl Horsey [one vacancy carried forward]
Ascott: Judith Mitchell [one vacancy carried forward]
Spelsbury: Christopher Galloway, George Bailey, Nick Peto
Enstone: Dawn Briggs [one vacancy carried forward]
Deanery Synod Representatives:
Ascott: Sarah Tribe
Spelsbury: Andrew Griffiths
Enstone: Rosemary Nixon
We are grateful to them and all existing members who serve in leadership positions within the Benefice.
Meditation, some would say, is the way to wisdom. Or, as Fr Richard Rohr recently put it in a Lenten Daily Meditation, in wanting ‘to grow towards love, union, salvation, or enlightenment (I use the words almost interchangeably)’ we hope to move ‘from naïveté to wisdom’ (https://cac.org/from-naivete-to-wisdom-2019-03-24/). John Main, one of the pioneers of a renewed focus on Christian meditation in the twentieth century, compared the ‘path of meditation’ to a pilgrimage, something not unknown to us in our deanery: Continue reading WAYS OF ATTENDING: pilgrimage & meditation