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 – Susan Myatt & Michael Wigley
Spelsbury – Ken Wakefield
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
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. Continue reading Annual Parochial Church Meetings 2019
We will be holding our APCMs this year on the following dates:
- Spelsbury 7th April at 11.15 am
- Ascott 8th April at 7.30 pm
- Enstone 9th April at 7.30 pm
- Chadlington 10th April at 7.30 pm.
Mark is in for a fun packed week! We have vacancies for Wardens, PCC members and Deanery Synod representatives – please see the Church noticeboards for details.
Please make every effort to attend these important meetings and also to pray for the life of our Benefice. As an incentive, there will be wine!!
Saturday 30 March 2019 at 7.30 pm