Sunday November 22nd – Christ the King

This week we are pleased to be welcoming Bishop Alan (Bishop of Buckingham) joining us live online and sharing with us from God’s word.

This week as well as being on Zoom we will also be streaming to YouTube, you can find details of how to follow here. For joining us on Zoom A reminder of how to connect will be included with the weekly email, if you are not on the email list then please email Gill our Administrator here.

This weeks service will be a Morning Prayer, you can download a copy of the order of service below:

You can also download the readings and the collect for the day in this next link:

If you would like to join an Oxford Diocesan service, details can be found here.

No Coffee Morning this week, we will be back on Wednesday 2nd December.

God bless

Simon

Sunday November 15th – 2nd Before Advent

This week we are back to running our Services via Zoom. A reminder of how to connect will be included with the weekly email, if you are not on the email list then please email Gill our Administrator here.

The Communion Service starts at 10am – we will use the Zoom Communion order of service which you can download below:

You can also download the readings and the collect for the day in this next link:

If you would like to join an Oxford Diocesan service, details can be found here.

Advance notice for next week – I am pleased to let you know Bishop Alan (Bishop of Buckingham) will be joining us for our service as guest speaker. More details to follow next week (the service will be Morning Prayer via Zoom).

This Wednesday we will be holding a Coffee Morning on Zoom. Starting at 10:30am for an hour and the same login details as the services.

God bless

Simon

Sunday 8th November 2020 – Remembrance.

This Remembrance Sunday things are going to need to be a little different. While some of our villages will be holding an act of remembrance with laying of wreaths we need to keep numbers at these events low. We will therefore be offering an online act of Remembrance as well and would encourage all in our communities that would like to attend and remember to join us online to avoid large gatherings around memorials. You would then be able to make your own visit to the memorials later in the day or indeed later in the week or on Armistice day.

Our online act of Remembrance will be streamed to YouTube and going live at 10:50am.
To join us please click the link below:

Remembrance YouTube link

If you would like a copy of the order of service one can be down loaded in this link:

Bishop Stephen’s new Covid letter

To: all the clergy and people of the Diocese of Oxford 31 October 2020
 
  “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you” (Isaiah 43.2)

We need to hold firmly to our faith and hope in Christ at this time and care for our communities with all the love which God supplies. Thank you for all you have done already through the COVID pandemic.

The Prime Minister has announced a second national lockdown this evening from 5th November to 2nd December. We could well be entering the most difficult phase of the pandemic. Many will be anxious and exhausted. The Church needs to be strong and, as much as we can, continue to be a light shining in the darkness.

The government guidance published this evening is that people should only leave home for certain limited reasons, and they do not include attending public worship. The guidance makes clear that weddings and civil partnership ceremonies will not be permitted to take place except in exceptional circumstances.

Places of worship will be closed from 5th November, unless they are being used for: funerals; broadcasting acts of worship; individual prayer; essential voluntary and public services. Full details are now available online

As a Diocese, we will issue further guidance as soon as we can next week, but you should now start preparing to offer exclusively online worship for this second lockdown period. Remember that Church at Home continues every Sunday at 10 am. Please do make use of this provision if you cannot offer virtual worship in your parish/benefice at short notice.

The government may have moved on from the Rule of Six, but the guidance we offered on living well in the next six months remains valid. Especially we need to fix our horizon now on Easter and lean back into the rich resources of the Church year, and remember to watch over ourselves so we can continue to care for others.

I’m beginning a series of Bishop’s Webinars this week focussed on rebuilding through and after the pandemic and look forward to listening to many different experiences from across the Diocese. Please do sign up here if you are able.

Churches, schools and chaplaincies have been amazing through this most difficult of years in dedication and commitment, built on the service of tens of thousands of teachers, clergy, lay ministers, officers, wardens and volunteers.

Please know that you are held in prayer and in the vast love of God and keep going. 

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Sunday November 1st – All Saints

This week there will be a Service of Morning Prayer in Drayton Parslow and Mursley at 9:30am, and in Swanbourne at 11:00am.

There will be a Zoom All-Age service at 10:00. Login details on the distributed email. Check your SPAM folder! Some people still claim not to be receiving this. (No download required for this service).

For those worshipping privately at home the collect and readings can be downloaded here.

Or the Diocesan selection of services can be found here.

Wednesday coffee mornings on Zoom have been a bit sporadic lately but are STARTING AGAIN THIS WEEK on 4th November. The current plan is now to run these fortnightly as far as possible. They will follow the same login details as the services and will be at 10:30am.

Covid instructions

Locally, we are currently in Tier 1, Medium Risk, the current national level. So the instructions for worship, with distancing, scanning-in or registering. and wearing face coverings remain unchanged.

David, Associate Minister

Sunday October 25th – Bible Sunday

This week there will be a Service of Morning Prayer in Drayton Parslow at 9:30am.

There will also be a Family Service in Mursley at 11:00am and Communion Services at Newton Longville and Swanbourne at 11:00am.

For those worshipping privately at home the collect and readings can be downloaded below.

Or the Diocesan selection of services can be found here.

Wednesday coffee mornings on Zoom have been a bit sporadic lately and there is no-one to host next week. The current plan is now to run these fortnightly as far as possible, starting on 4th November. They will follow the same log in details as the services and will be at 10:30am.

Covid instructions

Locally, we are currently in Tier 1, Medium Risk, the current national level. So the instructions for worship, with distancing, scanning-in or registering. and wearing face coverings remain unchanged.

Simon, Rector

Sunday October 18th – Trinity 19

This week there will be Harvest thanksgiving services in Drayton Parslow at 9:30 and in Swanbourne at 11:00.

There is also a service of Morning Prayer in Mursley at 9:30.

The online Zoom service this week is Morning Prayer at 10:00. Details for access will be sent round the benefice email list. The order of service is here for printing and here for screen-reading.

For those worshiping privately at home the collect and readings can be downloaded here.

Or the Diocesan selection of services can be found here.

Wednesday coffee mornings on Zoom have been a bit sporadic lately and there is currently no-one to host in the next 2 weeks. The current plan is now to run these fortnightly as far as possible, starting on 4th November. They will follow the same log in details as the services and will be at 10:30.

Covid instructions

Locally, we are currently in Tier 1, Medium Risk, the current national level. So the instructions for worship, with distancing, scanning-in or registering. and wearing face coverings remain unchanged.

David.

Sunday October 4th – Trinity 17

This week there will be a service of Holy Communion in Mursley at 9:30

There will be online Zoom service this week, it will be an All Age/Interactive Harvest. Contact the office for details of how to get on here.

As part of the service there is a sheet to colour/decorate, there is no age limit and we will ask you to share them on screen, you can download it below:

For those worshiping at home the collect and readings can be downloaded below here, these are also harvest readings:

Or the Diocesan selection of services can be found here

We will be holding a coffee morning on Zoom this week, same log in details as for the service and that will be at 10:30 on Wednesday.

Covid instructions: Please note that the recent ‘rule of 6’ from central government only affects social gatherings, not acts of worship. The current instruction on wearing face coverings remains unchanged.

AMPs and APCMs are coming up soon. If you aren’t on the Electoral Roll of the parish where you live or where you worship, and wish your name to be included in order to attend these meetings, then please contact the Churchwarden at that parish in the next 2 weeks, or the Electoral Roll Officer if you know who that is. Also, if you know of people who have moved away or passed away since March 2019, who may be on the Roll, please let the Officer know to remove their name. Thanks.

Simon.

Sunday September 27th – Trinity 16

There will be a service of Holy Communion at Drayton Parslow at 9:30

At 11:00 there will be a family service at Mursley and Morning prayer at Newton Longville.

There is no online service this week but for those worshiping at home the collect and readings can be downloaded here:

Or the Diocesan selection of services can be found here

There will be NO coffee morning on Zoom that day because there is the Communion service.

Covid instructions: Please note that the recent ‘rule of 6’ from central government only affects social gatherings, not acts of worship. The current instruction on wearing face coverings remains unchanged.

AMPs and APCMs are coming up soon. If you aren’t on the Electoral Roll of the parish where you live or where you worship, and wish your name to be included in order to attend these meetings, then please contact the Churchwarden at that parish in the next 2 weeks, or the Electoral Roll Officer if you know who that is. Also, if you know of people who have moved away or passed away since March 2019, who may be on the Roll, please let the Officer know to remove their name. Thanks.

Simon.

Sunday September 20th – Trinity 15

There will be a service of Holy Communion at Mursley at 9:30 and a Family Service at Swanbourne at 11:00.

Newton Longville is also open for private prayer from 11:00-Noon.

For the online service there will be Zoom Holy Communion (joining details in your emailed invite).
If you don’t already have a copy of the order of service you will need to download a copy here to print the booklet or here to read on-screen.

Or the Diocesan selection of services can be found here

Or for your own private prayer, if you are still unable or advised not to gather, then the readings and collect for the day are here.

This Wednesday, 23rd September, there is also a Holy Communion service at St Faith’s, Newton Longville, at 11:00. All are welcome to join from across the Benefice.

There will be NO coffee morning on Zoom that day because there is the Communion service.

Covid instructions: Please note that the recent ‘rule of 6’ from central government only affects social gatherings, not acts of worship. The current instruction on wearing face coverings remains unchanged.

AMPs and APCMs are coming up soon. If you aren’t on the Electoral Roll of the parish where you live or where you worship, and wish your name to be included in order to attend these meetings, then please contact the Churchwarden at that parish in the next 2 weeks, or the Electoral Roll Officer if you know who that is. Also, if you know of people who have moved away or passed away since March 2019, who may be on the Roll, please let the Officer know to remove their name. Thanks.

David.