Milcombe Church

Milcombe St Laurence Church 

CHURCH OF ST LAURENCE 

REV –  DALE ROBERT GINGRICH 

SUSAN RICHARDSON – 01295 721667 – sujerich@yahoo.co.uk 

NIGEL DAVIS – 01295 722936 –  nigel.davis192@btinternet.com

MAIN DOOR KEY HOLDERS:  BRIAN FRENCH,  3 OLD COUNCIL HOUSES  –  MAVIS & DAVID WEST, WEST VIEW.

Hazel, Marlene and Michael have keys to the Vestry for those cleaning the brasses. The Church is open daily from approximately 10.00am to 4.00pm. There is a Prayer Book just inside the main door for you to write in your own  prayers.

There is FAIRTRADE STALL most weeks in Church after Sunday Service.

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CHURCH SERVICES IN ST. LAURENCE’S CHURCH SUNDAY SERVICES ALL AT 11.15am

SUNDAY, MAY 7th – HOLY COMMUNION (Easter 4)
SUNDAY, MAY 14th – HOLY COMMUNION (Easter 5)
SUNDAY, MAY 21st – HOLY COMMUNION (Rogation Sunday)
SUNDAY, MAY 28th – ALL AGE WORSHIP (Sunday after Ascension)
SATURDAY, MAY 6TH – BENEFICE PRAYER BREAKFAST in St. Mary’s at 9.15am for coffee, croissants and a time of prayer.
THURSDAY, MAY 25th – ASCENSION DAY – See Noticeboard for details.
THE ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING was held in Church on April 6th. Nigel Davis and Susan Richardson were again nominated as Churchwardens. PCC members are Marlene Cowell, Hazel Davis, Michael Haynes and Tony Stickings. There are copies of all annual reports and the 2016 Accounts in Church for everybody to read.
EASTER –
Grateful thanks to the Church flower ladies for the lovely Easter arrangements – Elizabeth, Irene, Joan, Marlene, Margaret, Mavis, Mary, Sue K and Vivien. Thanks are also extended to all those who supported the Easter Monday Coffee Morning. The amount raised for Katharine House Hospice was £220. 00.
CHURCHYARD –
The Parish Council continues to pay for the mowing of the Churchyard which is a credit to the village, but PLEASE, PLEASE make sure that all waste is deposited in the correct bins and NOT on the grass heap in the corner. Cellophane wrappings should be put into the green bin please.
ST. LAURENCE’S CHURCHYARD – The Parish Council pays for the mowing and volunteers help to keep it tidy. PLEASE remove old Christmas wreaths and plastic flowers from graves and ensure that all rubbish is deposited in the correct bins – or take it home with you. The PCC would appreciate it if you did not deposit any rubbish on the grass heap in the corner of the Churchyard. We are proud of God’s garden in Milcombe and hope you are too!

DOG BAGS are available in Church at the back of the organ. Please continue to SAVE YOUR USED CLEAN CANS which are recycled with thanks to Peter Booth for Church funds. There is a bin by the Church porch for this purpose and should not contain anything else apart from the clean cans.
Please also SAVE YOUR USED STAMPS AND USED PRINTER CARTRIDGES which Tony and Joan Stickings take to the Redwing Horse Sanctuary for recycling. These can be left in the boxes just inside the Church.

CHARITIES – St. Laurence’s Church members support a number of Charities throughout the year as well as Katharine
House Hospice. The four main chairites supported on a quarterly basis are Traidcraft, OXFAM, BYHP (Banbury Young Homeless Project) and St. Laurence’s Hospice in Romania run by the charity Children in Distress. In addition we also support the Royal British Legion, the Children’s Society, the Beacon Centre does not receive a donation but we do send a box of nonperishable items at Harvest time. We also respond to emergency situations. The PCC has confirmed that it will again support these charities during 2017. There is always a plate out at Service times for any members who may care to donate.

The Church is open daily from approximately 10.00am until 4.00pm and there is a Prayer Book inside the main door for you to write in your own prayers.

Please let the Vicar or Churchwardens know of anybody who is sick or struggling in the village in any way.

Rev. Dale Gingrich can be contacted via the Benefice Office on 720252 office@bloxhambenefice.co.uk

The Churchwardens are Nigel Davis 722936  and Susan Richardson 721667 – email sujerich@yahoo.co.uk

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MIDWEEK COMMUNION in St. Mary’s Church, Bloxham, at 11.30am every Tuesday morning.

ALL AGE WORSHIP SERVICES are family Services held on the 4th Sunday of the month. It is a shorter Service than the Communion Service and we would welcome any new members to the community as well as our regular members and particularly families whose children have been baptised in St. Laurence’s recently.

 

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 FAITH AND FRIENDSHIP in MILCOMBE 

The ‘Gathering’ is a small Ecumenical house group that meets every last Wednesday of each month, 7.30pm. It is time out from ordinary activities to reflect on the way we live our Faith in our daily work, family and relationships. Contact Hazel Davis on hazel.davis50@ gmail.com or 01295 722936 for the venue and other information. Starting on Wednesday 4th March, a five week Lent Course Called ‘Praise Him’ will begin at the ‘Gathering’ starting promptly at 7.30pm.

Everyone welcome to join in.  For more information please contact Hazel Davis on 01295 722936

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Oxfordshire Family History Society

You may have been aware that the Oxfordshire Family History Society monumental inscriptions transcription team worked in the Milcombe graveyard & church earlier this year, and have now produced an excellent CD of photographs of all the stones & other memorials. 

( We also publish a CD with transcripts of the parish registers.)  Oxfordshire FHS has photographed and transcribed all the monumental inscriptions in the parish of Milcombe, and published them on CD.

Whilst the majority of the MIs are gravestones, this picture is of a window in the church to Mary Campbell who died in 1833, the earliest memorial. The resultant CD has about 300 names, indexed, and 243 memorials.

The CD, as all the others in the Oxfordshire MI series, is priced at an affordable £6 including postage, and is available through our shopping cart – Please go to CDs on the left at www.ofhs.org.uk

Wendy Archer Chairman, Oxfordshire FHS www.ofhs.org.uk 01628 485013

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