CHURCH OF ST LAURENCE
REV – DALE ROBERT GINGRICH
SUSAN RICHARDSON – 01295 721667 – email@example.com
NIGEL DAVIS – 01295 722936 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
CHURCH SERVICES IN ST. LAURENCE’S CHURCH SUNDAY SERVICES ALL AT 11.15am
DIARY DATES FOR MARCH
SUNDAY, MARCH 4th – HOLY COMMUNION (Lent 3)
SUNDAY, MARCH 11th – SPECIAL SERVICE FOR MOTHERING SUNDAY
SUNDAY MARCH 18th – HOLY COMMUNION (Passion Sunday) TAIZE SERVICE at 4.00pm
SUNDAY, MARCH 25th – PALM SUNDAY (Liturgy of the Palms)
SUNDAY, APRIL 1st – EASTER DAY HOLY COMMUNION You will find a warm welcome in St. Laurence’s Church and we serve coffee after Services so that everybody can meet socially and find out more about our Church and activities. There is also a FAIRTRADE STALL in Church on Sunday mornings and at any events which we hold. TAIZE SERVICES every Sunday throughout Lent at 4.00pm in South Newington Church except for March 18th when St. Laurence’s will be the host.
SATURDAY, MARCH 3rd – BENEFICE PRAYER BREAKFAST in St. Laurence’s at 9.15am. Please join us for coffee and croissants and a short time of prayer and reflection.
TUESDAY, MARCH 6th – PARISH COUNCIL MEETING 8.00pm in the V.Hall
FRIDAY, MARCH 9th – PCC MEETING 10.00am in Church
SUNDAY, MARCH 11th – There will be a SPECIAL SERVICE FOR MOTHERING SUNDAY with spring flowers for all. Please come along as a family and bring your grandparents/godparents to share this Service with you.
SATURDAY, MARCH 24th – PALM SATURDAY – Come along and join in to make an EASTER GARDEN at the front of the Churchyard starting at 11.00am. Please bring a small plant and trowel if you can. There will be an EASTER EGG HUNT in the Churchyard weather permitting, otherwise in the Church. HOT DOGS AND DRINKS for children and adults will be served in the Village Hall and the Village Hall Social Committee is hoping to organise FACE PAINTING in the Hall as well. ALL CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT
SERVICES IN THE BENEFICE EVERY DAY DURING HOLY WEEK
MONDAY, MARCH 26th – BENEFICE SERVICE OF HEALING IN ST. LAURENCE’S at 7.30pm
TUESDAY, MARCH 27th – BENEFICE SERVICE OF HOLY COMMUNION AT SOUTH NEWINGTON
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28th – TENEBRAE, ST. MARY’S, BLOXHAM
THURSDAY, MARCH 29th – PASSOVER SUPPER AND WASHING OF FEET AT ST. MARY’S
FRIDAY, MARCH 30th – GOOD FRIDAY WALK OF WITNESS in Bloxham starting at 10.00am and finishing at Godswell. There will be a MUSICAL INTERLUDE in St. Mary’s at 12 noon (tbc) and GOOD FRIDAY LITURGY OR MEDITATION IN ST. LAURENCE’S AT 7.30p.m. followed by Hot Cross Buns. Easter Cards will be delivered around the village with more details or you can pick up a Weekly Sheet from the Church.
SATURDAY, MARCH 31st – DECORATING THE CHURCH FOR EASTER. EASTER LILIES – There will be the usual pedestal of Easter lilies at the Altar. If you would like to make a donation towards a lily in remembrance of a loved one, please let Marlene know. Names of those being remembered will be displayed by the Altar. (email@example.com 720750)
EASTER MONDAY COFFEE MORNING IN AID OF KATHARINE HOUSE HOSPICE IN CHURCH from 10.30am-12noon with bring/ buy, raffle and KHH MERCHANDISE ON SALE. We shall also be running the Fairtrade stall. Please come along and support this worthy cause and enjoy the Easter flowers.
THURSDAY, APRIL 19th – at 7.30pm. THE ANNUAL MEETING for the election of Churchwardens and the ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING will be held in the Church.
FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT – FEBRUARY 25th-MARCH 10th – Please support the Fairtrade stall in Church after Services. By purchasing Fairtrade goods from the Traidcraft stall, you are helping to support people in the poorer countries to be more self sufficient in growing their own produce, giving their children an education, medicinal supplies for the sick and bringing fresh water to the isolated. You can also help by looking for the Fairtrade logo in Supermarkets. However, not all their profit is ploughed back, whereas items purchased from Traidcraft may cost a little bit more, but all profits go into helping the under privileged.
TEA AND TOAST – Just a reminder that this is held every Friday morning from 9.00-11.00am in the Parish Rooms next to the Museum. It is open to the Benefice and is for all ages. 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 and should not contain anything apart from clean cans. Please also SAVE YOUR USED STAMPS – don’t forget to save them from your Christmas card envelopes. These are taken by Tony and Joan Stickings to the Redwing Horse Sanctuary for recycling. They also accept USED PRINTER CARTRIDGES. Please leave in the boxes just inside the Church door.
2018 CHARITIES – The PCC has agreed to support the following charities during the coming year.
EMBRACE THE MIDDLE EAST which is an inter-denominational Christian development charity tackling poverty and injustice in the Middle East, funding healthcare, education and community development programmes in Israel-Palestine, Lebanon and Egypt. Embrace works with those disadvantaged by civil unrest, disability or poverty regardless of their faith or nationality. Embrace supplies the Carol Sheets which we use in our Churches over the Christmas period www.embrace.org
ST. LAURENCE’S HOSPICE IN ROMANIA run by the charity CHILDREN IN DISTRESS providing care for the vulnerable, terminally ill and physically and mentally disabled. We have supported this charity for almost 30 years. FARMING COMMUNITY NETWORK assists farmers locally with financial problems and advice.
BANBURY YOUNG HOMELESS PROJECT which is a well known local charity in support of the homeless in our district.
We shall continue to support KATHARINE HOUSE HOSPICE with our annual Easter Monday Coffee Morning,
THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION at Remembrance and THE CHILDREN’S SOCIETY (Christingle).
ST. MARY’S THURSDAY CLUB in the Parish Rooms from 10.00am- 3.00pm is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year and is open to residents of Bloxham and Milcombe. Due to loss of County Council funding, the Bloxham and Milcombe Parish Councils are making donations towards the running costs. Currently there is just one resident from Milcombe attending and there are no vacancies at present. However, they do hold a waiting list, so if anybody from Milcombe thinks they might qualify, they should contact the Chairman, Rev. Dale Gingrich, on 720252 or email dalegingrich@ hotmail.com to be added to the list. Transport is available and visitors are provided with tea/coffee/biscuits on arrival, a hot lunch, followed by entertainment/crafts and an afternoon cup of tea before they leave. This is all provided for £10.00. per day.
ST. LAURENCE’S CHURCHYARD We wait to hear from the Diocese that the faculty for re-building the front wall has been approved. The front Noticeboard is to be refurbished and the oak gates re-instated. Please ensure that you put your waste in the correct bins and no rubbish should be deposited on the grass heaps in the Churchyard. The PCC thanks you for your co-operation in helping to keep our Churchyard tidy.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Churchwardens are Nigel Davis 722936 and Susan Richardson 721667 – email email@example.com
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.
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