CHURCH OF ST LAURENCE
REV – DALE ROBERT GINGRICH
SUSAN RICHARDSON – 01295 721667 – firstname.lastname@example.org
NIGEL DAVIS – 01295 722936 – email@example.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.
CHURCH SERVICES IN ST. LAURENCE’S CHURCH SUNDAY SERVICES ALL AT 11.15am
SUNDAY, AUGUST 6th – HOLY COMMUNION (Trinity 8)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 13th – PATRONAL CELEBRATIONS (Trinity 9)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 20th – HOLY COMMUNION (Trinity 10)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 27th – ALL AGE WORSHIP (Trinity 11)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5th – BENEFICE PRAYER BREAKFAST IN ST. LAURENCE’S AT 9.15am. Please join us for coffee and croissants followed by a short time of prayer and reflection.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 10th – ST. LAURENCE’S DAY (celebrated on August 13th)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 13th – PATRONAL SERVICE at 11.15am. There will be a family friendly Service followed by bring/share lunch and TEDDY BEAR PARACHUTE JUMP from the Tower. All children are invited to come along with their teddies but please note that no children are allowed up in the Tower for health and safety reasons.
SUNDAY AUGUST 13th – IN SOUTH NEWINGTON at 5.00pm – THE EVENT IN A TENT on the Poleaxe with BALIVA (Christian Rapper), FIRST LIGHT (Band from St. Anne’s, Tottenham) and FORTEGOSPEL (Choir from Coventry).
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19th – Baptism in Church in the afternoon.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26th – MILCOMBE VILLAGE FETE
MONDAY AUGUST 28th – SUMMER BANK HOLIDAY
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th – OXFORDSHIRE HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST RIDE/STRIDE. If you are able to take part, please pick up a sponsorship form from the Church as 50% of proceeds come back to St. Laurence’s. There will be a list in Church for people to sign up for an hour (or two) to welcome the visitors and provide them with drinks and light refreshments.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th – HARVEST FESTIVAL (Please make a note of the date in your diary.)
THE CHERRY TREE CENTRE – adjoining Bloxham Primary School (previously Butterfly Meadows). PLAY AND LEARN Drop-in centre where young children can experience creative and learning activities. Support and advice on a range of topics is available for parents and carers. MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS from 9.30-11.00am. Due to loss of County Council funding, Bloxham and Milcombe Parish Councils have committed an annual amount for the next 3 years towards the running of the Centre which is open for young children from Bloxham, Milcombe and surrounding villages. For more information, call 01295 720224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. sch.ukST.
LAURENCE’S DAY IS ON AUGUST 10th and our PATRONAL SERVICE will be held on AUGUST 13th.
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.
MICHAEL HAYNES BELL RINGING on July 8th raised well in excess of £100 for St. Laurence’s Church. We are grateful to him for his efforts as our Parish Share is over £5000 and is our biggest outlay each year along with the insurance of approximately £1500.
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.
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 email@example.com
The Churchwardens are Nigel Davis 722936 and Susan Richardson 721667 – email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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