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
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1st – BENEFICE ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE WITH IMPOSITION OF ASHES IN ST. LAURENCE’S AT 7.30pm
SATURDAY, MARCH 4th – BENEFICE PRAYER BREAKFAST IN ST. MARY’S AT 9.15am with coffee and croissants followed by a short time of prayer
SUNDAY, MARCH 5th – HOLY COMMUNION (Lent 1)
SUNDAY, MARCH 12th – HOLY COMMUNION (Lent 2)
SUNDAY, MARCH 19th – HOLY COMMUNION (Lent 3)
SUNDAY, MARCH 26th – SPECIAL FAMILY SERVICE FOR MOTHERING SUNDAY with spring flowers for all.
FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT runs from February 27th to March 12th. St. Laurence’s is a Fairtrade Church and we support Traidcraft by selling Fairtrade items after our Sunday Services and at any events which we run. We now have the Meaningful Easter Egg in stock
made with Fairtrade chocolate and which contains a picture booklet
of the Easter story. We also use Fairtrade coffee, sugar and tea for our refreshments. Sometimes the items are sold at a slightly higher price than Supermarkets in order to make a better profit to enable people in third world countries to be able to re-invest in their businesses purchasing such as seeds to sow, chickens to lay eggs, etc., to enable them to pay for education for their children. Often women work alone or in small groups producing small items of jewellery eking out a living to feed, clothe and educate their children, so please think of how you are helping these under-privileged people when purchasing Fairtrade items and not the fact that you can buy a cheaper packet of cookies, jar of marmalade or bar of chocolate in the supermarket.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF FAIRTRADE IN THE COMING YEAR.All profits from Traidcraft are ploughed back to help the under-privileged and not the large supermarkets.
TAIZE SERVICES are to be held in South Newington Church at 4.00pm on Sunday, March 12th and Sunday, April 9th. They are keen
to welcome members from Bloxham and Milcombe.
LENT GATHERINGS – Dr. Anne Marie Karlsson will be leading a 5-session Benefice Lent Course ‘Journey to Easter with the early
Church’ on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm from March 8th-April 5th. There are some leaflets on the table just inside the main Church
door. Please contact Rev. Dale Gingrich (720252) if you require further details.
SAVE THE HORTON – Milcombe and Bloxham Parish Councils are joining together to hold a public meeting regarding downgrading and removal of many services at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury. We are waiting for confirmation of the date and venue, but please check out the Milcombe website www.milcombe.com and Noticeboards for date and venue. The proposal is to hold the meeting sometime during March and trust that Milcombe residents will give their full support. You are also urged to complete the form on the back of the February Newsletter if you have to attend the JR for an appointment.
EARLY REMINDERS FOR EASTER – There will be the usual pedestal of Easter lilies at the Altar in remembrance of loved ones. Please contact Marlene (720750) email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to remember a loved one. Donations towards the lilies will be appreciated. Whilst the Church is so beautifully decorated for Easter, we shall be holding our annualon Easter Monday.
COFFEE MORNING IN AID OF KATHARINE HOUSE HOSPICE on Easter Monday. There will be the usual raffle, KHH merchandising and bring/buy and thoughts are on including a Cake Stall as well this year if we can get enough supporters to take up the baking challenge! We have been doing this for many years now and last year we raised £200. It would be good if we could increase this amount. More information on Easter Services and events next month.
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.
DOG BAGS are available at the back of the Church behind the organ.
CHURCHYARD – Please deposit your rubbish in the correct bins and keep the wall clear.
Please save your USED CLEAN CANS which are recycled with thanks to Peter Booth for Church funds. There is a blue bin by the Church porch for this purpose. Please remember that this is for used cans only.
Please also save your USED STAMPS AND 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 main Church door.
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.
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