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

DIARY DATES FOR DECEMBER 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3rd – ADVENT SUNDAY HOLY COMMUNION (Lighting of first candle on Advent wring)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9th – LIGHTING UP THE VILLAGE CHRISTMAS TREE IN THE CHURCHYARD AT 4.00pm

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10th – HOLY COMMUNION (Advent 2)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16th – Decorating the Church for Christmas in time for the Christingle.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17th – CHRISTINGLE (Advent 3) FAMILY SERVICE AT 3.00pm (No Morning Service)

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24th – CHRISTMAS EVE FAMILY WORSHIP WITH CAROLS MONDAY,

DECEMBER 25th – CHRISTMAS DAY HOLY COMMUNION AT 10.00am with traditional Carols

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31st – A SHORT SERVICE OF READINGS AND CAROLS (A joint Service with South Newington members in St. Laurence’s)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 7th – EPIPHANY 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, chat and find out more about our Church Services and activities.

BENEFICE PRAYER BREAKFAST – Please note there will be no Benefice Prayer Breakfast in December. The next one will be on Saturday, January 6th, at 9.15am.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL in St. Mary’s, Bloxham, on December 2nd/3rd.

VILLAGE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHT-UP ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9th at 4.00pm in the Churchyard with Carols. (Bring a torch!) Children’s activities from 3.30pm. Christmas Hamper Raffle – box in Church for contributions – and Traidcraft stall. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served plus drinks and nibbles for the children. John Ellison has kindly offered to donate the Christmas tree again this year.

You will find a warm welcome in St. Laurence’s Church and we serve coffee after Services so that people can meet socially and chat and find out more about our Church.

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE – For all the family and all ages at 3.00pm. Children make up their Christingle oranges during the Service. The collection is donated to the Children’s Society. Light refreshments are served after the Service. (Please let Marlene know if you would like to help prepare the Christingle bags containing the necessary ingredients beforehand ready for the children to make up their Christingles. 720750)

CHRISTMAS SHOEBOXES – Thank you to all those who filled Shoeboxes of Christmas joy for under-privileged children and especially to those who took part for the first time this year. REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY – We were grateful once more to the Bloxham British Legion for attending our Service. The collection was made up to £100.00. by the PCC and donated to the Royal British Legion.

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.

GRATEFUL THANKS – As another year ends and a new Church year begins on Advent Sunday, we extend our thanks to all those who keep our Church running throughout the year – flower arrangers, brass cleaners, Church cleaners, those who prepare the Church for Services and wash the Altar linens, those who unlock and lock the Church on a daily basis, those who keep our Churchyard in good order, the welcomers, readers and intercessors, those who provide refreshments. We trust that we have included all the voluntary workers and have not missed anybody! Milcombe Church would not run so efficiently without you all. We also extend our thanks to the retired Clergy who help Dale by conducting some of our Services

THE VICAR, CHURCHWARDENS AND MEMBERS OF THE PCC WISH ALL PARISHIONERS A BLESSED AND PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR.

FAIRTRADE CHARITY CHRISTMAS CARDS AND OTHER GIFTS are now available as well as the usual items of teabags, coffee, sugar, jam, marmalade, cookies, Divine chocolate and even Peanut Butter! Items are available after Sunday Services and there will be a stall at the Christmas tree light-up. St. Laurence’s is a Fairtrade Church and so we use Fairtrade goods for our refreshments after Services and any vents we hold. By buying Fairtrade you are helping those living in the poorer countries to provide food and education for their children. 

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 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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