Weekly News

May 14th 2021

Church Services at St Mary’s

There will be a short  (30-40 minutes) Morning Worship service in St Mary’s church at 10.30am on Sunday 16th May. This will be led by Revd Jonathan Hawkins with Revd Phil Groves preaching.  If you would like to attend the church please book your place with Dianne 01844 291219 or brackleys@aol.com , numbers are limited in accordance with the current guidance. To protect yourself and others, please wear a face covering and comply with social distancing guidelines. Thank you.

This service will be live-streamed from the church and for those watching from home the link is available from the office.

Red Kite 2We are extremely grateful to Red Kite radio for broadcasting our benefice online services over the last few months, and there are no plans to discontinue these at present.


Coffee & Chat

Ros is hosting our zoom coffee and chat this Sunday at 11.30am. Details below;

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/4097488914?pwd=cFpwUWl4bStuYnpOU3ZhKy92RmFGdz09

Meeting ID: 409 748 8914     Passcode: 5c9cuC

Church at Home

See Wychert Vale website for details for this Sunday’s online service, the order of service is attached.

See this link for the service from the Oxford Diocese, these services have been extended for a couple more weeks.


Children’s Church

Is now meeting at the new time of 9.50am. This term we will continue to learn more about Jesus, his stories and his teaching which we can apply to our lives today.  Zoom links below;

        May 16, 2021 9.50 AM

        May 23, 2021 9.50 AM

Zoom Meeting details from Philippa. 

Please contact Philippa Blowfield if you would like any more information;

pblowfield@doctors.net.uk



Rector’s NoticesCassa

Study Group on Zoom

It's not too late to join the benefice zoom study group, which started last week. There are two sessions on Mondays 11-12pm and 8-9pm. Just buy the book 'Comfortable Words: a call to restoration' by Steven Croft and join us on the zoom link available from the office.

 

Thy Kingdom Come

Each year we are encouraged by our Archbishops to pray with millions of other Christians from around the world ‘thy kingdom come’ for ten days of prayer from Ascension (13th May) to Pentecost (23rd May). This year we will be focussing on praying for aspects of the pandemic and looking to God’s promised future for our world. There are prayer resources available for you to use at home in the form of prayer journals or a digital family prayer map. Prayer journals are available in the church or speak to Cassa if you would like one delivered.

Please see the daily prayer suggestions at the end of this Noticesheet.

And the Wychert Vale facebook page for more daily prayers;

https://www.facebook.com/WychertValeBenefice

Thy Kingdom Come

Word for this week 

Forget not…….Olive

Have you ever been in this situation - you meet someone new, are introduced, and then moments later you've forgotten their name! Names, passwords, pin and telephone numbers... these things are sometimes essential but quite difficult to memorise and keep in our head. Our memories have limitations.

But memories can be a tremendous source of comfort too, that’s why we keep photographs and videos to stimulate them.

In many ways our worship together is about remembering, not just in Holy Communion.  David, in his songs, the psalms, often reminded the people what God had done for them.  And we too can look back and recall what God has done in our lives and the lives of other people.

The wonderful Psalm 103 is one we know well because of Francis Henry Lyte ‘s hymn ‘Praise my soul the king of heaven.’ It begins with David talking to himself.  ‘Praise the Lord, O my soul, all my inmost being, praise his holy name….   and forget not all his benefits'. (v2)

Look back and remember, says David!

He highlights the blessings of God in metaphors, ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven’(Hymn v1)

Sometimes people try to draw a contrast between the God of the Old Testament and Jesus in the New but the theme of ransom, healing, restoration and forgiveness are in both. Jesus came to give his life as a ‘ransom for many.’ He not only brought physical healing but also spiritual healing and restoration to those who needed to be freed from guilt or the pain of broken relationships. 

In verse 10 and 13 of the Psalm, we read that God, our Father, does not ration his love to us according to how much we deserve. He is ‘slow to anger and He is abounding in love. ‘Father like he tends and spares us, well our feeble frame he knows. In his hands he gently bears us, rescues us from all our  foes, says the hymn.

When David thought about all these blessings that God had showered on him, he was overwhelmed. He expressed his emotion in words of deep gratitude. He didn’t take pride in being independent.  He knew that without God’s love and acceptance, life had little meaning.

But looking back is not enough!  Like David, we remember with gratitude but we have to resolve to follow God’s ways in the future, and to take His Word into this coming week. Why not meditate on this Psalm as you face it?

Olive Kuhrt, Licensed Lay Minister, Wychert Vale Benefice

Prayer

Loving Father, we thank you for the many blessings you have showered upon us.

We thank you for your loving kindness and that you forgive us, having removed our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west.

Help us never to forget what you have done for us.

We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. 

Amen.

Private Prayer in the Church  

We’re very pleased that the church building is now open every day. Please follow the COVID guidelines on the notices displayed at the church if you are visiting.

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

Christian Aid Week  10th –16th MayChristian Aid

This year the focus is on the climate crisis and the devastating impact on Kenyan communities.

As we are not doing house-to-house collections this year our CA committee has set up an on-line e-envelope if people wish to donate. The link to the Christian Aid online page is here.

Paper envelopes are also available if anyone would like to donate in this way  please contact Wendy on 291627.

Haddenham Scarecrow Festival  5th – 21st June

Open to all! Full information & entry forms on haddenham.net or contact us:

scarecrowhaddenham.festival@gmail.com

07554 141810

Closing date for entries Friday 28th May 2021

All funds raised this year will be donated to

Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity

Supporting each other

It is encouraging that the vaccine rollout is progressing so well and is now on the horizon for many more Light at the end of the tunnel even though there is still a way to go.  Hurray!! However in the meantime we can all help each other with a chat or reassurance or prayer. If you would like to talk to someone – perhaps you are lonely or feel weighed down by family problems and issues – please call any of those listed below IN CONFIDENCE or ask someone to do it for you. They will be happy just to be listeners or to pray over the phone or later if you prefer. And we can all pray for people on the prayer square and ANYONE can add themselves or someone else with their permission.  – see the prayer square information in this newssheet. If there is sudden illness or an emergency a prayer chain can immediately send a message round a prayer group again in confidence. Contact any of those below who can start that for you. Do keep us informed of difficulties and struggles – and the good things too!. We can give thanks for those!! Contact any of the following:

Jenny  01844 290990                Loraine 07810 184919

Sally 07780 928583     Chris  01844 290694/07710 264009          

Prayer Square

 

If you would like our church family to be praying for you or you know of someone else who would welcome prayer we would love to add the name to the Prayer Square.  As the name will be public you MUST have the person’s permission but the circumstances remain confidential.  

To add a name contact Chris Headlong 01844 290694 or 07811 713522

For your prayers for the next week:

· For our Government as they continue to monitor and make decisions for the way ahead.

· For all our church services as we find new ways forward.

· For safety and wisdom as restrictions are eased.

· Paul Brigham and his family

· The work of Christian Aid.

· Hope and healing for our communities as we face life after the pandemic.

· For five people we know to come to know Jesus

Prayer for our Community

Thank you that you have been with us throughout all the challenges of the pandemic.

Please give us wisdom as restrictions are lifted and enable us to meet again and re-engage with each other safely and with joy. Help us to be sensitive to each other’s needs and aware of those needing extra help and support.

We pray for those working hard to continue the vaccine roll-out.

Help us to reach out with love, with sensitivity, and with prayer, and may Your Kingdom Come, here in our community.

Amen.

Prayer for our Schools

We pray for our schools.

We give thanks for the teaching staff and all those in supporting roles, and for all their ongoing hard work.

We pray:

for renewed energy and strength for teachers and staff to sustain them through this Summer Term;

for children to enjoy learning together and being able to share together in the activities of the summer months;

for families coping with financial or other concerns;

for safety and wellbeing for all.

Amen

Thy Kingdom Come  - 10 days of prayer

 Thy Kingdom Come

 

Praying through the pandemic

Thursday May 13th – the Ascension

Lord Jesus, as we remember the day when the cloud separated you from your disciples on the Mount of Olives when you returned to your Father, we recall the separation from friends and loved ones we have experienced over the last year.  We thank you for the technology which has allowed us to keep in touch when we have not been able to meet face to face.  We pray that it will soon be possible to meet up safely soon. Amen.

Friday May 14th

Lord of light, as we recall the last year, we thank you for the lights shining in the darkness, for the acts of kindness and compassion that we have experienced or witnessed.  We thank you for Captain Sir Tom Moore and others who have inspired hope, perseverance and generosity.  We pray that we will not grow weary of encouraging and helping others and that we will continue to remember your mercies even when the pandemic is behind us. Amen.

Saturday May 15th

Lord of compassion, we thank you for the wonderful work of the NHS and the social care services over the last year.  We are so grateful for all those people who have gone beyond the call of duty in caring for the sick, the dying and the vulnerable.  We pray that you would protect the carers and that you would give them opportunity to regain their strength as they work to restore a normal service. Amen

Sunday May 16th

Gracious Lord ,  we pray for our government and its advisers and all those who have carried extra burdens of leadership during the pandemic.  We pray that you will give them wisdom and that they will act with integrity at all times.  We pray for the leadership teams of our churches as they plan for a safe return to services and other church activities. Amen

Monday May 17th

Lord of all wisdom, we thank you for the scientists who have developed effective vaccines against coronavirus in a far shorter time than anyone thought possible.   We thank you for the success of the vaccination programme in this country and we pray that vaccines would be distributed fairly around the world and that they would soon reach the countries which are in danger of being left behind. Amen

Tuesday May 18th

Dear Lord, we bring before you all those who are continuing to suffer as a result of the pandemic – for those who continue to experience ill health, those who have lost loved ones, those who have suffered financially and those for whom the future remains uncertain.  We pray that you would come close to comfort and heal, and give them hope for the future. Amen

Wednesday May 19th

Lord of the nations, we pray for the people, countries and conflicts that have not made the news much during the pandemic.  We remember the people of Yemen, Afghanistan and other countries where there is ongoing conflict.  We remember all those who have been displaced by war or famine.  We bring before you those who are suffering because of their faith in you.  Please help us to be generous in our giving and we pray that our country will soon increase its overseas aid. Amen

Thursday May 20th

O Lord who overcame darkness, as we look forward to a greater level of personal freedom, we thank you for each new step we have been able to take out of lockdown – for each experience of being able to do something which has not been possible for many months.  We pray for those who have lost their confidence and remain fearful of going out and meeting others even when it is safe to do so.  We pray that you would reassure them and enable them to regain their confidence. Amen

 

Friday May 21st

O Lord our creator, we thank you for your world and the responsibility you have given us for looking after it.  We recognize that we are damaging it through selfish and profligate use if its resources and that we are harming future generations because of this.  As we emerge from the pandemic, we pray that we will not simply go back to our old ways, but will use the opportunity to live more sustainably. Amen

Saturday May 22nd

Dear Lord, we pray for the ongoing work and witness of your church in this area and in our country.  As people have become more aware of the fragility of life over the last year, we pray that we you will make us ready to share our faith in the One who has overcome death. Amen

Pentecost Sunday May 23rd

Lord of life, we pray for the touch of your Holy Spirit today.  Help us to reach out to others so that they may also feel your touch and be made whole. Amen.

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 May 7th 2021

Church Services at St Mary’s

There will be a short  (30-40 minutes) Morning Praise service in St Mary’s church at 10.30am on Sunday 9th May. This will be led by Revd Jonathan Hawkins with Revd Cassa Messervy preaching.  If you would like to attend the church please book your place with the parish office, numbers are limited in accordance with the current guidance. To protect yourself and others, please wear a face covering and comply with social distancing guidelines. Thank you.

This service will be live-streamed from the church for those watching from home

Revd Cassa Messervy will be leading an Ascension Day Simple Evening Prayer at 7.30pm on May 13th.  

Zoom details are available from the office.

Red Kite 2

We are extremely grateful to Red Kite radio for broadcasting our benefice online services over the last few months, and there are no plans to discontinue these at present.



Church at Home

See St Mary’s website for details for this Sunday’s online service.

 See this link for the last online service from the Oxford Diocese.

Children’s Church

Is now meeting at the new time of 9.50am. This term we will continue to learn more about Jesus, his stories and his teaching which we can apply to our lives today.  Zoom links are available from Philippa - see below.

        May 9, 2021 9.50 AM

            May 16, 2021 9.50 AM

             May 23, 2021 9.50 AM

Please contact Philippa Blowfield if you would like any more information;    pblowfield@doctors.net.uk



Rector’s NoticesCassa

Study Group on Zoom

I am offering for everyone in the benefice an invitation to join a Zoom study group to reflect on Bishop Steven’s book ‘Comfortable Words: A Call to Restoration’, based on Isaiah 40-55. See: https://www.brfonline.org.uk/products/comfortable-words-a-call-to-restoration-reflections-on-isaiah-40-55

The sessions will be on Mondays, daytime 11-12pm or 8-9pm starting 10th May and ending 12th July with no session on 31st May. These will include time to ‘Dwell in the Word’ on the passages from Isaiah together then discussion of the weekly chapter from the book. If you would like to join either the daytime or evening session or you would like more information please let Cassa know on

cassa.messervy@wychertvale.org or ring 01844 292416.

 

 Comfortable Words

If you haven’t already signed up, there’s still time!

 


Thy Kingdom Come

Each year we are encouraged by our Archbishops to pray with millions of other Christians from around the world ‘thy kingdom come’ for ten days of prayer from Ascension (13th May) to Pentecost (23rd May). This year we will be focussing on praying for aspects of the pandemic and looking to God’s promised future for our world. There are prayer resources available for you to use at home in the form of prayer journals or a digital family prayer map. You will be able to collect these from Church from 9th May or speak to Cassa if you would like one delivered.

On Ascension Day Thursday 13th May, Cassa will lead a simple evening prayer on Zoom (link below) to mark the start of the Thy Kingdom Come ten days of prayer. Please do join her if you can. 

Topic: Ascension Day Simple Evening Prayer Service

Time: May 13, 2021 07:30 PM London

Zoom Meeting details available from the office.

Thy Kingdom Come

 

Word for this week Trish 2

I love words and phrases that stick in the mind, pithy sayings that make me think. Last night I came across one in my feet-up-with-a-book-before-bed hour. One of the characters in the story is given to quoting short and appropriate sayings (usually derived from Latin) that sum up situations, and on this occasion, the phrase he used was “make haste slowly”.  It reminded me of a time when my sister and I were working together, preparing to put our parents’ home on the market. It was hard work at a difficult time, our father was ill, and we were eager to get on and get things done. There was a rather silly TV advert at the time, for Bran Flakes, and it showed a chap who decides to set about getting fit. He puts on his running gear and sets out eagerly from his front door, jogs a few metres, stops, gets in to his car, and says to himself “One step at a time Martin”. The silliness made us laugh and yet the wisdom of being prepared to progress to our goals at a gentler pace, seemed so appropriate to our situation.

“Make haste slowly” is, in many ways what we are needing to do as a nation, at the moment. We are needing to move slowly forward as, bit by bit, restrictions are eased, so as to hasten the day when our freedoms are restored. We are eager and excited at the prospect of the direction in which we are heading, but we are needing to “make haste slowly”.

Earlier on Sunday morning I was powerfully moved by quite a different phrase. The Easter hymn “Now the green blade riseth”, featured as a beautiful part of the worship in our zoom service. I didn’t recognise the hymn at first, although it did seem vaguely familiar. It was sung much more slowly than I had heard before. The slower pace, for me, meant I was able to drink in not just the beauty of the words, but their deeply spiritual significance. The last line of the refrain that runs through the hymn - “Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green” expresses so simply, the wonder of Jesus’ resurrection and all the fulness of life and love that it makes possible. A video accompanied the hymn, showing tiny green seedlings breaking through the soil   - tender, determined and strong beginnings of new life, with all the hope and promise they bring.  Nature reminds us that good growth starts small and continues steadily, eager yet unhurried.

The reading from Isaiah 43, which we heard at Cassa’s licensing service, tells of God speaking to His people - “I am about to do a new thing: now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” God’s plans for us are springing forth, along with His love.

Life and love are springing forth in new ways, as together we set out into a new beginning. As we gradually leave behind the restrictions, and begin the delight of being able to worship together again, there will be much to explore. As we make haste slowly, gently and steadily moving forward together, we will discover the new ways in which God is calling us to share our lives and His love and the warmth of His welcome with our community.

With love and prayers, Trish

Revd Trish Mander, Associate Minister, Wychert Vale Benefice

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the love, life and hope that Jesus’ resurrection brings.

Help us to listen together, waiting on you, and follow you closely as you lead us into new beginnings.

In Jesus name, Amen.


Private Prayer in the Church  

Spring RosesFrom next week we’re very pleased that the church building will be open every day. Please follow the COVID guidelines on the notices displayed at the church if you are visiting.

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

Christian Aid Week  10th –16th May

Christian AidThis year the focus is on the climate crisis and the devastating impact on Kenyan communities.

As we are not doing house-to-house collections this year our CA committee has set up an on-line e-envelope if people wish to donate. The link to the Christian Aid online page is here.


Paper envelopes are also available, if anyone would like to donate in this way please contact Wendy on 291627.

Haddenham Scarecrow Festival  5th – 21st June

Open to all! Full information & entry forms on haddenham.net or contact us:

scarecrowhaddenham.festival@gmail.com

07554 141810

Closing date for entries Friday 28th May 2021

All funds raised this year will be donated to

Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity

Supporting each other

It is encouraging that the vaccine rollout is progressing so well and is now on the horizon for many more Light at the end of the tunnel even though there is still a way to go.  Hurray!! However in the meantime we can all help each other with a chat or reassurance or prayer. If you would like to talk to someone – perhaps you are lonely or feel weighed down by family problems and issues – please call any of those listed below IN CONFIDENCE or ask someone to do it for you. They will be happy just to be listeners or to pray over the phone or later if you prefer. And we can all pray for people on the prayer square and ANYONE can add themselves or someone else with their permission.  – see the prayer square information in this newssheet. If there is sudden illness or an emergency a prayer chain can immediately send a message round a prayer group again in confidence. Contact any of those below who can start that for you. Do keep us informed of difficulties and struggles – and the good things too!. We can give thanks for those!! Contact any of the following:

Jenny  01844 290990                Loraine 07810 184919

Sally 07780 928583     Chris  01844 290694/07710 264009          

Prayer Square

 

If you would like our church family to be praying for you or you know of someone else who would welcome prayer we would love to add the name to the Prayer Square.  As the name will be public you MUST have the person’s permission but the circumstances remain confidential.  

To add a name contact Chris Headlong 01844 290694 or 07811 713522

For your prayers for the next week:

· All those involved in planning a safe route out of the COVID pandemic

· Paul Brigham and his family

· The family and friends of Paul Shearman; especially Hero, Finn, Iris and Cassius.

· The Queen and the Royal family as they mourn the loss of HRH Prince Philip.

· The family and friends of Revd John Fieldgate.

· The work of Christian Aid.

Prayer for our Community

Father God we thank you for the beauty of the Spring flowers, and the joy of the Easter season.

Thank you that you are always with us.

We ask you to strengthen us. Help us to be a blessing to our community and to encourage and support one another in remaining positive, patient and wise as, hopefully, restrictions begin to ease in the coming weeks. Help us to be aware of those who need extra help and support.

We thank you for the vaccines that have already been administered. We pray for all those working to deliver the vaccine, that they will be able to keep up the momentum in the coming months.

We pray that we may reach out with love and share the Easter message of hope and joy, with every part of our community.

Amen

Prayer for our Schools

We pray for our schools.

We give thanks for the teaching staff and all those in supporting roles, and for all their ongoing hard work.

We pray:

for renewed energy and strength for teachers and staff to sustain them through this Summer Term;

for children to enjoy learning together and being able to share together in the activities of the summer months;

for families coping with financial or other concerns;

for safety and wellbeing for all.

Amen

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April 30th 2021

Church Services at St Mary’s

We are pleased to announce that we are planning to return to worship in the church building from May 9th.  Details will follow next week

 

Red Kite 2We are extremely grateful to Red Kite radio for broadcasting our benefice online services over the last few months, and there are no plans to discontinue these at present.


Our Zoom service this week will be held on Sunday at 10.30am. This will be led by Revd Jonathan Hawkins with Revd Cassa Messervy preaching. Zoom details are available from the office.

Church at Home

See St Mary’s website for details for this Sunday’s online service.

And this link for the online services from the Oxford Diocese.

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

Coffee & Chat

Hosted by Tim this Sunday at 11.30am;

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78716497273?pwd=Y3VuQ2pmdUJvaTArM3JsR1dvTGh5UT09
Meeting ID: 787 1649 7273   Passcode: coffee

 

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

Private Prayer in the Church  Hughenden

From mid-May we are aiming for the church to be open every day. For this week it will be open on Wednesday and Sunday between 10am & 2pm.

Please follow the COVID guidelines on the notices displayed at the church.

 



Rector’s Notices

 Cassa

 

Study Group on Zoom

I am offering for everyone in the benefice an invitation to join a Zoom study group to reflect on Bishop Steven’s book ‘Comfortable Words: A Call to Restoration’, based on Isaiah 40-55. See: https://www.brfonline.org.uk/products/comfortable-words-a-call-to-restoration-reflections-on-isaiah-40-55

Comfortable WordsThe sessions will be on Mondays, daytime 11-12pm or 8-9pm starting 10th May and ending 12th July with no session on 31st May. The sessions will include time to ‘Dwell in the Word’ on the passages from Isaiah together then discussion of the weekly chapter from the book. If you would like to join either the daytime or evening session or you would like more information please let Cassa know on cassa.messervy@wychertvale.org or ring 01844 292416.

 

 

 

 

Thy Kingdom Come

Each year we are encouraged by our Archbishops to pray with millions of other Christians from around the world ‘thy kingdom come’ for ten days of prayer from Ascension (13th May) to Pentecost (23rd May). This year we will be focussing on praying for aspects of the pandemic and looking to God’s promised future for our world. There are prayer resources available for you to use at home in the form of prayer journals or a digital family prayer map. You will be able to collect these from Church from 9th May or speak to Cassa if you would like one delivered. Further details on plans for this time of prayer will be available next week.

 Thy Kingdom Come

Services in church

We are pleased to announce that we are planning to return to holding services in the church building from May 9th. All services held in church will also be live-streamed so everyone will be able to attend, either in person or remotely. The pattern of services is not yet finalised but we are hoping to hold a service in church every Sunday. A booking system will be in place and details will be circulated ahead of each Sunday.

Children’s Church

Is now meeting now at the new time of 10am. This term we will continue to learn more about Jesus, his stories and his teaching which we can apply to our lives today.  Zoom links below;

        May 2, 2021 10:00 AM

        May 9, 2021 10:00 AM

        May 16, 2021 10:00 AM

        May 23, 2021 10:00 AM

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88456645722?pwd=WFk5TFNSblN4Y0Vpc1VqMjBMREdxQT09

Meeting ID: 884 5664 5722     Passcode: s4bMmt

Please contact Philippa Blowfield if you would like any more information;

pblowfield@doctors.net.uk


Update on Paul Brigham

Paul has been in the rehabilitation unit at Amersham hospital for about 10 weeks now. His progress is slow but steady and all the staff have been astonished by his determination. After not being able to see him in person for over 3 months, Sue has been able to visit for daily one hour slots for the last two weeks, which has been wonderful for them both.

His current goals are to climb stairs and to walk unaided. He is working hard to develop the stamina needed to live and look after himself independently at home. If he continues to make good progress  and all goes to plan he should be home by mid-May. Please continue to pray for positive progress.

Sue and all the family are very grateful for your ongoing prayer support.

Supporting each other

It is encouraging that the vaccine rollout is progressing so well and is now on the horizon for many more Light at the end of the tunnel even though there is still a way to go.  Hurray!! However in the meantime we can all help each other with a chat or reassurance or prayer. If you would like to talk to someone – perhaps you are lonely or feel weighed down by family problems and issues – please call any of those listed below IN CONFIDENCE or ask someone to do it for you. They will be happy just to be listeners or to pray over the phone or later if you prefer. And we can all pray for people on the prayer square and ANYONE can add themselves or someone else with their permission.  – see the prayer square information in this newssheet. If there is sudden illness or an emergency a prayer chain can immediately send a message round a prayer group again in confidence. Contact any of those below who can start that for you. Do keep us informed of difficulties and struggles – and the good things too!. We can give thanks for those!! Contact any of the following:

Jenny  01844 290990                Loraine 07810 184919

Sally 07780 928583     Chris  01844 290694/07710 264009        


Word for this week Gordon

 

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

by C S Lewis

I have just finished reading a biography of the famous writer (and professor) C S Lewis by another Oxford scholar (and professor) Alister McGrath. It is a really good read (Hodder 2013). Lewis is famous in much of the world for his seven little novels for children The Chronicles of Narnia – especially the first The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, now major motion pictures.

Born in Belfast (1898)), but mainly educated in English schools and then Oxford. He was injured in the Great War, became a teaching don at Oxford, and then was a reluctant convert to Christian faith in his early 30s. He spent his academic career teaching and writing about medieval and Renaissance English literature. But much of his “spare time” was devoted to writing some remarkable books explaining and commending the Christian Faith.

 During the 2nd World War, the BBC were looking for people who were not too “churchy” or just representing one part of the church, to do some programmes that would be thoughtful about Christian faith and life. Amazingly the lay Anglican Oxford don became very popular. His broadcasts were later turned into the famous book Mere Christianity. Also among his earlier books were The Problem of Pain and the remarkably imaginative Screwtape Letters. These are letters from the older devil Screwtape to his younger apprentice Wormwood advising him how to be an effective little devil. It is amusing, and full of insight into the subtleties of temptation. 

These books made him famous in Britain, but it was in the ‘50s that he became a publishing phenomenon throughout much of the world with the Narnia stories – now having sold well over 100 million. Like the parables of Jesus, they can be heard or read at different levels. Interesting and exciting to children, they subtly address a whole range of spiritual and moral issues.

Among his 30 or so books I would also commend The Four Loves. I think it’s worth keeping an eye open in second-hand book shops, and, of course they are all available in libraries or through Amazon. The first (and often thought best) Narnia story in the title of this article would make a good present for grand- or god-children. But do discuss it with them!

He died on 22nd November 1963 – but his death was quite over-shadowed by the assassination of President John F Kennedy on the same day. (Just three months after I graduated, married and started teaching)

 Ven Dr Gordon Kuhrt, Retired Minister, Wychert Vale Benefice

Prayer

Dear God,

Thank you for giving us both minds to think with,

And imaginations with which we can travel to “other worlds”.

May your Spirit guide our thinking and imaginations.

Through Jesus who taught both ways,

Amen

Prayer Square

 

If you would like our church family to be praying for you or you know of someone else who would welcome prayer we would love to add the name to the Prayer Square.  As the name will be public you MUST have the person’s permission but the circumstances remain confidential.  

To add a name contact Chris Headlong 01844 290694 or 07811 713522

For your prayers for the next week:

· All those involved in planning a safe route out of the COVID pandemic

· Paul Brigham and his family

· The family and friends of Paul Shearman; especially Hero, Finn, Iris and Cassius.

· Safety for families as they begin to meet up again.

· The Queen and the Royal family as they mourn the loss of HRH Prince Philip.

· The family and friends of Revd John Fieldgate.

· Revd Cassa Messervy as she begins her new role as Rector of our benefice.

Prayer for our Community

Father God we thank you for the beauty of the Spring flowers, and the joy of the Easter season.

Thank you that you are always with us.

We ask you to strengthen us. Help us to be a blessing to our community and to encourage and support one another in remaining positive, patient and wise as, hopefully, restrictions begin to ease in the coming weeks. Help us to be aware of those who need extra help and support.

We thank you for the vaccines that have already been administered. We pray for all those working to deliver the vaccine, that they will be able to keep up the momentum in the coming months.

We pray that we may reach out with love and share the Easter message of hope and joy, with every part of our community.

Amen

Prayer for our Schools

We pray for our schools.

We give thanks for the teaching staff and all those in supporting roles, and for all their ongoing hard work.

We pray:

for renewed energy and strength for teachers and staff to sustain them through this Summer Term;

for children to enjoy learning together and being able to share together in the activities of the summer months;

for families coping with financial or other concerns;

for safety and wellbeing for all.

Amen

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April 23rd 2021

Church Services at St Mary’s

With the current restrictions in place we have no church services planned in the church building at present. We will continue to review this and keep you updated.

We are extremely grateful to Red Kite radio for Red Kite 2continuing to broadcast our online services over the next few months.

 

Our Zoom service will take place on Sunday at 10.30am. This will be led by Revd Jonathan Hawkins with Revd Cassa Messervy joining the service later.

For Zoom details, please contact the office.

Church at Home

See St Mary’s website for details for this Sunday’s online service.

And this link for the online services from the Oxford Diocese.

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

 

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on the website.

 

Private Prayer in the Church  Anenomies

The church is open for private prayer on Wednesdays between 10am and 2pm and Saturday and Sunday this week between 10am and 2pm. There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and limited pews available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

 

 




Sad News

We received news today that sadly Revd John Fieldgate died peacefully earlier this week. John was a much loved member of the Haddenham community and a non-stipendiary minister here in the 1980’s before relocating with his wife Jill. Please pray for Jill and the family at this very sad time.

Pebble Prayer Station

Pebble PrayersWhile the church remains closed for services, our pebble prayer station is still in the lychgate. The pebble prayers are prayed for regularly by a member of the ministry team, then placed in the churchyard.

 





Bishop Steven Podcasts

Come and Eat – The Exhausted Prophet

“The Lord, through his angel, simply sees what is needed. The Lord prepares a meal: fresh bread, cool, clear fresh water in a jar. Time to rest and sleep.”

Welcome to the first in a short series of podcasts on Holy Communion, the profound, wonderful meal at the heart of our faith.

Our starting point is the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 19: the exhausted prophet, right at the end of his resources. Because that, if we’re honest, is where we are – tired and worn down, finding every day quite hard.

The Lord meets Elijah where he is – not with big visions or daunting tasks for the future, but with simply what he needs. An invitation to come and eat.

Link here

Bucks Historic Churches Trust

It was mentioned in the Weekly News a couple of weeks ago that we had received a grant towards work at the church from the Bucks Historic Churches Trust. It has been pointed out to us that individuals cannot join the trust, but a Friends of Bucks Historic Churches Group has been set up. If you would like to join please use the following link;

https://bucks-historic-churches.org/friends/

Supporting each other

It is encouraging that the vaccine rollout is progressing so well and is now on the horizon for many more Light at the end of the tunnel even though there is still a way to go.  Hurray!! However in the meantime we can all help each other with a chat or reassurance or prayer. If you would like to talk to someone – perhaps you are lonely or feel weighed down by family problems and issues – please call any of those listed below IN CONFIDENCE or ask someone to do it for you. They will be happy just to be listeners or to pray over the phone or later if you prefer. And we can all pray for people on the prayer square and ANYONE can add themselves or someone else with their permission.  – see the prayer square information in this newssheet. If there is sudden illness or an emergency a prayer chain can immediately send a message round a prayer group again in confidence. Contact any of those below who can start that for you. Do keep us informed of difficulties and struggles – and the good things too!. We can give thanks for those!! Contact any of the following:

Jenny  01844 290990                Loraine 07810 184919

Sally 07780 928583     Chris  01844 290694/07710 264009          

Word for this week Adrian

Tunnels

 

 One of my more abiding memories of a holiday on the Faroe islands was travelling on the island of Borooy. Most of the islands are razor backed, that is they are narrow and mountainous and tunnels through them are not uncommon. Indeed the Faroese have constructed tunnels under the sea to link some of the main islands which in one case involves an undersea roundabout.

 As we left the lttle town of Klaksvik we went into a long tunnel.

It was unlit. 

 Tunnel

It was single tracked with passing places ( Don't mention it to the Health and Safety Executive)

The lights in the picture are, I think, headlight reflections for passing places.

We came out the other side having passed a couple of vehicles going the other way.

There is a very good video on YouTube of the tunnel.

It can be compared to the Christian life in that we can't see the way ahead, we just have to go along with the Lord and sometimes we are faced with things (problems) coming straight for us but the Lord often has passing places for us along the way. However there is light at the end of the tunnel and we need to have our eyes fixed upon Jesus.                                         

Adrian Collier, Licensed Lay Minister, Wychert Vale Benefice

Prayer

Lord

Thank you that although we can’t always see the way ahead, we know that you can.

Help us to remember to keep our eyes fixed on you.

Amen

Prayer Square

If you would like our church family to be praying for you or you know of someone else who would welcome prayer we would love to add the name to the Prayer Square.  As the name will be public you MUST have the person’s permission but the circumstances remain confidential.  

To add a name contact Chris Headlong 01844 290694 or 07811 713522

For your prayers for the next week:

· All those involved in planning a safe route out of the COVID pandemic

· Paul Brigham and his family

· The family and friends of Paul Shearman; especially Hero, Finn, Iris and Cassius.

· Safety for families as they begin to meet up again.

· The Queen and the Royal family as they mourn the loss of HRH Prince Philip.

· The family and friends of Revd John Fieldgate.

· Revd Cassa Messervy as she begins her new role as Rector of our benefice.

Prayer for our Community

Father God we thank you for the beauty of the Spring flowers, and the joy of the Easter season.

Thank you that you are always with us.

We ask you to strengthen us. Help us to be a blessing to our community and to encourage and support one another in remaining positive, patient and wise as, hopefully, restrictions begin to ease in the coming weeks. Help us to be aware of those who need extra help and support.

We thank you for the vaccines that have already been administered. We pray for all those working to deliver the vaccine, that they will be able to keep up the momentum in the coming months.

We pray that we may reach out with love and share the Easter message of hope and joy, with every part of our community.

Amen

Prayer for our Schools

We pray for our schools.

We give thanks for the teaching staff and all those in supporting roles, and for all their ongoing hard work.

We pray:

for renewed energy and strength for teachers and staff to sustain them through this Summer Term;

for children to enjoy learning together and being able to share together in the activities of the summer months;

for families coping with financial or other concerns;

for safety and wellbeing for all.

Amen

 

 




April 16th 2021

Church Services at St Mary’s

With the current restrictions in place we have no church services planned in the church building at present. We will continue to review this and keep you updated.

Red Kite 2We are extremely grateful to Red Kite radio for continuing to broadcast our online services over the next few months.

 


Our Zoom service will take place on Sunday at 10.30am. This will be led by Revd Jonathan Hawkins with Adrian Collier preaching. Please contact the office for Zoom details.

Church at Home

See St Mary’s website for details for this Sunday’s online service.

And this link for the online services from the Oxford Diocese.

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

Coffee and Chat

Tim is hosting Coffee & Chat on Sunday at 11.30am, details below;ps://us04web.zoom.us/j/72251539681?pwd=blNvc2UrY3JyaFFFdDdYUk02ZzFnUT09
Meeting ID: 722 5153 9681  Passcode: coffee

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

Private Prayer in the Church  Spring Magnolia

The church is open for private prayer on Wednesdays between 10am and 2pm and Saturday and Sunday this week between 10am and 2pm. There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and limited pews available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

 





Our new Rector and family

The Messervy family are now settled into the new rectory and getting to know the parish and benefice. We are so grateful for the delicious takeaway delivery on our first night, which was much needed after a very long and stressful moving day! Also we were delighted by the gorgeous welcome hamper which we have really enjoyed eating! 

Cassa & FamilySo a little introduction to our family, I (Cassa) am married to Myles who was born in Ireland where some of his family still live. He is an electrical project manager for SSE Major Projects and is currently working in London. Our eldest is Mia who is 16 and in her GCSE year (rather difficult as you can imagine), she is passionate about music and loves to sing and play the piano. Roisin is 13 enjoying her studies and working hard in Yr 8 at school. Roisin loves art, textiles and creative writing, like her mother she is a bookworm. Our youngest is Caitlin who is 10 and will move to Haddenham Junior School for the summer term before she starts secondary school in September. Caitlin is our little sportswoman, who plays tennis and is looking forward to playing on the courts opposite the school.

Finally we have two dogs, Paddy and Twiglet who are really enjoying the wonderful footpaths locally. We are very much looking forward to meeting everyone over the summer term as restrictions allow. 


Our church flag flies at half mast as we mourn the death of HRH Prince Philip. Half Mast FlagA bell was tolled on Friday and the tenor bell was tolled, half muffled, 99 times at 12 noon on Saturday as a mark of respect to His Royal Highness — part of the nationwide ring of remembrance.

The church will be open for private prayer on Saturday between 10am and 4pm in addition to the usual Sunday opening hours, 10am to 2pm.



Supporting each other

It is encouraging that the vaccine rollout is progressing so well and is now on the horizon for many more Light at the end of the tunnel even though there is still a way to go.  Hurray!! However in the meantime we can all help each other with a chat or reassurance or prayer. If you would like to talk to someone – perhaps you are lonely or feel weighed down by family problems and issues – please call any of those listed below IN CONFIDENCE or ask someone to do it for you. They will be happy just to be listeners or to pray over the phone or later if you prefer. And we can all pray for people on the prayer square and ANYONE can add themselves or someone else with their permission.  – see the prayer square information in this newssheet. If there is sudden illness or an emergency a prayer chain can immediately send a message round a prayer group again in confidence. Contact any of those below who can start that for you. Do keep us informed of difficulties and struggles – and the good things too!. We can give thanks for those!! Contact any of the following:

Jenny  01844 290990                Loraine 07810 184919

Sally 07780 928583     Chris  01844 290694/07710 264009          


Word for this week Olive

In the line of duty

 Many of us have been gripped by the TV programme, ‘Line of duty’, about the police ‘Anti -Corruption Unit (AC12). The series is about ‘bent coppers’ and the detectives who are sent to discover them. It is a risky business. Some have even been killed ‘in the line of duty’.

Duty is something that we’ve heard a lot about this week due to the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip. For nearly all of us, he has been a constant presence throughout our lives, working faithfully to support the Queen. In all the tributes that have poured out, ‘duty and service’ were constantly mentioned. That duty involved a role where he always had to come second to the Queen, where he was often accused of tactlessness when trying to put nervous people at their ease and where he didn’t claim merit for his tireless work.

Was it his duty not to outshine his wife? Was it simply duty that took him into the Royal Navy in a time of war? Was it just duty to be associated with 992 organizations, either as President, Patron, or in another capacity? Was the welfare of young people in education, conservation and sport just interests performed simply out of a sense of duty?

No, because for Prince Philip there was no distinction between what he did for duty and what for love. He loved the country that adopted him as a homeless refugee child and showed it by putting his life in danger in war time. He loved his wife and was willing to put up with the restrictions that the role as her husband would bring. And he loved mixing with ordinary people, those near and those far away.

We all have relationships that involve obligations. We have duties to our family, our Church, our neighbour, our employer and our nation. We don’t expect a pat on the back for fulfilling them. However, if they are not accompanied by love, they can seem very irksome.

Jesus said, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’, not ‘fulfil your duty and obligation to your neighbour as yourself.’

A sense of duty to others is often downplayed as out-dated and restrictive. But often these acts of the will show where our loyalty lies.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 says, ‘Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.’ And 1 John 5:3 ‘This is love for God, to obey His commands.’

Duty and love should be two sides of the same coin. As we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip let us pray that we may be willing to give our lives in the line of duty and in love for God and neighbour.

Olive Kuhrt, Licensed Lay Minister, Wychert Vale Benefice

Prayer

Dear God

We remember before you Prince Philip.  We thank you for his long life, for his love and care for the Queen and our country and for all that he achieved in his selfless devotion to duty.

We bring before you Her Majesty the Queen, praying that she will know your comfort and strength in the days to come.  We pray that the whole royal family will come together to support her.

In Jesus' name.

Amen.

Prayer Square

If you would like our church family to be praying for you or you know of someone else who would welcome prayer we would love to add the name to the Prayer Square.  As the name will be public you MUST have the person’s permission but the circumstances remain confidential.  

To add a name contact Chris Headlong 01844 290694 or 07811 713522

For your prayers for the next week:

· All those involved in planning a safe route out of the COVID pandemic

· Paul Brigham and his family

· The family and friends of Paul Shearman; especially Hero, Finn, Iris and Cassius.

· Safety for families as they begin to meet up again.

· Cassa and her family as they begin their life in Haddenham.

· The Queen and the Royal family as they mourn the loss of HRH Prince Philip.

· Revd John Fieldgate who is seriously ill in hospital following a stroke, and for his wife Jill.

 

Prayer for our Community

Father God we thank you for the beauty of the Spring flowers, and the joy of the Easter season.

Thank you that you are always with us.

We ask you to strengthen us. Help us to be a blessing to our community and to encourage and support one another in remaining positive, patient and wise as, hopefully, restrictions begin to ease in the coming weeks. Help us to be aware of those who need extra help and support.

We thank you for the vaccines that have already been administered. We pray for all those working to deliver the vaccine, that they will be able to keep up the momentum in the coming months.

We pray that we may reach out with love and share the Easter message of hope and joy, with every part of our community.

Amen

Prayer for our Schools

We pray for our schools.

We give thanks for the teaching staff and all those in supporting roles, and for all their ongoing hard work.

We pray:

for a safe return to school for teachers, staff and children;

for wisdom and renewed energy for staff as they plan for the Summer term.

We thank you that the children are able to learn and play together again.

Amen

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April 9th 2021

Church Services at St Mary’s

With the current restrictions in place we have no church services planned in the church building at present. We will continue to review this and keep you updated.

Red Kite 2We are extremely grateful to Red Kite radio for continuing to broadcast our online services over the next few months.



Our Zoom Family service will take place on Sunday 10.30am. This will be led by Francesca Flaxton on the theme of "Believing is Seeing!", based on John 20: 19-31. An interactive service suitable for everyone including children with uplifting worship songs, Bible story, and all-age activities. It would be helpful for all participants to make 2 simple signs (approx A5) to bring to the Zoom service - one with TRUE and the other with FALSE written on them. In addition, an optional colouring/worksheet is available to download and print for children (or anyone!) to use during the service. Details are available from the parish office.

Church at Home

See the Wychert Vale Benefice website for details for this Sunday’s online service.

And this link for the online services from the Oxford Diocese.

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

Private Prayer in the Church  Spring Flowers

The church is open for private prayer on Wednesdays between 10am and 2pm and Sundays between 11am and 2pm. There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and limited pews available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

 

 


Church Building Repairs—report from our Treasurer

Every five years church law requires us to have a survey carried out of the church building: any repairs found necessary then have to be undertaken – at our expense!  The last survey highlighted a number of issues, including some stonework and guttering repairs and these are scheduled to start in the coming weeks.  The cost of this will be approximately £40,000 – we are pleased to say that Friends of St Mary’s has indicated it will be able to give a grant of £15,000 towards this and the Bucks Historic Buildings Trust has also promised a grant of £4,500.  This leaves us with a balance of £20,500 – we have another grant application being considered by another body, but have yet to receive a decision.  Irrespective of their decision, our Resources Fund will be able to meet the balance – just! - but this will use nearly all its current funds so any further improvements will have to be put on hold and we hope not to face any unexpected further repair costs until the balance can be rebuilt. 

Please do consider supporting the Bucks Historic Churches Trust, perhaps by becoming a member or supporting their annual ‘Ride & Stride’ event which raises the funds they can distribute.  Their website is at https://bucks-historic-churches.org/

David Morris

Easter Feedback

Despite the church building not being open for services we were delighted to be able to engage with many people over the Easter period.

Easter Porch Display

The wonderful porch display created by Cathie Deeley, Carolyn Hollick and Gordon Lawson was seen by hundreds of visitors over the Easter weekend.

The Great 2021 Haddenham Easter Egg Hunt

Approximately 400 children and their families took part in the Churches Together in Haddenham Easter Trail. A huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped. The surplus Easter Eggs were donated to Storehouse in Aylesbury.

Churches Together in Haddenham Stations of the Cross

Another lovely trail through the village to remind us of the Easter story.

Churches Together in Haddenham Outdoor Sunrise Service

In a new location, the Baptist church burial ground, this incredibly moving service was beautifully led by Baptist Minister Revd Jonny Fillis and attended by over 50 people.

Online Services—a great variety and all much appreciated. Thank you all.


Supporting each other

It is encouraging that the vaccine rollout is progressing so well and is now on the horizon for many more Light at the end of the tunnel even though there is still a way to go.  Hurray!! However in the meantime we can all help each other with a chat or reassurance or prayer. If you would like to talk to someone – perhaps you are lonely or feel weighed down by family problems and issues – please call any of those listed below IN CONFIDENCE or ask someone to do it for you. They will be happy just to be listeners or to pray over the phone or later if you prefer. And we can all pray for people on the prayer square and ANYONE can add themselves or someone else with their permission.  – see the prayer square information in this newssheet. If there is sudden illness or an emergency a prayer chain can immediately send a message round a prayer group again in confidence. Contact any of those below who can start that for you. Do keep us informed of difficulties and struggles – and the good things too!. We can give thanks for those!! Contact any of the following:

Jenny  01844 290990                Loraine 07810 184919

Sally 07780 928583     Chris  01844 290694/07710 264009         


Word for this week Trish 2

 

A Very Happy Easter!

One of the things I love about Easter is that it goes on for weeks! Not that we get to eat Easter eggs for that long, but while the Easter eggs disappear from the supermarket shelves, we still have another six weeks to celebrate the season. One of the things that church tradition has always been so good at, is recognising the need for time, time to let things sink in and to take root. These next weeks give us the opportunity to marvel afresh at the glorious truths of grace, freedom, joy and hope, and to let them take deeper root in our lives. It is a time to delight in relationship. It is a time to look back and absorb again the unshakeable nature of God’s faithfulness. In short, it’s a time to celebrate.

Exactly a year ago, in the second issue of our Special Notice Sheet, we reflected on Her Majesty the Queen’s address to the nation, as the pandemic deepened. She spoke of the time when we would look back and know that our response to the crisis would be what had defined us.

As we look back at this last year, one of the things we have undoubtedly learned is that whilst plans have to be made, they need to be held lightly. We can never be certain quite what the road ahead will hold. Throughout the year we have drawn strength from the wisdom of the 23rd Psalm, and knowing that the Lord is Our Shepherd. Whether the path takes us beside still waters or through the shadowy valley, we can be confident in knowing that the Shepherd leads the way. Holding our plans lightly has enabled us to see where God is opening up new paths, ones we had never even dreamed of. This time last year a Zoom was, for most of us, either an ice lolly or something that fitted on a camera lens! A year on and it has become a means of meeting, of welcoming new friends, and sharing the love of God as we invite each other into our homes and our lives.

Our Easter porch display and the Easter Trail and Egg Hunt, have brought the message of Easter to so many young families in such imaginative ways. We have so much to be thankful for, to learn from and build on, as we continue to put our trust in the Lord.

On that first Easter Day, Mark’s Gospel tells us that as the women were heading for the tomb they asked one another, “Who will roll away the stone?”. They were on their way there, with the spices,  having made their plans, as best they could, for the task they thought lay ahead. They were wondering how the problem of the stone was going to be overcome. When they reached the tomb, not only was that problem swept aside, but their world had taken a completely new and life changing turn.

As we journey together through these next weeks, let’s allow ourselves to be defined by our responses to the outpouring of God’s love. Let’s be thankful for so many blessings, past and present. Let’s continue to trust in God’s loving faithfulness for the way ahead and above all celebrate our relationships, both old and new, as we let the echoes of the Easter story light up our lives, energise and inspire us for the way ahead.

With love and prayers,

Trish

Revd. Trish Mander, Associate Minister, Wychert Vale Benefice.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Through this Easter season, help us to celebrate your love and grow in our faith.

Help us to have thankful hearts, that are open to give and receive, more of your love.

Help us to follow where you lead, in trust and joy.

Amen.

Prayer Square

If you would like our church family to be praying for you or you know of someone else who would welcome prayer we would love to add the name to the Prayer Square.  As the name will be public you MUST have the person’s permission but the circumstances remain confidential.  

To add a name contact Chris Headlong 01844 290694 or 07811 713522

For your prayers for the next week:

· All those involved in planning a safe route out of the COVID pandemic

· Paul Brigham and his family

· Safety for families as they begin to meet up again.

· Cassa and her family as they begin their life in Haddenham.

Prayer for our Community

Father God we thank you for the early signs of Spring, that we see around us, and the encouragement they bring. Thank you that you are always with us.

We ask you to strengthen us. Help us to be a blessing to our community and to encourage and support one another in remaining positive, patient and wise in the coming weeks and months. Help us to be aware of those who need extra help and support.

We thank you for the vaccines that have already been administered. We pray for all those working to deliver the vaccine and that the roll-out will continue to be swift and effective.

We pray that we may reach out with love and share the Easter message of hope and joy, with every part of our community.

Amen.

Prayer for our Schools

We pray for our schools.

We give thanks for the teaching staff and all those in supporting roles, and for all their ongoing hard work.

We pray:

for safe-keeping, rest and refreshment for all throughout the Easter break;

for wisdom and renewed energy for staff as they plan for the Summer term.

We thank you that the children have been able to learn and play together again.

Amen


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 Easter 2021

Easter Pic


Easter Services

Sadly we are not able to meet in the church building at Easter, details of our  remote & outdoor services are below:

Maundy Thursday: Online service led by Revd Jonathan Hawkins

Good Friday: Online service led by Ven Dr Gordon Kuhrt

The links are available on the Benefice website.

Churches Together in Haddenham Sunrise Service.

This will be held in the Baptist Burial ground, opposite the Baptist church building, on Easter Sunday, 4th April, at 6.30am. A booking system will be in place for track and trace purposes, so please contact Marjorie Johnston:

 marjoriejohnston@f2s.com to book your place.

Easter Sunday: 10.30am Zoom Holy Communion service led by Revd Jonathan Hawkins  with a message from Revd Trish Mander (details available from the office).

The Lamb of God: A journey through St John’s story of the passion

A series of six short addresses from Bishop Steven which include hymns and readings. You may want to listen to them throughout Good Friday or weekend as we journey to the cross together once more.

Download the booklet and listen to the audio here

Coffee and Chat

Ros is hosting coffee this week at 11.30am on Sunday. Details below;

 

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/75058124517?pwd=MXp4T3VhbWt6Z2Z1RGQ3aGh0Z0NWdz09

Meeting ID: 750 5812 4517   Passcode: bu3H5v

Church at Home

See the Wychert Vale Benefice website for details for this Sunday’s online service.

And this link for the online services from the Oxford Diocese.

 

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

Private Prayer in the Church  

 Camelias

The church is open for private prayer on Wednesdays between 10am and 2pm and Sundays between 11am and 2pm. There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and limited pews available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

 

 



Easter Porch DisplayEaster Porch

The current porch display will be in position until Easter Sunday when it will be replaced by a new tableau and available to view for the following week.

On Sunday the Easter Lily display will be in the church.






Supporting each other

It is encouraging that the vaccine rollout is progressing so well and is now on the horizon for many more Light at the end of the tunnel even though there is still a way to go.  Hurray!! However in the meantime we can all help each other with a chat or reassurance or prayer. If you would like to talk to someone – perhaps you are lonely or feel weighed down by family problems and issues – please call any of those listed below IN CONFIDENCE or ask someone to do it for you. They will be happy just to be listeners or to pray over the phone or later if you prefer. And we can all pray for people on the prayer square and ANYONE can add themselves or someone else with their permission.  – see the prayer square information in this newssheet. If there is sudden illness or an emergency a prayer chain can immediately send a message round a prayer group again in confidence. Contact any of those below who can start that for you. Do keep us informed of difficulties and struggles – and the good things too!. We can give thanks for those!! Contact any of the following:

Jenny  01844 290990                Loraine 07810 184919

Sally 07780 928583     Chris  01844 290694/07710 264009          

Word for this week Gordon

 

The worst of times, the best of times

 

The famous first words of Charles Dickens in his novel “A Tale of Two Cities” goes “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. The story is of the brutal cruelty of the French Revolution, but ends with  extraordinary unselfish and redemptive sacrifice – a victory of love. Such too, and even more, is the story of Holy Week and Easter.

 

The Bible never glosses over the full horror of human sin and evil. We remember the betrayal by one of Jesus’ friends Judas, the three-fold denial by the leader of his disciples Peter, the desertion by most of his followers, the utter injustice of the trials with its false witnesses and cowardice of Pilate, and finally the dreadful cruelty and humiliation of the ultimate Roman method of execution.

 

Secondly, the Bible never glosses over the reality of death. True – but God is there too. The famous Psalm 23 includes verse 4 “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you (the shepherd) are with me”. Even when Jesus uttered the terrible cry “Why have you abandoned me?” he prefaced it with the words “My God, my God”. It was later, when Christians began to realise quite what the death of Jesus achieved, that they began to call it “Good Friday”.

 

And so finally, the mysterious and veiled victory of the cross was demonstrated on the third day, the Day of Resurrection. When God raised Jesus, it demonstrated God’s victory over evil and death. God’s amazing love had overcome the worst of times. And we are invited to share in that new life, God’s life – where and when He reigns. Our prayer “Your kingdom come” is finally and fully answered. The best of times has arrived! Christ is risen! Hallelujah!

Gordon Kuhrt

Ven Dr Gordon Kuhrt, Wychert Vale Benefice

Prayer

God our Father,

Forgive us for all that is wrong in our lives, and the world.

Help us not to fear death, but know your presence.

We thank you that Jesus is alive,

and remember that our baptism speaks

of dying with him to an old life, and

rising with him to God’s life – now and for ever.

Amen

An Easter Poem

If you haven’t yet heard this lovely poem from Dundonald church, it’s well worth it!   Link here

Prayer Square

If you would like our church family to be praying for you or you know of someone else who would welcome prayer we would love to add the name to the Prayer Square.  As the name will be public you MUST have the person’s permission but the circumstances remain confidential.  

To add a name contact Chris Headlong 01844 290694 or 07811 713522

 

For your prayers for the next week:

· All those involved in planning a safe route out of the COVID pandemic

· Paul Brigham and his family

· All those suffering from COVID and the after-effects

· Lucy Ward and a clear route ahead for the Malachi project

· That the HOPE we have at Easter will be known in our communities

· Thankfulness for the wonder of Easter

· For all the families hearing the story of Easter whilst on the Easter Egg Trail.

Prayer for our Community

Father God we thank you for the early signs of Spring, that we see around us, and the encouragement they bring. Thank you that you are always with us.

We ask you to strengthen us. Help us to be a blessing to our community and to encourage and support one another in remaining positive, patient and wise in the coming weeks and months. Help us to be aware of those who need extra help and support.

We thank you for the vaccines that have already been administered. We pray for all those working to deliver the vaccine and that the roll-out will continue to be swift and effective.

We pray that we may reach out with love and share the Easter message of hope and joy, with every part of our community.

Amen.

Prayer for our Schools

We pray for our schools.

 We give thanks for the teaching staff and all those in supporting roles, and for all their ongoing hard work.

 We pray:

 for safe-keeping, rest and refreshment for all throughout the Easter break;

 for wisdom and renewed energy for staff as they plan for the Summer term.

 We thank you that the children have been able to learn and play together again.

 Amen

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March 26th 2021

Church Services at St Mary’s

With the current restrictions in place we have no church services planned in the church building at present. We will continue to review this and keep you updated.

 

We are extremely grateful to Red Kite radio for continuing to broadcast our online services over the next few months.

 Red Kite 2

 

 




Our Palm Sunday Zoom service will take place on Sunday 10.30am. This will be a morning worship service with David Robinson preaching. Details available from the office:

 

Maundy Thursday—Revd Jonathan Hawkins will lead us in an online service, the link will be available on the benefice website.

Easter

See next page.

 

Church at Home

See St Mary’s website for details for this Sunday’s online service.

And this link for the online services from the Oxford Diocese.

 

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

 

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

 

Private Prayer in the Church  Early Iris

The church is open for private prayer on Wednesdays between 10am and 2pm and Sundays between 11am and 2pm. There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and limited pews available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

 



Easter

Sadly we are not able to meet in the church building at Easter but we are looking forward to the Churches Together in Haddenham Sunrise Service. This will be held in the Baptist Burial ground, opposite the Baptist church building, on Easter Sunday, 4th April, at 6.30am. A booking system will be in place for track and trace purposes, so please contact Marjorie Johnston:

 marjoriejohnston@f2s.com to book your place.

Our Easter Sunday Zoom service at 10.30 am will be a service of Holy Communion. Details next week.

 Easter Porch Display

Easter PorchOur creative team have produced another fabulous display for the church porch.

This will be open to view every day during Holy Week, closed on Easter Saturday, then rearranged for Easter Sunday.

 




The Great 2021 Haddenham Easter Egg Hunt

We’re delighted to be part of this Churches Together Easter Story Trail. We already have over 400 families registered!

Registration (with guaranteed chocolate egg!) closes on Sunday.

Stations of the Cross Walk in Haddenham during Holy Week

Monday 29th March to Friday 2nd April

 

Instead of the traditional Good Friday Walk of Witness, representatives from Churches Together in Haddenham have prepared a Stations of the Cross walk, open to all. The circular route of approx 3 miles is suitable for individuals, families and household bubbles to complete on one or more daily walks during Holy Week from Monday 29th March to Good Friday 2nd April. 

 

The Stations of the Cross is a popular devotion used by individuals or groups who wish through prayer and reflection to follow Jesus Christ on his way to Calvary. The signposted route will contain 14 pictures of the story of Jesus’ arrest, trial, suffering and finally His crucifixion.

 

Everyone is welcome to take part, stopping at each Station to view the images of hope that Jesus offers and to spend time in personal reflection or prayer. The walk starts and finishes at Churchend and maps are available from Blooming Fruity or can be downloaded, printed or viewed on your own device (please contact the office for a copy).  A laminated copy of the map will also be displayed at each Station.


Arrival of our new RectorCassa

Revd Cassa Messervy and her family will be moving into the new rectory in early April. Because of the coronavirus situation we are unable to prepare meals for the family as we normally would. We are arranging for a hamper of goodies to be delivered and the lovely Steve is making a Welcome card from all of us at St Mary’s. It would be great if you could send your messages of welcome to Julie in the office so she can collate these to include in the card.  Please email these to; office@haddenhamstmarys.org by March 28th. Many thanks.

 

 The Malachi Project

It was lovely having Lucy Ward with us at our morning service last month to share her plans for the Malachi project. If you weren’t at the service please have a look at this link to hear all about the project.

It is now a crucial time for Lucy.  If she is going to Malawi in August, she needs to give in her notice by 18th April ( one term ) which is soon.  It's a big and irreversible step.    Funding still has a way to go, currently at £990 pm, rather than the £1400 pm that she really needs. If you are still considering supporting Lucy and this project, please pray about this now. Don’t hesitate to contact Lucy directly if you would like any more information.

 Supporting each other

Almost a year of pandemic and many of us have been struggling.  It is encouraging that the vaccine rollout is progressing so well and is now on the horizon for many more Light at the end of the tunnel even though there is still a way to go.  Hurray!! However in the meantime we can all help each other with a chat or reassurance or prayer. If you would like to talk to someone – perhaps you are lonely or feel weighed down by family problems and issues – please call any of those listed below IN CONFIDENCE or ask someone to do it for you. They will be happy just to be listeners or to pray over the phone or later if you prefer. And we can all pray for people on the prayer square and ANYONE can add themselves or someone else with their permission.  – see the prayer square information in this newssheet. If there is sudden illness or an emergency a prayer chain can immediately send a message round a prayer group again in confidence. Contact any of those below who can start that for you. Do keep us informed of difficulties and struggles – and the good things too!. We can give thanks for those!! Contact any of the following:

Jenny  01844 290990                Loraine 07810 184919

Sally 07780 928583     Chris  01844 290694/07710 264009          

 

Children’s Church—Philippa Blowfield

Please see below the last planned session for this term;

28th Mar Jesus is Baptised/Easter

Please contact the office for Zoom details.


Word for this week Adrian

 

Volterra

 

The photo below is of Volterra. It is a walled hilltop town in Tuscany in Italy. It is slightly smaller than Thame and is a popular tourist site because apart from the walls and the views, it has many older buildings. As you may be able to just about see, a road winds up the hillside into the town from the main road traversing the valley below. My middle daughter and I visited it one year, early in our holiday in the area. We drove up the hill, through the city gate and then wondered where we could park. Volterra is very compact and there appeared to be very little parking although we eventually managed to squeeze the little hire car into a small space.

At the end of our holiday we decided to go back to Volterra. From somewhere we had got hold of a large scale map of the area and looking at it carefully I realised there was another road leading into the back of the town. It was very definitely a back road with virtually no traffic using it and at one place it ran along a narrow ridge with the ground falling away sharply on both sides. When we reached the town, we entered through a gate in the walls and there close by was a car park hardly half full and close to the cathedral.

 Volterra

 

As I contemplated these events my thoughts went to the parable Jesus told in Matthew 7.

 

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.

 

Adrian Collier, Licensed Lay Minister, Wychert Vale Benefice

Prayer

Merciful God, as we enter Holy week, turn our hearts again to Jerusalem, and to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Stir up within us the gift of faith that we may not only praise him with our lips, but may follow him in the way of the cross.

Amen

Prayer Square

If you would like our church family to be praying for you or you know of someone else who would welcome prayer we would love to add the name to the Prayer Square.  As the name will be public you MUST have the person’s permission but the circumstances remain confidential.  

To add a name contact Chris Headlong 01844 290694 or 07811 713522

 

For your prayers for the next week:

· All those involved in planning a safe route out of the COVID pandemic

· Patience and understanding for families disappointed at not being able to meet up at Easter.

· Paul Brigham and his family

· All those suffering from COVID and the after-effects

· Lucy Ward and a clear route ahead for the Malachi project

· That the HOPE we have at Easter will be known in our communities

Prayer for our Community

Father God we thank you for the early signs of Spring, that we see around us, and the encouragement they bring. Thank you that you are always with us.

We ask you to strengthen us. Help us to be a blessing to our community and to encourage and support one another in remaining positive, patient and wise in the coming weeks and months. Help us to be aware of those who need extra help and support.

We thank you for the vaccines that have already been administered. We pray for all those working to deliver the vaccine and that the roll-out will continue to be swift and effective.

Thank you that our trust is in you and you are the Lord of all hopefulness.

Amen.

Prayer for our Schools

We pray for our schools.

We give thanks for the teaching staff and all those in supporting roles, and for all their ongoing hard work.

We pray:

for the last week of this term, and for safe-keeping, rest and refreshment for all throughout the Easter break;

for wisdom and renewed energy for staff as they plan for the Summer term.

We thank you that the children have been able to learn and play together again.

Amen

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 March 19th 2021

Church Services at St Mary’s

With the current restrictions in place we have no church services planned in the church building at present. We will continue to review this and keep you updated.

 

Red Kite 2We are extremely grateful to Red Kite radio for continuing to broadcast our online services over the next few months.

 

 

 


Our Zoom service will take place on Sunday 10.30am. Zoom details are available from the office.

The service this week is being led by Adrian Collier.

 

Easter

See next page.

 

Coffee & Chat

Ros is hosting this week at 11.30am on Sunday. Zoom details below:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/4097488914?pwd=cFpwUWl4bStuYnpOU3ZhKy92RmFGdz09

Meeting ID: 409 748 8914    Passcode: 5c9cuC

Church at Home

See St Mary’s website for details for this Sunday’s online service.

And this link for the online services from the Oxford Diocese.

 

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

 

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

 



Private Prayer in the Church  

Daffodil Valley 2The church is open for private prayer on Wednesdays between 10am and 2pm and Sundays between 11am and 2pm. There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and limited pews available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

 




Easter

Sadly we are not able to meet in the church building at Easter but we are looking forward to the Churches Together in Haddenham Sunrise Service. This will be held in the Baptist Burial ground, opposite the Baptist church building, on Easter Sunday, 4th April, at 6.30am. A booking system will be in place for track and trace purposes, so please contact Marjorie Johnston:

 marjoriejohnston@f2s.com to book your place.

There will be a special Easter display in the church porch in the week leading up to Easter, and of course the Easter Trail (see below) for families.

The Great 2021 Haddenham Easter Egg Hunt

We’re delighted to be part of this Churches Together Easter Story Trail. We already have over 300 families registered!

If you are able to spare an hour on Easter Sunday or Easter Monday afternoon we would be grateful for more volunteers. Many thanks to everyone who has already volunteered.

Pebble Prayers

It’s lovely to know that our pebble prayer station is still being used regularly.

Revd Trish Mander collected all the pebble prayers again last week, prayed and placed them in the churchyard.

Arrival of our new RectorCassa

Revd Cassa Messervy and her family will be moving into the new rectory in early April. Because of the coronavirus situation we are unable to prepare meals for the family as we normally would. We are arranging for a hamper of goodies to be delivered and the lovely Steve is making a Welcome card from all of us at St Mary’s. It would be great if you could send your messages of welcome to Julie in the office so she can collate these to include in the card.  Please email these to; office@haddenhamstmarys.org by March 28th. Many thanks.

 

The Malachi Project

It was lovely having Lucy Ward with us at our morning service last month to share her plans for the Malachi project. If you weren’t at the service please have a look at this link to hear all about the project.

It is now a crucial time for Lucy.  If she is going to Malawi in August, she needs to give in her notice by 18th April ( one term ) which is soon.  It's a big and irreversible step.    Funding still has a way to go, currently at £990 pm, rather than the £1400 pm that she really needs. If you are still considering supporting Lucy and this project, please pray about this now. Don’t hesitate to contact Lucy directly if you would like any more information.

Supporting each other

Almost a year of pandemic and many of us have been struggling.  It is encouraging that the first vaccination has been rolled out for over 70s and this is now on the horizon for many more. Light at the end of the tunnel even though there is still a way to go.  Hurray!! However in the meantime we can all help each other with a chat or reassurance or prayer. If you would like to talk to someone – perhaps you are lonely or feel weighed down by family problems and issues – please call any of those listed below IN CONFIDENCE or ask someone to do it for you. They will be happy just to be listeners or to pray over the phone or later if you prefer. And we can all pray for people on the prayer square and ANYONE can add themselves or someone else with their permission.  – see the prayer square information in this newssheet. If there is sudden illness or an emergency a prayer chain can immediately send a message round a prayer group again in confidence. Contact any of those below who can start that for you. Do keep us informed of difficulties and struggles – and the good things too!. We can give thanks for those!! Contact any of the following:

Jenny  01844 290990                Loraine 07810 184919

Sally 07780 928583     Chris  01844 290694/07710 264009          

Children’s Church—Philippa Blowfield

Please see below the list of the planned sessions for this term;

21st Mar   Jesus is Baptised

28th Mar Jesus is Baptised/Easter

Zoom details are available from the office.

Word for this week Olive

Relationships

In the last couple of weeks, the nation has been gripped by the story of a family torn apart by public division and recrimination. Instead of their family’s problems being discreet and private, they were exposed to a global audience. 

It is important to remember that just because the family are Royal and famous does not make it any less painful for those involved. I was interested to see how the debate created has revealed a clear generational difference in people’s views.

Many younger people are much happier to discuss their relationships in public. They may say it is important for people to ‘have their say’ even if it raises uncomfortable truths about their closest relatives. Therefore, they have been more sympathetic to Meghan and Harry.

Many older people (like me) see things differently. We are concerned to see discussions which are damaging to an institution we hold dear. My admiration for the Queen means that I am upset when I see her hurt.

Of course, when any family relationships break down it causes great sadness. It’s ideal when our families make us feel valued and special, but we know that often this is not the case for many. Families are one of God’s greatest blessings: so why are they so hard to maintain?

From the start to the end of the Bible, we read about relationship problems. Adam and Eve had all they wanted but made a decision which broke their relationship with God.  It’s a story which illustrates our human condition. We all have tendencies to want to go our own way and sin ruins relationships.

The Bible is realistic about this.  Where in scripture do we read of a marriage without difficulties?  Where is there a friendship unaffected by sin? It is far more realistic than many of the popular voices in the media who tell us that feelings are all important. 

Christianity is rooted in something deeper than just our emotions.  It is about conviction and obedience to God’s will. Faith in Christ helps us think differently about those we are committed to. Our relationships are rooted in what God has done, not just feelings.

‘This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.’ 1 John 3:16

Of course, we will fail and mess things up. But God offers us forgiveness in Christ which can help us restore the broken relationships: both with Him and with others.

God gave us relationships.  Yes, they are difficult because we are not living in a perfect world and we are far from perfect people.  But God has given us the resources through Jesus and the Holy Spirit to renew our minds, find forgiveness and restore what is fractured and broken.

And this renewal and restoration is available for all: whether we are Royal or not!

Olive Kuhrt, Licensed Lay Minister, Wychert Vale Benefice

Prayer

Father God, give grace and understanding to all who live in families. May the spirit of peace settle between parent and child, brother and sister.  Give wisdom and patience to all the families under strain in this pandemic and help them to share your royal law of love with all who are lonely and needy, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer Square

If you would like our church family to be praying for you or you know of someone else who would welcome prayer we would love to add the name to the Prayer Square.  As the name will be public you MUST have the person’s permission but the circumstances remain confidential.  

To add a name contact Chris Headlong 01844 290694 or 07811 713522

 

For your prayers for the next week:

· Paul Brigham and his family

· All those suffering from COVID and the after-effects

· Lucy Ward and a clear route ahead for the Malachi project

· Patience for us all as the lockdown begins to lift.

· All members of our Royal Family

· The people of Yemen

Prayer for our Community

Father God we thank you for the early signs of Spring, that we see around us, and the encouragement they bring. Thank you that you are always with us.

We ask you to strengthen us. Help us to be a blessing to our community and to encourage and support one another in remaining positive, patient and wise in the coming weeks and months. Help us to be aware of those who need extra help and support.

We thank you for the vaccines that have already been administered. We pray for all those working to deliver the vaccine and that the roll-out will continue to be swift and effective.

Thank you that our trust is in you and you are the Lord of all hopefulness.

Amen.

Prayer for our Schools

We pray for our schools.

We give thanks for the teaching staff and all those in supporting roles, and for all their ongoing hard work.

We pray:

for the next weeks and the transition to a full return to school;

for energy and wisdom for staff as they plan and reintegrate children into school- based learning;

for children and families to adjust confidently to the changing situation;

for all those involved in wrap around care;

for the school communities to flourish and for children to thrive as they play and learn together once again.

Amen


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March 12th 2021

Church Services at St Mary’s

With the current restrictions in place we have no church services planned in the church building at present. We will continue to review this and keep you updated.

 

Red Kite 2We are extremely grateful to Red Kite radio for continuing to broadcast our online services over the next few months.

 

 

 

Our Zoom services will take place on Sunday at 8.30am & 10.30am. Details available from the parish office:


There are two Zoom services this week; a Holy Communion service at 8.30am and a Family service at 10.30am.

 

Our  Zoom Family Service will be led by Francesca Flaxton on the theme of Mothers' Day. This will be an All-age interactive service lasting 35-40 minutes, suitable for everyone - adults and children alike. We will be taking the opportunity to thank God for the women in our own lives who have loved and cared for us, inspired us and made us who we are. It would be helpful to think about this beforehand and to bring a flower (real/silk/paper/photo/anything), a sheet of paper and pen(s) to the service for our creative prayers and response. Thank you.

Church at Home

See the Wychert Vale website for details for this Sunday’s online service.

And this link for the online services from the Oxford Diocese.

 

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

 

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

Private Prayer in the Church  

The church is open for private prayer on Wednesdays between 10am and 2pm and Sundays between 11am and 2pm. There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and limited pews available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

The Great 2021 Haddenham Easter Egg Hunt

 Easter 2021

 We’re delighted to be part of this Churches Together Easter Story Trail. Please spread the word to any families you know, and make sure they register by March 28th. We are looking for volunteers to help out along the trail on Easter Sunday & Easter Monday afternoons. Please let Dianne or Val know if you can spare an hour.

 Children’s Church—Philippa Blowfield

Please see below the list of the planned sessions for this term;

14th Mar  From 12 years to adulthood

21st Mar   Jesus is Baptised

28th Mar Jesus is Baptised/Easter

Zoom details are available from the parish office.


A World without Vaccines

The diocese has suggested that we watch this short BBC film about vaccines,           link here.

Our Bishops; Steven, Alan and Olivia have put together some short messages of hope. Please use the links below to see these:

Bishop Alan                                   Bishop Steven Bishop Olivia

 

Supporting each other

Almost a year of pandemic and many of us have been struggling.  It is encouraging that the first vaccination has been rolled out for over 70s and this is now on the horizon for many more. Light at the end of the tunnel even though there is still a way to go.  Hurray!! However in the meantime we can all help each other with a chat or reassurance or prayer. If you would like to talk to someone – perhaps you are lonely or feel weighed down by family problems and issues – please call any of those listed below IN CONFIDENCE or ask someone to do it for you. They will be happy just to be listeners or to pray over the phone or later if you prefer. And we can all pray for people on the prayer square and ANYONE can add themselves or someone else with their permission.  – see the prayer square information in this newssheet. If there is sudden illness or an emergency a prayer chain can immediately send a message round a prayer group again in confidence. Contact any of those below who can start that for you. Do keep us informed of difficulties and struggles – and the good things too!. We can give thanks for those!! Contact any of the following:

Jenny  01844 290990                Loraine 07810 184919

Sally 07780 928583     Chris  01844 290694/07710 264009          


Word for this week Trish 2

 

Revd Trish Mander

 

One of the hallmarks of the last year has been the very close attention we have all paid to news broadcasts and bulletins. We have become used to regular Downing Street briefings, and listening to different experts, advisors and commentators, as they have informed, explained and interpreted. During those press conferences, as questions asking for clarification have been put to the speakers, those answering have often summed up, and illustrated their replies by using metaphor. Perhaps one of the most significant was the football analogy Professor Jonathan Van Tam used when the first vaccine was found to be effective. He likened the situation to a football game with a score of 0:0 at the end of normal time. The result of the match will be decided on a penalty shoot-out. The first penalty has been taken and the striker has scored a goal. Professor Van Tam explained that this was still a very precarious position, with a long way to go, but we knew that the goalkeeper, i.e. the virus, could be beaten.  Metaphor can be a powerful means of communicating truth.

During Lent I have been reminded how often scripture uses metaphor and how powerfully God uses it to speak to us.  In the book of Jeremiah we see God’s frustration, sadness and pain at the unfaithfulness of his people. Many images are repeatedly used in scripture to portray God’s people, a tender vine, an olive tree, a bride, a child and countless more illustrations from nature, to interpret Israel’s situation and failure to listen to God’s loving call to faithfulness. In the New Testament Jesus uses imagery and metaphor to reveal Himself as our Saviour. He uses bread and wine to enable us to see the significance of His broken body and blood outpoured.

Our faith is carried to us in metaphor and yet the most powerful thing about these metaphors is that rather than being simply pictures to help us understand, the metaphors at the heart of the Christian story are truths which underpin our faith and have the power to change our lives. Each of us is not simply like a child, we are God’s children, and His love for us is the unwavering love of the only perfect father. When we gather together to celebrate Holy Communion, we are invited to draw near, and in taking the bread and wine to “receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ which he gave for you, and his blood which he shed for you”. We recognise both the metaphor and its truth. Recognising  Jesus’ sacrifice as our means of grace, and Him as the daily sustenance of our lives, is what defines us as Christian.

Our relationship with God depends on two-way communication. He enables and enriches that communication by His use of metaphor, but what of us, do we enter in to the power of God-given metaphor as we come to Him in prayer? Metaphor can give us confidence to come to God with more of the passion He longs for us to bring.

Throughout the scriptures, in a myriad of ways, we hear God say “Come to me…”.

We may feel completely unworthy, may doubt that we have what it takes, but still we hear Him say… “Come to Me…” Will we respond?

The prayer that follows is an opportunity to begin…...

“Come to me……”We want to come in thankfulness, and have the eyes of our hearts            opened to see yet more of your blessings,

“Come to me…..” We want to come in honesty, to come face to face with the truth of ourselves, our failings, our motives, our spiritual poverty and our need of grace,

“Come to me….” We want to come in faithfulness, letting nothing take your place in our lives,

“Come to me….” We want to come in hope, with a longing for justice and righteousness, we want to play our part, to listen to you, to follow and obey, and abide in you, 

“Come to me….” We want to come to you when we’re tired, and weak, when we’re lonely, anxious, helpless and seemingly on the edge of despair,

And still we hear you say..

“Come to me”…” We come Heavenly Father, just as we are, we run to you and we feel you lift us high in your arms, as a father lifts his child high in love and delight. We are where we belong.

In the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 With love and prayers,

Trish

Revd. Trish Mander, Associate Minister, Wychert Vale Benefice.

 Daffodil Valley


Prayer Square

If you would like our church family to be praying for you or you know of someone else who would welcome prayer we would love to add the name to the Prayer Square.  As the name will be public you MUST have the person’s permission but the circumstances remain confidential.  

To add a name contact Chris Headlong 01844 290694 or 07811 713522

 

For your prayers for the next week:

· Paul Brigham and his family

· All those suffering from COVID and the after-effects

· The continuing smooth rollout of the COVID vaccination programme

· Patience for us all as the lockdown begins to lift.

· All members of our Royal Family

· The people of Yemen

 Prayer for our Community

Father God we thank you for the early signs of Spring, that we see around us, and the encouragement they bring. Thank you that you are always with us.

We ask you to strengthen us. Help us to be a blessing to our community and to encourage and support one another in remaining positive, patient and wise in the coming weeks and months. Help us to be aware of those who need extra help and support.

We thank you for the vaccines that have already been administered. We pray for all those working to deliver the vaccine and that the roll-out will continue to be swift and effective.

Thank you that our trust is in you and you are the Lord of all hopefulness.

Amen.

 Prayer for our Schools

We pray for our schools.

We give thanks for the teaching staff and all those in supporting roles, and for all their ongoing hard work.

We pray:

for the next weeks and the transition to a full return to school;

for energy and wisdom for staff as they plan and reintegrate children into school- based learning;

for children and families to adjust confidently to the changing situation;

for all those involved in wrap around care;

for the school communities to flourish and for children to thrive as they play and learn together once again.

Amen

 

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March 5th 2021

Church Services at St Mary’s

With the current restrictions in place we have no church services planned in the church building at present. We will continue to review this and keep you updated.

 

We are extremely grateful to Red Kite radio for continuing to Red Kite 2broadcast our online services over the next few months.

 

 

 

Our Zoom service will take place on Sunday at 10.30am. Details are available from the church office.

This week will be a Holy Communion service led by Revd Jonathan Hawkins, please have a little bread and wine ready if you would like to join in.

 

Next week we are having two Zoom services; a Holy Communion service at 8.30am and a Mothers Day Family service at 10.30am.

 

Coffee and Chat

Tim is kindly hosting Coffee & Chat this week at 11.30am on Sunday.

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/75437854656?pwd=K1ZPaVdNWHJ0b2lxcFFGbk9lcFlwZz09
Meeting ID: 754 3785 4656    Passcode: coffee

 

Church at Home

See St Mary’s website for details for this Sunday’s online service.

And this link for the online services from the Oxford Diocese.

 

 

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

 

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

Private Prayer in the Church  

Winter Crocus 2The church is open for private prayer on Wednesdays between 10am and 2pm and Sundays between 11am and 2pm. There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and limited pews available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

 


The Great 2021 Haddenham Easter Egg Hunt

  Easter 2021

We’re delighted to be part of this Churches Together Easter Story Trail. Please spread the word to any families you know, and make sure they register by March 28th. There will be posters around the village from this weekend.

We are looking for volunteers to help out along the trail on Easter Sunday & Easter Monday afternoons. Please let Dianne or Val know if you can spare an hour.

Children’s Church—Philippa Blowfield

Please see below the list of the planned sessions for this term;

7th Mar     Jesus in the temple at 12 years old

14th Mar  From 12 years to adulthood

21st Mar   Jesus is Baptised

28th Mar Jesus is Baptised/Easter

Zoom details available from the church office.

World Day of Prayer  - March 5th 2021

This service will be aired on the Churches Together in Haddenham Facebook page at 7pm on Friday 5th March. If you are not able to access the FB page, please contact Marjorie Johnston: marjoriejohnston@f2s.com for the link.

Supporting each other

Almost a year of pandemic and many of us have been struggling.  It is encouraging that the first vaccination has been rolled out for over 70s and this is now on the horizon for many more. Light at the end of the tunnel even though there is still a way to go.  Hurray!! However in the meantime we can all help each other with a chat or reassurance or prayer. If you would like to talk to someone – perhaps you are lonely or feel weighed down by family problems and issues – please call any of those listed below IN CONFIDENCE or ask someone to do it for you. They will be happy just to be listeners or to pray over the phone or later if you prefer. And we can all pray for people on the prayer square and ANYONE can add themselves or someone else with their permission.  – see the prayer square information in this newssheet. If there is sudden illness or an emergency a prayer chain can immediately send a message round a prayer group again in confidence. Contact any of those below who can start that for you. Do keep us informed of difficulties and struggles – and the good things too!. We can give thanks for those!! Contact any of the following:

Jenny  01844 290990                Loraine 07810 184919

Sally 07780 928583     Chris  01844 290694/07710 264009          

Word for this week Gordon

Lent and Baptism

The Church of England has always had the rule that baptism should take place when the largest congregation is present. It’s there in the old Book of Common Prayer, and in the up-to-date Canons (laws). We all need to be reminded again and again of God’s loving covenant gift and sign. This is a real problem where particular services never have baptism, and for Christians who share in a pattern of worship which never includes baptism.

We often associate Lent with the story of Jesus’ temptation. That’s right, but immediately before that was the baptism of Jesus. Could you just look up the Gospel for the first Sunday in Lent – Mark 1.7-13.

1.  This baptism was very surprising – not least to John (you have to look at Matthew to get this). Because it was a sign of repentance and God’s washing away of sin. But Jesus wanted to identify with us all – in our greatest need.

2.  Jesus was assured of a new dimension of spiritual power in his life – the descent of the Holy Spirit. So, as well as being washed clean, we too receive a new spiritual power in our lives. Not all followers of Jesus are fully aware of this.

3.  Jesus was assured that he was the much-loved Son of the Father God. We too in baptism are adopted into God’s beloved family. So we pray “Our Father . . . .”      

4.  It was only after this that Jesus was tested/tempted. The wonderful truths of baptism do not lead to a comfortable life. Not at all. God’s kingdom life is full of devilish threats and troubles.

Now we are almost halfway through Lent. Time for a sort of stocktake, perhaps?

Ven Dr Gordon Kuhrt, Wychert Vale Benefice

Prayer

Father God,

Thank you for giving us your covenant sign of baptism

For the cleansing from sin

For the spiritual power of your Spirit

For the assurance that we are your dearly loved children.

Help us to resist temptation, and deliver us from evil

In the name of Jesus

Amen

Prayer Square

If you would like our church family to be praying for you or you know of someone else who would welcome prayer we would love to add the name to the Prayer Square.  As the name will be public you MUST have the person’s permission but the circumstances remain confidential.  

To add a name contact Chris Headlong 01844 290694 or 07811 713522

 

For your prayers for the next week:

· Paul Brigham and his family

· All those suffering from COVID and the after-effects

· The smooth rollout of the COVID vaccination programme

· Patience for us all as the lockdown begins to lift.

· The family and friends of the late Deirdre Bevan

· The family and friends of the late Helen Murphy

· The family and friends of the late Betty Blake


Prayer for our Community

Father God we thank you that you are with us day by day as we journey through these winter months.

 

Help us to encourage each other in doing all we can to keep our community safe,

and to cope with the continued restrictions. Help us to be aware of those who are

finding things particularly hard.

 

We pray for those who are working hard to deliver the vaccine.

We pray that the roll-out may be swift and effective, in our own and in all communities,  and we thank you for the hope this brings to us all.

Thank you that you are our refuge and strength.

Amen.

Prayer for our Schools

We pray for our schools.

We give thanks for the teaching staff and all those in supporting roles, and for all their ongoing hard work.

We pray:

for the next weeks and the transition to a full return to school;

for energy and wisdom for staff as they plan and reintegrate children into school- based learning;

for children and families to adjust confidently to the changing situation;

for all those involved in wrap around care;

for the school communities to flourish and for children to thrive as they play and learn together once again.

Amen

 

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February 26th 2021

Church Services at St Mary’s

With the current restrictions in place we have no church services planned in the church building at present. We will continue to review this and keep you updated.

 

Red Kite 2We are extremely grateful to Red Kite radio for continuing to broadcast our online services over the next few months.

 

 

 


Our Zoom service will take place on Sunday at 10.30am. Details are available from the office:


This week is a morning Worship service, led by Revd Jonathan Hawkins, with a message from Revd Trish Mander.

 

 

We are still looking for another volunteer or two to host Coffee & Chat occasionally, it is straightforward to set up and we can give you lots of support. Please let Dianne or Val know if you might be able to help.

 

 

Church at Home

See St Mary’s website for details for this Sunday’s online service.

And this link for the online services from the Oxford Diocese.

 

 

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

 

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

 

Private Prayer in the Church  

The church is open for private prayer on Wednesdays between 10am and 2pm and Sundays between 11am and 2pm. There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and limited pews available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

Children’s Church—Philippa Blowfield

Please see below the list of the planned sessions for this term;

28th Feb   Jesus Grows up in Nazareth

7th Mar     Jesus in the temple at 12 years old

14th Mar  From 12 years to adulthood

21st Mar Jesus is Baptised

28th Mar Jesus is Baptised/Easter

 A message from Revd Trish ManderTrish 2

A word of explanation as to why I have not been able to contribute much to our online worship over the last few months, nor at present, our Zooms. Because of some voice problems I am needing to give my voice a rest at the moment. I look forward to being more ‘vocal’ again but in the meantime forgive me for not being quite so chatty!


World Day of Prayer  - March 5th 2021

A Women led, global, ecumenical movement.

Our service this year is being pre-recorded due to the restrictions in place. The theme is Build on a Strong Foundation, prepared by the Christian Women of Vanuatu. The scattered islands of Vanuatu are just over 1,100 miles to the east of Australia in the southwestern Pacific Ocean.  Vanuatu is one of the first countries to start to pray on the Day of Prayer, helping to set off the wave of prayer.

This service will be aired on the Churches Together in Haddenham Facebook page at 7pm on Friday 5th March. If you are not able to access the FB page, please contact Marjorie Johnston: marjoriejohnston@f2s.com for the link.

 Supporting each other

Almost a year of pandemic and many of us have been struggling.  It is encouraging that the first vaccination has been rolled out for over 70s and this is now on the horizon for many more. Light at the end of the tunnel even though there is still a way to go.  Hurray!! However in the meantime we can all help each other with a chat or reassurance or prayer. If you would like to talk to someone – perhaps you are lonely or feel weighed down by family problems and issues – please call any of those listed below IN CONFIDENCE or ask someone to do it for you. They will be happy just to be listeners or to pray over the phone or later if you prefer. And we can all pray for people on the prayer square and ANYONE can add themselves or someone else with their permission.  – see the prayer square information in this newssheet. If there is sudden illness or an emergency a prayer chain can immediately send a message round a prayer group again in confidence. Contact any of those below who can start that for you. Do keep us informed of difficulties and struggles – and the good things too!. We can give thanks for those!! Contact any of the following:

Jenny  01844 290990                Loraine 07810 184919

Sally 07780 928583     Chris  01844 290694/07710 264009          

 

Word for this week 

 Adrian

Relics

 Recently as I was reading how following the successful conclusion of the war against the Persians by Heraclius, the Holy Lance and the Holy Sponge were transferred to Constantinople, I was reminded of my own near encounter with a relic.

My wife and I were on holiday in Eastern France. My wife's niece was being married in Mulhouse and nearly the whole of Clan Leleux (my wife was one of 5) descended on the aforesaid town.

A few days after the marriage we were in the valley of the river Doubs and reached the village of St Hippolyte. We went into the church and looked around it and were on the point of leaving when we noticed a lady go into the little side chapel and genuflect in front of the altar table there. Being curious we went back into the side chapel. On the altar table in a glass case was a picture of a robe and on a pillar by it was an inscription. Calling upon my reserves of the French language, I started translating it and then historical knowledge took over.

I remembered that the Holy Shroud of Turin had only passed to Turin in the 15th century and for some years previously it had been kept in this little village church.

Oh dear, we were 550 years too late.

 Most of us keep relics. Pictures or other possessions of family or places, which we particularly wish to remember. Relics with a religious connotation are after a fashion only another version of this. As Hebrews 9 tells us, in the Ark of the Covenant were placed a gold jar of manna, Aaron's rod that budded and the stone tablets of the covenant.

Relics are not to be worshipped but all are potentially reminders of the goodness of God and are available to us to help us remember his mercies and to encourage us as we go forward in his service day by day.

Adrian Collier, Licensed Lay Minister, Wychert Vale Benefice

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

We thank you for all that reminds us of your goodness and your mercies.

May we take encouragement from these reminders and be strengthened as we serve you day by day.

Amen

Prayer Square

If you would like our church family to be praying for you or you know of someone else who would welcome prayer we would love to add the name to the Prayer Square.  As the name will be public you MUST have the person’s permission but the circumstances remain confidential.  

To add a name contact Chris Headlong 01844 290694 or 07811 713522

 

For your prayers for the next week:

· Paul Brigham and his family

· All those suffering from COVID and the after-effects

· The smooth rollout of the COVID vaccination programme

· Patience for us all as the lockdown begins to lift.

· The family and friends of the late Jean Van Der Hoeven

· The family and friends of the late Deirdre Bevan

· The family and friends of the late Helen Murphy

· The family and friends of the late Betty Blake

Prayer for our Community

Father God we thank you that you are with us day by day as we journey through these winter months.

 

Help us to encourage each other in doing all we can to keep our community safe,

and to cope with the continued restrictions. Help us to be aware of those who are

finding things particularly hard.

 

We pray for those who are working hard to deliver the vaccine.

We pray that the roll-out may be swift and effective, in our own and in all communities,  and we thank you for the hope this brings to us all.

 Thank you that you are our refuge and strength.

Amen.

Prayer for our Schools

We pray for our schools.

We give thanks for the teaching staff and all those in supporting roles, and for all their ongoing hard work.

We pray:

for the next weeks and the transition to a full return to school;

for energy and wisdom for staff as they plan and reintegrate children into school- based learning;

for children and families to adjust confidently to the changing situation;

for all those involved in wrap around care;

for the school communities to flourish and for children to thrive as they play and learn together once again.

Amen

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February 19th 2021

Church Services at St Mary’s

With the current restrictions in place we have no church services planned in the church building at present. We will continue to review this and keep you updated.

 

We are extremely grateful to Red Kite radio for continuing to broadcast our online services over the next few months.Red Kite 2



Our Zoom service will take place on Sunday at 10.30am.

We are delighted to be joined by our own Lucy Ward  at our Zoom service this week. Lucy is the daughter of Rosanne and Roger Ward. She grew up in Haddenham as a member of St. Mary's and will tell us about her plans to relocate to Malawi to do mission work. We are very much looking forward to hearing from Lucy about the Malachi project and hope that as many as possible will join us on Sunday morning.

Coffee & Chat

Ros is hosting Coffee & Chat this Sunday at 11.30am, details below:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/74136849011?pwd=bURHVDFaazk0VVlZOTR1U3AxUEZsZz09

Meeting ID: 741 3684 9011  Passcode: 7FVh71

We are looking for another volunteer or two to host Coffee & Chat occasionally, please let Dianne or Val know if you are able to help.

 

Church at Home

Our online services can be accessed through the YouTube channel.

And this link for the online services from the Oxford Diocese.

 

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

 

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details are available from the parish office.

Private Prayer in the Church  

Winter Hellebores


The church is open for private prayer on Wednesdays between 10am and 2pm and Sundays between 11am and 2pm. There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and limited pews available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.





Children’s Church—Philippa Blowfield

Please see below the list of the planned sessions for this term;

21st Feb    The family leave Egypt and move to Nazareth

28th Feb   Jesus Grows up in Nazareth

7th Mar     Jesus in the temple at 12 years old

14th Mar From 12 years to adulthood

21st Mar Jesus is Baptised

28th Mar Jesus is Baptised/Easter

For Zoom details, please contact the office. 

News from the Stradlings

Dear St Mary's Church Family

Thank you all for the wonderful bouquet of flowers and the amazing hamperHamper that were delivered to our new front door on Friday morning.  You have been so very generous. Most of the house contents have arrived, the pianos come on Tuesday and then we have three weeks to get sorted before the workshop, garden, shed and conservatory contents appear on a second load.  Thank you all for the cards, emails and FB messages that we have received.  We have been welcomed by our immediate neighbours and Greg, the vicar, and have asked to join a house group.  Nowhere will ever be quite the same as Haddenham though and we will miss you all but look forward to being able to welcome you up here. 

With very much love and prayer for God's rich blessings for you all.  

Hugh and Tricia


Supporting each other

Almost a year of pandemic and many of us have been struggling.  It is encouraging that the first vaccination has been rolled out for over 70s and this is now on the horizon for many more. Light at the end of the tunnel even though there is still a way to go.  Hurray!! However in the meantime we can all help each other with a chat or reassurance or prayer. If you would like to talk to someone – perhaps you are lonely or feel weighed down by family problems and issues – please call any of those listed below IN CONFIDENCE or ask someone to do it for you. They will be happy just to be listeners or to pray over the phone or later if you prefer. And we can all pray for people on the prayer square and ANYONE can add themselves or someone else with their permission.  – see the prayer square information in this newssheet. If there is sudden illness or an emergency a prayer chain can immediately send a message round a prayer group again in confidence. Contact any of those below who can start that for you. Do keep us informed of difficulties and struggles – and the good things too!. We can give thanks for those!! Contact any of the following:

Jenny  01844 290990                Loraine 07810 184919

Sally 07780 928583     Chris  01844 290694/07710 264009          

Word for this weekOlive

Lockdown Lent   (and a grumble-fast)

 

During the various lock-downs, many have taken the opportunity to clear the cupboards in their houses and to give away things that they no longer use.  Whereas Spring has traditionally been the time to sort out and to get rid of rubbish, we seem to have been doing it all year! 

We are now in the season of Lent. This is often seen as a time to give things up, such as alcohol and chocolate. However, it is also a time to do something positive, perhaps to make some kind of sacrifice or to examine our lives and clean up things that are unhelpful.

The Apostle Paul lived much of his life in various ‘lockdowns’ and he wrote many of his letters from prison.  But despite these difficulties he once wrote, ‘I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am’. (Phil 4 v11)

What was his secret? I think it was because he focussed on 3 things.

Firstly, he focussed on his blessings. As a younger man he had known what it was to have plenty.  But he adjusted his priorities after meeting Jesus on the Damascus Road. He knew how much Jesus had done for him and it changed everything.

Secondly, he focussed on God’s power. For him contentment was a gift from God. ‘I am strong enough for anything because of the one who gives me strength,’ (v 13) As someone who finds it easy to worry, I find this hard. But this is one reason why we need to pray. Just like Paul, we have someone we can take our worries to.

Thirdly, he focussed on others ‘Think about things that are pure and lovely and dwell on the fine good things in others.’ (Phil 4 v8 Living Bible) His love and concern for the Philippian Church, shines through in his letter.

Perhaps inevitably we hear a lot of complaints and grumbles these days but there are many great things that are emerging from awful circumstances. How about we choose to focus on them?

What are you going to aim for this Lent? I am going to aim to be positive and give up negativity. It might not be easy but I am sure it will be good for me – and those around me!   If I focus on my blessings, on God’s power and on the needs of others, then I might just have a chance of sticking to my grumble -fast!

Olive Kuhrt, Licensed Lay Minister, Wychert Vale Benefice

Prayer

Help us this Lent, O Lord, to know ourselves better, and give us strength to root out of our lives the unsuspected sins and the weak spots in our characters. Help us to practise self-denial, that we may be ready to give of our time, our energy and our leisure in service of others.

We pray in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour. 

Amen.

Prayer Square

If you would like our church family to be praying for you or you know of someone else who would welcome prayer we would love to add the name to the Prayer Square.  As the name will be public you MUST have the person’s permission but the circumstances remain confidential.  

To add a name contact Chris Headlong 01844 290694 or 07811 713522

For your prayers for the next week:

· Paul Brigham and his family

· All those suffering from COVID and the after-effects

· That vaccinations for COVID will reach those in need

· The family and friends of the late Jean Van Der Hoeven

· The family and friends of the late Deirdre Bevan

· The family and friends of the late Helen Murphy

· The family and friends of the late Betty Blake and for her funeral on 22nd February

Pebble Prayers

Pebble PrayersJust a reminder that our Pebble Prayer Station is still in use in the lychgate. Please pray for the many people who are still using this, and let others know about it.

 

 

 


Prayer for our Community

Father God we thank you that you are with us day by day as we journey through these winter months.

 Help us to encourage each other in doing all we can to keep our community safe,

and to cope with the continued restrictions. Help us to be aware of those who are finding things particularly hard.

 We pray for those who are working hard to deliver the vaccine.

We pray that the roll-out may be swift and effective, in our own and in all communities,  and we thank you for the hope this brings to us all.

Thank you that you are our refuge and strength.

Amen

Prayer for our Schools

We pray for our schools.

We give thanks for the teaching staff and all those in supporting roles, and for all their hard work over these last weeks.

We pray that the half-term break may have provided much needed refreshment for the staff, children and their families.

We pray for renewed energy and strength for the next half-term and for the important decisions to be made in the coming days.

Amen

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 February 12th 2021

Church Services at St Mary’s

With the current restrictions in place we have no church services planned in the church building at present. We will continue to review this and keep you updated.

 

Red Kite 2We are extremely grateful to Red Kite radio for continuing to broadcast our online services over the next few months.

 

 


Our Zoom service will take place on Sunday at 10.30am. This week is an All-Age Family Service led by Francesca Flaxton, on the theme "God's Love". An uplifting, interactive service suitable for all ages, including children, lasting approx 30 minutes. It would be helpful for participants to have available one or more framed photo(s) of family or friends who are not in your household, plus pen and paper. An Order of Service will be circulated on St Mary’s Discuss before Sunday.

Ash Wednesday

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading an Ash Wednesday service at 7.30pm on Wednesday 17th February. If you would like to join in, please have a little bread and wine ready. 

If you would like the Zoom details for these services, please contact the parish office.

Church at Home

See St Mary’s website for details for this Sunday’s online service.

And this link for the online services from the Oxford Diocese.

 

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

 

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details are available from the parish office.

Private Prayer in the Church  Winter Daffs

The church is open for private prayer on Wednesdays between 10am and 2pm and Sundays between 11am and 2pm. There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and limited pews available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

 

Children’s Church—Philippa Blowfield

Please see below the list of the planned sessions for this term;

14th Feb   All Age service on Zoom—see details above

21st Feb    The family leave Egypt and move to Nazareth

28th Feb   Jesus Grows up in Nazareth

7th Mar Jesus in the temple at 12 years old

14th Mar From 12 years to adulthood

21st Mar Jesus is Baptised

28th Mar Jesus is Baptised/Easter

New Flagpole

FlagpoleWe are pleased to announce that after months of being unable to fly a flag, we now have a new flagpole in place. We are pleased that we are once again able to mark local and national occasions in this traditional way by flying the Union flag or St Georges flag.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who have put in a huge amount of effort to enable this.

 

 



Supporting each other

Almost a year of pandemic and many of us have been struggling.  It is encouraging that the first vaccination has been rolled out for over 70s and this is now on the horizon for many more. Light at the end of the tunnel even though there is still a way to go.  Hurray!! However in the meantime we can all help each other with a chat or reassurance or prayer. If you would like to talk to someone – perhaps you are lonely or feel weighed down by family problems and issues – please call any of those listed below IN CONFIDENCE or ask someone to do it for you. They will be happy just to be listeners or to pray over the phone or later if you prefer. And we can all pray for people on the prayer square and ANYONE can add themselves or someone else with their permission.  – see the prayer square information in this newssheet. If there is sudden illness or an emergency a prayer chain can immediately send a message round a prayer group again in confidence. Contact any of those below who can start that for you. Do keep us informed of difficulties and struggles – and the good things too!. We can give thanks for those!! Contact any of the following:

Jenny  01844 290990                Loraine 07810 184919

Sally 07780 928583     Chris  01844 290694/07710 264009          

Word for this week Trish 2

Just over 30 years ago I began the habit of keeping a diary, a daily journal. Needless to say it has recorded all sorts, masses of trivia and a great many significant events. It’s also been a great help in settling debates about exactly when something happened - “it was last year” “no I think it was at least 3 years ago” etc. It’s also been interesting, during lockdown, to look back to the same time in previous years and see just what was happening then.

On the first Sunday in February just a year ago, I’d been to the 8.30 am service at Haddenham, and chatted with friends afterwards. I never imagined then, that on the same Sunday one year later, I would be coming together with some of those same friends, and others too, seeing their faces, hearing their voices, to join in a similar service of worship, but all without going out of our own front door!

We have now had two Zoom services, and what a blessing they have been. It has been so good to be able to connect together with one another in worship and strengthen our church family relationship. As I have thought about last Sunday’s service, I’ve noticed one or two particular blessings.

There is, first of all, the privilege of being invited, albeit virtually, into one another’s homes, and the hospitality that affords, and the sense of belonging it nurtures. This, of course, helps us to grow in sharing a little more of each other’s lives. It is such a joy to see the children come to the screen and wave, or hold up a picture they have been working on. We take such pleasure in seeing them and they are hopefully growing in the assurance of being part of a wider loving Church family. This reminds us too, of perhaps the greatest blessing, that in seeing each other’s faces, however young or old, we are also seeing Jesus, and meeting Him in one another. During the service Olive spoke to us and reminded us that the ordinary everyday things we do for one another can be used by Jesus to do great things. By coming together in services like this, we can be used, just as we are, to be a blessing to others. Another blessing occurred to me as Olive unpacked the treasures of the Bible story for us. We listened gathered as a family gathers, at home, listening to a story, and taking its truths into our lives, just where we were. There is something very special in that, not only in listening together as a family, but also in that we didn’t need to take the word home with us, there was no subconscious danger of forgetting it by the time we’d got home, it met us right where we are!

We do, of course, look forward eagerly to being able to worship together in person, in church again, but in the meanwhile it is so important not to miss the blessings along the way, and the opportunities for growth that God enables as we journey together towards that time.  

With love and prayers,

Trish

Revd. Trish Mander, Associate Minister, Wychert Vale Benefice

Prayer

Heavenly Father, we thank you for all your blessings.

We thank you that you lead us and guide us and are with us constantly.

Help us to recognise all your blessings and play our part in blessing, by giving ourselves in love and service to one another and to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.   

Prayer Square


Frozen PondIf you would like our church family to be praying for you or you know of someone else who would welcome prayer we would love to add the name to the Prayer Square.  As the name will be public you MUST have the person’s permission but the circumstances remain confidential.  

 

To add a name contact Chris Headlong 01844 290694 or 07811 713522




For your prayers for the next week:

· Paul Brigham and his family

· All those suffering from COVID and the after-effects

· That vaccinations for COVID will reach those in need

· The family and friends of Glenys Lundy

· The family and friends of  Jean Van Der Hoeven

· The family and friends of Deirdre Bevan

· The family and friends of Helen Murphy

Prayer for our Community

Father God we thank you that you are with us day by day as we journey through these winter months.

 

Help us to encourage each other in doing all we can to keep our community safe,

and to cope with the continued restrictions. Help us to be aware of those who are

finding things particularly hard.

 

We pray for those who are working hard to deliver the vaccine.

We pray that the roll-out may be swift and effective, in our own and in all communities,  and we thank you for the hope this brings to us all.

Thank you that you are our refuge and strength.

Amen.

Prayer for our Schools

We pray for our schools.

We pray for each member of staff as they work tirelessly together

to provide online lessons,

to teach and care for those children who are attending school, in their separate   bubbles,

and to care for, and provide for, families in particular need.

We pray too for the children who are missing their friends, and for families

coping with the pressures of home learning.

May all be strengthened and encouraged.

Amen.

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February 5th 2021

Church Services at St Mary’s

With the current restrictions in place we have no church services planned in the church building at present. We will continue to review this and keep you updated.

 

Red Kite 2We are extremely grateful to Red Kite radio for continuing to broadcast our online services over the next few months.



Our Zoom service will take place on Sunday at 10.30am. Details are available from the benefice office.

This week Revd Jonathan Hawkins will lead us in a Communion Service—if you would like to take part, please have a little bread and wine ready. We hope to see many of you there and if anyone has any questions about joining this service please call Dianne 291219 or Val 292383.

 

Coffee & Chat

Tricia will be hosting Coffee after church on Sunday at 11.30am. Details below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82173963899?pwd=MEFzRDg3ZWRGR2xiUG4rWk9qTFg0UT09

Meeting ID: 821 7396 3899    Passcode: 1Bb5HZ

Church at Home

See the Wychert Vale Benefice website for the link to this Sunday’s online service.

And this link for the online services from the Oxford Diocese.

 

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

 

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

Private Prayer in the Church  

 

The church is open for private prayer on Wednesdays between 10am and 2pm and Sundays between 11am and 2pm. There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and limited pews available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

 

Children’s Church—Philippa Blowfield

Please see below the list of the planned sessions for this term;

7th Feb       Mary, Joseph and Jesus escape to Egypt

14th Feb   NO SESSION - half term

21st Feb    The family leave Egypt and move to Nazareth

28th Feb Jesus Grows up in Nazareth

7th Mar Jesus in the temple at 12 years old

14th Mar From 12 years to adulthood

21st Mar Jesus is Baptised

28th Mar Jesus is Baptised/Easter

Please contact the office for Zoom details.

Hugh and Tricia Stradling

As most of you will know, Hugh and Tricia Stradling are leaving Haddenham to move to Widnes to be closer to their children and families. With the restrictions currently in place we are not able to give them the wonderful send-off they deserve, and we are hoping that we may have an opportunity to plan something next summer.

In the meantime, Hugh and Tricia are having a Drop-in Zoom session from 5-7pm on Sunday. We hope that many of you will have an opportunity to “drop in” and say goodbye.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87070106267?pwd=M0kxSGE0M3E0SW5NRkhUbElnaTlBUT09

Meeting ID: 870 7010 6267    Passcode: 188168

Prayer Square

If you would like our church family to be praying for you or you know of someone else who would welcome prayer we would love to add the name to the Prayer Square.  As the name will be public you MUST have the person’s permission but the circumstances remain confidential.  

 

To add a name contact Chris Headlong 01844 290694 or 07811 713522

Word for this week 

 Gordon

Diffidence and Encouragement in Praying Together

Of course, we all know that we can (and should) pray on our own. Jesus did, and told us to pray in secret.

But it is also good to pray with others, with God’s people in shared worship together. Reading Scripture and sharing in the Communion service have always been a key part of discipleship. Jesus shared in prayers in synagogue and Temple, and the early Christians quickly established the first day of the week  (resurrection day) as a regular day for worship together.

In larger groups and in smaller ones there is sometimes the opportunity to say a public prayer with others. But many Christians are very diffident about this. Perhaps they are embarrassed – thinking such prayers should be clever, or new, or in a pious kind of language. This is a misunderstanding, of course. Simplicity and repetition are very significant in prayer – the “Lord’s Prayer” reminds us of that. We do not need to explain the issue to God in any detail – He knows!

Have you wondered what St Paul meant when he wrote “Pray continually” (or “without ceasing” KJV) to the disciples in Thessalonica (ch 5.17)? Not all day on our knees – with eyes closed! But living moment by moment trusting God and seeking his guidance. Before, during and after conversations with friends and family, about the news local, national and world, about our concerns including our business or professional lives. . . .and so on. So we will never be short of things to ask God about.

Sharing prayer could really encourage others! Why not think about a simple, short prayer about something “on your heart” – and share it with us all next time (even on Zoom!).  I look forward to saying “Amen!”

Gordon Kuhrt

Ven Dr Gordon Kuhrt, Retired Minister, Wychert Vale Benefice

PrayerWinter Crocus

Dear God,

Like the early disciples we want to say

“Lord, teach us to pray”.

We want to be more aware of you all through each day.

May your will be done in our daily lives.

Please guard and bless our families and friends.

We pray in Jesus name,

Amen

 

Prayer Line

 

If you would be comforted by a prayer for yourself, family or a friend in this time of uncertainty, please feel free to call one of the following people. They will be pleased to pray with you one-to-one over the phone, or after you have put the phone down if you prefer.  You do not need to give a lot of information and the call will be in confidence. Please note this is not a counselling service or a helpline for anything other than prayer, although if we can suggest or signpost you to a source of help we will. Please pass this to friends, family and neighbours. All are welcome. 

 Jenny  01844 290990, Hilary  07954 371013, Loraine  07810 184919, Sally  07780 928583, Chris  07811 713522   

For your prayers for the next week:

· All the couples who have postponed their weddings due to the pandemic and still cannot make firm new arrangements.

· Paul Brigham and his family

· All those suffering from COVID and the after-effects

· The family and friends of Glenys Lundy

· The family and friends of  Jean Van Der Hoeven

· The family and friends of Deirdre Bevan

· The Messervy family as they begin the preparations for moving to Haddenham.

Prayer for our Community

Father God we thank you that you are with us day by day as we journey through these winter months.

 

Help us to encourage each other in doing all we can to keep our community safe,

and to cope with the continued restrictions. Help us to be aware of those who are

finding things particularly hard.

 

We pray for those who are working hard to deliver the vaccine.

We pray that the roll-out may be swift and effective, in our own and in all communities,  and we thank you for the hope this brings to us all.

Thank you that you are our refuge and strength.

Amen.

Prayer for our Schools

We pray for our schools.

We pray for each member of staff as they work tirelessly together

to provide online lessons,

to teach and care for those children who are attending school, in their separate   bubbles,

and to care for, and provide for, families in particular need.

We pray too for the children who are missing their friends, and for families

coping with the pressures of home learning.

May all be strengthened and encouraged.

Amen.

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January 29th 2021

Church Services at St Mary’s

With the current restrictions in place we have no church services planned in the church building at present. We will continue to review this and keep you updated.

 

Red Kite 2We are extremely grateful to Red Kite radio for continuing to broadcast our online services over the next few months.

 

 

 


Our Zoom service will take place on Sunday at 10.30am. If you would like the details please contact the benefice office.


The service is planned to last for about 40 minutes. We hope to see many of you there and if anyone has any questions about joining this service please call Dianne 291219 or Val 292383.

 

Church at Home

See the Wychert Vale Benefice website for the link to this Sunday’s online service.

And this link for the online services from the Oxford Diocese.

 

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
A Church of England initiative in partnership with CONNECTIONS at Holy Trinity Claygate, and Faith in Later Life.

The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

 

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

  

Private Prayer in the Church  

 

Church DoorThe church is open for private prayer on Wednesdays between 10am and 2pm and Sundays between 11am and 2pm. There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and limited pews available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.





Children’s Church—Philippa Blowfield

Please see below the list of the planned sessions for this term;

31st Jan     3 Wise Men visit Jesus

7th Feb       Mary, Joseph and Jesus escape to Egypt

14th Feb   NO SESSION - half term

21st Feb The family leave Egypt and move to Nazareth

28th Feb Jesus Grows up in Nazareth

7th Mar Jesus in the temple at 12 years old

14th Mar From 12 years to adulthood

21st Mar Jesus is Baptised

28th Mar Jesus is Baptised/Easter

Zoom details are available from the parish office.

Jean Van Der Hoeven

You may have already seen on St Mary’s Discuss that a much-loved member of our congregation died unexpectedly earlier this week. Jean had moved to a nursing home near Durham to be closer to her daughter but her funeral is likely to be held in Buckinghamshire. We will update you with details when we have them. Please pray for Louise, Jean’s daughter, and the family.

COVID Vaccination Scams

We have been warned about the many and varied scams concerning Coronavirus vaccinations. Please be vigilant if you are contacted by any organisations asking you to book a vaccination. You should NEVER have to enter any bank details as all vaccinations are free of charge.

If anyone is concerned about the legitimacy of any email or letter concerning this and needs some help, please don’t hesitate to contact Val 292383, Dianne 291219 or any of the ministers and we will do our best to help you check.

Lucy Ward and The Malachi Project

Lucy, daughter of Roger & Rosanne, is embarking on a challenging new project based in Malawi. Full details can be seen in this video clip, link here.

We are hoping that Lucy will be able to join one of our morning Zoom services soon to tell us more about this initiative. She is looking for people to partner with her for this project.

Please pray for Lucy as she prepares for this challenge during the difficult circumstances of the Coronavirus pandemic. Pray that she receives the funding and support she needs to enable her to carry out this work, and pray particularly for her safety during the preparation, travel and her time in Malawi.

Zoom Services

It was lovely to see so many faces at our Zoom service last Sunday morning. Val as host and Jonathan leading did a great job and it was lovely to be able to worship together. We are planning to continue with these Zoom services every Sunday morning for the foreseeable future. It would be great to have different people to help lead the services and also to host them (the technical bit). Thank you to all those who have offered so far, and we look forward to hearing from a few more!

Word for this week Adrian

What links Moses and Peter Lacy?

Moses as you know was God's servant, who with God's help brought the Israelites out of Egypt and led them across the Sea on dry land after God had driven the sea back with a strong east wind. (Exodus 14:21 NIV)

Peter Lacy was an Irishman and a Jacobite, who left Ireland in 1691 after the failure of the rebellion against William III. He went to the Continent and soldiered with the Austrians, Saxons and Russians. With the latter he eventually became a general and an army commander.

In 1737 he was in command of a Russian army sent to invade the Crimea, which was controlled by the Tartars. Land access to the Crimea was limited to a narrow peninsula across which the Tartars had constructed a deep ditch and behind which their army was drawn up. Seeking access elsewhere, Lacy recognised that he could get his troops across the narrow Henichesk Strait on to the narrow Arabat Spit (Google for Arabat Spit for map). Here he built a bridge across the Strait using empty water barrels (Southern Ukraine has very little water in summer and the Tartars poisoned the available wells so the army brought their own water) and stakes, which were used to keep off harrassing Tartar horsemen. Once on the Spit there was only a narrow shallow strip of water to cross to get on to the Crimea.

In 1738 Lacy was again told to invade the Crimea. However the Tartars now had spread their forces wider to prevent him using the Arabat Spit. As Lacy pondered his options a local Coassack (s) was brought to him who said that if he waited until the west wind sprung up it would force the water of the Syvash (the stretch of water which separates the east of the Crimea from the rest of Russia) eastwards towards the Sea of Azov. Then as the water level declined he would find a narrow ridge leading across the Sea to the Crimea and they would be able to cross virtually dry shod.

Lacy waited and when a strong west wind blew, a narrow ridge of land was seen and so on 6.7. ordering the army into a straight line, they went across. Some carriages (supply wagons) were lost because they had not got across before the wind abated and the waters flowed back.

Of course the aforesaid event does not prove what is stated in Exodus is historical neither that the people of Israel were ever in Egypt but it does validate the Bible's account that a strong east wind could cause some part of a stretch of water to be displaced to one side and the bottom of the expanse of water to be exposed so that passage dryshod becomes possible.

(See page 208 of Memoirs of Russia Historical, Political and Military by C H von Manstein on Google books and page 213 of Empire and Military Revolution in Eastern Europe by Professor Brian Davies )

Adrian Collier, Licensed Lay Minister, Wychert Val Benefice

PrayerWinter Snowdrops

Heavenly Father,

When we feel daunted by circumstances or situations,

help us to remember that you go before us.

Help us to keep close to you,

to listen to your leading,

trust in your wisdom,

and follow on the paths you provide.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

 

 

Prayer Line

 If you would be comforted by a prayer for yourself, family or a friend in this time of uncertainty, please feel free to call one of the following people. They will be pleased to pray with you one-to-one over the phone, or after you have put the phone down if you prefer.  You do not need to give a lot of information and the call will be in confidence. Please note this is not a counselling service or a helpline for anything other than prayer, although if we can suggest or signpost you to a source of help we will. Please pass this to friends, family and neighbours. All are welcome. 

Jenny  01844 290990,  Hilary  07954 371013, Loraine  07810 184919,  Sally  07780 928583 

Chris  07811 713522,  Tricia  07932 626027

For your prayers for the next week:

· Positive and smooth progress in negotiating the post-Brexit transtition. Energy and wisdom for all those dealing with the new systems that need to be implemented.

· All the couples who have postponed their weddings due to the pandemic and still cannot make firm new arrangements.

· Paul Brigham and his family

· All those suffering from COVID and the after-effects

· The family and friends of Glenys Lundy

· The family and friends of  Jean Van Der Hoeven

· The family and friends of Deirdre Bevan

The Messervy family as they begin the preparations for moving to Haddenham

Prayer for our Community

Father God we thank you that you are with us day by day as we journey through these winter months.

 

Help us to encourage each other in doing all we can to keep our community safe,

and to cope with the continued restrictions. Help us to be aware of those who are

finding things particularly hard.

 

We pray for those who are working hard to deliver the vaccine.

We pray that the roll-out may be swift and effective, in our own and in all communities,  and we thank you for the hope this brings to us all.

Thank you that you are our refuge and strength.

Amen.

Prayer for our Schools

We pray for our schools.

We pray for each member of staff as they work tirelessly together

to provide online lessons,

to teach and care for those children who are attending school, in their separate  bubbles,

and to care for, and provide for, families in particular need.

We pray too for the children who are missing their friends, and for families

coping with the pressures of home learning.

May all be strengthened and encouraged.

Amen.

 

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January 22nd 2021

Church Services at St Mary’s

With the current restrictions in place we have no church services planned in the church building at present. We will continue to review this and keep you updated.

 

Red Kite 2We are extremely grateful to Red Kite radio for continuing to broadcast our online services over the next few months.

 

 

 



Our first Zoom service will take place this Sunday at 10.30am. 


The service is planned to last for about 40 minutes. We hope to see many of you there and if anyone has any questions about joining this service please call Dianne 291219 or Val 292383.

 

Church at Home

See the Wychert Vale Benefice website for the link to this Sunday’s online service.

And this link for the online services from the Oxford Diocese.

 

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
A Church of England initiative in partnership with CONNECTIONS at Holy Trinity Claygate, and Faith in Later Life.

The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

 

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.


Private Prayer in the Church  Church Door

The church is open for private prayer on Wednesdays between 10am and 2pm and Sundays between 11am and 2pm. There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and limited pews available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

 




Glenys Lundy

We are sad to report the death of Glenys who many of you will remember, Glenys was a long-standing and much-loved member of St Mary’s church.

Her funeral will be taken by Revd Phil Groves on Monday 25th January at 12.30pm.

Glenys’ son Tim has asked us to share the details with you in case you would like to watch the livestream of the service.

Service Date: January 25th at 12.30, Service Chapel: Aylesbury Vale

Website: https://www.obitus.com/

Username: Wayu2582        Password: 860110

 

Lucy Ward and The Malachi Project

Lucy, daughter of Roger & Rosanne, is embarking on a challenging new project based in Malawi. Full details can be seen in this video clip, link here.

We are hoping that Lucy will be able to join one of our morning Zoom services soon to tell us more about this initiative. She is looking for people to partner with her for this project.

Please pray for Lucy as she prepares for this challenge during the difficult circumstances of the Coronavirus pandemic. Pray that she receives the funding and support she needs to enable her to carry out this work, and pray particularly for her safety during the preparation, travel and her time in Malawi.

Churches Together in Haddenham

Renewal of Covenant Service

This service is being put together by Jonny Fillis, minister of the Baptist church, with contributions from members of all the churches. It will be live on the CTiH FaceBook page from 3pm on Sunday 24th January.

It will also be available on Haddenham.net  from Sunday

Link here

Benefice Office

As you will be aware, the Benefice Office has not been open to visitors for many months, but Julie has been in most days. For the next few weeks, the office will not be manned everyday. Emails and telephone messages will be responded to as quickly as possible, but we ask for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. If you have an urgent need, the churchwardens will do their best to help.

Children’s Church Update—Philippa Blowfield

Please see below the list of the planned sessions for this term;

24th Jan    3 Wise Men meet King Herod

31st Jan     3 Wise Men visit Jesus

7th Feb       Mary, Joseph and Jesus escape to Egypt

14th Feb NO SESSION - half term

21st Feb The family leave Egypt and move to Nazareth

28th Feb Jesus Grows up in Nazarerth

7th Mar Jesus in the temple at 12 years old

14th Mar From 12 years to adulthood

21st Mar Jesus is Baptised

28th Mar Jesus is Baptised/Easter


Reaching our community – let’s work together

Can you help in identifying people who may be struggling with loneliness and isolation who we as a church could reach out to? Not just older folk – it could be a single parent or someone who is housebound because of their spouse/partner’s or child ‘s circumstances - and let’s look beyond our church family to any neighbours. Is there anyone YOU can think of who might be glad of a phone call or wave through the window if you are out walking?? Unfortunately it is not wise to do doorstep visits now we are in lockdown but are you able to check that they are getting shopping OK and whether they have contact with a family member or someone in their social bubble? So that we can see what coverage we have - and more importantly what gaps  - the following information would be helpful and will be IN CONFIDENCE.  We would also like to send you a brief note about safeguarding yourself and the person you are contacting to ensure everyone’s wellbeing and expectations. We can put people in touch with other organisations and sources of information if necessary.

· If you yourself would be glad of a regular phone call please let us know.

· If you know a person would be glad of a phone call and you can do it yourself would you please let us know

· If you are already supporting someone could you let us know if you feel able to just so we know who we are reaching

· If you know of someone but cannot/do not want to do it yourself would you please let us know (WITH THEIR PERMISSION) so that we can arrange for someone to call them?

· If you feel you could take on phoning one or two people a week could you please let us know.

Please contact Chris Headlong on 290694 or 07811 713522

or email c.headlong@btinternet.com

or the Church Wardens;  Val Walker or Dianne Brackley

Word for this week Olive

 

Leadership & Trust

 

This week a new President of the United States has been inaugurated. He faces the daunting task of trying to reunite his country and to restore confidence in the political system. Trust in leaders, particularly politicians, has been eroded in many democratic countries. Often the typical comment about them is, ‘They are only in it for themselves'.

In recent years, public confidence has been misplaced in other areas too. People in banking and business, the BBC, social and health services, journalists and even Churches are all thought to be covering up truth and so are not to be trusted. And with social media everyone can express their ill- informed opinions which quickly often get regarded as truth. It has been said, 'Nobody believes the official spokesperson... but everybody trusts an unidentified source.'

And yet, every week in our services we pray for those who lead us in government or in the Church. We do this because the scriptures command us to. In 1Timothy 2 we are urged to pray and give thanks for all in authority. But what exactly should we pray and give thanks for when it is so easy to be critical?

When Solomon, the king dreamt that God offered to give him whatever he wanted, he asked for wisdom and the ability to make right choices in government. When confronted with overwhelming problems, he would need to know which path to take. Solomon believed that ‘the fear of the Lord, is the beginning of wisdom.’ He had the right starting point.  He became widely known for his wisdom and his influence in the world.

However, this is only half the story.  Later in his reign he was enticed away from God by his sexual appetites. His heart was led astray as he built high places where his numerous wives could worship their pagan gods. Despite his wonderful commitment at the beginning and his personal encounters with God, he foolishly became unfaithful.  His folly meant he brought disaster on his kingdom too.

When we pray for wisdom for our leaders, we should also pray that they will have strength to stand up to all the temptations that come with power. We should not forget to give thanks too for all their commitment and hard work on our behalf.

 Olive Kuhrt, Licensed Lay Minister, Wychert Vale Benefice

Prayer

CrocusGod of wisdom and power, whose authority is loving and merciful; inspire all those with authority in our world to be guided by you. We pray for godly wisdom for all leaders that they may seek not to control, but enable, not to manipulate but empower and work for the good of all.

In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. 

Amen.


Prayer Line

 If you would be comforted by a prayer for yourself, family or a friend in this time of uncertainty, please feel free to call one of the following people. They will be pleased to pray with you one-to-one over the phone, or after you have put the phone down if you prefer.  You do not need to give a lot of information and the call will be in confidence. Please note this is not a counselling service or a helpline for anything other than prayer, although if we can suggest or signpost you to a source of help we will. Please pass this to friends, family and neighbours. All are welcome. 

Jenny  01844 290990,  Hilary  07954 371013, Loraine  07810 184919,  Sally  07780 928583 

Chris  07811 713522,  Tricia  07932 626027

For your prayers for the next week:

· Positive and smooth progress in negotiating the post-Brexit transtition. Energy and wisdom for all those dealing with the new systems that need to be implemented.

· Wisdom & support for the new President of America, Joe Biden

· Funding for the Quinquennial Repairs

· Hope for those who are waiting for the COVID vaccine.

· Paul Brigham and his family

· All those suffering from COVID and the after-effects

· The family and friends of Glenys Lundy

· The Messervy family as they begin the preparations for moving to Haddenham.

Prayer for our Community

Father God, be with us all.

Help us to remain safe and well despite the difficult situation we are still coping with.

Show us how we can help each other in different ways. Prompt us to look out for those who are really struggling.

We pray for the swift and effective delivery of the vaccine in our community, and the hope that will bring for so many who have been isolated.

Thank you Lord for being with us always.

Amen.


Prayer for our Schools

God our Father,

We pray for children and young people whose education is so disrupted, and examinations cancelled.

Please guide staff and the BBC re on-line provision.

Please grant patience and wisdom to parents as they juggle priorities.

Amen

 

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With the current restrictions in place we have no church services planned in the church building at present. We will continue to review this and keep you updated.

 

Red Kite 2We are extremely grateful to Red Kite radio for continuing to broadcast our online services over the next few months.

 

 

 

We are going to trial Zoom services shortly—details below.

 

Church at Home

See the Wychert Vale Benefice website for the link to this Sunday’s online service.

And this link for the online services from the Oxford Diocese.

 

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
A Church of England initiative in partnership with CONNECTIONS at Holy Trinity Claygate, and Faith in Later Life.

The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

 

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

 Coffee & Chat

Tricia is hosting our Zoom Coffee & Chat at 11.30am on Sunday. Details below

Meeting ID: 896 5009 2093  Passcode: b7bLzf

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89650092093?pwd=a2dYNVBpWGFpTGR0d1l0SVNrY0FuZz09

 

Private Prayer in the Church  

 

The church is open for private prayer on Wednesdays between 10am and 2pm and Sundays between 11am and 2pm. There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and limited pews available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

 

Zoom Services

Following successful trials in other churches we are going to try running a Zoom service at 10.30am each Sunday morning, starting on January 24th.

This will mean that many of us can meet together and worship together although we are not in the same building. The services will last no longer than 45 minutes and are planned to be very interactive.

This is going to be a challenge as many of us have limited knowledge of Zoom, but providing everyone is prepared for some hiccups, we should be OK. We will need a Zoom protocol and this will be explained at the start of each service.

Each of the Zoom services will need a service leader AND a Zoom host.  If you are interested in offering to help we would love to hear from you.

If anyone has any questions about accessing these services, please let us know.

Our first service will be led by Revd Jonathan Hawkins with Val Walker hosting. More details will be circulated next week.

Look forward to seeing you then!

Dianne & Val

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help us to remember that all our hope is in you. May we be encouraged and uplifted in the darkness of difficult times by the wonder of your love revealed to us though our Lord Jesus, and the certainty of the hope it brings.  May your Holy Spirit strengthen us and enable us to live and shine in the joy of that hope.

Amen

Share the Light  

STLWhilst we may not have been open for services this Christmas, we had many visitors to the church, to post their prayer stars in our post-box, to see the Nativity Display in the church porch or to take part in the children’s church In Search of Christmas trail.

 

Huge thanks to all those involved in getting the leaflets ready, delivering them, collecting prayer stars, creating the wonderful Nativity scene, unlocking and locking the church porch and preparing the Christmas trail.

With the donations received during December, we were able to give £498 to Aylesbury Vineyard Foodbank.

Reaching our community – let’s work togetherSnowdrops

Can you help in identifying people who may be struggling with loneliness and isolation who we as a church could reach out to? Not just older folk – it could be a single parent or someone who is housebound because of their spouse/partner’s or child ‘s circumstances - and let’s look beyond our church family to any neighbours. Is there anyone YOU can think of who might be glad of a phone call or wave through the window if you are out walking?? Unfortunately it is not wise to do doorstep visits now we are in lockdown but are you able to check that they are getting shopping OK and whether they have contact with a family member or someone in their social bubble? So that we can see what coverage we have - and more importantly what gaps  - the following information would be helpful and will be IN CONFIDENCE.  We would also like to send you a brief note about safeguarding yourself and the person you are contacting to ensure everyone’s wellbeing and expectations. We can put people in touch with other organisations and sources of information if necessary.

· If you yourself would be glad of a regular phone call please let us know.

· If you know a person would be glad of a phone call and you can do it yourself would you please let us know

· If you are already supporting someone could you let us know if you feel able to just so we know who we are reaching

· If you know of someone but cannot/do not want to do it yourself would you please let us know (WITH THEIR PERMISSION) so that we can arrange for someone to call them?

· If you feel you could take on phoning one or two people a week could you please let us know.

Please contact Chris Headlong on 290694 or 07811 713522

or email c.headlong@btinternet.com

or the Church Wardens;  Val Walker or Dianne Brackley

Word for this week Trish 2

Something very special happened in our garden in the first few days of January this year. Each year, the first week of January seems to be the timing of this annual blessing - the first snowdrop. Some years ago we planted a number of early flowering snowdrop plants near the hedge, but each year it is the same particular plant that flowers first, producing just one tiny and determined little bloom. The much-watched for hopefulness of the green shoots, that have been peeping up through the soil over the last weeks, has again been fulfilled.

We are now in the season of Epiphany, the time of revealing, when we recall again the wonder of the tiny infant Jesus being revealed as the Light of the World and all the hopefulness that comes with that revelation. Epiphany is a time of hope, of light shining in the darkness.

January is perhaps never the most cheerful of months, and this year it brings extreme and grave challenges. The bleakness of rising case numbers, an overstretched health service and the isolating consequences of lockdown can seem overwhelming, and yet, amidst all this, the message of Epiphany shines as a light in the darkness, the eternal good news of Christian hope and the joy it brings.

Bishop Steven, reflecting on Paul’s letter to the Philippians, encourages us to remember that “joy is the outward expression of Christian hope” and that “Joy in the present moment is a mark of rebellion against the darkness”.

Back to my one little snowdrop, and it may seem a bit disproportionate to get so excited about one small speck of white in an otherwise bereft garden landscape, but that tiny forerunner gives joy because it heralds the hope of greater things to come. It lifts the heart and looks beyond to the time when the gardens around us will again be riots of colour. The joy of looking forward also represents a rebellion against the present state of the garden!

I write this on a particularly grey and dull day, when the village seems as though it is quietly waiting and very much in need of hope. How important it is to point the way to that hope, to look beyond to the time when it will be safe to gather again, when our church bells will ring again, when the church will be full of the gathered family of God’s people, when young couples can celebrate their marriages with all their families and friends, and when the church family can welcome new members in the joy of baptism. All of these are part of the tremendous joy we will share together again because of our love for the Lord Jesus and the unshakeable certainty of His love for us, but the real joy is in living in the knowledge of that love NOW. This knowledge, and the sure and certain hope it brings, are the hope we can bring to each other, and our community, just as we are, right now.

So amidst this grey and challenging time, rather than focussing on what isn’t yet possible, let’s rejoice in the revealing of the Epiphany season, remembering that “Joy in the present moment is a mark of rebellion against the darkness”, and remembering too, “that joy is the outward expression of Christian hope”. May our joy shine out, as a witness to the certainty and the wonder of God’s love for our community.

With love and prayers, Trish

Revd Trish Mander, Associate Minister, Wychert Vale Benefice

Prayer Line

 If you would be comforted by a prayer for yourself, family or a friend in this time of uncertainty, please feel free to call one of the following people. They will be pleased to pray with you one-to-one over the phone, or after you have put the phone down if you prefer.  You do not need to give a lot of information and the call will be in confidence. Please note this is not a counselling service or a helpline for anything other than prayer, although if we can suggest or signpost you to a source of help we will. Please pass this to friends, family and neighbours. All are welcome. 

Jenny  01844 290990,  Hilary  07954 371013, Loraine  07810 184919,  Sally  07780 928583 

Chris  07811 713522,  Tricia  07932 626027

For your prayers for the next week:

· Perseverance for those who are furloughed from work.

· Patience for those working from home with children at home.

· Positive and smooth progress in negotiating the post-Brexit transtition. Energy and wisdom for all those dealing with the new systems that need to be implemented.

· Funding for the Quinquennial Repairs

· Hope for those who are waiting for the COVID vaccine.

· The Messervy family as they begin the preparations for moving to Haddenham.

Prayer for our Community

Father God, be with us all as we enter this New Year.

Help us to remain safe and well despite the difficult situation we are still coping with.

Show us how we can help each other in different ways. Prompt us to look out for those who are really struggling.

We pray for the swift and effective delivery of the vaccine in our community, and the hope that will bring for so many who have been isolated.

Thank you Lord for being with us always.

Amen.

Prayer for our Schools

God our Father,

We pray for children and young people whose education is so disrupted, and examinations cancelled.

Please guide staff and the BBC re on-line provision.

Please grant patience and wisdom to parents as they juggle priorities.

Amen

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January 8th 2021

Church Services at St Mary’s

With the current restrictions in place we have no church services planned in the church building at present. We will continue to review this and keep you updated.

 

Red Kite 2We are extremely grateful to Red Kite radio for continuing to broadcast our services over the next few months.

 

 

 

 

Church at Home

See the Wychert Vale Benefice website for the link to this Sunday’s online service.

And this link for the online services from the Oxford Diocese.

 

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
A Church of England initiative in partnership with CONNECTIONS at Holy Trinity Claygate, and Faith in Later Life.

The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

 

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

 

Private Prayer in the Church  

Church DoorThe church is open for private prayer on Wednesdays between 10am and 2pm and Sundays between 11am and 2pm. There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and limited pews available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

 

 

 

 

Do remember:

We realise this may be a particularly difficult time for those of us who are living alone. NarcissiPlease know that you are being supported in prayer, and if you would like a chat, please see our Prayer Line details below.

 





Word for this week 

GordonDo not be afraid!


The telephone rings. You pick it up – a member of the family, a grandchild, has tested positive with the Covid virus. Fear strikes – it’s only natural, isn’t it. We live in the midst of multiple fears – health, the economy, employment, education, family life, mental health issues and disappointments over and over again!

 

Of course it’s not the first time. Olive and I were born early in the 2nd World War. Our grandparents lived through both great wars in London or the south-east (or in the forces). Daily fear was the norm – and in-between was the great economic depression. In my youthful years, I remember the fears during the Berlin crisis, the Cuban missiles, the polio epidemic  . . . . .

 

Fear played a major role in the Christmas story. Mary fearful of being an unmarried mother. Joseph fearful of a shocking scandal around the girl he loved, shepherds fearful of the angelic appearance, Herod fearful of a royal competitor. Mary, Joseph and the shepherds were told separately “Do not be afraid!” In an extraordinary way, this was all under the control of a loving, caring God. The story is full of aspects beyond understanding at the time – but knowing the story of the covenant God provided the context of a bigger picture. Herod was not told “Fear not!” – he had plenty to fear, and it led to an infamous and savage fury.

Thinking about the Bible’s story of God’s big covenant plan – His patience, His forgiveness,  His coming in Jesus – and then the Holy Spirit – can give us the context of a bigger picture – in which the message “Do not be afraid!” can make more sense to those who put their trust in the loving heavenly Father.

Mind you – they used their common sense as well. Mary and Joseph escaped to Egypt. The magi went home by a route that avoided Jerusalem and the murderous Herod. I write this a few hours after our Prime Minister announced the third national lockdown. May God strengthen our trust in Him, help us with our fears, give us the wisdom to be sensible, and grace to help others!

Ven Dr Gordon Kuhrt, Retired Minister, Wychert Vale Benefice

Prayer

Loving Father God,
Help us, please, to recognize and cherish blessings and good things.
Thank you for family, friends, the NHS and the vaccines.
Help us in our fears to really value family, friends and neighbours, And help us to be a good friend and neighbour to others.
Help us to be sensible about food, rest, exercise - and enjoyable recreations.
God give wisdom to our government, national and local, and to scientific & medical advisors In Jesus' name .
Amen

Prayer Line

 If you would be comforted by a prayer for yourself, family or a friend in this time of uncertainty, please feel free to call one of the following people. They will be pleased to pray with you one-to-one over the phone, or after you have put the phone down if you prefer.  You do not need to give a lot of information and the call will be in confidence. Please note this is not a counselling service or a helpline for anything other than prayer, although if we can suggest or signpost you to a source of help we will. Please pass this to friends, family and neighbours. All are welcome. 

Jenny  01844 290990,  Hilary  07954 371013, Loraine  07810 184919,  Sally  07780 928583 

Chris  07811 713522,  Tricia  07932 626027

For your prayers for the next week:

· Perseverance for those who are furloughed from work.

· Patience for those working from home with children at home.

· Positive and smooth progress as we officially leave the EU. Energy and wisdom for all those dealing with the new systems that need to be implemented.

· Funding for the Quinquennial Repairs

· Hope for those who are waiting for the COVID vaccine.

· The Messervy family as they begin the preparations for moving to Haddenham.

Prayer for our Community

Father God, be with us all as we enter this New Year.

Help us to remain safe and well despite the difficult situation we are still coping with.

Show us how we can help each other in different ways. Prompt us to look out for those who are really struggling.

We pray for the swift and effective delivery of the vaccine in our community, and the hope that will bring for so many who have been isolated.

Thank you Lord for being with us always.

Amen.

Prayer for our Schools

God our Father,

We pray for children and young people whose education is so disrupted, and examinations cancelled.

Please guide staff and the BBC re on-line provision.

Please grant patience and wisdom to parents as they juggle priorities.

Amen

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January 1st 2021

Church Services at St Mary’s

With the current tier 4 restrictions in place we have no church services planned in the church building at present. We will continue to review this and keep you updated.

We are extremely grateful to Red Kite radio for continuing to broadcast our services over the next few months.


Church at Home

See the Wychert Vale Benefice website for the link to this Sunday’s online service.

And this link for the online services from the Oxford Diocese.

 

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
A Church of England initiative in partnership with CONNECTIONS at Holy Trinity Claygate, and Faith in Later Life.

The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

 

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on the website.

Coffee and Chat

Ros is hosting Coffee and Chat this Sunday at 11.30am.

Meeting ID: 409 748 8914 Passcode: 5c9cuC

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/4097488914?pwd=cFpwUWl4bStuYnpOU3ZhKy92RmFGdz09

Private Prayer in the Church  

The church will be open for private prayer again from Wednesday 6th January.

It will be open again every week on Wednesdays between 10am and 2pm and Sundays between 11am and 2pm. There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and limited pews available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

Do remember:

We realise this may be a particularly difficult time for those of us who are living alone. Please know that you are being supported in prayer, and if you would like a chat, please see our Prayer Line details below.

Word for this week Adrian

Adrian Collier

Passports

Passports open up for us the way into another country. Perhaps less speedily now that we are no longer part of the European Union. For with my very dark blue document I shall now have to join that other queue, if I go to most other countries in Europe.

Passports have been around for a very long time.

The Duke of Marlborough in 1702 was returning to the Hague down the Meuse when his boat was intercepted by enemy troops from a nearby town. In those days significant persons often received passes from their opponents so they could move about more freely. Marlborough didn't have his with him but his man servant slipped into his hand a pass which he was carrying made out for Marlborough's younger brother, another general. The troops plundered the boat but approved the passport Marlborough was carrying and not recognising, who he really was, let him proceed.

Even further back, in 2 Kings we have the story of Naaman the Syrian who had contracted leprosy. Told of the healing qualities of Elisha the prophet he decided to go to Israel to see him but in order to do so safely, his monarch, the King of Damascus equipped him with a letter to the King of Israel explaining why Naaman would be in his country. The letter probably operated as the equivalent of a passport. Without it Naaman might have been recognised and detained creating an international incident.

Passports or comparable documents are therefore of great importance when travelling abroad as they identify us and the country to which we belong.

When we become Christians, we are not handed a passport but as Paul writing to the Church at Ephesus says 'Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit'. May we be able to show the fruits of the Spirit in our daily lives, make clear to whose kingdom we really belong and be welcomed into it when our time comes.

Adrian Collier, Licensed Lay Minister, Wychert Vale Benefice

Prayer

Father God, as we come to the end of this very unexpected year, so many of us are feeling tired, anxious, lonely, disappointed and worn down. With heavy hearts we are ready to wave a rushed goodbye to 2020 and run ahead into 2021. But God before we do, please help us to be grateful for all that you did in 2020.

We know that your sovereign hand never wavered. That you remained completely in control, and were deeply concerned for each one of us. Thank you God for carrying us and sustaining us through this year; when we felt unable to go on and when we forgot to look to you for our strength. We know that your strength is made perfect in weakness. Please soften our hearts so we can see where you have been working and the Grace you have poured over us this year.

Amen

Prayer Line

 If you would be comforted by a prayer for yourself, family or a friend in this time of uncertainty, please feel free to call one of the following people. They will be pleased to pray with you one-to-one over the phone, or after you have put the phone down if you prefer.  You do not need to give a lot of information and the call will be in confidence. Please note this is not a counselling service or a helpline for anything other than prayer, although if we can suggest or signpost you to a source of help we will. Please pass this to friends, family and neighbours. All are welcome. 

Jenny  01844 290990,  Hilary  07954 371013, Loraine  07810 184919,  Sally  07780 928583 

Chris  07811 713522,  Tricia  07932 626027

For your prayers for the next week:

· Safety for people returning to work after the Christmas break, both for those physically returning to a workplace and for those working from home.

· Perseverance for those who are furloughed from work.

· Positive and smooth progress as we officially leave the EU. Energy and wisdom for all those dealing with the new systems that need to be implemented.

· Funding for the Quinquennial Repairs

· Hope for those who are waiting for the COVID vaccine.

· The Messervy family as they begin the preparations for moving to Haddenham.

Prayer for our Community

Father God, be with us all as we enter this New Year.

Help us to remain safe and well despite the difficult situation we are still coping with.

Show us how we can help each other in different ways. Prompt us to look out for those who are really struggling.

We pray for the swift and effective delivery of the vaccine in our community, and the hope that will bring for so many who have been isolated.

Thank you Lord for being with us always.

Amen.

Prayer for our Schools

We pray for staff and children as they return to schools after the Christmas break. Give them the energy they need to continue dealing with the effects of the virus. Give them hope. Keep them safe.

 

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December 18th & 25th 2020

Happy Christmas!

This Noticesheet is for 2 weeks, the next one will be out on January 1st 2021

Church Services at St Mary’s

Please see the News section below for a list of our services during December. Don’t forget you need to book ahead to attend any services held in the church building and follow the government guidance regarding social distancing and wearing a mask. We are extremely grateful to Red Kite radio for broadcasting our services this month.

 

Church at Home

See the Wychert Vale Benefice website for the link to this Sunday’s online service.

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
A Church of England initiative in partnership with CONNECTIONS at Holy Trinity Claygate, and Faith in Later Life.

The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

 

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers (except on Christmas Day) online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

Coffee and Chat

Tricia is hosting Coffee and Chat this Sunday at 11.30am.

Meeting ID: 895 3167 3645   Passcode: iY3ytL

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89531673645?pwd=UzI2dGs4eWY3SFIyaUMxZDNsaUhoUT09

 

Private Prayer in the Church  

Church 1The church will NOT be open for private prayer between Sunday 20th December and Monday 4th January. This is because the Porch Display will be in position. From Wednesday 6th January it will be open again every week on Wednesdays between 10am and 2pm and Sundays between 11am and 2pm. There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and limited pews available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

 






Do remember:

Winter Snowdrops

We realise this may be a particularly difficult time for those of us who are living alone. Please know that you are being supported in prayer, and if you would like a chat, please see our Prayer Line details below.

 




Happy Christmas from the Wardens

Your churchwardens want to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone for your support over the last few months. It has been a very difficult time which we have both found extremely challenging. We have had to make many difficult decisions and we now truly know that you definitely cannot please everyone all the time!  We are however, really grateful for the wisdom and encouragement we have received from so many of you. It has reminded us what a privilege it is to serve here, as part of the church family at St Mary’s.

 

We have all learnt how to do things differently during the pandemic, in ways we would never have imagined. Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who have been so loyal in supporting, praying, encouraging and giving, over the last few months.

Special mention must go to Paul Smith, Andy Price and Keith Milmer for the hours of recording and editing that have enabled our online services to be created, and of course to all those, and there are so many, who have willingly led, preached, read, led prayers, arranged music, sung and played. It is wonderful that many of us have been able to continue worshipping together without physically meeting in the church building.

Many thanks also to the members of our PCC who have responded so willingly to all the extra meetings needed with thoughtfulness and understanding.

 

We are looking forward to next year with hope, with the arrival of our new Rector, a vaccination for Coronavirus and a return to some sense of normality.Where is church

 

None of us know what 2021 will be like, we may be continuing with our Online services,  Zoom meetings and buildings closed for many months yet.

However we DO know that God has it all under control – so let’s remember that, and remain united as the Body of Christ here.

 

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

 

Val & Dianne



December Services

Please see below the list of December services. This includes services held in the church building, on the YouTube channel and broadcast on Red Kite Radio.

Red Kite 2

 

 Date

 Time

 Service

 Where

 20th

 8.30am

 Holy Communion

 Church Building

 20th

 10.30am

 Advent 4 Service

 Online

 20th

 12 noon

 Advent 4 Service

 Red Kite Radio

 20th

 6pm

 Lessons & Carols

 Online

 20th

 6pm

 Lessons & Carols

 Red Kite Radio

 25th 

 10am

 Christmas Day Family Service

 Online

 

 Nativity Display in the Church Porch

Porch NativityMany thanks to the wonderfully creative team who have put together this beautiful  Nativity Scene.

The porch will be open every day from Saturday 19th December until  the schools return. We hope that most of you will have an opportunity to see it.

 







Christmas Collections

All non-regular donations received during the Christmas period will be given to support the work of our local FOODBANKS.

You can donate online; Link here

or by text;

To donate £5.00, simply text:  STMARYSHADDENHAM 5 to 70450

or to donate £10.00, simply text:  STMARYSHADDENHAM 10 to 70450, etc

This will cost your donated amount plus the cost of a standard rate message.

Aylesbury Vineyard Church Storehouse

Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 Aylesbury Vineyard Church Storehouse has provided food for 8,500 people struggling to put food on the table. This is an increase of 3,500 people over the same period last year brought about by the uncertainty of employment situations, fluctuating incomes and more mouths to feed with children being at home.

Storehouse food boxes contain enough non-perishable food to make nutritious meals for an individual or family for a week supplemented by any fresh food donated by local supermarkets and from our partnership with the national charity Fairshare.  Local churches and schools also usually provide a major seasonal injection of food donations from their harvest festivals but of course few have taken place this year. This Christmas Storehouse is reaching out to people with practical help of food and luxuries to make this time as special and enjoyable as possible.

All gifts to Storehouse whether in kind or financial are used solely to help people in need.


Children’s Church

Children’s Church have created a fabulous display. CC DisplayThis is part of the Haddenham Festive Light Trail and can be found outside St Mary’s centre.

 

 




St Mary’s Church is  In Search of Christmas!

St Mary’s Church have access to an exciting new opportunity to engage children and families in the local area. In Search of Christmas is a walking trail that encourages families with young children to explore the local area to find clues – posters with QR codes on – in order to help crack a code, unlocking a virtual space where they hear about the real meaning of Christmas. The QR codes take families to videos that contain clues and fun challenges to do while they explore and search.

There are 3 posters and 3 QR codes to find, all situated around Church End.  (Please be mindful of current Covid Restriction and do not touch these posters.) 

The posters will be up during the Christmas period.  Members of the church will put posters up on Friday 18th December and then remove them on Thursday 31st December.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns

pblowfield@doctors.org.uk

Children’s Church at St Mary’s Church, Haddenham

 

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Word for this week Olive

 

Traditions

 

Traditions are the customs and beliefs that are passed on from generation to generation.  Our Church traditions of Christingles, Carol and Crib services have sadly been suspended this year. For many it is the only chance they get all year to sing! A year ago, we wouldn’t have envisaged just participating in our homes via the internet.

For most of us our family traditions are also going to be disrupted. Grandparents will probably not be able to watch the delight on their grandchildren’s faces as they open their gifts. Parents will be torn between their children and their own parents, not wanting to put anyone at risk. It won’t just be ‘post early for Christmas’ but ‘book your Zoom slot early for Christmas’, this year.

Then there are national traditions that are going to be different. The Queen’s speech will be recorded later than normal and her usually large Royal family gathering at Sandringham will be a smaller one at Windsor this year, staying within the rules.

For the first time since its inception in 1918, the carol service from King’s College Cambridge will be filmed without a congregation and with a socially distanced choir.

Of course, both these national traditions will have many of the same elements. It wouldn’t be Christmas without a solo chorister singing the first verse of ‘Once in royal David’s city’. Equally, listening to the Queen at 3pm on Christmas Day, is a must for many, although younger people don’t always appreciate this as much as their elders!

Traditions are important and the traditional carols are ones that most people know and love.  None more so than ‘Silent Night’.  The story behind this carol started way back in 1816 when Pastor Mohr in Austria wrote the words as a poem. When the organ broke down the organist got out his guitar and composed a tune to use at the midnight service. That simple carol has been one of the most performed and recorded in history.  In World War 1 it was sung in the Christmas cease fire by soldiers on both sides, in German and English. It had the power to bring a few moments of peace in a very troubled world. Such is the potential of music and words.

My personal favourite carol is ‘Hark the herald angels sing,’ a combination of profound theological words and a strong tune. Whatever your favourite is, use it to stir your heart afresh this Christmas and perhaps be brave and sing along!

Olive Kuhrt

Licensed Lay Minister, Wychert Vale Benefice

Prayer

Lord, we’ve sung and heard the Christmas story many times before.

We have allowed the most important event in history to become dulled by familiarity.

Help us, in this Christmas that is so different to others, to recapture a sense of wonder and to worship you afresh in our homes with genuine joy.

In Jesus’ name

Amen.

Notes from the Allotment by Tim Shaw

It’s the middle of December and everything has slowed down to tick over speed on the allotment now.  It’s time to take stock of the season but also to gradually harvest the winter crops that I was so busy sowing and planting out earlier in the year.  For many allotments, their plots are in complete dormancy with nothing in the greenhouse and sheds securely locked until March next year.  I’ve never seen it like that and for me at least it is an all-year-round activity.  The chickens need a daily visit any way so I might as well keep on with the gardening while I’m there!  The recent outbreak of Avian flu in several areas has meant a restriction order on poultry which must now be kept indoors or at least out of contact with wild birds which means ours have been netted – quite a limit to their usual large area under the apple trees.

The main task for November is always to get the broad beans and first early peas sown and planted out. As we like to pick our beans young, tender and small, we grow quite a lot of plants, about a hundred in all.  Pepper & PeasAnd a full 30-foot row of peas - variety ‘Meteor' have now gone in as well.  These are not as hardy as broad beans so will be under cloches until about the end of February.  In the greenhouse, temperatures can still get up to about 15 degrees C on a sunny day and as yet we haven’t had a really severe frost lasting days, so remarkably the sweet red peppers and the Cayenne pepper plants are still producing a crop – even slowly ripening to red in December! The greenhouse-grown pak choi sown in September are now being harvested for delicious stir-fried greens and we have plenty of salad greens both inside the greenhouse and out.  Fortunately it has been a relatively mild winter so far, so even summer varieties of lettuce are surviving quite well.


Brassicas are the main staple greens for the winter and the Brussels sprouts are looking good for Christmas day!  I’ve grown a new (for me) variety of cabbage this year – January King, which is actually an old traditional winter variety.  BrassicasI’m very pleased with them; really dense large heads which are standing well.  This is fortunate because I still haven't finished using the summer cabbage yet.  So next year I need to adjust the proportion and overall number of cabbages grown, I think!  As you can see from the photo, we have a good supply of cavalo nero; aka Tuscan Kale with its narrow blue-green leaves contrasting with the more traditional kale in the foreground.




As the year draws to a close, the remaining tasks for December are slow jobs for short days; tidying; winter fruit tree pruning; turning compost heaps; repairing broken cloches; cleaning and oiling tools and planning for the next growing season as the days start to lengthen again just a few weeks ahead of us now.




Prayer Line

 If you would be comforted by a prayer for yourself, family or a friend in this time of uncertainty, please feel free to call one of the following people. They will be pleased to pray with you one-to-one over the phone, or after you have put the phone down if you prefer.  You do not need to give a lot of information and the call will be in confidence. Please note this is not a counselling service or a helpline for anything other than prayer, although if we can suggest or signpost you to a source of help we will. Please pass this to friends, family and neighbours. All are welcome. 

Jenny  01844 290990,  Hilary  07954 371013, Loraine  07810 184919,  Sally  07780 928583 

Chris  07811 713522,  Tricia  07932 626027

For your prayers for the next weeks;

· Safety for all those meeting up with friends and family during the Christmas holiday period.

· Peace for those people who are unable to be with families and will be spending Christmas alone.

· Good outcomes for Brexit deal negotiations.

· Comfort for those spending this Christmas without loved ones they have lost.

· Those opening shoeboxes at Christmas

· Funding for the Quinquennial Repairs

Prayer for our Community

Father we thank you for our village and community.

We thank you for all the different initiatives for celebrating Christmas within our community. Thank you for all the participants in the Festive Trail and for the delight and encouragement their efforts are bringing.

We pray for every home in our community at this special time of Christmas.

We pray for wellbeing, for wisdom in making plans, and for the peace and joy of Christmas.

We pray for those who are sick, and for the staff of our Health Centre and pharmacy, and for all those who work in the caring professions, over the Christmas period, and all those working as volunteers within our community.

We pray for those who are grieving the loss of loved ones this Christmas, that they may be comforted and strengthened in their loss.

We pray that our village may be blessed by the light and joy at the heart of the Christmas message. 

Prayer for our Schools

We pray for wellbeing and safety for staff and children over the Christmas holiday period. We pray for staff, that whilst the holiday time is short, there may be space for much needed rest.

 







December 11th 2020

Church Services at St Mary’s

Please see the News section below for a list of our services during December. To attend any services held in the church building, you will need to book a place with Julie in the parish office and follow the government guidance regarding social distancing and wearing a mask.

We are extremely grateful to Red Kite radio for broadcasting our services this month.

Church at Home

See the Wychert Vale Benefice website for the link to this Sunday’s online service.

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
A Church of England initiative in partnership with CONNECTIONS at Holy Trinity Claygate, and Faith in Later Life.

The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

 

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

Private Prayer in the Church   -  twice a week

The church continues to be open for private prayer every week on Wednesday mornings between 10am and 2pm and Sundays between 11am and 2pm.

There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and limited pews available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

Do remember:

We realise this may be a particularly difficult time for those of us who are living alone. Please know that you are being supported in prayer, and if you would like a chat, please see our Prayer Line details below.

Sharing the Light

STL

All the leaflets have now been delivered and we have already had prayer stars in the postbox.  Please pray for the people who have found comfort in the simple act of writing down and posting their prayers.

Please continue to encourage friends and neighbours to post their prayer stars in the postbox in the lychgate and to visit the church from December 19th, to see the Nativity Scene.

Watch the film here.

December Services

Please see below the list of December services. This includes services held in the church building, on the YouTube channel and broadcast on Red Kite Radio.

 Date

 Time

 Service

 Where

 6th

 8.30

 Holy Communion

 Church Building

 6th 

 10.30

 Advent Service 2

 Online

 6th

 12 noon

 Advent Service 2

 Red Kite Radio

 13th

 8.30

 Morning Worship

 Church Building

 13th

 10.30

 Advent Service 3

 Online

 13th

 12 noon

 Advent Service 3

 Red Kite Radio

 20th 

 8.30

 Holy Communion

 Church Building

 20th

 10.30

 Advent Service 4

 Online

20th12 noonAdvent Service 4

 Red Kite Radio

 20th

 6pm

 Lessons & Carols

 Online

 20th

 6pm

 Lessons & Carols

 Red Kite Radio

 25th

 10am

 Christmas Family Service

 Online

 27th

 8.30am

 Morning Worship

 Church Building

Red Kite 2

 




Word for this week Trish 2

We are now in the midst of Advent.  We closed our church doors in the middle of Lent. What a strange time we have had in the months in between!

Advent and Lent are both special times in the Church’s year. Times to reflect, to think, to listen, to ask ourselves the awkward questions, to ask for forgiveness, to prepare, and to look forward with hope.

In many ways this year, all those weeks between Lent and Advent have also been times for more thought and reflection. We’ve thought about our priorities, we’ve recognised the things that are most important to us. Many people have talked about discovering a simpler way of living, and the difference that has made for them. It has been a challenging time, and for many a painful and anxious time. A time when we have had to look beyond ourselves for strength and resources. For us all it has been a time when we have had to think differently, a time to refocus.

Advent is a time particularly to focus our minds on God’s plans for His Kingdom coming. We think of His Kingdom being brought in as we live our day to day lives, and coming finally when Jesus returns. As Advent draws us closer to Christmas it is also, of course, a time for the joyful anticipation of celebrating the birth of Our Lord Jesus, of the wonder of His coming amongst us. This year it is even more important to take to our hearts just what this means, the wonder of Emmanuel, God with us. We are not alone.

We all have different traditions when it comes to celebrating Christmas – from what we eat, to what hangs on the Christmas tree, to when presents are opened etc. Some traditions will be longstanding ones, but this year things may not be quite the same. We may not be able to be together in quite the same way as we normally would, things might have to be different.

In the church building, things will be different. Our St Mary’s traditions of candles twinkling from the pillars, and a Christmas tree hung with decorations made by children, will not be in place this year, but the most important thing, the beautifully simple stable and crib, will be there, at the heart of all our worship, in our church building, online, and on radio.

This year has, in many ways, led us to think about the most important things in our lives, and to work outwards from there. As we make our own preparations for Christmas, in this very different year, that is perhaps, a good way to go about them, starting with the most important - starting from the simple beauty of the manger and working out from there. Who knows, we might even find we begin some new traditions!

With love and prayers, Trish

Revd Trish Mander, Associate Minister, Wychert Vale Benefice

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for giving us times to reflect and draw nearer to you.

Help us to use this Advent time wisely.

May we listen to your promptings, and see things the way you would have us see them.

As we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth,

Lift our eyes to the wonder of its truth.

Amen.

Prayer Line

 If you would be comforted by a prayer for yourself, family or a friend in this time of uncertainty, please feel free to call one of the following people. They will be pleased to pray with you one-to-one over the phone, or after you have put the phone down if you prefer.  You do not need to give a lot of information and the call will be in confidence. Please note this is not a counselling service or a helpline for anything other than prayer, although if we can suggest or signpost you to a source of help we will. Please pass this to friends, family and neighbours. All are welcome. 

Jenny  01844 290990,  Hilary  07954 371013, Loraine  07810 184919,  Sally  07780 928583 

Chris  07811 713522,  Tricia  07932 626027

For your prayers for this week;

· America and the next stages of the presidential handover.

· All those who have lost loved ones recently.

·Thankfulness for the progress made in fighting COVID through the approval of a vaccine

· Revd Cassa Messervy and her family as they prepare for Cassa’s new role in our benefice.

 Prayer for our Community

Father we pray for our village, that all may share in a combined sense of community.

We pray that we will support each other through the difficulties of these winter months.

We pray for those who are concerned about job security, and all those with financial concerns.

We pray for those who are sick, and for our Health Centre and pharmacy and for all those who work in the caring professions, and as volunteers, within our community.

We pray for the grieving, that they may be comforted and strengthened.

Father help us to be led by you in being a blessing to our community.

Prayer for our Schools

Father we pray for our schools in the second half of this Autumn term.

We pray for strength and energy for the staff as they continue to create safe and happy environments in which children can learn.

We pray especially for continued wisdom and resourcefulness in the preparation of lessons, and in preparations for celebrating the Christmas season amidst the restrictions.

We pray for protection, health and well-being for staff, children, parents and carers.

We pray for families experiencing practical, emotional and financial difficulties.

May all who work in our schools know how much they are valued by our community.

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December 4th 2020

Church Services at St Mary’s

Please see the News section below for a list of our services during December. To attend any services held in the church building, you will need to book a place with Julie in the parish office and follow the government guidance regarding social distancing and wearing a mask.

We are extremely grateful to Red Kite radio for broadcasting our services this month.

Church at Home

See the Wychert Vale Benefice website for the link to this Sunday’s online service.

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
A Church of England initiative in partnership with CONNECTIONS at Holy Trinity Claygate, and Faith in Later Life.

The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

 

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

Coffee & Chat

Ros is hosting our Zoom  Coffee at 11.30am on Sunday.                                   Meeting ID: 795 8567 5811  Passcode: 83LqCN

Private Prayer in the Church   -  twice a week

 

The church continues to be open for private prayer every week on Wednesday mornings between 10am and 2pm and Sundays between 11am and 2pm.

 

There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and limited pews available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.


Do remember:

We realise this may be a particularly difficult time for those of us who are living alone. Please know that you are being supported in prayer, and if you would like a chat, please see our Prayer Line details below.

Sharing the Light

STL

This week and next week we are delivering leaflets containing prayer stars to the whole village (approx. 3300 homes).

This has only been possible thanks to an amazing army of volunteers who havePrayer Star Postbox been busy stringing stars and stapling them into the leaflets, and of course delivering them. THANK YOU!

Please encourage friends and neighbours to post their prayer stars in the postbox in the lychgate and to visit the church later in December to see the Nativity Scene.

Watch the film here.

 




December Services

Please see below the list of December services. This includes services held in the church building, on the YouTube channel and broadcast on Red Kite Radio.

 Date

 Time

 Service

 Where

 6th

 8.30

 Holy Communion

 Church Building

 6th 

 10.30

 Advent Service 2

 Online

 6th

 12 noon

 Advent Service 2

 Red Kite Radio

 13th

 8.30

 Morning Worship

 Church Building

 13th

 10.30

 Advent Service 3

 Online

 13th

 12 noon

 Advent Service 3

 Red Kite Radio

 20th 

 8.30

 Holy Communion

 Church Building

 20th

 10.30

 Advent Service 4

 Online

20th12 noonAdvent Service 4

 Red Kite Radio

 20th

 6pm

 Lessons & Carols

 Online

 20th

 6pm

 Lessons & Carols

 Red Kite Radio

 25th

 10am

 Christmas Family Service

 Online

 27th

 8.30am

 Morning Worship

 Church Building


Red Kite 2



Word for this week Gordon

Advent 2          

The Prophets

So we have lit the second Advent candle and we think of the role of God’s prophets – some famous like Isaiah, Jeremiah and Daniel, some not so well known like Joel, Zechariah or Habakkuk. People often associate the prophets with sermons of judgement – resulting from people ignoring God’s holy law, worshipping idols, and being careless about needy people – the poor and the weak. That theme of judgement was, and is, important, but our Bible reading today from Isaiah 40 reminds us of two other major themes in the prophetic messages.

First, the message of comfort and encouragement (verses 1 & 2). The listeners had been ruthlessly conquered, and their leaders exiled far away in Babylon. They were having a really tough time, and many were in, or close to, despair. But the prophet Isaiah was told by God to bring a message of hope and comfort.  “Comfort, comfort my people says your God, speak tenderly . . .”. What is this about? What are the grounds for this?  Two reasons are given. First, God says their sins have been forgiven, and secondly, they are going to be restored to security after their defeat and exile.

Many of us are having a difficult time at present – for various reasons, not least the Covid epidemic. Many are anxious, frustrated, concerned about family and friends, and lonely through restrictions on visiting and travel. A message of comfort can come to you today – with the assurance of God’s forgiveness through Jesus. Receive this forgiveness, trust it, rejoice in it! Also there is good news of light at the end of the Covid tunnel with the various vaccines making such promising progress.

So the first message was of comfort – the second is the theme of preparation. Isaiah talks of preparation for the coming of the Lord – “prepare the way” (verse 3). When Isaiah first said this, it probably was about the return of the exiles to Jerusalem, and the presence of God in the new Temple. Later, it was seen as a prophecy of John who in his preaching and baptising was preparing the way for the Messiah – who they discovered was Jesus of Nazareth. Today we link this prophecy to our own preparations for Christmas – celebrating the extraordinary incarnation (becoming a human being) of God in Jesus. Prepare the way! – not just (or primarily) with decorations, presents and parties, but with moral and spiritual reformation and renewal – for           

“the glory of the Lord will be revealed, the mouth of the Lord has spoken it”.   (verse 5)

Ven Dr Gordon Kuhrt,  Wychert Vale Benefice

This talk will be part of the Advent service on Sunday 6th December. It can be seen online via the website or listened to on Red Kite Radio.

Prayer

Father God,

We thank you for your forgiveness.

Help us gladly to receive it, trust in it,

And to rejoice in your loving patience and kindness.

Guide us to prepare the way

For the coming of the Lord

In our lives,  in our families, and in our community.

Through Jesus the Saviour,

Amen

Prayer Line

 If you would be comforted by a prayer for yourself, family or a friend in this time of uncertainty, please feel free to call one of the following people. They will be pleased to pray with you one-to-one over the phone, or after you have put the phone down if you prefer.  You do not need to give a lot of information and the call will be in confidence. Please note this is not a counselling service or a helpline for anything other than prayer, although if we can suggest or signpost you to a source of help we will. Please pass this to friends, family and neighbours. All are welcome. 

Jenny  01844 290990,  Hilary  07954 371013, Loraine  07810 184919,  Sally  07780 928583 

Chris  07811 713522,  Tricia  07932 626027

For your prayers for this week;

· America and the next stages of the presidential handover.

· All those who have lost loved ones recently.

·Thankfulness for the progress made in fighting COVID through the approval of a vaccine

· Revd Cassa Messervy and her family as they prepare for Cassa’s new role in our benefice.

 Prayer for our Community

Father we pray for our village, that all may share in a combined sense of community.

We pray that we will support each other through the difficulties of these winter months.

We pray for those who are concerned about job security, and all those with financial concerns.

We pray for those who are sick, and for our Health Centre and pharmacy and for all those who work in the caring professions, and as volunteers, within our community.

We pray for the grieving, that they may be comforted and strengthened.

Father help us to be led by you in being a blessing to our community.

Prayer for our Schools

Father we pray for our schools in the second half of this Autumn term.

We pray for strength and energy for the staff as they continue to create safe and happy environments in which children can learn.

We pray especially for continued wisdom and resourcefulness in the preparation of lessons, and in preparations for celebrating the Christmas season amidst the restrictions.

We pray for protection, health and well-being for staff, children, parents and carers.

We pray for families experiencing practical, emotional and financial difficulties.

May all who work in our schools know how much they are valued by our community.



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November 27th 2020

Church Services at St Mary’s

Following the latest government guidance, we are planning to hold 8.30am services on each Sunday in December. As you know, our capacity is limited. If you would like to attend any of these services please contact the office to reserve a space.

Our online services are continuing and are available via the links below.

Church at Home

See the Wychert Vale Benefice website for the link to this Sunday’s online service.

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
A Church of England initiative in partnership with CONNECTIONS at Holy Trinity Claygate, and Faith in Later Life.

The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

 

Private Prayer in the Church   -  twice a week

Tower

The church continues to be open for private prayer every week on Wednesday mornings between 10am and 2pm and Sundays between 11am and 2pm.

 

 

There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and limited pews available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

 

 

 



Do remember:

We realise this may be a particularly difficult time for those of us who are living alone. Please know that you are being supported in prayer, and if you would like a chat, please see our Prayer Line details below.

Haddenham Festive Trail 2020  -  Sharon Smith

Let’s Light up Haddenham!

Light Trail

In these challenging times we need to bring cheer to those around us. This December we are inviting Haddenham families, organisations and businesses to create a festive display to bring some much-needed joy to us all. A map will be created so that families can take a walk and follow the trail. The Haddenham Festive Trail is a community collaboration raising funds jointly for Haddenham Community Junior School PTA and Haddenham Christian Aid Committee. We are grateful for the support of The Christmas Tree Festival and Haddenham Scarecrow Festival who are helping to run the trail. Your display should include one of the following: lights, a wreath, stars or trees. It could be a simple string of lights, or as elaborate as you like. Please ensure your display is on view between 12th-31st December. If your display includes lights, it should be illuminated between 6-8pm. Please ensure you submit your entry before 1st December. If you would prefer to complete a paper entry form please email christmaslightsfestival@gmail.com. There will be an opportunity for everyone to choose their favourite display with an online vote and a prize for the most popular. We will also encourage the sharing of photos of displays on our social media channels for Haddenham residents who are not able to get around the trail. A suggested donation of £5 is invited, however we know that 2020 has been a very difficult year for many families. We invite everyone to take part, whether or not they are in a position to make a donation. You don't need to tell us if you are not donating. We would ask any businesses who wish to participate to consider a larger contribution. Donations can be made as follows:

· Via our fundraising page: https://www.peoplesfundraising.com/fundraising/hcjsfestivetrail

· By bank transfer to HCJS PTA Sort Code: 30-90-38, Account No: 00330739, reference: Trail

· By cheque, made payable to 'Christian Aid' to 6 Long Furlong, Haddenham, HP17 8DQ . Festive trail maps will be available online, details to follow.

Sign up to host a display here: http://bit.ly/festivetrail, and if you have any queries or would prefer a paper entry form, please email Christmaslightsfestival@gmail.com or Sharon Smith thesmithfamily@waitrose.com .

Thank you for your support!

YOU ARE INVITED

We are very excited to invite you to a Free Virtual Bulembu Choir Christmas Concert. There will be 2 showings on Saturday 28 November at 5.00 pm GMT and MST. The choir have been learning Christmas Carols and would like to share these with you. Don’t miss the chance to kickstart the festive season, ignore the gloom of lockdown and let their heavenly voices transport you out of your living room for a short time.

So fasten your sofa seatbelts and get your virtual passports ready to fly to Eswatini.  

The performances will be streamed on our 
Church Online Platform  and Facebook Live (@cmswazi.org.uk). 

For Facebook please 
like and follow our page to receive a notification.

Please mark your calendar.  Do invite all your friends.

Juanita Hughes
Fundraising and Events Manager

Word for this week Adrian

 

There are many biblical sights in Jordan, which can be visited.

One can stand on what is considered to be Mount Nebo and from that high ridge of land try to see what the Lord showed Moses as set out at the end of the Book of Deuteronomy. Unfortunately you cannot see the Mediterranean or quite as much as Moses saw, but I suspect that the Lord was letting hin see by faith some sights, which were not visible to the naked eye.

Further south after travelling through bare hilly limestone countryside suddenly the road starts to go downhill and round a bend is a viewing point over a 1000 foot above the Arnon valley with vultures circling around many feet below. On the other side of the valley are the hills of Moab with perhaps a vehicle negotiating the winding road travelling up the steep ascent. On the top of the Moabite plateau the rock has broken down into fertile soil and westerly winds once more drop rain on the land and one understands why Elimelech and Naomi went there as refugees when there was famine around the stony fields of Bethlehem.

Further south again, is Kerak, still dominated by its immense Crusader castle on a ridge above most of the town. In biblical times it was known as Kir of Moab or Kir-Hareseth and in 2 Kings 3 we read that it was the last stronghold of the Moabite king, who there resisted all the attacks of the kings of Israel, Judah and Edom.

Generally the biblical sites in Jordan are less sanitised than those in Israel and enable the traveller to better appreciate Biblical settings especially those of the Old Testament.

Perhaps though and certainly for those who will never reach Israel or Jordan, the best picture of the countryside is encapsulated in The Historical Geography of the Holy Land by George Adam Smith.

First published in 1894 and still in print  it gives a picture of the Land before modernity hit it.

Amon

I also remember standing in the mouth of a little sandstone wadi in the dry south of the country and looking at green shoots emerging round about me and gradually realising that the winter rains each year not only washed soil down the wadi but that the waters coming down it drained into the sand at its entrance and that people were still sowing barley and wheat in the same place as they had for thousands of years.

A reminder that the gospel, when faithfully proclaimed, still flourishes in what seems the most unlikely places.

Adrian Collier, LLM, Wychert Vale Benefice

Prayer Line

 If you would be comforted by a prayer for yourself, family or a friend in this time of uncertainty, please feel free to call one of the following people. They will be pleased to pray with you one-to-one over the phone, or after you have put the phone down if you prefer.  You do not need to give a lot of information and the call will be in confidence. Please note this is not a counselling service or a helpline for anything other than prayer, although if we can suggest or signpost you to a source of help we will. Please pass this to friends, family and neighbours. All are welcome. 

Jenny  01844 290990,  Hilary  07954 371013, Loraine  07810 184919,  Sally  07780 928583 

Chris  07811 713522,  Tricia  07932 626027

For your prayers for this week;

· America and the next stages of the presidential handover.

· All those who have lost loved ones recently.

· Kenny and the Eckardt family as they mourn the loss of Georgie.

· COVID and the research into vaccines and treatment.


Prayer for our Community

Father we pray for our village, that all may share in a combined sense of community.

We pray that we will support each other through the difficulties of these winter months.

We pray for those who are concerned about job security, and all those with financial concerns.

We pray for those who are sick, and for our Health Centre and pharmacy and for all those who work in the caring professions, and as volunteers, within our community.

We pray for the grieving, that they may be comforted and strengthened.

Father help us to be led by you in being a blessing to our community.

Prayer for our Schools

Father we pray for our schools in the second half of this Autumn term.

We pray for strength and energy for the staff as they continue to create safe and happy environments in which children can learn.

We pray especially for continued wisdom and resourcefulness in the preparation of lessons, and in preparations for celebrating the Christmas season amidst the restrictions.

We pray for protection, health and well-being for staff, children, parents and carers.

We pray for families experiencing practical, emotional and financial difficulties.

May all who work in our schools know how much they are valued by our community.




November 20th 2020

Church Services at St Mary’s

As you will all know, following the latest government guidance, we are not permitted to hold any church services at present. We are planning to hold 8.30am services on Sundays in December, providing the guidance permits that. Full details will follow as plans are confirmed.

Our online services are continuing and are available via the links below.

Church at Home

See the Wychert Vale Benefice website for the link to this Sunday’s online service.

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
A Church of England initiative in partnership with CONNECTIONS at Holy Trinity Claygate, and Faith in Later Life.

The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

 

LychgatePrivate Prayer in the Church   -  twice a week

The church continues to be open for private prayer every week on Wednesday mornings between 10am and 2pm and Sundays between 11am and 2pm.

 

PLEASE NOTE: The church will not be open for private prayer on Wednesday 25th November.

 

There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and limited pews available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

 

Do remember:

We realise this may be a particularly difficult time for those of us who are living alone. Please know that you are being supported in prayer, and if you would like a chat, please see our Prayer Line details below.

Haddenham Festive Trail 2020  -  Sharon Smith

Light Trail

Let’s Light up Haddenham!

In these challenging times we need to bring cheer to those around us. This December we are inviting Haddenham families, organisations and businesses to create a festive display to bring some much-needed joy to us all. A map will be created so that families can take a walk and follow the trail. The Haddenham Festive Trail is a community collaboration raising funds jointly for Haddenham Community Junior School PTA and Haddenham Christian Aid Committee. We are grateful for the support of The Christmas Tree Festival and Haddenham Scarecrow Festival who are helping to run the trail. Your display should include one of the following: lights, a wreath, stars or trees. It could be a simple string of lights, or as elaborate as you like. Please ensure your display is on view between 12th-31st December. If your display includes lights, it should be illuminated between 6-8pm. Please ensure you submit your entry before 1st December. If you would prefer to complete a paper entry form please email christmaslightsfestival@gmail.com. There will be an opportunity for everyone to choose their favourite display with an online vote and a prize for the most popular. We will also encourage the sharing of photos of displays on our social media channels for Haddenham residents who are not able to get around the trail. A suggested donation of £5 is invited, however we know that 2020 has been a very difficult year for many families. We invite everyone to take part, whether or not they are in a position to make a donation. You don't need to tell us if you are not donating. We would ask any businesses who wish to participate to consider a larger contribution. Donations can be made as follows:

· Via our fundraising page: https://www.peoplesfundraising.com/fundraising/hcjsfestivetrail

· By bank transfer to HCJS PTA Sort Code: 30-90-38, Account No: 00330739, reference: Trail

· By cheque, made payable to 'Christian Aid' to 6 Long Furlong, Haddenham, HP17 8DQ . Festive trail maps will be available online, details to follow.

Sign up to host a display here: http://bit.ly/festivetrail, and if you have any queries or would prefer a paper entry form, please email Christmaslightsfestival@gmail.com or Sharon Smith thesmithfamily@waitrose.com .

Thank you for your support!

BOXES, BLANKETS AND BUNNIES!

Parcels

A total of 53 shoeboxes from St. Mary’s, Haddenham and Kingsey Churches  AND  40 beautifully knitted/crocheted blankets and soft toys, along with thousands of others from the UK will bring joy at Christmas to those in Eastern Europe who are enduring very tough times.   We didn’t think we would be receiving so many, on behalf of Link-to-Hope, in this challenging year, but the doorbell continued to ring as people delivered.

Thankyou very much indeed and let’s keep the momentum going for next year’s appeal please.

“Every shoebox brings a smile”

Blessings

Jenny & Andy




Word for this week Olive

Two of my recent articles for the weekly notice sheet have been on the stories behind the hymns we love. This week I’ve chosen the most universally loved hymn ‘How great thou art’. In America and Britain, it is constantly at the top of favourite hymn lists. It has great words combined with a fine tune.

The original words were written by Carl Boberg, a Swedish pastor who was caught in a powerful storm, when out travelling. It was awe-inspiring - moments of flashing violence, rolling thunder and then a calm that was followed by clear brilliant sunshine. In the peace that followed, he heard the birds singing in the trees. This experience had a profound effect on him, causing him to fall on his knees in adoration.  He then composed a poem which had references to many Psalms but particularly the eighth, and in 1885 it was set to a Swedish folk tune. It was later translated into German (1907) and then Russian (1912).

The English version was the work of Stuart Hine, a British missionary who had served in many eastern European countries. He first heard the Russian version when working in Ukraine in the Carpathian Mountains and used it in his evangelistic meetings. His English version contained two verses of his own. The third verse was inspired by the conversions among many of the mountain people,

‘and when I think that God, his Son not sparing,

 sent him to die, I scarce can take it in.

That on the cross my burden gladly bearing,

he bled and died to take away my sin.’  

In 1939 Hine had to return to England. After the war, he worked with displaced Eastern European refugees who were longing to return home. This inspired his fourth verse,

‘When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,

and take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.

Then shall I bow in humble adoration

And there proclaim my God, how great thou art!’ 

I remember first singing this hymn in the 1950’s, at the Billy Graham meetings.  Since then, it has become a truly international favourite. Celebrities like Elvis Presley have recorded it. It can be played simply on a guitar, with a soloist, or powerfully with a full orchestra, choir or organ. There are over 1700 documented recordings and numerous translations, even one in the Maori language.

I think we love this hymn because it turns our eyes to God, rather than focusing on ourselves. It is truly inspirational and expresses the deep desires of our hearts.

Olive Kuhrt, LLM, Wychert Vale Benefice

Prayer

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder

consider all the works thy hand has made.

I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,

Thy hand throughout the universe displayed!

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to thee,

how great thou art, how great thou art!’ Amen.


Prayer Line

 If you would be comforted by a prayer for yourself, family or a friend in this time of uncertainty, please feel free to call one of the following people. They will be pleased to pray with you one-to-one over the phone, or after you have put the phone down if you prefer.  You do not need to give a lot of information and the call will be in confidence. Please note this is not a counselling service or a helpline for anything other than prayer, although if we can suggest or signpost you to a source of help we will. Please pass this to friends, family and neighbours. All are welcome. 

Jenny  01844 290990,  Hilary  07954 371013, Loraine  07810 184919,  Sally  07780 928583 

Chris  07811 713522,  Tricia  07932 626027

For your prayers for this week;

· America and the next stages of the presidential handover.

· All those who have lost loved ones recently.

· Kenny and the Eckardt family as they mourn the loss of Georgie.

· The next stage in the appointment of our new Rector.

· COVID and the research into vaccines and treatment.

Prayer for our Community

Father we pray for our village, that all may share in a combined sense of community.

We pray that we will support each other through the difficulties of these winter months.

We pray for those who are concerned about job security, and all those with financial concerns.

We pray for those who are sick, and for our Health Centre and pharmacy and for all those who work in the caring professions, and as volunteers, within our community.

We pray for the grieving, that they may be comforted and strengthened.

Father help us to be led by you in being a blessing to our community.

Prayer for our Schools

Father we pray for our schools in the second half of this Autumn term.

We pray for strength and energy for the staff as they continue to create safe and happy environments in which children can learn.

We pray especially for continued wisdom and resourcefulness in the preparation of lessons, and in preparations for celebrating the Christmas season amidst the restrictions.

We pray for protection, health and well-being for staff, children, parents and carers.

We pray for families experiencing practical, emotional and financial difficulties.

May all who work in our schools know how much they are valued by our community.

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November 13th 2020

Church Services at St Mary’s

As you will all know, following the latest government guidance, we are not permitted to hold any church services. We will be monitoring the situation closely and will keep you informed.

Our online services are continuing and are available via the links below.

Church at Home

See the Wychert Vale Benefice website for the link to this Sunday’s online service.

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
A Church of England initiative in partnership with CONNECTIONS at Holy Trinity Claygate, and Faith in Later Life.

The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

 

Private Prayer in the Church   -  twice a weekChurch Door

The church continues to be open for private prayer every week on Wednesday mornings between 10am and 2pm and Sundays between 11am and 2pm.

 

PLEASE NOTE: The church will not be open for private prayer on Wednesday 25th November.

 

There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and limited pews available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

 

Coffee & Chat

Tricia is kindly hosting on Sunday morning at 11.30am. Zoom details below;

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81676501913?pwd=ZE1HYmF4N0wwL2cxVmxnUEZ6SlQzQT09

Meeting ID: 816 7650 1913   Passcode: 986766

 

AutumnDo remember:

We realise this may be a particularly difficult time for those of us who are living alone. Please know that you are being supported in prayer, and if you would like a chat, please see our Prayer Line details below.

 






Red Kite Radio              Red Kite            

Our community radio station has kindly offered to broadcast some of our services while we are not able to use the church building.

We are very grateful to them for this opportunity which means people without internet access will still be able to listen to the services.

Once the dates and times are agreed these will be published on the website and in the Weekly News. Please let your friends and neighbours know.

 

Churches together in Haddenham

The CTiH AGM is taking place on Monday 16th November at 7.30pm, via Zoom. It would be lovely to have lots of participation. If you would like to attend, please email Marjorie Johnston,  marjoriejohnston@f2s.com , who will forward the link to the meeting.

 

Delivery Help needed!

As we are unable to hold our normal big Christmas services in church, we have been trying to find other ways to reach out into our community. There are several initiatives which will be taking place during December and more news on those will follow later.

One of the initiatives; “Share the Light”  involves delivering to every home in Haddenham. We are reliably informed that this is about 3300 homes!

We really need help with this enormous task. If you can offer to cover a section of Haddenham we’d be very pleased to hear from you. Even just one street will be a big help.

Thanks in advance! 

Dianne           brackleys@aol.com 01844 291219

 

Ongoing redecoration at St Mary’s Centre

Just a couple of photos so you can all see the newly decorated stairwell, cloakroom lobby and the new flooring in the downstairs cloakrooms. It’s looking so much better and we are looking forward to our hirers returning to benefit from the improvements in the New Year. In the meantime Julie is loving the fresh new look!

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Word for this week 

Trish 2

We’ve reached the point in the year when the days are shortening, and by late afternoon it’s time to turn on some lights. Sometimes I’m out walking around the village at that time of day, and seeing lamps lit in homes that I pass on my way, always lifts my spirits. There is something very powerful about lights that shine in the darkness.

A while ago I received a special gift from a friend – a lantern which can hold a large candle. On one of the glass sides to the lantern there is a Bible verse – “God has made everything beautiful in its time” (Ecclesiastes 1:11). I love lighting that candle. Candle light is always beautiful, but candle light that gives glory to God is doubly so.

Short, dark days may not seem the most beneficial in helping us keep cheerful during this second period of lockdown along with the uncertainties about what will be possible at Christmas, but the simple act of turning on our lights each day, can help to remind us of the power that light has over darkness.

Lighting a candle while praying in times of distress or urgent need, can be powerful. It provides a visible symbol of the heartfelt nature of the prayer, and helps to bring comfort and strength to the person praying.

Holman Hunt’s famous picture, “The Light of the World” depicts Jesus’ words from Revelation 3:20 “Behold I stand at the door and knock”.  Jesus is seen knocking on the door, holding a lantern, and waiting to be invited in. We can sometimes forget that these words are written in the middle of a letter calling its readers not to be “lukewarm”, but to be passionate about their love for their Lord and doing things His way. He’s waiting to come in, bringing His light into our lives.

Light also brings hope. Amnesty International’s symbol is a picture of a candle set in a spiral of barbed wire. It represents hope amidst situations where that hope has yet to be fulfilled, and urges us to remember those who are so much in need of hope and freedom.

We’re coming up to the very special time of Advent, so as we move through these next weeks, let’s allow switching on the light, and lighting the lamps and candles in our homes, to remind us of the wonder and power of light over darkness. Let’s praise God for the gift of light in our lives, for the hope it brings us, and also commit to praying for those in need of hope and freedom.

Above all may we continually invite the Lord Jesus into every aspect of our lives, lives aflame with love for Him.

With love and prayers,

Trish, Revd. Trish Mander, Associate Minister, Wychert Vale Benefice

Prayer

Lord we thank you for the gifts of light and hope.

Help us to recognise the power of light over darkness, in all aspects of our lives.

Help us to pray for the persecuted and all those so in need of light and hope.

Keep our hearts on fire with love for you, and open to your light and your leading.

Amen.

Prayer Line

 If you would be comforted by a prayer for yourself, family or a friend in this time of uncertainty, please feel free to call one of the following people. They will be pleased to pray with you one-to-one over the phone, or after you have put the phone down if you prefer.  You do not need to give a lot of information and the call will be in confidence. Please note this is not a counselling service or a helpline for anything other than prayer, although if we can suggest or signpost you to a source of help we will. Please pass this to friends, family and neighbours. All are welcome. 

Jenny  01844 290990,  Hilary  07954 371013, Loraine  07810 184919,  Sally  07780 928583 

Chris  07811 713522,  Tricia  07932 626027

For your prayers for this week;

· The interviews for our new Rector, taking place on 19th November.

· America and a smooth transition to a new president.

· All those who have lost loved ones recently.

· Kenny and the Eckardt family as they mourn the loss of Georgie.

Prayer for our Community

Father we pray for our village, that all may share in a combined sense of community.

We pray that we will support each other through the difficulties of these winter months.

We pray for those who are concerned about job security, and all those with financial concerns.

We pray for those who are sick, and for our Health Centre and pharmacy and for all those who work in the caring professions, and as volunteers, within our community.

We pray for the grieving, that they may be comforted and strengthened.

Father help us to be led by you in being a blessing to our community.

Prayer for our Schools

Father we pray for our schools in the second half of this Autumn term.

We pray for strength and energy for the staff as they continue to create safe and happy environments in which children can learn.

We pray especially for continued wisdom and resourcefulness in the preparation of lessons, and in preparations for celebrating the Christmas season amidst the restrictions.

We pray for protection, health and well-being for staff, children, parents and carers.

We pray for families experiencing practical, emotional and financial difficulties.

May all who work in our schools know how much they are valued by our community.

 

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November 6th 2020

Church Services at St Mary’s

As you will all know, following the latest government guidance, we are not permitted to hold any church services. We will be monitoring the situation closely and will keep you informed.

Our online services are continuing and are available via the links below.

 

Church at Home

See the Wychert Vale Benefice website for the link to this Sunday’s online service.

Our service for Remembrance Day will feature a sermon by Revd Ray Pentland , who lives in Aylesbury and was Chaplain-in-Chief to the RAF.

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

Private Prayer in the Church   -  twice a week

Church DoorThe church continues to be open for private prayer every week on Wednesday mornings between 10am and 2pm and Sundays between 11am and 2pm.

 

There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and only a limited number of pews will be available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

 



Do remember:

We realise this may be a particularly difficult time for those of us who are living alone. Please know that you are being supported in prayer, and if you would like a chat, please see our Prayer Line details below.

REMEMBRANCE SERVICE

CHURCHES TOGETHER IN HADDENHAM WITH MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION

SUPPORTED BY THE HADDENHAM PARISH COUNCIL

 

HADDENHAM WAR MEM0RIAL AT CHURCH END

10:45 am SUNDAY 8TH NOVEMBER 2020

Minister: Revd Jonathan Fillis

Haddenham cum Dinton Baptist Church

Due to the national lockdown, attendance at the Act of Remembrance this year will regretfully be significantly reduced.  The service, which is planned for 10:45 am on Sunday 8th November by the war memorial at Church End, will comply with current Government guidance.  Attendance will be restricted to those leading the service, councillors, members of the Royal British Legion, serving or retired military personnel, and those laying wreaths on behalf of various organisations.  As the Government has stated that contact should be discouraged, other members of the public are respectfully requested to pay their respects to the fallen by observing the 11 am two-minute silence at home.  A pre-recording of the service, with partial attendance, will be available for viewing on Haddenham.net.  Everyone attending the commemoration will be expected to observe social distancing, wear a mask and provide their names and contact details for Track and Trace.

We are not allowed to use the church building for a Remembrance service this year, but that hasn’t prevented some of our church members from creating a beautiful Remembrance Display in the church porch.

Remembrance 1

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Word for this week 

Ven Dr Gordon KuhrtGordon

An extraordinary song (psalm)

As some of you may remember from my last piece, one of my current projects is to re-read the whole Bible using a translation I have not used before plus the Lion Bible Handbook. Recently I reached the Psalms, the Jewish hymn book – and was reminded how they cover such a range of human situations, emotions and feelings.

Psalm 119 is the longest, and the most elaborate in its structure. There are 22 eight-verse sections. Each section begins with the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and each verse in the section begins with that letter. Think of writing a poem in English with that pattern! The overall theme is about how we can learn God’s plan for the way we should live our lives. It is one of the wisdom psalms. Here are some key bits I have chosen –

How to bring up children v9 “How may a young man lead a clean life? By holding to your words”.

Seeing the truth that matters v18 “Take the veil from my eyes, that I may see the wonders to be found in your law”.

Who are the best friends? v63 “I keep company with all who fear you, with all who follow your precepts”.

Our attitude to wealth v72 “The law you have ordained means more to me than a fortune in gold and silver”.

Finding the way to live v105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet, a light on my path”.

Living in difficult circumstances v153 “See in what trouble I am and set me free, for I do not forget your law”.

All really worth thinking about, - do you agree?

Gordon Kuhrt

Prayer

Dear God our Father,

Thank you for the holy scriptures, your word,

The story of your covenant plan of salvation.

Help us to make time to read it,

To think about it,

And to use it as a guide for our lives. 

Through Christ, our Saviour.

Amen

Notes from the Allotment—Tim Shaw

Last weekend – during a brief dry spell! - I managed to harvest the borlotti beans which had been left on the plants to ripen. With the relentlessly wet weather but frosts on the way it seemed like the time to get them in. I’ve mentioned before how superior the fresh borlotti beans are in terms of taste and so earlier this week was the ideal time to make the Italian classic ‘paste e fagioli’ a Tuscan dish of beans and pasta in a rich, thick tomato based sauce. Borlotti beans are at the heart of this disk made using a soffritto of carrot, onion and celery with white wine and Italian herbs added. Fresh BorlottiPastaBorlotti beans are introduced along with a tin of chopped tomatoes and some vegetable or chicken stock. Once simmered for about 30 minutes a handful of Tuscan Kale – Cavalo Nero is thrown into the casserole and some of the beans mashed a little to thicken the sauce. Finally add some pasta – something small like farfalline (small bows). Serve with olive oil, parmesan and warm crusty bread!

 






PeasElsewhere on the allotment, peas have been sown in modules in the greenhouse for planting out under cloches late in November. The variety is Meteor which is one of the earliest pea varieties to mature in the early summer. Typically this is sown in the early spring but good results can be had with a late autumn sowing as long as the tiny plants are protected over the winter. I’ve grown peas overwinter successfully for a few years now and it gives you a very early crop the following year. The broad beans sown earlier in modules – also in the greenhouse at the moment are emerging and it will soon be time to plant them out before they get too used to the comforting warmth under glass. The salad leaves in the greenhouse are going great guns as are the peppers which I left in as they were still producing plenty of young fruit which may not fully ripen – but as you can see from the photo it is possible to pick ripe peppers from the greenhouse in November.Red Pepper

 

The onset of frosts in the last few days has put paid to much of Kirsten’s flower bed – the dahlias had been flowering profusely up until now filling the house with lovely autumn colours – but most flowering plants are now shutting down for the winter. The frost also revealed which of the outdoor lettuce are hardy – and which aren’t! The lovely red Grenoble Red lettuce seems to have survived the frost and – perhaps surprisingly – the lighter oak leafed lettuce, which has such thin and delicate leaves that you would have expected it to just collapse in the cold. I do grow some varieties which are truly winter hardy – Winter Density which is a Cos variety and does very well over the winter and also for the first time this year I’m growing a winter butterhead variety – Winter Imperial. The last job for this week will be to pack away the Winter Squash which have been sitting by the window in the kitchen ripening. They will be stored away in the cool garage for use over the winter – some more delicious meals to anticipate there and hopefully, before too long, to be able to share with friends once again!

 

 

Prayer Line

 If you would be comforted by a prayer for yourself, family or a friend in this time of uncertainty, please feel free to call one of the following people. They will be pleased to pray with you one-to-one over the phone, or after you have put the phone down if you prefer.  You do not need to give a lot of information and the call will be in confidence. Please note this is not a counselling service or a helpline for anything other than prayer, although if we can suggest or signpost you to a source of help we will. Please pass this to friends, family and neighbours. All are welcome. 

Jenny  01844 290990,  Hilary  07954 371013, Loraine  07810 184919,  Sally  07780 928583 

Chris  07811 713522,  Tricia  07932 626027

For your prayers for this week;

· The next steps in the search for our new Rector.

· America and the presidential election results.

· All those who have lost loved ones recently.

· Kenny and the Eckardt family as they mourn the loss of Georgie.

Prayer for our Community

We pray for all the people in our village as we face an autumn and winter of uncertainty.  We pray for wisdom for those in government so that the right decisions are taken locally and nationally, at  each stage, as we move through these next months.

Whilst social distancing may prevent or limit our normal practices, may we still continue to grow together as a village community.

Help us to be more aware of the needs around us and prayerfully seek ways to respond .

Help us to be particularly mindful of those who are lonely and those who grieve.

In all our interactions with one another, may we seek to bring encouragement, hope and love.  

Prayer for our Schools

Loving Father, thank you, for all who are part of our schools. Please bless and unite all those whose expertise and enthusiasm contribute so much to the smooth running of our schools.

Lord please provide our teachers and pupils with all they need during the COVID 19 times. Help children to readjust and catch up on their missed learning, especially those most affected by lockdown.

Comfort and restore those living with anxiety or unhappiness. Give them your peace.

Please pour out your blessings upon all our school communities.

In Jesus name, Amen.

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October 30th 2020

Church Services at St Mary’s

Our next service in church is planned for 22nd November, this will be a service of Holy Communion, government guidance permitting. If you would like to attend, we NEED to know in advance, (by 10am on the Friday before) so please contact the office to see if there is still space; office@haddenhamstmarys.org or 01844 291108, and to provide your name and contact number. Facemasks must be worn during the service. Thank you.

Our online services are continuing and are available via the links below.

Church at Home

See the Wychert Vale Benefice website for the link to this Sunday’s online service.

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading a contemplative Communion service online for All Saints Day. 

The following week will have a service for Remembrance Day and will feature a sermon by Revd Ray Pentland , who lives in Aylesbury and was Chaplain-in-Chief to the RAF.

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

Elsewhere in the Benefice;

Gordon and Olive Kuhrt are at Cuddington this Sunday.

Coffee and Chat

Ros is kindly hosting Coffee and Chat at 11.30am on Sunday morning.

Topic: Ros Haworth's Zoom Meeting
Time: Nov 1, 2020 11:30 AM London

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Do remember:

We realise this may be a particularly difficult time for those of us who are living alone. Please know that you are being supported in prayer, and if you would like a chat, please see our Prayer Line details below.

Children’s Church—Philippa Blowfield

We will have our normal 4.30pm zoom on Sunday.

Nov 1, 2020 04:30 PM

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Private Prayer in the Church   -  twice a week

The church continues to be open for private prayer every week on Wednesday mornings between 10am and 2pm and Sundays between 11am and 2pm.

There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and only a limited number of pews will be available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

Churches Together in Haddenham

A Time of Remembrance and Thanksgiving

  

All are warmly invited to a gentle service to remember and give thanks for the lives of those we have loved and who have died.

If you are interested in attending or would like someone to be remembered, please email  marjoriejohnston@f2s.com

Sunday 1st November 2020 at 4 pm

in the Baptist Chapel, Stockwell, Haddenham


REMEMBRANCE SERVICE

CHURCHES TOGETHER IN HADDENHAM WITH MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION

SUPPORTED BY THE HADDENHAM PARISH COUNCIL

HADDENHAM WAR MEM0RIAL AT CHURCH END

10:45 am SUNDAY 8TH NOVEMBER 2020

Minister: Revd Jonathan Fillis

Haddenham cum Dinton Baptist Church

 

 Word for this week  Adrian

Where was Nympha's house?

It was only quite recently when reading through Paul's letter to the Colossians that I started thinking about Nympha and the church in her house.

There she is remembered by Paul in Colossians 4:15 alongside the churches in Hierapolis and Laodicea as well as that of Colossae. Colossae warranted an epistle, Laodicea was one of the churches addressed by John in Revelations and Hierapolis was a significant town with a considerable Jewish population (Wikipaedia) but of Nympha and her house we have no other information.

It is generally accepted by scholars that the references in early manuscripts of Colossians are to a lady, who has a Greek name and was probably a Greek (as with Timothy, mixed marriages took place so we can't be positive on this point).  

Paul we know spent nearly 3 years in his evangelising and teaching ministry based on Ephesus and directly or indirectly the gospel  reached all the places already mentioned.

If Nympha had been a Jew, we might have expected a town setting for her church (Jews being obligated to attend the great feasts in Jerusalem, which could involve several weeks journeying were not likely to be working farmers) but as she is likely to have been a Greek we cannot tell whether it was town or country.

Some commentators have suggested that it was in or in the proximity of Laodicea as she is mentioned in the same sentence as that town, but it seems to me more likely that as Paul dictates the letter, he remembers her and adds her on to the rest of the sentence. However it is also likely that her house was somewhere within 15 miles (a days journey) probably of Colossae as greetings were to be extended by the Colossians to her and the church in her house.

What we do know is that Nympha opened up her home and in doing so identified it and herself with a radical new religion. I wonder what the neighbours thought?

Pray that we may have a similar courage.

Adrian Collier, LLM

Prayer

Almighty God,
who built your Church upon the foundation
of the apostles and prophets,
with Jesus Christ himself as the chief cornerstone:
so join us together in unity of spirit by their doctrine,
that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

Prayer Line

 If you would be comforted by a prayer for yourself, family or a friend in this time of uncertainty, please feel free to call one of the following people. They will be pleased to pray with you one-to-one over the phone, or after you have put the phone down if you prefer.  You do not need to give a lot of information and the call will be in confidence. Please note this is not a counselling service or a helpline for anything other than prayer, although if we can suggest or signpost you to a source of help we will. Please pass this to friends, family and neighbours. All are welcome. 

Jenny  01844 290990,  Hilary  07954 371013, Loraine  07810 184919,  Sally  07780 928583 

Chris  07811 713522,  Tricia  07932 626027


For your prayers for this week;

· The next steps in the search for our new Rector.

· America and its presidential election.

· All those who have lost loved ones recently.

· Kenny and the Eckardt family as they mourn the loss of Georgie.

Prayer for our Community

We pray for all the people in our village as we face an autumn and winter of uncertainty.  We pray for wisdom for those in government so that the right decisions are taken locally and nationally, at  each stage, as we move through these next months.

Whilst social distancing may prevent or limit our normal practices, may we still continue to grow together as a village community.

Help us to be more aware of the needs around us and prayerfully seek ways to respond .

Help us to be particularly mindful of those who are lonely and those who grieve.

In all our interactions with one another, may we seek to bring encouragement, hope and love.  

Prayer for our Schools

Loving Father, thank you, for all who are part of our schools. Please bless and unite all those whose expertise and enthusiasm contribute so much to the smooth running of our schools.

Lord please provide our teachers and pupils with all they need during the COVID 19 times. Help children to readjust and catch up on their missed learning, especially those most affected by lockdown.

Comfort and restore those living with anxiety or unhappiness. Give them your peace.

Please pour out your blessings upon all our school communities.

In Jesus name, Amen.


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October 23rd 2020

Church Services at St Mary’s

This Sunday we are holding a 30 minute All-Age service in church at 10.30am. Space is limited and we are almost full. If you would like to attend, we NEED to know in advance, (by 10am today) so please contact the office to see if there is still space; office@haddenhamstmarys.org or 01844 291108, and to provide your name and contact number. Facemasks must be worn during the service. Thank you.

Our next service in church is planned for 22nd November, this will be a service of Holy Communion, government guidance permitting.

Our online services are continuing and are available via the links below.

 

Church at Home

See the Wychert Vale Benefice website for the link to this Sunday’s online service.

This week we have an interview with Philippa Blowfield talking about her marathon experience and about why Dignity and Hope Cambodia is such a great thing to support. Link here.

In addition Canon Phil has recorded a short video where he asks you to reflect on Anxiety and how we best respond to the worries we all have at this time. He has done this because he has noted just how anxious we all are as things around us do not seem to be getting any better. He reflects on Paul's response to anxiety in Philippians 4: 4-10 and encourages us to talk, to pray and to act. If you are affected by this video please contact our pastoral team.

Next week Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading a contemplative Communion service online for All Saints Day. 

The following week will have a service for Remembrance Day and will feature a sermon by Revd Ray Pentland , who lives in Aylesbury and was Chaplain-in-Chief to the RAF.

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

 

Do remember:

We realise this may be a particularly difficult time for those of us who are living alone. Please know that you are being supported in prayer, and if you would like a chat, please see our Prayer Line details below.

Children’s Church—Philippa Blowfield

Next week  is the start of half term.  Although we are able to meet in church on 25th, we will still have the 4.30pm zoom.  

Children’s Church next week, I thought we would focus on harvest.  If anyone has anything they have grown over the last 6 months that they would like to show during this session then please bring it to the zoom meeting (even if it’s a photo).  We will also have another brief look at the story of Ruth, but it will be super to see you all and have a catch up.

                Oct 25, 2020 04:30 PM,         Nov 1, 2020 04:30 PM

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Private Prayer in the Church   -  twice a week

The church continues to be open for private prayer every week on Wednesday mornings between 10am and 2pm and Sundays between 11am and 2pm.

There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and only a limited number of pews will be available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

Churches Together in Haddenham

A Time of Remembrance and Thanksgiving

  

All are warmly invited to a gentle service to remember and give thanks for the lives of those we have loved and who have died.

If you are interested in attending or would like someone to be remembered, please email  marjoriejohnston@f2s.com

Sunday 1st November 2020 at 4 pm

in the Baptist Chapel, Stockwell, Haddenham

LINK-TO-HOPE SHOEBOX APPEAL      

ALMOST THERE.....

20 SHOEBOXES so far, and some beautiful blankets and soft toys too.

2 WEEKS TO GO    Time to fill and deliver yours to Jenny & Andy , 

48 Churchway   by Sunday 1st November.

 

THANK YOU  to all who have delivered Link to Hope shoeboxes for those in desperate need in Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and Bulgaria.  Please remember  “Every Christmas shoebox brings a smile” It has been heart warming to welcome people on our doorstep with their boxes, and a smile too!

 

Jenny & Andy  ( Tel: 291173  /   email: hardy48@btinternet.com)

Word for this week 

Olive KuhrtOlive

 

What a friend!

 

Do we always realize the value and preciousness of friendship?  There is so much about it in the Bible. God made us to be social and no one likes to be alone for very long.  One of the worst ways of punishing prisoners has often been to put them in solitary confinement. We need close friends and a few of them are better than a whole host of Facebook acquaintances. What a comfort it has been in these last months to speak to those who know us well and can share our deepest feelings and anxieties.

One of our very special friends, who is no longer with us, had dementia in his later years.  We visited as often as we could and tried to chat about the years we had shared. He listened but he kept returning to the same sentence over and over again. He seemed to have no memory of anything before his present circumstances.  However, when I sat at the piano and played the hymns he had once known, he joined in lustily, remembering most of the words! One of those hymns was, ‘What a friend we have in Jesus’. The simple poetry of the verses were there deep in his heart and memory.

The hymn was written by Joseph Scriven, an Irishman, who after the tragic death of his fiancé in a drowning accident, the night before his wedding, emigrated to Canada.  A few years later, he met Eliza and fell in love again. But within weeks of his wedding, she became ill and died.

Joseph was shattered but he clung on to his faith. He took a vow of poverty and from the age of twenty-five devoted himself to help the physically handicapped and the financially destitute.  Later, when he heard that his mother in Ireland was ill, he didn’t have the money for the fare home so he wrote the verses of this hymn as a comfort to her.

‘What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.

Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer…………

Are there trials and temptations, is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged, take it to the Lord in prayer…

That hymn has been a great comfort to countless people over the years. For out of all the friendships we could possibly have, none can be better than the one with our Lord Jesus Christ. Do we carry everything  to him in prayer?

Olive Kuhrt, Licenced Lay Minister

Prayer

Loving Lord Jesus, our unseen but eternal friend,

We bring to you all our friends and loved ones wherever they are.

Especially we pray about the pain and loneliness of being separated at this time. 

Grant us, and them, to know the strength and peace of your presence and the comfort of your love.  

Amen.

Notes from the Allotment —Tim Shaw

As the season turns steadily through autumn, life on the allotment slows down as well – jobs which were put off during the growing season can now be tackled – a much needed coat of paint was applied to the shed during a sunny couple of days. One of our allotment neighbours even found time to tidy his shed – a rare event for him apparently! The work this week involves tidying up of the greenhouse – stripping out old tomato plants but leaving a few where there is still some slowly ripening fruit enjoying the relative warmth under the glass. The pepper and chilli plants have a lot of unripe fruits – but will be taken off as green peppers and chillies if a cold snap of weather is forecast. And salad rocket is doing very well in the greenhouse too – along with the Pak Choi planted into there a few weeks ago. Pak Choi is one of those crops which my grandfather – or indeed my father - would probably never of heard of let alone grown! It’s a brassica – and you will probably have seen or bought it in the supermarket if you make your own oriental dishes where it is used extensively. It’s low in carbohydrates but a good source of vitamins A, C and K. From the growers point of view it’s easy but works best as a late summer or autumn crop in my view – the only problem is that slugs love it!

 Pak Choi

This week we lifted the first of the Jerusalem artichokes which we grew in a line along the back of the chicken enclosure. The form quite tall leafy stems during the summer but the edible roots can be lifted like potatoes from autumn onwards. Unfortunately they have a reputation for inducing flatulence so many people avoid them which is a pity because they have a delightful smoky, earthy taste. They can be eaten raw in salads or made into a delicious winter soup with spinach – which is described in the New Covent Garden Book of Soups. It’s very simple to make – 12oz well washed artichokes (no need to peel them) are cooked in butter with an chopped onion for 10 minutes and then chicken stock added together with seasoning and, essentially, freshly ground nutmeg. After cooking for 20 minutes 6oz spinach leaves are stirred in and the whole lot puréed in a blender. Add some milk or cream and serve with croutons!

ArtichokesSoup

 

 

  











Prayer Line

 

If you would be comforted by a prayer for yourself, family or a friend in this time of uncertainty, please feel free to call one of the following people. They will be pleased to pray with you one-to-one over the phone, or after you have put the phone down if you prefer.  You do not need to give a lot of information and the call will be in confidence. Please note this is not a counselling service or a helpline for anything other than prayer, although if we can suggest or signpost you to a source of help we will. Please pass this to friends, family and neighbours. All are welcome. 

Jenny  01844 290990,  Hilary  07954 371013, Loraine  07810 184919,  Sally  07780 928583 

Chris  07811 713522,  Tricia  07932 626027

For your prayers for this week;

· The advertising for our new Rector.

· The planning for Remembrance & Christmas services this year in these very difficult circumstances.

· America and its presidential election.

· All those who have lost loved ones recently.

Prayer for our Community

We pray for all the people in our village as we face an autumn and winter of uncertainty.  We pray for wisdom for those in government so that the right decisions are taken locally and nationally, at  each stage, as we move through these next months.

Whilst social distancing may prevent or limit our normal practices, may we still continue to grow together as a village community.

Help us to be more aware of the needs around us and prayerfully seek ways to respond .

Help us to be particularly mindful of those who are lonely and those who grieve.

In all our interactions with one another, may we seek to bring encouragement, hope and love.  

Prayer for our Schools

Please pray for our village schools, for St. Mary’s C.of E. School; the Community Infant School; and the Community Junior School.

We pray for the staff and the children as they take a break over half term. Let them relax and enjoy time with their families. And return refreshed and ready for the next term.

Father God, hear our prayers.

Amen.

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October 16th 2020

Church Services at St Mary’s

We will be holding morning services at 10.30am at St Mary’s church on 25th October & 22nd November, (not November 29th as previously listed), government guidance permitting.

Each will be a short 30 minute service of worship and prayer and, at present, we are not planning to celebrate Holy Communion. No singing is allowed and everyone will be required to wear a mask or face covering. Pew spaces will be limited.

If you would like to attend, we NEED to know in advance, (by 10am on the Friday before the service) so please can you contact the office office@haddenhamstmarys.org or 01844 291108 to provide your name and contact number. Thank you.

Elsewhere in the Benefice, Gordon & Olive Kuhrt will be leading and preaching at Aston Sandford this Sunday.

Our online services are continuing and are available via the links below.

Church at Home

See the Wychert Vale Benefice website for the link to this Sunday’s online service. Members of our own Haddenham fellowship have again been busy in contributing to, and technically supporting this week’s service, so do join them in worship via the website

Some lovely Reflections recorded over the last few weeks and months are also available on the website.

Coffee & Chat

Tricia is hosting Coffee at 11.30am on Sunday. Zoom details below;

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89115798545?pwd=Y1IxNnBOalc3WW82Z0owdTR4UUxwdz09

Meeting ID: 891 1579 8545

Passcode: 529065

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

Do remember:

 

We realise this may be a particularly difficult time for those of us who are living alone. Please know that you are being supported in prayer, and if you would like a chat, please see our Prayer Line details below.

Private Prayer in the Church   -  twice a week

The church continues to be open for private prayer every week on Wednesday mornings between 10am and 2pm and Sundays between 11am and 2pm.

There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and only a limited number of pews will be available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.


Pebble Prayer Station

The Pebble Prayer Station continues to be well used.

Revd Trish Mander prayed over all the pebbles again this week and placed them in the churchyard.

Please continue to let people know about this facility.

LINK-TO-HOPE SHOEBOX APPEAL      

ALMOST THERE.....

 

20 SHOEBOXES so far, and some beautiful blankets and soft toys too.

 

2 WEEKS TO GO    Time to fill and deliver yours to Jenny & Andy , 

48 Churchway   by Sunday 1st November.

 

THANK YOU  to all who have delivered Link to Hope shoeboxes for those in desperate need in Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and Bulgaria.  Please remember  “Every Christmas shoebox brings a smile” It has been heart warming to welcome people on our doorstep with their boxes, and a smile too!

 

Jenny & Andy  ( Tel: 291173  /   email: hardy48@btinternet.com)

Bishop Steven at the Diocese of Oxford has suggested some challenges for our church family based on the governments rule of 6. A summary is below, please visit the website for further information:

oxford.anglican.org/six

DOX 6


Word for this week Trish 2

Revd Trish Mander

 

Last week we held our Annual Parochial Church Meeting, via Zoom, and how lovely it was to see those who were able to join the meeting. The business was conducted, officers were duly elected, and all was done properly and efficiently, with the appropriate degree of formality, and yet in a spirit of gathered Christian family and fellowship. These two aspects, I suggest, reflect the way in which all our elected officers approach the day to day business of our church life  - their diligent attention to the responsibilities entrusted to them, alongside loving concern for, and commitment to, the Christian family who have entrusted them with these responsibilities. Our churchwardens were unanimously re-elected and will continue to lead us though this next period in our church family life. 

I was privileged to spend a number of years married to a church warden.  I would hasten to add that I am still privileged to be married to that same person, but he is no longer a church warden! It was an opportunity to witness, first hand, some of the complexities of the role, let alone the full-on, round the clock, nature of its calling. During his time as church warden I know my husband was ever mindful of his responsibilities and of his loving commitment to those who had placed their trust in him. This fellowship has been blessed with a long succession of church wardens who have demonstrated that same commitment to their calling, so markedly evidenced in our current wardens. It is important to remember at the moment, of course that the demands of being a church warden during a time without an incumbent, are greatly increased.

Recently I’ve been remembering the many holidays my family have enjoyed in the West Country, at a large number of campsites and a few cottages. Quite a few of these holidays have been returns to places where we’ve not only enjoyed the site or the accommodation, but also the welcome we’ve received and the feeling of being well provided for and looked after, by some lovely people. Site owners have become friends and we’ve heard many stories of their experiences.  As we’ve listened to these kindly people, in quite a variety of settings, we’ve noticed a common thread – the significance of the weather in their relationships with their customers and guests. They frequently find themselves needing to explain to their visitors that the weather is not something they have control over. One cottage owner we knew, whose cottage was perfect, in an idyllic situation, superbly equipped, and with  every thought and attention paid to the needs of the guest, resorted to greeting her guests with a printed out sheet of the weather forecast for the week ahead, apologising at the outset if the outlook wasn’t favourable, but gently making it clear that she could do nothing about it.

A couple of weeks ago Olive reminded us of the importance of encouragement, of encouraging each other in our walk. As we set out with our church wardens and officers on this next stage of our journey together, let’s determine to encourage them and give them our full and loving support. The outlook for the coming months is wintry and unsettled in more ways than one, so how important it will be to affirm those who are serving us so faithfully.

With love and prayers, Trish

Revd Trish Mander, Associate Minister

Notes from the Allotment —Tim Shaw

“We haven’t eaten much of our kale yet...” observed Kirsten the other day and she was right - but I’ve always seen kale as a winter crop and whilst there is so much else from the allotment it doesn't seem quite right to be going for the winter vegetables.  The supply of greens has slowed down considerably now it's the middle of October, so kale is definitely on the menu.   At one time the only kale grown on allotments seemed to be the tightly curled varieties which well withstood hard winter frosts which left most other crops dropping. Nowadays there are all sorts and kale has lost it's undeserved reputation as a poor man’s food or worse still animal fodder! Cavolo For the last decade or more though, the trendy crop is Tuscan or black kale or, in Italian, ‘Cavalo Nero’.  As well as the broader leafed ‘Pentland Brig’ variety, we grow tuscan kale successfully although for a period during the summer months the undersides of the leaves can be infested with whitefly which generally means the waxy leaves must be washed with detergent to clean them before cooking.  At this time of year though the new leaf growth is clean and free from the tiny pests so only a quick rinse is needed.  Finely shredded; tossed  oil and baked in the oven for 15 minutes produces a dish almost indistinguishable from the seaweed served as a starter in Chinese restaurants!

 

Last week I mentioned the endives in the salad bed, growing under plates to help blanch the leaves. Although mainly thought of as a salad leaf, in Italy the frisée leaved endives are called Scarola or Escarole and are often served as a hot dish; braised in oil with pine nuts, raisins and olives.  I'll give you the recipe for this over on my blog at https://timshawsblog.wordpress.com. The endives Escaroleare fully grown now so we'll be taking them for use as above over the next few weeks.  They are an easy crop to grow and give a little variety to the greens available in the summer and autumn.  They need a bit of protection from cold though and will quickly expire if exposed to a harsh frost.

 

The middle of October is when I sow broad beans for an early crop next year.  Spring sown broad beans tend to form maturing pods just when the main broad bean pest; black fly are most prevalent in June and July and autumn sowing is the way to ensure a good crop before the black fly discover them. Sowing Beans We will try sowing late in the season as well next year in order to miss the peak black fly but the majority will be sown now - so the greenhouse will soon be full of pots again with next year's germinating beans to be planted out in November as very small plants.  The most successful over-wintering variety is Aquadulce Claudia which tolerates harder frosts than some, although in recent years we haven't seen many hard winters - another sign of the changing climate perhaps?

 

Prayer Line

Churches have had to be closed, even just to sit in quietly. However if you would be comforted by a prayer for yourself, family or a friend in this time of uncertainty, please feel free to call one of the following people. They will be pleased to pray with you one-to-one over the phone, or after you have put the phone down if you prefer.  You do not need to give a lot of information and the call will be in confidence. Please note this is not a counselling service or a helpline for anything other than prayer, although if we can suggest or signpost you to a source of help we will. Please pass this to friends, family and neighbours. All are welcome. 

Jenny  01844 290990           Hilary  07954 371013     Loraine  07810 184919     Sally  07780 928583 

Chris  07811 713522            Tricia  07932 626027 

For your prayers for this week;

· The advertising for our new Rector.

· The planning for Remembrance & Christmas services this year in these very difficult circumstances.

· Planning for all church services; both in our church buildings and online, and the safety of all those involved.

· America and its presidential election.

Prayer for our Community

We pray for all the people in our village as we face an autumn and winter of uncertainty.  We pray for wisdom for those in government so that the right decisions are taken locally and nationally, at  each stage, as we move through these next months.

Whilst social distancing may prevent or limit our normal practices, may we still continue to grow together as a village community.

Help us to be more aware of the needs around us and prayerfully seek ways to respond .

Help us to be particularly mindful of those who are lonely and those who grieve.

In all our interactions with one another, may we seek to bring encouragement, hope and love.  

Prayer for our Schools

Please pray for our village schools, for St. Mary’s C.of E. School; the Community Infant School; and the Community Junior School.

We pray for the staff as they adjust to the current regulations, find solutions to challenges, and develop new ways of teaching. May they have wisdom in decision making.

We pray for the children as they become familiar with different ways of doing things.

We pray for the youngest children, who have just started school.

We pray for all to share in a confident and happy atmosphere in school.

Father God, hear our prayers.

Amen.


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October 9th 2020

Church Services at St Mary’s

We will be holding morning services at 10.30am at St Mary’s church on 25th October & 22nd November, government guidance permitting.

Each will be a short 30 minute service of worship and prayer and, at present, we are not planning to celebrate Holy Communion. No singing is allowed and everyone will be required to wear a mask or face covering. Pew spaces will be limited.

If you would like to attend, we NEED to know in advance, (by 10am on the Friday before the service) so please can you contact the office office@haddenhamstmarys.org or 01844 291108 to provide your name and contact number. Thank you.

Our online services are continuing and are available via the links below.

Church at Home

See the Wychert Vale Benefice website for the link to this Sunday’s online service. Members of our own Haddenham fellowship have again been busy in contributing to, and technically supporting this week’s service, so do join them in worship via the website

Some lovely Reflections recorded over the last few weeks and months are also available on the website.

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2020—Zoom

Our first ever remote APCM by Zoom went ahead on Wednesday this week, very successfully, with 36 people in attendance. Kindly chaired by Ven Dr Gordon Kuhrt , all the agenda items were addressed efficiently. Thank you to all those who attended.

Do remember:Eythrop

We realise this may be a particularly difficult time for those of us who are living alone. Please know that you are being supported in prayer, and if you would like a chat, please see our Prayer Line details below.

 


 



She did it!!!!

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported The Dignity and Hope Foundation, Cambodia.  The support we have had has been overwhelming and it certainly was a great encouragement for me to complete the 26.2 mile run last Sunday.  The 40th London Marathon, in Thame was definitely a community effort and personally, I would like to thank the fellow runners who joined me throughout the race, the steadfast supporters on the street undeterred by the rain, wind and cold and my wonderful family who co-ordinated supporters, organised food, water and battery charging along the way.   DHF Cambodia are humbled by everyone's generosity in such challenging times - thank you ALL for your support and prayers.

Philippa Blowfield

Marathon Wet

 Marathon 2Finish


Private Prayer in the Church   - Now twice a week

The church continues to be open for private prayer every week on Wednesday mornings between 10am and 2pm.  It will now also be open on Sundays between 11am and 2pm.

There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and only a limited number of pews will be available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

Christmas at St Mary’s

It’s going to be a very different Christmas for us this year. Most of our normal services will not be able to take place and anything we plan will be subject to changing government guidelines.

The Worship and Witness group is, however, exploring all kinds of creative ways we can bring Church into our community. If anyone has any ideas they would like to share with that group, please contact Paul Smith; paulpsmith1@gmail.com, the chair of the group. Thank you.

Warning—Scam Emails

Scammers are using the names of our clergy and others such as churchwardens and setting up false email addresses. They send out emails asking for help and soon ask for money. Please do not respond. It helps if you can forward the emails to the person who is being impersonated - they have no idea until you tell them. This week someone has been impersonating Canon Phil Groves.

LINK-TO-HOPE SHOEBOX APPEAL      “Every box brings a smile”

Can we encourage you to fill a Christmas shoebox for those in Eastern Europe who are living through desperate times?  Their need is greater than ever.  They have so little; we have so much.

All instructions for the Family / Elderly Shoeboxes  are on the leaflets  -  we have plenty!

Perhaps you would prefer to knit or sew… aprons, lavender bags, hats, puppets to name a few. Baby blankets are well received and are packed separately. Take a look at the Shoebox Crafting page for ideas on the website; Link to Hope

Please  email : hardy48@btinternet.com or call us on 01844 291173 for more information, leaflets and a shoebox if you need one. It’s fun to do and maybe you can encourage others who have time on their hands to make up a shoebox as well.  Let’s exceed last year’s total of 49 boxes and bring an even bigger smile to those receiving Christmas boxes in 2020.

Please pray for all those who receive a shoebox, those who distribute them and for the year round work of Link to Hope.

 

ONLY 3 WEEKS TO GO

Still time to fill a ‘Family’ or ‘Elderly’ Christmas Shoebox for our annual support for Link to Hope.

Details, leaflets and a few spare shoeboxes are available from

Jenny & Andy  Email:   hardy48@btinternet.com     Tel: 01844 291173.            

 THANK YOU!

Bishop Steven at the Diocese of Oxford has suggested some challenges for our church family based on the governments rule of 6. A summary is below, please visit the website for further information:

oxford.anglican.org/six

DOX 6



Word for this week Gordon

Ven Dr Gordon Kuhrt

A story of loyalty and love

Have you, like me, found you have some more “spare time” during these weeks of lockdown and/or restrictions? Olive and I have watched some long series on TV available on i-player or some other channel. We watched the whole of Downton Abbey and the Cornish Poldark saga! Also I have read some lengthy series of books – like all 12 volumes of Winston Graham’s Poldark series (the fictious heroine grew up in the parish of Illogan where I was curate), and the 6-volume Penguin history of the Christian Church.

I have also been busy helping other people produce substantial books – especially my son Stephen’s major revision and expansion of my “Believing in Baptism” which was first published over 30 years ago.

Strongly commended by the former bishop of Oxford, and the present bishop of Kensington! (T&T Clark/Bloomsbury, August this year). If you want a copy do talk to me as co-author.

Another major project is to re-read the whole Bible. I am using a translation I have never used before – so it is all fresh – the Revised English Bible (1989 update of the 1960s New English Bible). But alongside it, I am reading the current 5th edition of the Lion Handbook to the Bible. This is quite brilliant - but make sure you get the 5th edition 2017. Don’t get palmed off with a cheap earlier edition through Amazon! Even if you have an earlier edition, like us, it is still so worth getting the brand-new 5th ed!

The Old Testament period of the Judges was a grim time for Israel – invasions, immorality and spiritual carelessness. The book is a shocker! But then comes the little jewel of Ruth – only 4 chapters. A story of exile, tragedy and courage.                                                                                                                                                      A story of loneliness (of Naomi and Ruth), of loyalty, and of loving kindness by the two women and kinsman-redeemer Boaz – and by God himself. Read it – with some imagination – and see the young widow sort of making a marriage proposal (extraordinary!) at the harvest festival (ch 3.7-9). The two women play major roles.

There are two other key bits – not to be missed. First, Ruth’s famous declaration of loyalty and love to her mother-in-law in ch1.16 “Where you go, I shall go; where you stay, I shall stay. Your people will be my people; and your God my God”. But equally important, and often missed, is what Boaz says to Ruth when they first meet, and she is gleaning in his field “The Lord reward you . . . . may you be richly repaid by the Lord under whose wings you have come for refuge” (2.12). What a lovely metaphor of God’s care – worth thinking about – and trusting in. This is one of the most famous short stories in world literature - for very good reason!

Ven Dr Gordon Kuhrt

Prayer

Father God,

We thank you for your loyalty and love shown supremely in Jesus Christ (our kinsman-redeemer).

Help us to show loyalty and loving kindness to others, especially those who are lonely or living with tragedy.

In Jesus name.

Amen.   

Notes from the Allotment —Tim Shaw

Squash 

It’s very definitely autumn on the allotment now although the last lingering memories of summer survive in the greenhouse; tomatoes still in production but much slower to ripen and peppers and chilli peppers seem to find a new lease of life in the early autumn and are flowering like its Springtime! The basil is just about hanging in there but it really doesn't like the weather much now... Gradually the greenhouse is being turned over to salad crops for the winter as the tomatoes come out with lettuce, endives, rocket and Pak Choi taking their place.  Outside, the squash plants have had nearly all their foliage removed to allow the sun to ripen their skins which will mean they keep longer in storage.  Soon they will be brought indoors and left on a sunny windowsill to fully dry out and harden.

 



Outdoor salad leaves are growing well as you can Salad Leavessee from the picture.  The small plates on the endives are keeping the hearty growth out of the light in order to blanch them making a more tender and less bitter leaf. The lettuce were planted in between some beetroot which will probably not form roots now but the leaves will go in the salad or be stir fried with some olive oil and lemon juice for a tasty lunch one day.

 

 

 Tree Band

 

 

The start of October is the time for the top fruit grower to apply grease bands to the fruit tree trunks.  These are sticky paper bands which are tied on to encircle the trunk and reduce the numbers of winter moth caterpillars on the trees.   The wingless female moths are prevented by the sticky paper from climbing the tree and laying eggs.  This in turn reduces the number of caterpillars in the Spring – unchecked they would feed on the fruit buds and reduce the amount of fruit produced.

 



The Howgate Wonder cooking apples were harvested this week.  It’s a large cooking apple – nowhere near as good a flavour as the Bramley seedling but, oh boy, they are really big apples!  They are now in the apple trays in the shed but I’ll try to remember to show you a photo of them next week.
We have grown borlotti beans for quite a few years now, not because they are difficult to come by in the shops but because the fresh beans really do taste best and the bean pods look so attractive with their red and green pods turning to red and cream colours as they ripen.  Not everything has to be intensively productive and although we enjoy only a little produce from the borlotti beans, it’s a delight to grow them anyway!

Prayer Line

Churches have had to be closed, even just to sit in quietly. However if you would be comforted by a prayer for yourself, family or a friend in this time of uncertainty, please feel free to call one of the following people. They will be pleased to pray with you one-to-one over the phone, or after you have put the phone down if you prefer.  You do not need to give a lot of information and the call will be in confidence. Please note this is not a counselling service or a helpline for anything other than prayer, although if we can suggest or signpost you to a source of help we will. Please pass this to friends, family and neighbours. All are welcome. 

Jenny  01844 290990           Hilary  07954 371013     Loraine  07810 184919     Sally  07780 928583 

Chris  07811 713522            Tricia  07932 626027 

For your prayers for this week;

· The advertising for our new Rector.

· The planning for Remembrance & Christmas services this year in these very difficult circumstances.

· Planning for all church services; both in our church buildings and online, and the safety of all those involved.

· America and its presidential election.

Prayer for our Community

We pray for all the people in our village as we face an autumn and winter of uncertainty.  We pray for wisdom for those in government so that the right decisions are taken locally and nationally, at  each stage, as we move through these next months.

Whilst social distancing may prevent or limit our normal practices, may we still continue to grow together as a village community.

Help us to be more aware of the needs around us and prayerfully seek ways to respond .

Help us to be particularly mindful of those who are lonely and those who grieve.

In all our interactions with one another, may we seek to bring encouragement, hope and love.  

Prayer for our Schools

Please pray for our village schools, for St. Mary’s C.of E. School; the Community Infant School; and the Community Junior School.

We pray for the staff as they adjust to the current regulations, find solutions to challenges, and develop new ways of teaching. May they have wisdom in decision making.

We pray for the children as they become familiar with different ways of doing things.

We pray for the youngest children, who have just started school.

We pray for all to share in a confident and happy atmosphere in school.

Father God, hear our prayers.

Amen.

 

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October 2nd 2020

Church Services at St Mary’s

We will be holding morning services at 10.30am at St Mary’s church on 25th October & 29th November, government guidance permitting.

Each will be a short 30 minute service of worship and prayer and we will not be celebrating Holy Communion. No singing is allowed and everyone will be required to wear a mask or face covering. Pew spaces will be limited.

If you would like to attend, we NEED to know in advance, (by 10am on the Friday before the service) so please can you contact the office office@haddenhamstmarys.org or 01844 291108 to provide your name and contact number. Thank you.

Our online services are continuing and are available via the links below.

Church at Home

See the Wychert Vale Benefice website for the link to Sunday’s online service. This week’s service is mainly based in Haddenham with contributions from members of our Haddenham fellowship. Some lovely Reflections recorded over the last few weeks and months are also available on the website.

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on the website.

Coffee & Chat

Ros is hosting our Coffee & Chat at 11.30am on Sunday. Zoom details below:

Meeting ID:  409 748 8914

Password: 5c9cuC

Hope to see many of you there.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2020—Zoom

The postponed APCM will now go ahead on Wednesday 7th October at 7.30pm via Zoom. All are welcome to attend.

Zoom Meeting details will be circulated next week with the agenda for the meeting and the reports.

If you need a printed copy of the reports, please contact the office.

Philippa is running the London MarathonPhilippa

This Sunday 4th October I will be attempting to run the London Marathon 2020…in Thame, in aid of The Dignity and Hope Foundation, Cambodia. 

 The link to my giving page is  https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PhilippaBlowfield1 where you can find out more about DHF Cambodia. 

 Running 26.2 miles is going to be a huge challenge for me especially as I have a shoulder injury which has set my training back.  If you are able to come and support me in person the start and finish point is Sycamore Drive, Thame, OX9 2AT (behind Lord Williams’s School) . Someone will hopefully be there under a gazebo with my supplies of water and vile gels!!  I will be running 4 laps of this route with rough times passing at the red/green triangle as follows (of course all times are estimates). 

Start 8.30am

Lap 1 9.40am

Lap 2 10.50am

Lap 3 12.10pm

Lap 4 13.30pm

I then finish off doing a circuit around Lord Williams’s School for the remaining 1.28 miles to make the total up to the magic 26.2 miles to match the London route.  You can also liaise with Nick on the day (07887 676161).

Any support would be amazing, including prayers for a dry, calm day and my body holding out!!

Philippa Blowfield

Private Prayer in the Church   - Now twice a week

The church continues to be open for private prayer every week on Wednesday mornings between 10am and 2pm.  It will now also be open on Sundays between 11am and 2pm.

There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and only a limited number of pews will be available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

  

Old School House

In between tenants this summer, we have been busy with some renovation work. A new bathroom has really enhanced the property and we look forward to welcoming a new tenant later this month.

 OSH Bathroom


LINK-TO-HOPE SHOEBOX APPEAL      “Every box brings a smile”

Link to HopeCan we encourage you to fill a Christmas shoebox for those in Eastern Europe who are living through desperate times?  Their need is greater than ever.  They have so little; we have so much.

All instructions for the Family / Elderly Shoeboxes  are on the leaflets  -  we have plenty!

Perhaps you would prefer to knit or sew… aprons, lavender bags, hats, puppets to name a few. Baby blankets are well received and are packed separately. Take a look at the Shoebox Crafting page for ideas on the website; Link to Hope

Please  email : hardy48@btinternet.com or call us on 01844 291173 for more information, leaflets and a shoebox if you need one. It’s fun to do and maybe you can encourage others who have time on their hands to make up a shoebox as well.  Let’s exceed last year’s total of 49 boxes and bring an even bigger smile to those receiving Christmas boxes in 2020.

Please pray for all those who receive a shoebox, those who distribute them and for the year round work of Link to Hope.

Bible Reading Notes 

Many people in this Church study the Bible through these study notes. Titles available are Day by Day with God,  Guidelines, and New Daylight all published by the Bible Reading Fellowship , also Encounter with God, and Daily Bread published by Scripture Union.

If you would like to commence taking any of these or change your existing order please contact me on 01844291254 or at chris@ Keir-t.com. Thank you.  Kind regards, Chris Thorogood

Word for this week Adrian

Adrian Collier

 

Paul – in at the deep end

In 2 Corinthians 11, Paul recounts his sufferings for the Gospel and in verse 25 he writes that he was shipwrecked 3 times and spent a night and a day in the open sea. I have a little second hand experience of this.

I had a great uncle whose ship was torpedoed in the First World War.

My father in law's naval vessel was torpedoed in the second world war and he had to cling to a life belt for several hours in cold water before he was rescued.

Paul recounts that he was shipwrecked 3 times but 2 Corinthians was written before his journey to Rome when Acts tells us he was again shipwrecked. Of the first 3 occasions mentioned in the letter to the Corinthians we know nothing. Luke does recount 9 sea voyages made by Paul during his missionary journeys but these seem to have been without mishap. It is possible that on the occasions Paul went up to Jerusalem from Antioch or Tarsus, he travelled by ship, which was quicker than walking.

His experiences do not seem to have inhibited later voyages and these events probably furnished him with the practical knowledge shown in Acts 28 when among several interventions he reminds others on board that sailing along the south coast of Crete late in the year was dangerous.

Two points came to mind thinking about these events.

Firstly the gospel involves risk. Churches don't tend to grow unless Christians talk about Christ and his part in their lives or otherwise involve themselves in ventures, where though prayerfully considered there is still risk.

Secondly we participate in something risky when we believe the end justifies it. In Paul's case this probably primarily relates back to his conversion experience. So striking was this and so indelibly printed on his personality, that he was prepared to take risks from which most of us would draw back. Accordingly there is much value in sharing with each other what the Lord has done for us, so that we might be prepared to step out a little more boldly for him.

 Adrian Collier, LLM

Prayer

Heavenly  Father,

Help us each day to hear your voice, for in you shall we put our trust.

Help us daily to seek your wisdom, and show us the way that we should walk in, for you are our God.

Let your loving Spirit lead us in the right path, for your name’s sake.

Amen

Do remember:


 DahliasWe realise this may be a particularly difficult time for those of us who are living alone. Please know that you are being supported in prayer, and if you would like a chat, please see our Prayer Line details below.

 

 

 


Prayer Line

Churches have had to be closed, even just to sit in quietly. However if you would be comforted by a prayer for yourself, family or a friend in this time of uncertainty, please feel free to call one of the following people. They will be pleased to pray with you one-to-one over the phone, or after you have put the phone down if you prefer.  You do not need to give a lot of information and the call will be in confidence. Please note this is not a counselling service or a helpline for anything other than prayer, although if we can suggest or signpost you to a source of help we will. Please pass this to friends, family and neighbours. All are welcome. 

Jenny  01844 290990           Hilary  07954 371013     Loraine  07810 184919     Sally  07780 928583 

Chris  07811 713522            Tricia  07932 626027

For your prayers for this week;

· Philippa as she runs her marathon.

· The advertising for our new Rector.

· The planning for Remembrance & Christmas services this year in these very difficult circumstances.

· Planning for all church services; both in our church buildings and online, and the safety of all those involved.

Prayer for our Community

We pray for all the people in our village as we face an autumn and winter of uncertainty.  We pray for wisdom for those in government so that the right decisions are taken locally and nationally, at  each stage, as we move through these next months.

Whilst social distancing may prevent or limit our normal practices, may we still continue to grow together as a village community.

Help us to be more aware of the needs around us and prayerfully seek ways to respond .

Help us to be particularly mindful of those who are lonely and those who grieve.

In all our interactions with one another, may we seek to bring encouragement, hope and love.  

Prayer for our Schools

Please pray for our village schools, for St. Mary’s C.of E. School; the Community Infant School; and the Community Junior School.

We pray for the staff as they adjust to the current regulations, find solutions to challenges, and develop new ways of teaching. May they have wisdom in decision making.

We pray for the children as they become familiar with different ways of doing things.

We pray for the youngest children, who have just started school.

We pray for all to share in a confident and happy atmosphere in school.

Father God, hear our prayers.

Amen.

 

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September 25th 2020

Church Services at St Mary’s

We will be holding morning services at 10.30am at St Mary’s church on 27th September, 25th October & 29th November, government guidance permitting.

Each will be a short 30 minute service of worship and prayer and we will not be celebrating Holy Communion. No singing is allowed and everyone will be required to wear a mask or face covering. Pew spaces will be limited.

If you would like to attend, we NEED to know in advance, so please can you contact Dianne (brackleys@aol.com or 01844 291219) to provide your name and contact number. Thank you.

Our online services are continuing and are available via the links below.

Church at Home

See the Wychert Vale Benefice website for the link to Sunday’s online service. This week’s service is mainly based in Haddenham with contributions from members of our Haddenham fellowship. There are some lovely Reflections recorded over the last few weeks and months also available on the website.

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.


Private Prayer in the Church   - Now twice a week

The church continues to be open for private prayer every week on Wednesday mornings between 10am and 2pm.  It will now also be open on Sundays between 11am and 2pm.

There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and only a limited number of pews will be available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

 

Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2020

The postponed APCM will now go ahead on Wednesday 7th October at 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend.

We will have vacancies on the PCC and would love some new members, we also have a vacancy for another Deanery Synod Representative. Please consider if these roles might be something for you and contact Dianne 291219 or Val 292383 if you would like to find out more.

Apologies that there are no Notes from the Allotment this week. We hope to resume these as normal from next week.

 

Philippa is running the London Marathon

In less than 2 weeks times, on Sunday 4th October I will be attemptingPhilippa to run the London Marathon 2020…in Thame, in aid of The Dignity and Hope Foundation, Cambodia. 

 

The link to my giving page is  https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PhilippaBlowfield1 where you can find out more about DHF Cambodia. 

 

Running 26.2 miles is going to be a huge challenge for me especially as I have a shoulder injury which has set my training back.  If you are able to come and support me in person, please see below a map of my intended route.  The red and green triangle on the left hand side is the start and finish point.  Address is : Thame Leisure Centre, Oxford Road, Thame, OX9 2BB.  Someone will hopefully be there under a gazebo with my supplies of water and vile gels!!  I will be running 4 laps of this route with rough times passing at the red/green triangle as follows (of course all times are estimates). 

 Map

Start 8.30am

Lap 1 9.40am

Lap 2 10.50am

Lap 3 12.10pm

Lap 4 13.30pm

I then finish off doing a circuit around Lord Williams’s School for the remaining 1.28 miles to make the total up to the magic 26.2 miles to match the London route.  You can also liaise with Nick on the day (07887 676161).

Any support would be amazing, including prayers for a dry, calm day and my body holding out!!

Philippa Blowfield


Penny Stradling

Penny will be ordained deacon on Sunday 27th SeptemberPenny at 3pm in Liverpool Cathedral by Bishop Paul Bayes, bishop of the Liverpool Diocese.  She has already started work as curate in Widnes, east of Liverpool, in the Parish of St Paul's and St John's where she has worked for the past two years as an ordinand on placement.

Many of you will remember Penny growing up in the village and through St Mary's church where she helped with the children and young people's work.  She is a trained youth worker who worked in a church near Orpington before going to Uganda for two years to be involved in a development project in a slum area near Mbale.  After returning to the UK she was at CMS in Oxford for five years as recruitment officer and then in St Andrews church, Fulham working in the church and local community.  Her training has been with St Mellitus Northwest in Liverpool.

Please pray for her and other ordinands being ordained this coming weekend.  Liverpool has seven identical ordination services over the weekend, each with only four ordinands who can  invite only four guests plus their vicar, to comply with the Covid19 restrictions of having fewer than thirty people involved in total.   Sadly, there can be no celebrating afterwards either, so ordination will be a very different experience this year.


LINK-TO-HOPE SHOEBOX APPEAL      “Every box brings a smile”

Link to HopeCan we encourage you to fill a Christmas shoebox for those in Eastern Europe who are living through desperate times?  Their need is greater than ever.  They have so little; we have so much.

All instructions for the Family / Elderly Shoeboxes  are on the leaflets  -  we have plenty!

Perhaps you would prefer to knit or sew… aprons, lavender bags, hats, puppets to name a few. Baby blankets are well received and are packed separately. Take a look at the Shoebox Crafting page for ideas on the website; Link to Hope

Please  email : hardy48@btinternet.com or call us on 01844 291173 for more information, leaflets and a shoebox if you need one. It’s fun to do and maybe you can encourage others who have time on their hands to make up a shoebox as well.  Let’s exceed last year’s total of 49 boxes and bring an even bigger smile to those receiving Christmas boxes in 2020.

Please pray for all those who receive a shoebox, those who distribute them and for the year round work of Link to Hope.

 

Bible Reading Notes 

Many people in this Church study the Bible through these study notes. Titles available are Day by Day with God,  Guidelines, and New Daylight all published by the Bible Reading Fellowship , also Encounter with God, and Daily Bread published by Scripture Union.

If you would like to commence taking any of these or change your existing order please contact me on 01844291254 or at chris@ Keir-t.com. Thank you.  

Kind regards, Chris Thorogood


Word for this week Olive

Olive Kuhrt

 

Why is it so much easier to knock down than to build up?  Why is it more fun to make a mess, than it is to clear it up? From our earliest childhood we have this problem, as parents well know! Perhaps you’ve seen ‘domino falling’ on the TV?  People take weeks to design and build fantastic structures and then one little knock and the effect is catastrophic!

In the same way, why is it often easier to be destructive in our relationships, rather than constructive?   So often we can focus on what’s wrong, rather than what is right. 

One of my favourite characters in the New Testament is Joseph who was famous for  building people up and not knocking them down. You could say, because of this, under God, he changed the whole course of church history. I’m not thinking of Mary’s husband but the  Joseph who was a Jew from Cyprus.

He became a believer and he so impressed the new leadership in their new and bewildering responsibilities that they gave him the nickname Barnabas – the encourager.  This nickname stuck and forever after people forgot his original birth name.

The picture we get of him, in the Acts and the Epistles, is a very warm one.  He was universally respected and loved. Most importantly, he possessed great spiritual insight and could see behind situations, behind the obvious.  Luke described him as ‘a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith and he brought many people to the Lord’.  (Acts Ch11 v 24)

It is wonderful to research his story through the New Testament and see how much the church owes to him. He encouraged the inexperienced church leaders, he supported the poor and needy, he pastored the new converts, he welcomed the outsiders and those on the margins and he stood alongside people, like Mark, who needed their confidence building, after believing they had failed.  Because of Barnabas’ support, Paul was able to go out and preach to the Gentiles and write 13 letters. Also, through Barnabas' encouragement of Mark we gained the second Gospel. How remarkable that Barnabas never wrote a book as far as we know, but he encouraged two men who wrote over half of the New Testament.

In Romans 12 v 8 encouragement is listed as a spiritual gift.   We all understand how vital it is. When we don’t feel appreciated or we feel taken for granted or misunderstood we often want to give up. When we meet with failure we get discouraged.  It’s at these times that we need a Barnabas.  Are we prepared to be a Barnabas to others in this time of anxiety and stress?  

Olive Kuhrt

Prayer

Father God,

Your Son taught us that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Give us the grace, after the example of your servant Barnabas, the great encourager, to know the true joy of giving and like him to be generous in our judgements and in our deeds. Especially we pray that at this time of stress and uncertainty, we will give love and support to all we meet, who need encouragement.

We pray in the name of Jesus, 

Amen.

For your prayers for this week;

· Penny Stradling for her ordination on September 27th.

· Philippa as she prepares for her marathon.

· The advertising for our new Rector next week.

· The planning for Remembrance & Christmas services this year in these very difficult circumstances.

· Planning for all church services; both in our church buildings and online, and the safety of all those involved.

Prayer Line

Churches have had to be closed, even just to sit in quietly. However if you would be comforted by a prayer for yourself, family or a friend in this time of uncertainty, please feel free to call one of the following people. They will be pleased to pray with you one-to-one over the phone, or after you have put the phone down if you prefer.  You do not need to give a lot of information and the call will be in confidence. Please note this is not a counselling service or a helpline for anything other than prayer, although if we can suggest or signpost you to a source of help we will. Please pass this to friends, family and neighbours. All are welcome. 

Jenny  01844 290990           Hilary  07954 371013     Loraine  07810 184919     Sally  07780 928583 

Chris  07811 713522            Tricia  07932 626027

Do remember:

We realise this may be a particularly difficult time for those of us who are living alone. Please know that you are being supported in prayer, and if you would like a chat, please see our Prayer Line details above.

Prayer for our Community

We pray for all those in our community who have been bereaved.

We pray for those who have suffered sudden, tragic and untimely loss.

May they all know they are held in the love and the prayers of their community,

and may they know the strength and comfort of God’s love in their grief.

Prayer for our Schools

Please pray for our village schools, for St. Mary’s C of E School; the Community Infant School; and the Community Junior School.

We pray for the staff as they adjust to the current regulations, find solutions to challenges, and develop new ways of teaching. May they have wisdom in decision making.

We pray for the children as they become familiar with different ways of doing things.

We pray for the youngest children, who have just started school.

We pray for all to share in a confident and happy atmosphere in school.

Father God, hear our prayers.

Amen. 

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September 18th 2020

Church Services at St Mary’s

We are pleased to announce that we are planning to hold morning services at St Mary’s church on 27th September, 25th October & 29th November. This, of course, will be subject to government guidance.

Each will be a short 30 minute service of worship and prayer and we will not be celebrating Holy Communion. No singing is allowed and everyone will be required to wear a mask or face covering. Pew spaces will be limited.

If you would like to attend, we NEED to know in advance, so please can you contact Dianne (brackleys@aol.com or 01844 291219) to provide your name and contact number. Thank you.

Our online services are continuing and are available via the links below.

Church services elsewhere in the Benefice on Sunday 20th September

Dinton: Morning Worship at 10am

Aston Sandford: Open Air Prayer with Music at 11am

Cuddington:  Open Air Morning Service at 10am

Please note Test & Trace systems are in use at every church.

Coffee & Chat

Tricia will be hosting Coffee & Chat this Sunday, 20th September, she will circulate the details this weekend.

Church at Home

See the Wychert Vale Benefice website for the link to Sunday’s online service, and for some lovely Reflections recorded over the last few weeks and months.

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

Harvest

BasketAlthough we are not holding a Harvest Service in church, we have a lovely Harvest Display in the Church Porch (see photos). A huge thank you to Lizzie and her team for arranging this.

We are still having a Harvest Collection. Please drop off any gifts for the Vineyard Storehouse in the collection box in the porch.

We are encouraging families to make crumbles (see below), so if you have any spare cooking apples, please leave them in the basket in the porch for people to take if needed.

 






Harvest at HomeSunflowers

Harvest is a time to:

· Give thanks for all the good things we have.

· Rejoice in the beauty of the world around us.

· Remember those who do not have much.

· Commit to caring for the world we share.

 

 

 Flowers 9

 

For Harvest at Home you can download our harvest pack here.

The pack has ideas to decorate your home aimed at younger children, but we also want to see what adults and older children can do. Be creative and send your photos to us so we can put them on websites and social media.

 

 

You will also find a recipe for Apple Crumble. We want to get children cooking and enjoying eating local produce. This means we have asked for Cooking Apples to be left outside our church. Children can learn the value of what we have. You can talk about these apples not having pesticides and being wonderful even if they are not perfect. See our service online from Saturday here.

When you eat your crumble, you can say this prayer;Produce

Thank you that these apples are not perfect, but they are wonderful.
Thank you for the wonderful world that gives so much.
Thank you for farmers who grow our food.
Help us to protect our environment – to encourage insects and birds to thrive.
We pray for people who have very little. People who have lost jobs over Covid
and people who have suffered because of climate change.
May our gifts feed the hungry and encourage those afraid.
Our world is not perfect, but it is wonderful. Amen

 

Golden Wedding Anniversary50 yrs

Many congratulations to Jenny and Bob Webb, on celebrating 50 years of marriage!

Thank you Jenny and Bob for sharing over 40 of those years as members of St. Mary’s Church family, and for the blessing your marriage  has brought to our fellowship.

 

LINK-TO-HOPE SHOEBOX APPEAL      “Every box brings a smile”

Link to HopeCan we encourage you to fill a Christmas shoebox for those in Eastern Europe who are living through desperate times?  Their need is greater than ever.  They have so little; we have so much.

All instructions for the Family / Elderly Shoeboxes  are on the leaflets  -  we have plenty!

Perhaps you would prefer to knit or sew… aprons, lavender bags, hats, puppets to name a few. Baby blankets are well received and are packed separately. Take a look at the Shoebox Crafting page for ideas on the website; Link to Hope

Please  email : hardy48@btinternet.com or call us on 01844 291173 for more information, leaflets and a shoebox if you need one. It’s fun to do and maybe you can encourage others who have time on their hands to make up a shoebox as well.  Let’s exceed last year’s total of 49 boxes and bring an even bigger smile to those receiving Christmas boxes in 2020.

Please pray for all those who receive a shoebox, those who distribute them and for the year round work of Link to Hope.

 

Schools update - Francesca Flaxton

Thank you to everyone who has been praying for our schools. As most people know, a small team of volunteers from Haddenham's churches usually go into our 3 village schools every week to lead assemblies or Collective Worship, tell "Open the Book" Bible stories and pray with the children. Obviously, we are unable to do this at the current time and we all really miss seeing the children and staff.

Collective Worship is currently happening within individual classes, and the Open the Book team are at present making recordings of Bible stories, with prayers etc tailored to the appropriate themes being planned in school. These will then be offered as a resource to each of our schools. In addition, a "Harvest" pack will be sent to all schools in our Benefice. We are aware how quickly circumstances can change, so we will keep monitoring the situation.  In the meantime, please continue to pray for our schools, staff and children. Thank you.

Private Prayer in the Church  

The church continues to be open for private prayer once a week on Wednesday mornings between 10 am and 2 pm.  There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and only a limited number of pews will be available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2020

The postponed APCM will now go ahead on Wednesday 7th October at 7.30pm in St Mary's Church. If the governmental and diocesan guidelines no longer permit meeting together at that time then this will proceed as a Zoom meeting. All are welcome to attend. Face masks will be required to be worn. 

We will have vacancies on the PCC and would love some new members, we also have a vacancy for another Deanery Synod Representative. Please consider if these roles might be something for you and contact Dianne 291219 or Val 292383 if you would like to find out more.

 

Word for this week Trish 2

Revd Trish Mander 

I am writing this on the day the new Government Regulation, The Rule of Six, comes into force, effectively marking the beginning of the next stage in our country’s progress through this challenging time.

Last week, during the Government’s televised Briefing, The Chief Medical Officer presented the facts of the current Coronavirus situation, drawing attention to both the positive and negative aspects. He likened the positive aspects to a cup half full, and the negatives to a cup half empty. It’s an analogy we are familiar with, but hearing it at this point perhaps provides us with an opportunity to take stock and refocus, as we move forward into these next months.

Hearing that our physical contact with our families and friends must again be so limited, is very disappointing to say the least. We are deeply saddened at not being able to gather together to worship in the ways we are so used to. There is no getting away from acknowledging the negative impact these limitations have on our lives, but it is vital that they do not become the factors that define our outlook and approach to life.

Throughout the pandemic we have referred back to the assurances of Psalm 23 and the knowledge of God’s presence and guiding hand. Ultimately it is this knowledge that defines our lives, and this is  something wholly positive.

The Exodus story of the Israelites’ journey through the desert reminds us of the dangers of negativity, as they concentrated on what they didn’t have rather than what God had provided, and as they turned on Moses, blaming him for their situation.

How important it is to be thankful for all God provides for us, day by day, to appreciate all our blessings, and also to know that in encouraging each other, we become a blessing! How important it is too, not to be part of any “blame culture”.  As the number of virus cases rise, it is important that we stand against seeking to apportion blame to groups of society defined by age, or culture, or any group that is “other”.

The positive assurance of being held in God’s love is the thing that defines who we are, giving us hope and confidence to face the future positively, and to do so as a blessing to those around us.

This point in time provides us with a unique opportunity to be that blessing by encouraging, by playing our part in upholding the regulations, in the spirit in which they are intended, and principally  through our positivity, thanking God for His constant presence, all His provision, for new possibilities, and above all for His redeeming love.

With love and prayers, Trish

Revd. Trish Mander,  Associate Minister, Wychert Vale Benefice

Prayer

Heavenly Father, we thank you for your presence with us.

We thank you for providing for us, leading us and guiding us by your Holy Spirit.

May the wonder of being held in your love, daily strengthen us to serve you faithfully, bringing your love and encouragement to others.

Through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Amen.

Notes from the Allotment by Tim Shaw

 

The Potato Famine occurred in Ireland in the years between 1845 and 1849 when the potato crop failed in successive years. The Irish famine was the worst to occur in Europe in the 19th century. and the crop failures were caused by late blight, a disease that destroys both the leaves and the edible roots, or tubers, of the potato plant. The cause of this blight is a fungus Phytophthora infestans. The fungus spreads rapidly, rotting the leaves which collapse and turn brown. Lesions develop on the stems and if unchecked it will affect the tubers. Tomatoes – a close relative of the potato - are affected in the same way and the fruit will develop brown patches and turn rotten. It is a common problem in warm wet weather and most allotment gardeners will have experienced it.

The rain we had at the end of August seems to have helped the fungus spread Rotten Tomatoesand I have lost some of the outdoor tomatoes this week and one plant in the greenhouse is also affected. Prevention is better than cure and various factors can help; crop rotation; good air flow around the plants; being careful not to wet the leaves when watering tomatoes – as well as a little luck with the weather! Affected fruit is being removed as soon as signs of blight are seen as this will slow the spread but will not stop it altogether. You can spray of course but there is evidence to show that resistance builds up to certain fungicides and it is better to isolate affected stems, leaves and fruit in bags and bury them deeply when the season is over. Affected fruit can be used if the brown patches are cut out – hence the enthusiasm for green tomato chutney amongst allotment gardeners!

Ezme Salad




The long red peppers in the same greenhouse have done really well this year. The variety I grew is ‘Marconi’. You don’t get a large number of peppers to a plant but the flavour is so much better than shop bought peppers that they are worth the space. These, together with the ripe tomatoes, recently harvested shallots and loads of fresh parsley I made the delicious Turkish ‘Ezme’ salad earlier this week from the ‘Persiana’ cookbook by Sabrina Ghayour – I’ll give you the recipe on the extended version of these notes on timshawsblog.wordpress.com if you want to try it yourself...

 



At this time of year our thoughts would naturally turn to the harvest festival and although things are very different this year, it doesn’t prevent us from giving thanks for God’s provision for us; the fruitfulness of the earth and committing ourselves to be even better stewards of the land we have been trusted with for a while. We were delighted to be able to make a display of produce from the allotment in the church porch this week to celebrate the harvest.

And finally a photo of our two allotments in September. All systems go! Leeks maturing in the foreground with a line of turnips and spinach beyond, with Kirstens cut flower bed and the netted brassicas before the greenhouses with cucumbers and tomatoes in full production still. Things change quickly at this time of year though and despite this week’s lovely sunshine autumn isn’t that far away.

Allotment View

 Prayer Line

Churches have had to be closed, even just to sit in quietly. However if you would be comforted by a prayer for yourself, family or a friend in this time of uncertainty, please feel free to call one of the following people. They will be pleased to pray with you one-to-one over the phone, or after you have put the phone down if you prefer.  You do not need to give a lot of information and the call will be in confidence. Please note this is not a counselling service or a helpline for anything other than prayer, although if we can suggest or signpost you to a source of help we will. Please pass this to friends, family and neighbours. All are welcome. 

Jenny  01844 290990           Hilary  07954 371013     Loraine  07810 184919     Sally  07780 928583 

Chris  07811 713522            Tricia  07932 626027

Do remember:

We realise this may be a particularly difficult time for those of us who are living alone. Please know that you are being supported in prayer, and if you would like a chat, please see our Prayer Line details above.

Prayer for our Community

We pray for all those in our community who have been bereaved.

We pray for those who have suffered sudden, tragic and untimely loss.

May they all know they are held in the love and the prayers of their community,

and may they know the strength and comfort of God’s love in their grief.

Prayer for our Schools

Please pray for our village schools, for St. Mary’s C.of E. School; the Community Infant School; and the Community Junior School.

We pray for the staff as they adjust to the current regulations, find solutions to challenges, and develop new ways of teaching. May they have wisdom in decision making.

We pray for the children as they become familiar with different ways of doing things.

We pray for the youngest children, who have just started school.

We pray for all to share in a confident and happy atmosphere in school.

Father God, hear our prayers.

Amen.

 


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September 11th 2020

After 23 weeks, and as circumstances change, we have decided to shorten these notice sheets. Full information about Diocesan online services, Community news and Daily Prayer details is now on the website where you can also find Church Contacts and much more.

Church at Home

See the Wychert Vale Benefice website for the link to Sunday’s online service.

On the Wychert Vale website, there are also find some lovely Reflections recorded over the last few weeks and months.

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Meetings are scheduled to start at 9am and run for 15-20 minutes, Monday to Friday.  Full details and words for the order of service are on St Mary’s website.

Coffee and Chat

Ros is kindly hosting our Zoom coffee after church at 11.30am this Sunday.

Meeting ID: 409 748 8914 Password: 5c9cuC

Services in Church

Government and Diocesan guidance permitting, we are planning to hold one Sunday morning service at St Mary’s each month for the next few months. Full details and dates will be circulated shortly and will also be on the website. Next week we hope to list all the services taking place across the benefice.

Harvest

Although we are not holding a Harvest Service in church, we are looking at how we can celebrate Harvest at home and also give to those in need.

We are planning to have a Harvest Display in the Church Porch, along with a Collection box—further details about the collection next week. If you would like to help with the display or contribute towards it, please contact Lizzie who is kindly co-ordinating this; 01844 292445 or  lizzie.banister9@gmail.com.

Private Prayer in the Church  

The church continues to be open for private prayer once a week on Wednesday mornings between 10 am and 2 pm.  There will be social distancing in place, some areas of the church will be inaccessible and only a limited number of pews will be available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2020

The postponed APCM will now go ahead on Wednesday 7th October at 7.30pm in St Mary's Church. If the governmental and diocesan guidelines no longer permit meeting together at that time then this will proceed as a Zoom meeting. All are welcome to attend. Face masks will be required to be worn. 

Update: Following the announcements this week we are waiting for further guidance from the Diocese about the APCM.

Word for this week  -  Revd Jonathan Hawkins


Jonathan

 

March seems a long way back now, but it was in March that ‘lockdown’ in the UK started. Lockdown brought changes to our way of life and none of us have remained unaffected by those changes and indeed those changes continue, even now.

Lockdown has brought isolation, business failure, loss of employment and fear of the unseen to name just four things, but for many, one of the biggest and perhaps unspoken thing that the fight against Corvid-19 has brought, is the loss of hope.

The phrase “Hope springs eternal” is something that sounds like it should be a quote from the bible, but it is not. Its earliest use is believed to be in a poem by Alexander Pope, ‘An Essay on Man’, written in the 1730’s:

“Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never Is, but always To be blest.
The soul, uneasy, and confin'd from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.”

The lack of contact with our loved ones, the fear of losing jobs and houses, the fear of the unseen virus has all contributed to the concern for what is coming next and that fear for the unknown and unseen future is what impacts on hope.

But what does the bible say? What words does Paul share with us on the subject of hope? Romans 8:24-25 says: “For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one also hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.”

Paul tells us that our hope should be in the unseen, not the seen. That we should put our hope and therefore our trust in our unseen God and not in the world around us.

Today we see signs of things changing, greater freedom to mix with friends and relatives, to eat out, to go to work and for children to go back to school. Much is yet to happen before we can truly put the virus behind us, but we should continue in our faith to trust in God and to look forward with hope to a new future in a ‘new normal’ whatever that may be.

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 

Jonathan

Revd Jonathan Hawkins, Associate Minister, Wychert Vale Benefice


Pebble Prayer Station

Our Pebble Prayer station is being used even more now that the school has reopened.

Anyone passing through  is invited to take and hold a pebble as a symbol of their prayer and then place it on the shelves. The pebbles can be decorated or not, taken home and returned later, or placed at that moment. Every few weeks the pebbles are collected by one of our ministers and all those prayer requests are prayed for collectively. The pebbles are then placed in the churchyard.

We are so thankful for the comfort that many people have received through this process.

Notes from the Allotment by Tim Shaw

 

At the end of July, I was sowing turnip seeds for planting out and expecting a September harvest.  Some of the plants went in under fleece and some in the open air and, as expected, those under the fleece did a little better both in terms of growth and also the leaves were less perforated by flea beetle which can be quite a pest Root production was a little uneven but the best ones are now between the size of a golf ball and a tennis ball and ready for Turnipsthe table. This variety is called Purple Top Milan on account of the lovely purple tinge to the top of the roots. I’ve mentioned before the disparaging comments made by some cookery writers on the subject of turnips but they are quite versatile – not only can the roots be used but the green tops can be trimmed then quickly blanched in boiling water for about 30 seconds then stir-fried in oil with the addition of some chilli and chopped anchovies to make a nutritious lunch!

 

And with the roots, for those with conventional tastes of courseLamb & Turnips, an Irish stew would be the way to go but last night I cooked up a traditional Kashmiri curry of lamb with turnips – following a recipe by Camellia Panjabi in ‘50 Great Curries of India’. Apparently in the Kashmir, where they are stored in holes dug into the snow, turnips were traditionally one of the few winter vegetables available.








The pears which I took off the tree just before going on holiday sat in the fridge for 10 days to try to slow down the ripening but since my return have been sitting in the cool of the garage where they are now at the point where I have to either eat about 2 dozen pears in the next couple of days; or suffer the disappointment of eating over ripe floury textured pears over the next few weeks or preserve them by bottling so that although not fresh, they will at least be a little taste of late summer over the winter months ahead. Bottling pears involves packing the peeled pears into jars submerged in a sugar syrup. The jars are then heated at simmering point for about 40 minutes then the lids tightened . In true ‘Blue Peter’ style the photo below shows ‘one I made earlier’.

Bottled Pears

 

Elsewhere, the courgettes have now slowed down their rate of growth now the nights are much cooler and I have been busy sowing winter lettuce and pak choi which will go both into the greenhouse as the cucumber, pepper and tomato plants come out and also outside under cloches to provide salad leaves through the autumn. So there is still plenty to do on the allotment – the work done in these few remaining weeks of the summer season will determine the availability of produce in the winter months so it’s still all systems go!

 



Prayer Line

Churches have had to be closed, even just to sit in quietly. However if you would be comforted by a prayer for yourself, family or a friend in this time of uncertainty, please feel free to call one of the following people. They will be pleased to pray with you one-to-one over the phone, or after you have put the phone down if you prefer.  You do not need to give a lot of information and the call will be in confidence. Please note this is not a counselling service or a helpline for anything other than prayer, although if we can suggest or signpost you to a source of help we will. Please pass this to friends, family and neighbours. All are welcome. 

 Jenny  01844 290990      Hilary  07954 371013      Loraine  07810 184919    Sally  07780 928583 

Chris  07811 713522    Tricia  07932 626027

 Do remember:Cliveden Roses

We realise this may be a particularly difficult time for those of us who are living alone. Please know that you are being supported in prayer, and if you would like a chat, please see our Prayer Line details above.


Prayer for our Community

We pray for all those in our community who have been bereaved.

We pray for those who have suffered sudden, tragic and untimely loss.

May they all know they are held in the love and the prayers of their community,

and may they know the strength and comfort of God’s love in their grief.

Prayer for our Schools

We pray for our schools as they open for the Autumn term. We think especially of the schools in our village; St Mary’s Infant, Haddenham Community Infant  and Haddenham Community Junior schools.

We pray that the planning and preparation needed to ensure the safety of children and staff will be manageable and smooth.

We think of those who are uncertain about the return to school and we pray for wisdom and understanding for those in authority.

We pray for the teachers as they work out how to “teach” with new restrictions, and we pray for the children as they get used to different practices.

We think of all the families whose children are returning to school and the adjustments they will be making.

Father God, hear our prayers.

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September 4th 2020

Church at Home

See the Wychert Vale Benefice website for the link to Sunday’s service

On the Wychert Vale website, you can find some Video Reflections and a link to the Daily Prayers being led by Revd Jonathan Hawkins below.

Oxford Diocese Livestream has a wonderful choice of services both online and by telephone. Church at Home services from the Diocese of Oxford can now be accessed by telephone. Dial 01865 920930 to hear the latest service (press 0= short service, 1= full service). Normal call rates apply. Please pass this message on to anyone who might welcome this way to be involved in worship at this time. 

Daily Hope telephone line
As well as the Church at Home weekly telephone service from the Diocese, a new national phoneline offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services. The line is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044.

Revd Jonathan Hawkins will be leading Daily Morning Prayers online via Zoom, which everyone is very welcome to join.   Meetings are scheduled to start at 9am and run for 15-20 minutes, Monday to Friday.  Full details and words for the order of service are at the bottom of this notice-sheet. Please have a bible to hand to follow the daily reading which will be given out each day.

 

Services in Church

We are currently reviewing the trial service we held in August and exploring how we might move forward with more services this month. We will keep you updated.

Private Prayer in the Church  

The church continues to be open for private prayer once a week on Wednesday mornings between 10 am and 2 pm.  This follows a detailed risk assessment of the church to apply the Guidance from the Diocese.   There will be social distancing in place, many areas of the church will be inaccessible and only a limited number of pews will be available. The toilet and kitchen will NOT be in use. You may need to wait outside the building for a short while if no space is available.

 Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2020

The postponed APCM will now go ahead on Wednesday 7th October at 7.30pm in St Mary's Church. If the governmental and diocesan guidelines no longer permit meeting together at that time then this will proceed as a Zoom meeting. All are welcome to attend. Face masks will be required to be worn. 

 Word for this week  -  Gordon Kuhrt    Gordon

Keen to GROW


Our youngest grand-daughter is seven. Some months ago she planted a bed of sunflowers. She has been so excited to watch them grow to four times her height! See the picture.

 Sunflowers

Growth and growing have been in the news recently. Gardeners have delighted in the growth of some of their crops. On the other hand, parents have been anxious about the growth in children’s education and social interaction during school closures. We are all aware of the slowdown in growth for the economy,  industry and other areas of life.

 

The apostle Peter had a pretty erratic track-record of growth in his discipleship of Jesus. Talk about ups and downs! One moment he makes great promises of absolute loyalty, on another occasion denies all knowledge of Jesus again and again! But his very last words (of which we have record) were about growth. He said “Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3.18).

 

In difficult times, we can determine to avoid grumbling, and seek to grow

· In being good neighbours

· In developing family communications (zoom etc)

· In resilience – finding new ways of coping etc

 Ven Dr Gordon Kuhrt, Wychert Vale Benefice

Prayer

Jesus,

               You know about difficulties and hardship

               Please keep us from grumbling,

               Help us to grow – in grace,

                and in the way we know you.

               Amen        

Notes from the Allotment by Tim Shaw

 

This week I am on holiday so it’s more about what I’ll be doing next week when I’m back on the allotment again – and thanks to the generous helpers who are watering and feeding the chickens while we are away.

 

Composting is at the heart of the recycling activity which returns fertility to the soil on the allotment and as the season turns, it’s time to turn the compost heaps to mix the contents, check the activity and correct the balance of ‘ingredients ‘.  Visitors to our allotment are sometimes surprised at the large quantity of cardboard lying around.  Not only is cardboard good as a mulch for suppressing weeds on ground not in use, but when it has done that job it provides a useful source of brown matter – carbon rich, to balance the large amount of green stuff – nitrogen rich, which gets added to the compost heaps during the summer season as vegetable waste and grass clippings are produced in abundance.  So the reason for all that cardboard is that you need about 3 parts carbon rich material to 1 part of nitrogen rich stuff!  Other options are possible; twigs, sawdust, paper, ash, woodchips...but cardboard is the most easily available.  I won’t go as far to say we’ll take all your cardboard but we are always on the lookout for more!  Now, back to turning the heaps...if you get the balance right first time and carefully mix those ingredients as they go in, you won't need to turn the heap to mix it.  Realistically that doesn’t happen and in our no-dig, organic allotment where we rely on a large quantity of available compost to add to the beds annually we have to attend to those heaps to make sure everything is going well!

 Compost

Turning the heaps also has an added advantage – all sorts of things once lost turn up again like vegetable peelers, teaspoons accidentally dropped into the kitchen waste bin months ago!

Now we aren’t digging over the allotment each year, the finding of unusual object has diminished considerably.  In the past I have found clay pipe stems and bowls, all sorts of bits of broken tools from the past, bolts, bottle tops – one clearly marked “Aylesbury Brewery Company Ltd.”. However it is the unseen detritus from the more recent past which ought to give us all great cause for concern.  It was reported in the news today that researchers in China have discovered that micro plastic pollution causes significant damage to populations of soil-dwelling mites, larvae and other tiny creatures which play an essential role in recycling carbon and nitrogen and breaking down organic matter into a form that bacteria can consume.  There has not been, to date, nearly enough research on the potential problems with micro plastics – the minute particles produced by the deterioration of oil-based plastic products in the environment - but each study which emerges tells the same story – of an increasing despoliation of God's creation. By gardening organically, and using as little plastic as possible on the allotment we are only doing the very minimum to swim against the tide of mass consumption of plastic products which will surely have profound environmental consequences for future generations.

Prayer Line

Churches have had to be closed, even just to sit in quietly. However if you would be comforted by a prayer for yourself, family or a friend in this time of uncertainty, please feel free to call one of the following people. They will be pleased to pray with you one-to-one over the phone, or after you have put the phone down if you prefer.  You do not need to give a lot of information and the call will be in confidence. Please note this is not a counselling service or a helpline for anything other than prayer, although if we can suggest or signpost you to a source of help we will. Please pass this to friends, family and neighbours. All are welcome. 

 Jenny  01844 290990      Hilary  07954 371013      Loraine  07810 184919    Sally  07780 928583 

Chris  07811 713522    Tricia  07932 626027

 Do remember:Cliveden Roses

We realise this may be a particularly difficult time for those of us who are living alone. Please know that you are being supported in prayer, and if you would like a chat, please see our Prayer Line details above.


Prayer for our Community

We pray for all those in our community who have been bereaved.

We pray for those who have suffered sudden, tragic and untimely loss.

May they all know they are held in the love and the prayers of their community,

and may they know the strength and comfort of God’s love in their grief.

Prayer for our Schools

We pray for our schools as they open for the Autumn term. We think especially of the schools in our village; St Mary’s Infant, Haddenham Community Infant  and Haddenham Community Junior schools.

We pray that the planning and preparation needed to ensure the safety of children and staff will be manageable and smooth.

We think of those who are uncertain about the return to school and we pray for wisdom and understanding for those in authority.

We pray for the teachers as they work out how to “teach” with new restrictions, and we pray for the children as they get used to different practices.

We think of all the families whose children are returning to school and the ad