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We rejoice to announce that the Revd. Dr. Patrick Gilday will be joining us as the Rector of the new Benson with Ewelme Benefice in July.  Patrick is currently a curate in Ascot.  We look forward to welcoming him, his wife Lydia and their daughter Madeleine to Benson in the summer.  Until then  we continue to enjoy the ministry of our visiting clergy who lead our worship.

From 1st April 2017 we are joined with the parishes of the Ewelme Benefice (Ewelme, Brightwell Baldwin, Cuxham and Easington) as the new United Benefice of Benson with Ewelme.  We will mark our union at a shared service on Sunday 30th April at St Helen's.

Sunday Services at St Helen's consist of Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer at 8.30am and a Parish Communion using Common Worship at 10am.  On third Sundays this service is a Eucharist for the Whole Family of God with greater involvement by children and music led by the church orchestra.

As well as providing activities for children at the 10am service in the form of FroGs (Friends of God), there are two groups for older children which run on Sunday evenings.  On the second Sunday of the month, from 5.30-7pm the Tweens Group of 9-12 year olds meet in the Canons' Room.  On second and fourth Sundays the Youth Group for 13-18 year olds meets from 7-9.15pm. 

Please view the calendar for details of some of the events which run in and around the church as well as special services.

Information about those buried in the main churchyard and the new churchyard on the other side of Church Road can be found using the documents on the right hand side of this page.  Please note that whilst records may indicate the names of those buried in the churchyard, not all graves are marked with monuments.

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

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Palm Procession
Procession of Palms, with a donkey from the Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary, to the church for Dramatic Reading of the Passion and Eucharist of Palm Sunday. Please meet in the village centre at 9.45 to join the procession.
Sunday 9th April 2017 at 9:45 AM for 1½ hours
Family Friendly Refreshments
 
Maundy Thursday Holy Communion
Institution of the Lord's Supper with the Stripping of the Sanctuary
Thursday 13th April 2017 at 7:30 PM for 1 hour
 
Easter Vigil
Vigil Readings, the New Fire and lighting of the Paschal Candle, Renewal of Baptismal Vows and Communion for Easter.
Saturday 15th April 2017 at 7:30 PM for 1 hour
Common Worship
 
Annual Vestry Meeting & Annual Parochial Church Meeting
Annual Vestry Meeting for the election of churchwardens followed by the Annual Parochial Church Council Meeting. All those listed on the electoral roll are welcome to attend and vote.
Sunday 23rd April 2017 at 11:30 AM for 1 hour
 
Come and Sing Opera Choruses
Under the direction of Judith Ward we will rehearse the following choruses before performing a short concert in the church supported by Mary Daniels on piano and soprano soloist Lisa Gifford-Guy. Habanera from Carmen – Bizet Polovtsian Dances (excerpt) – Borodin Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffman – Offenbach (Sops & altos) Humming Chorus from Madama Butterfly – Puccini With cat-like tread from The Pirates of Penzance – Sullivan Anvil Chorus from Il trovatore – Verdi Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco – Verdi La donna è mobile from Rigoletto – Verdi (tenors & basses). Details on the leaflet available to download on the right hand side of the Home page.
Saturday 20th May 2017 at 1:30 PM
 
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Sunday

Holy Communion
Book of Common Prayer Liturgy with Authorised Version Readings
Every Sunday at 8:30 AM for ½ hour
Ends Saturday 29th April 2017.
Resumes Monday 1st May 2017
Book of Common Prayer
PARISH EUCHARIST
Common Worship Order One
Every first second fourth and fifth Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Ends Saturday 29th April 2017.
Resumes Monday 1st May 2017
Family Friendly Creche Refreshments Common Worship
Eucharist for the Whole Family of God
An all-age worship service with children in church and our own Orchestra leading the music. Third Sunday of the month.
Once a month
Every third Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Creche
Tweens Group
A group for 9-12 year olds meeting in the Canons' Room
Every second Sunday at 5:30 PM
Youth Group
Youth Group for 12-18 year olds
Every second and fourth Sunday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours
Ends Saturday 8th April 2017.
Resumes Monday 10th April 2017

Monday

Evening Prayer in Holy Week
A short service of evening prayer
Every second Monday at 7:00 PM for ½ hour
from Monday 10th April 2017 until Wednesday 12th April 2017

Tuesday

Evening Prayer in Holy Week
A short service of evening prayer
Every second Tuesday at 7:00 PM for ½ hour
from Monday 10th April 2017 until Wednesday 12th April 2017

Wednesday

Holy Communion
Holy Communion in the Day Room at the Millstream Centre on the first Monday of each month.
Please check the pew sheet
Every first Wednesday at 11:00 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship
Evening Prayer in Holy Week
A short service of evening prayer
Every second Wednesday at 7:00 PM for ½ hour
from Monday 10th April 2017 until Wednesday 12th April 2017

Thursday

Women's House Group
An opportunity to meet and discuss church related subjects at 12 Chiltern Close, Benson. For more information contact Sylvia Baker 01491 832336.
Every second Thursday at 2:30 PM for 1 hour
Study Group
A group which meets at 12 the Moorlands to study and discuss the readings for the following Sunday's service
Every fourth Thursday at 7:45 PM for 1 hour
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Palm Procession
Procession of Palms, with a donkey from the Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary, to the church for Dramatic Reading of the Passion and Eucharist of Palm Sunday. Please meet in the village centre at 9.45 to join the procession.
Sunday 9th April 2017 at 9:45 AM for 1½ hours
Family Friendly Refreshments
Maundy Thursday Holy Communion
Institution of the Lord's Supper with the Stripping of the Sanctuary
Thursday 13th April 2017 at 7:30 PM for 1 hour
Good Friday Liturgy - From Gethsemane to Golgotha
A service which follows the journey to the cross including hymns, readings and reflection. This is an interactive service designed for all ages. Without remembering the events of Good Friday, we cannot fully appreciate the glory of Easter! Followed by Hot Cross buns in the Canons’ Room
Friday 14th April 2017 at 2:00 PM for 1 hour
Easter Vigil
Vigil Readings, the New Fire and lighting of the Paschal Candle, Renewal of Baptismal Vows and Communion for Easter.
Saturday 15th April 2017 at 7:30 PM for 1 hour
Common Worship
Annual Vestry Meeting & Annual Parochial Church Meeting
Annual Vestry Meeting for the election of churchwardens followed by the Annual Parochial Church Council Meeting. All those listed on the electoral roll are welcome to attend and vote.
Sunday 23rd April 2017 at 11:30 AM for 1 hour
Thanksgiving Service for the new united Benefice of Benson with Ewelme
A service to mark the creation on 1st April of the new United Benefice of Benson with Ewelme, formed of the parishes of Benson, Ewelme, Brightwell Baldwin, Cuxham and Easington to be led by Revd. Jonathan Meyer. There will be refreshments in the Canons' Room after the service.
Sunday 30th April 2017 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Whist Evening
Come and play whist for fun in the Canons' Room - meet at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Contact Rodney and Jeanne Davis for further information to take part 01491 824358.
Friday 5th May 2017 at 7:00 PM for 1½ hours
Come and Sing Opera Choruses
Under the direction of Judith Ward we will rehearse the following choruses before performing a short concert in the church supported by Mary Daniels on piano and soprano soloist Lisa Gifford-Guy. Habanera from Carmen – Bizet Polovtsian Dances (excerpt) – Borodin Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffman – Offenbach (Sops & altos) Humming Chorus from Madama Butterfly – Puccini With cat-like tread from The Pirates of Penzance – Sullivan Anvil Chorus from Il trovatore – Verdi Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco – Verdi La donna è mobile from Rigoletto – Verdi (tenors & basses). Details on the leaflet available to download on the right hand side of the Home page.
Saturday 20th May 2017 at 1:30 PM

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Toilets

Wheelchair accessible toilets

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass Floodlight
Organ

 
     
Guidebooks
Church Open The church is open daily from about 0900-dusk. For access at other times contact the churchwardens.

Foodbank or foodbank collection point
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Hall for Hire For hall booking see our Canons Room page
Other information
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 33
Style of worship: Central Eucharistic
Our Patron: Christ Church Oxford
Archdeaconry: Dorchester (274)
Deanery: ASTON & CUDDESDON (27402)
Benefice: Benson (27/044 M)
Parish Legal Name: Benson (270101 )
CofE Church Info: (627101 27/101)
Short URL: acny.uk/33/
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