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HOME PAGE FOR COMBINED PARISH OF CHINNOR, SYDENHAM, ASTON ROWANT AND CROWELL

 

This web site does not follow the usual rules of web page design, but is a simple document providing basic information describing  the four churches and the facilities provided by the churches in the Combined Parish. It consists of the following sections:

 

1.   A DESCRIPTION OF THE RECTORY AND OUR CHURCHES

2.  BAPTISM BOOKINGS

3.  WEDDING BOOKINGS

4.   STANDARD WEDDING LETTER

5.  CURRENT WEEKLY NOTICES AND SERVICE PEW SHEETS  

 

 

 

 

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                                      SECTION 1  -  A DESCRIPTION OF THE RECTORY AND OUR CHURCHES

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THE RECTORY

The Rectory is situated in Chinnor opposite St. Andrew’s Church in the heart of the village, adjacent to the Village Centre.      

The Diocese is considering the submission of an application for a new Rectory to be built within the “Orchard Garden”.  

 

                                                                  ST ANDREW'S CHURCH , CHINNOR (OX39 4PG)

Church Services..The congregation at the main 10am Sunday services usually numbers between 60 and 70.  At festivals and combined services attendances can rise to 170.  An All Souls Day afternoon service has provided solace for relatives and friends of the recently departed across the United Parish.  This has been sincerely appreciated and fills a special need.

These services are shared between the clergy on the Ministry Team.  The annual Confirmation Service tends to involve three adults and three young people.

During a year, there are approximately 25 Baptisms, 10 Marriages, 20 Funerals and 20 Crematoria Services.

 

Church Choir.  There has been a steady choral tradition at St. Andrew's, with an active RSCM affiliated choir membership. Services in the United Parish are covered at present by a small team of organists co-ordinated from St Andrew’s.  Choral services or concerts have been a feature of the church calendar; St Andrew’s is used frequently by local musicians including Chinnor Silver Band.  The previous Rector’s wife established a “Treble Choir” and this continues.

 

The Church Building  St. Andrew's is a fine 14th century church, built mainly from local flint. It is one of the larger village churches in the Oxford Diocese and can seat 200 at a pinch. The regular annual fund raising for the church is in the form of spring and autumn fairs and a Gift Day.

 

Church Bells There is a Bell Tower, with six bells, in regular use by an active team of ringers.  An interchange of ringers across the United Parish and from elsewhere is welcomed and encouraged. Bells are rung prior to Sunday services, at weddings and on other special occasions.

The Churchyard remains open for burials and is well cared for by families in the community and church members at monthly work parties. There is regular grass cutting of the larger areas.

 

ST MARY'S CHURCH, SYDENHAM  (OX39 4ND)

Sydenham is a small village with St Mary’s Church, the Village Green, the Crown Pub and the Village Hall the dominant features at its centre.

There are  fewer than 150 properties, a couple of good pubs but no school, no shops and no bus route through the village.

In 2013 it had a population of about 265 adults and about 63 children, with 20 of them aged under 5 years of age.

Congregation numbers are generally small, but larger congregations feature at Christmas, Easter and Harvest.

During the 2013 Calendar Year we had 3 weddings, 3 baptisms and 1 funeral.

 

ST MARY'S CHURCH BUILDING

St Mary’s church is a picturesque centrepiece of the Village and both the church and the churchyard, which is still open for burials, are well cared for. On Shrove Tuesday pancake races are held for children and we hold a Christmas Market over a late November Saturday lunchtime, both raising money to boost the Church coffers.

The Church is highly valued by residents and considered to be the heart of the village. This is demonstrated by the willingness of villagers to raise funds whenever needed and in a recent one off house to house appeal to help pay our Parish Share brought in a marvellous £4k.

THE OLD SCHOOL ROOM

Next to the church, on Church land, a school built in 1849 and known as The Old Schoolroom, having been upgraded and refurbished, serves as a well-used Village Hall for many of our local social events. The Old School Room is leased to Trustees with the churchwardens on the committee.

 

 

 

THE CHURCH OF ST PETER & ST PAUL,  ASTON ROWANT

This church has traditionally served the villages of Aston Rowant and Kingston Blount.  Aston Rowant was once a rural village but  now, sited near the J5 junction of the M40, it is a fairly well-to-do mix of young families, commuters and retired people. ‘Aston, Kingston and Crowell Parish Notes’, a magazine produced six times a year, gives details of all activities in the villages and Parish Council Notes.

Kingston Blount forms part of the civil and ecclesiastical parish of Aston Rowant. The village is more compact than Aston Rowant with a higher density of population and is more socially mixed. The Village Hall built in the 1970s and adjacent playing fields are well used.

 

ST PETER & ST PAUL'S CHURCH BUILDING   (OX49 5SR)  

The original church probably dates from the eleventh century and has undergone reconstruction and improvement during the intervening centuries.   A major interior and exterior restoration programme took place between 2001 and 2003.

.The organ, built by Atterton of Leighton Buzzard and installed in 1873, was restored in 2002.  An annexe containing a kitchenette and disabled toilet with access from the North door of the building was completed in 2012.

A sound system has been installed, and new chairs and furnishings have been provided in the North aisle.

St Peter & St Paul serves both villages and is always open during the day.  At Christmas, Easter and other festivals, attendance usually exceeds 80, and during the year we have Countryside and Rogation Services and a Pet Service. There is a group of bell ringers. To quote from our well-researched guidebook, ‘the church in its present state retains a peculiar serenity in its simple beauty, clear architectural lines and lack of fussy decoration.

In an average year, there are: 3 baptisms, 2 weddings and 3 funerals.

 

 

 

THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, CROWELL  (OX39 4RP)

The ancient parish of Crowell lies across the B4009 between Chinnor and Kingston Blount and is predominately agricultural.  On one side of the B4009 are buildings clustered round the Church, the public house, with restaurant facilities, the former rectory and the local funeral parlour, together with a ribbon of older cottages and some modern infilling. 

Just as Crowell village is the smallest community in the United Parish so too is the Church small – and also the least well attended.  Members of what used to be a good congregation have died or moved away from the area without being replaced. 

Attendances have fallen away and the Electoral Roll has shrunk correspondingly.  The response of successive incumbents and of the Churchwardens at Crowell has been to introduce considerable flexibility into the pattern of worship.  

When a Thinking Day was held in the United Parish in October 2003, the consensus view was that Crowell church might in time be given a changed role, offering special services and providing a venue for meetings, lectures, concerts, poetry readings and the like.                                                                                     

Outcomes of this thinking include: a Sung Eucharist (normally Byrd Three-Part Mass) at 10am on the second Sunday of each month, and “Soul Space”, half an hour of quiet reflection on the first and third

Saturdays of each month.  There have been Lent Meditations and special occasions featuring readings and presentations.

In an average year, there are: 2 baptisms, 1 wedding and 2 funerals.

Despite the survival of some pre-Reformation features, the present building is a plain Victorian rebuild of 1878-80 in flint and stone evidently intended to seat a congregation of about 60.   There is a small organ in working order and a relatively new oil-fired heating boiler.  The fabric of the church is generally sound.

The Churchwardens acquired glebe land adjacent to the church in 2005 for creating a car park for the use of worshippers, visitors and the village.  This project was completed in 2010.   They hope to add facilities to support basic needs. 

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SECTION 2  -  REQUESTS FOR BAPTISMS

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Unless there are exceptional circumstance, baptisms are conducted on Sundays.  They take place either during the 10.00am service with the congregation present, or privately at 12.00noon or 3.00pm.

If you wish to arrange a baptism at any of the four churches in the Combined Parish, contact St Andrew's church office on 01844 352472 during office hours, or leave a voicemail outside hours, or e-mail [email protected].

Office hours are 10.00am - 2.00pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  The phone will normally be answered by the Parish Administrator, Brian Daniels.

It will not be possible to confirm a booking at the time of the call, as this will depend on the availability of the church requested, and of the clergy.  However, if you leave a message giving the preferred church, day, date and time, every effort will be made to meet your request, and one of the clergy will contact you to discuss the arrangements.  Leave your name, address, local phone number and/or mobile number, and e-mail address.

 

 

 

 

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                                                                           SECTION 3  -  BOOKING WEDDINGS

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A couple entitled to marry in one of the four parishes of the Combined Parish are equally entitled to marry in any of the other churches of the group - in Chinnor, Sydenham, Aston Rowant or Crowell.  Chinnor has the more comprehensive facilities in terms of seating capacity, car parking, bells, organ, choir and flower arranging, but couples may alternatively prefer the charm and warmth of one of the smaller churches.

It has to be emphasised that it is necessary to BOOK EARLY.   If you are flexible in the date for your wedding, there will always be many dates from which to choose, but if you are set on a particular date then book at least ONE YEAR in advance, and to be on the safe side, make it 18 months, and to be certain, two years.  Most people choose to marry on a Saturday, but about 10% choose a Friday.

Invariably there are favourite dates that many people want, year after year.  The main demand is on St Andrew's church, and it may be necessary to arrange two weddings on the same day, separated by two and a half hours.  If you decide to use one of the smaller churches, the smaller populations of those parishes make it almost certain that you will get the date you want.

 

 

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                                                                 SECTION 4  -  STANDARD WEDDING LETTER

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The United Parish of Chinnor, Sydenham, Aston Rowant and Crowell

 

St Andrew’s, Chinnor; St Mary’s, Sydenham; St Peter and St Paul’s, Aston Rowant;

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Crowell.

 

Rector:   (Vacancy)

Assistant priests:

The Revd. Joan DeVal

The Revd. Peter Wainwright

The Revd. Des Foote

 

4 March 2014

 

Dear (Bride and Bridegroom-to-be)

We are delighted that you have booked your wedding to take place on ********** at the Parish Church of St Andrew’s, Chinnor, at 3.00pm. The minister who will conduct your wedding will contact you before this date to talk through the practical details of the Wedding Service and to give you the information you need to help you plan the actual service. The minister will normally expect to meet with the couple twice and also for a wedding rehearsal. Meanwhile, the following information may be helpful to you as you make preparations for your wedding.

 

Banns

If either of you lives in a parish other than Chinnor, Sydenham, Aston Rowant or Crowell, you must see that your Banns are called in that Parish also. They may only be called in C of E churches.

Where both of you live outside Chinnor, Sydenham, Aston Rowant or Crowell, but one or other has the right to be married at one of the churches of the parish, the banns must also be called in the parishes of residence as well as the church where you are to be married.

Certificates that the banns have been called should be handed to the minister who will conduct your Wedding as soon as they are available, or the Wedding may not be able to take place.

 

Music

The minister who will conduct your wedding will be happy to discuss music and hymns with you. If you have a friend who you would like to play for your service, please confirm this now so that we can put them in touch with our organist. If you wish to include recorded music, this can be discussed with the minister when you meet.

There is a Church Choir available to sing at Weddings at Chinnor, Aston Rowant and Sydenham. You may wish to provide your own choir, musicians or soloist, and this again can be discussed with the minister.

 

 

Recordings

As matters of copyright may be involved, you should consult the minister who will conduct your Wedding if you wish to make either an audio or video recording

 

Flowers

All arrangements for the provision of flowers must be made in consultation with the minister who will conduct your Wedding. We are also able to suggest flower arrangers whom you might contact if you are unable to make your own arrangements. Names and contact phone numbers are listed at the end of this letter.

Photographs

These are not generally permitted in church during the ceremony, but may be taken after the service in church (and, of course, outside). In addition, your photographer may take photographs as the bride enters the church, as the couple leave the church, during the signing of the register; and time exposures only (without flash) from the back of the church during the ceremony.

Video Cameras

Video Cameras may be used during Wedding services only if the following conditions are complied with. It is very important that these conditions are faithfully observed by all concerned, and the couple must ensure that they are understood and observed by the photographer.

 The whole service must be filmed, and not just parts of it.

    The equipment must operate without the use of special lighting and cables, and be silent in use.
    The camera and microphones must be situated out of the site of the congregation.
    There must be no movement of the camera from the entry of the bride until she and her husband leave to sign the registers.

These arrangements are made in order to facilitate the holding of a dignified and memorable service with no distractions, that is at the same time recorded for later use.

 

Order of Service

In the "Appendix" you will find a guide for those who wish to have music at their Wedding, and who wish to have a printed Order of Service (this is not arranged by ourselves). Any variation from this Order will need to be discussed with the minister who will conduct your Wedding.

 

Fees

These are paid to the minister conducting your wedding at the wedding rehearsal and these are in accordance with the scale laid down by law. The attached sheet shows 2014 prices, and it is to be expected that the prices for 2015 will increase. Many couples prefer to pay the fees at the Wedding rehearsal.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need more information.

 

Yours sincerely, 

 

(Rector)

 

 

APPENDIX

 

Voluntary for entry of Bride (*1)

HYMN (*4)

THE MARRIAGE

The Reading

The Address

HYMN (*4)

THE PRAYERS

HYMN (*4)

THE BLESSING

Signing of the Registers (*3)

Voluntary for outgoing Procession (*2)

 

The above is designed solely to demonstrate the correct layout of the Order of Service. The actual contents should be discussed with the minister who will conduct your Wedding before arrangements are made for printing. The hymns are printed in full.

 

*1. Suggested voluntaries for the entrance of the Bride (to be discussed with the organist, as requested above):

              Bridal March - Wagner                                    Trumpet Tune in D - Purcell

    Trumpet Voluntary - Jeremiah Clarke           Te Deum Prelude - Charpentier
    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel         Hornpipe (Water Music) – Handel
    Canon - Pachelbel

 

*2. Suggested voluntaries for the outgoing procession (to be discussed with the organist, as requested above):

Wedding March - Mendelssohn (or one of the above)

 

*3. Organ music is usually played here from the organist’s own repertoire. The organist will usually be willing to play special requests, but the couple will have to supply the music. This is also the place in the service where an invited choir would sing an anthem, or a friend would sing a solo.

 

*4. List of Hymns suitable for the Wedding Service:

The Lord’s my Shepherd                                       The King of Love my Shepherd is

O worship the King                                                  Praise the Lord, ye heavens adore him

Love divine, all loves excelling                               Immortal, Invisible, God only wise

Lead us, Heavenly Father, Lead us                      Now thank we all our God

Come down, O love divine                                      Dear Lord and Father of mankind

Praise My soul, the King of Heaven                      Lord of all hopefulness

And did those feet (Jerusalem)                             Morning has broken

Make me a channel of your peace                        One more step along the world I go

All things bright and beautiful                                 Lord of the dance

O Lord my God! (How great Thou art)                   Praise to the Lord the Almighty

Vows have been spoken (tune: Morning has broken)

 

The above is not a complete list of hymns appropriate to Weddings. The churches use the hymn book: Common Praise (Hymns Ancient and Modern Revised at Sydenham). If you require a hymn not in these books, this is easily arranged provided an Order of Service is printed for the use of the congregation.

 

MARRIAGE FEES from 1st January to 31st December 2014

 

Marriage Service £392.00

Publication of Banns £ 21.00

Marriage Certificate £ 4.00

£417.00 (cheque payable to: "United Parish of Chinnor".

All other charges below to be paid in cash.)

NOTES

1. Fee for Publication of Banns + Certificate of Banns (for Marriage elsewhere than within the

United Parish of Chinnor, Sydenham, Aston Rowant and Crowell): £21.00 + £13.00 = £34.00

2. Fee for copy of a Marriage Certificate issued at the time of the marriage is £4.00, and subsequent to Marriage is £10.00

3. The current charge for an organist is normally £75.

4. Bells can be rung after the Service at Chinnor, Aston Rowant and Sydenham churches, subject to the availability of ringers. The current charge is £100 at Chinnor and Aston Rowant, and £20 at Sydenham (where there are only three bells). Bells may be rung before and after the Service by

negotiation, and the charge may be increased accordingly.

5. At Chinnor and Aston Rowant, there is a sound system. CD’s can be played through this by

arrangement. The other two churches do not have a sound system, and couples

must therefore make their own arrangements if this is required.

6. No charge is made for heating the church during winter months, nor is a charge made for video

recording.

7. Couples may make their own arrangements to provide a choir, in consultation with the minister

who will conduct the Wedding. The choir of St Andrew’s Church, Chinnor, may be booked for a

Wedding in Chinnor, Aston Rowant and Crowell. The current charge is £75. The choir of St

Mary’s Church, Sydenham, may be booked for a Wedding in St Mary’s Church. The current

charge is £45.

8. There are no statutory fees for a Service of Prayer and Dedication (‘Service of Blessing’)

following Civil Marriage, but it is suggested that an equivalent donation be made to the church.

Charges for an organist, choir and bell-ringers are the same as above.

For Organist contact Graham Smallbone (01844 354572)

For St Andrew’s Choir contact John Williams (01844 353559)

For St Mary’s Choir contact Siobhan McKee (01844 353278)

For Bells (Chinnor) contact Malcolm Barker (01844 342917)

For Bells (Aston Rowant) contact Robert Newton (01844 352926)

For Bells (Sydenham) contact the minister who will conduct your wedding

For Flowers contact:

Chinnor - Lauretta Milligan (3552900 Aston Rowant - Rona Knight (351315)

Sydenham - Rosemary Carter (352737) Crowell - to be arranged by wedding party.

Please contact the above in sufficient time.

 

 

 

 

 

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SECTION 4  -   CURRENT WEEKLY PEW SHEET

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UNITED PARISH OF CHINNOR, SYDENHAM, ASTON ROWANT and CROWELL

 

St Andrew's, Chinnor St Mary's, Sydenham

St Peter and St Paul, Aston Rowant The Nativity of The BVM, Crowell

 

Week beginning Sunday 6th April 2014

SUNDAY 6th (Fifth Sunday of Lent)

8.00am Chinnor Holy Communion (Peter Wainwright)

10.00am Chinnor Sung Communion (Joan DeVal and Des Foote)

10.00am Aston Rowant Holy Communion (Peter Wainwright)

3.00pm Aston Rowant Holy Baptism (Peter Wainwright)

6.00pm Crowell BCP Evensong (Mark Humphrey)

6.00pm Sydenham BCP Evensong (Joan DeVal)

MONDAY 7th

9.50am Intercessions – St Andrew’s Lady Chapel

 

TUESDAY 8th

2-3.00pm Lenten Reflection - AT VILLAGE CENTRE THIS WEEK

7.30pm Bell-ringing Practice – Aston Rowant

8.00pm Special PCC and Team Meeting - Sydenham OSR

WEDNESDAY 9th

10.00am Holy Communion with Mothers’ Union (Joan DeVal)

12.30pm No Luncheon Club this week.

2.00pm Mothers’ Union - Church Hall - Speaker Des Foote

7.30-9.30pm Listening Ear – St Andrew’s

THURSDAY 10th

11.00am No Toddler Church this week

6.30pm Choir Practice - Sydenham

FRIDAY 11th

9.00am Morning Prayer – Chinnor

1.45pm Funeral - Amersham Crematorium [Peter Mallinder] (Joan DeVal)

6.45pm Choir Practice – St Andrew’s

7.30pm Bell-ringing Practice – St Andrew’s

SATURDAY 12th

SUNDAY 13th (PalmSunday)

8.00am Chinnor Holy Communion (Joan DeVal)

10.00am Chinnor Family Service (Margaret Poole)

10.00am Aston Rowant Holy Communion (Joan DeVal and Des Foote)

10.00am Crowell Sung Eucharist (Serena Hutton)

6.30pm Chinnor Stations of the Cross (Jo Whitfield)

 

 

 

READINGS FOR SUNDAY 6TH APRIL 2014

(Fifth Sunday of Lent)

THE COLLECT

Most merciful God, who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ
delivered and saved the world:
grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross we may triumph in the power of his victory;
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.

 

FIRST READING Ezekiel 37: 1-14

The prophet Ezekiel promises the Jewish exiles in Babylon that God’s breath, God’s Spirit, will bring Israel, dead and scattered as they are, back to life in their own land.

1 The hand of the LORD came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.
2 He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley,
and they were very dry.
3 He said to me, ‘Mortal, can these bones live?’ I answered, ‘O Lord GOD, you know.’
4 Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
5 Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.
6 I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the LORD.’
7 So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone.
8 I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them.
9 Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breat Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.’
10 I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them,
and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.
11 Then he said to me, ‘Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, "Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely."
12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel.
13 And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people.
14 I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken and will act, says the LORD.’

 

 

SECOND READING Romans 8: 6-11

St Paul reminds the Christian believers in Rome that they are virtually dead. It is only God’s breath, God’s Spirit, that can give them life.

6 To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
7 For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law - indeed it cannot,
8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you.
Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
10 But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

GOSPEL READING John11: 1-45

Our Lord brings back dead Lazarus back to life.

1 A certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
2 Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair;
her brother Lazarus was ill.
3 So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, ‘Lord, he whom you love is ill.’
4 But when Jesus heard it, he said, ‘This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.’
5 Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus,
6 after having heard that Lazarus was ill he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.
7 Then after this he said to the disciples, ‘Let us go to Judea again.’
8 The disciples said to him, ‘Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?’
9 Jesus answered, ‘Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world.
10 But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.’
11 After saying this, he told them, ‘Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.’
12 The disciples said to him, ‘Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.’
13 Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep.
14 Then Jesus told them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead.
15 For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.’ 16 Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow-disciples, ‘Let us also go, that we may die with him.’
17 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days.
18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem,some two miles away,
19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother.
20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home.
21 Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.’
23 Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’
24 Martha said to him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’
25 Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live,
26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’
27 She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.’
28 When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately,
‘The Teacher is here and is calling for you.’
29 And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him.
30 Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him.
31 The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there.
32 When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him,
‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’
33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved.
34 He said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to him, ‘Lord, come and see.’
35 Jesus began to weep.
36 So the Jews said, ‘See how he loved him!’
37 But some of them said, ‘Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?’
38 Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it.
39 Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’ Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, ‘Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.’
40 Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’
41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upwards and said, ‘Father, I thank you for having heard me.
42 I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.’

43 When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’
44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’
45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.

Readings for Sunday 13th April 2014 (Palm Sunday)

Isaiah 50: 4-9a ; Philippians2: 5-11; Matthew 21; 1-11

 

 

INTERCESSIONS

Please pray for those who have specially asked for our prayers:

Betty PRIEST Phyllis TUGWELL Olive TAPPIN

Ray WHEELER Gladys WHEELER Jenny NICOL

Joe ORPIN Jenny PHILLIPS Dora PERRY

Kevin THATCHER Jesse SMITH George BEALE

Peggy STREET Margaret LOCKWOOD

Elsewhere:

Graham PAWLEY Richard PRICE Louisa WATTS

Vikki Beryl FRITH Mary STEVENS

Alan POOLE Pat SILK Tom NELSON

Derek WELTER Alan EVERITT

 

Please remember those who have died, and pray for those who mourn:

Rita WATTS Jennifer COLLETT Mick STEVENS

David BEECHEY Lesley DEACON Neil SAUNDERS

Tom ELTON Wendy TALBOT Peter MALLINDER

 

Please pray for those baptised in April, and their families:

Demi Jane Lilly BRADLEY 6th April at Aston Rowant

Lily Violet COOPER 27th April at Chinnor

 

Please pray for those being married in April:

Zoe Griffin and Adrian Hollis Friday 4th April at Crowell

Diane Kay and David Camp Saturday 26th April at Chinnor

 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us that what we do for the least of our brothers and sisters we do also for you:
give us the will to be the servant of others as you were the servant of all, and gave up your life and died for us, but are alive and reign, now and for ever. Amen.

 

 

 

 

LENTEN REFLECTION

 

During Lent there will be an opportunity for Reflection on TUESDAYS from 2.00 – 3.00pm at the back of St Andrew’s Church – Looking at the Easter story through the eyes of different characters. Joan.

 

NB To avoid a clash with organ tuning, Lenten Reflection will be held at the Village Centre on Tuesday 8th April.

 

 

UNITED PARISH OF CHINNOR, SYDENHAM, ASTON ROWANT and CROWELL

 

St Andrew's, Chinnor St Mary's, Sydenham

St Peter and St Paul, Aston Rowant The Nativity of The BVM, Crowell

 

Week beginning Sunday 13th April 2014 (Palm Sunday)

SUNDAY 13th (Palm Sunday)

8.00am Chinnor Holy Communion (Joan DeVal)

10.00am Chinnor Family Service (Margaret Poole)

10.00am Aston Rowant Holy Communion (Joan DeVal and Des Foote)

10.00am Crowell Sung Eucharist (Serena Hutton)

6.30pm Chinnor Stations of the Cross (Jo Whitfield)

MONDAY 14th

9.50am Intercessions – St Andrew’s Lady Chapel

 

TUESDAY 15th

7.30pm Bell-ringing Practice – Aston Rowant

WEDNESDAY 16th

10.00am Chinnor – Holy Communion (Peter Wainwright/Des Foote)

12.30pm No Luncheon Club this week.

7.30-9.30pm Listening Ear – St Andrew’s

THURSDAY 17th (Maundy Thursday)

11.00am No Toddler Church this week

6.30pm Choir Practice - Sydenham

7.30pm Last Supper with foot washing (Joan DeVal and Mark Humphrey)

FRIDAY 18th (Good Friday)

9.00am Morning Prayer – Chinnor

10.00am Chinnor – Family Service (David and Monica)

10.00am Aston Rowant - Meditation (Tessa Wyatt)

10.00am Sydenham - Meditation (Peter Wainwright)

12.00-3.00pm Chinnor - 3-hours (Joan DeVal + witnesses)

(come and go on the hour and at 20 and 40 minutes past the hour)

6.45pm Choir Practice – St Andrew’s

7.30pm Bell-ringing Practice – St Andrew’s

SATURDAY 19th (Easter Eve)

11.30pm Chinnor - Easter Eve Service (Joan DeVal/Margaret Poole)

5.30-6.00pm Crowell - ‘Soul Space’

 

SUNDAY 20th (Easter Sunday)

8.00am Chinnor Holy Communion (Julian Dunn)

10.00am Chinnor Holy Communion (Dr Gordon Kuhrt)

10.00am Aston Rowant Holy Communion (Peter Wainwright)

10.00am Crowell Sung Eucharist (Serena Hutton)

10.00am Sydenham BCP Holy Communion (Joan DeVal)

READINGS FOR SUNDAY 13TH APRIL 2014

(Palm Sunday)

THE COLLECT

Almighty and everlasting God,
who in your tender love towards the human race sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
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.

 

FIRST READING Isaiah 50: 4-9a

The servant of the LORD is speaking

The servant of the LORD said: 4 The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens - wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.
5 The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backwards.
6 I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting.

7 The Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
8 he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me.
9 It is the Lord GOD who helps me; who will declare me guilty?

 

SECOND READING Philippians 2: 5-11

St Paul writes to the Christian Church in Philippi

5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,
7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form,
8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death - even death on a cross.
9 Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

GOSPEL READING Matthew 21: 1-11

1 When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Beth Phage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them,
2 ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me.
3 If anyone says anything to you, just say this, "The Lord needs them", And he will send them immediately.’

4 This took place to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,
5 ‘Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them;
7 they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them.
8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
9 The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!’
10 When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, ‘Who is this?’
11 The crowds were saying, ‘This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.’

Readings for Sunday 20th April 2014 (Easter Sunday)

Acts 10: 34-43 Colossians 3: 1-4 John 20: 1-18

 

 

INTERCESSIONS

Please pray for those who have specially asked for our prayers:

Betty PRIEST Phyllis TUGWELL Olive TAPPIN

Ray WHEELER Gladys WHEELER Jenny NICOL

Joe ORPIN Jenny PHILLIPS Dora PERRY

Kevin THATCHER Jesse SMITH Peggy STREET

Margaret LOCKWOOD Alan LOWMAN

Elsewhere:

Graham PAWLEY Richard PRICE Louisa WATTS

Vikki Beryl FRITH Mary STEVENS

Alan POOLE Pat SILK Tom NELSON

Alan EVERITT

 

 

 

Please remember those who have died, and pray for those who mourn:

David BEECHEY Lesley DEACON Neil SAUNDERS

Tom ELTON Wendy TALBOTT Peter MALLINDER

Derek WELTER

 

Please pray for those baptised in April, and their families:

Demi Jane Lilly BRADLEY 6th April at Aston Rowant

Lily Violet COOPER 27th April at Chinnor

Please pray for those married in April:

Zoe Griffin and Adrian Hollis Friday 4th April at Crowell

Diane Kay and David Camp Saturday 26th April at Chinnor

 

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Lord Jesus Christ, you humbled yourself in taking the form of a servant,
and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation:
give us the mind to follow you and to proclaim you as Lord and King,
to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

Lent Appeal

 

Helping educate Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.

 

There are still collecting boxes and gift envelopes available. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Open Doors’

 

Donations can start being handed in at any of the churches; and could all donations be received by 4th May, please.

 

 

 

 

WE OFFER YOU A WARM WELCOME TO THE CHURCHES IN THIS PARISH.

If you have recently moved to the area, visiting friends or are on holiday here, please make yourself known to the welcomers. We hope you will come again to join us in worship. Details of all services and events can be found in the Parish Magazine. Please take a copy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brian Daniels
The Parish Administrator
St Andrew's Church
Church Road
CHINNOR, Oxfordshire, OX39 4PG

Parcels should be delivered to:
Brian Daniels, Parish Administrator,
St Andrew's Church
c/o The Village Centre
High Street
Chinnor, Oxfordshire, OX39 4DH





Tel: (01844) 352472 (Parish Administrator. 10-2 Tues, Thurs, Fri ) or 07753 110 732
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Sunday

Holy Communion
A fairly short service, using Common Worship, with no hymns.
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for ½ hour
Common Worship
Sung Communion
1st Sunday and 3rd Sunday. Common Worship. Choir. Sunday School in Church Hall (Sunday Club)
Every first and third Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Sunday School Coffee Common Worship
Family Service
An informal service of all-age worship
Every second Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Coffee
Holy Communion
A service of Holy Communion with a less formal nature. A nave altar is used. Hymns & Choir. Sunday School (Sunday Club) available in Church Hall at 9.50am
Every fourth Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Coffee
Evensong
A traditional, sung, Prayer Book service.
Every second and fourth Sunday at 6:30 PM for 40 minutes

Tuesday

Morning Prayer
A short time of prayer to start the day.
Tuesday at 9:00 AM for 20 minutes

Wednesday

Morning Prayer
A short time of prayer to start the day.
Wednesday at 9:00 AM for 20 minutes
Wednesday Holy Communion
A fairly short, mid-week service with no hymns
Every Wednesday at 10:00 AM for ½ hour

Thursday

Morning Prayer
A short time of prayer to start the day.
Thursday at 9:00 AM for 20 minutes
Toddler Church
Stories, songs, bubbles, toys and biscuits
In local schools' term time only every Thursday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Sunday School Coffee

Friday

Morning Prayer
A short time of prayer to start the day.
Friday at 9:00 AM for 20 minutes

Saturday

Morning Prayer
A short time of prayer to start the day.
Saturday at 9:00 AM for 20 minutes
Sunday School Youth Group Bell Ringing Live Music / Concerts Regular Choir Grade 1 Listed Building Supports Fairtrade goods Tower Floodlighting Wall paintings / art Stained glass Guidebooks / notes Organ Wheelchair Access / Ramp Wheelchair accessible toilets Autism/Aspergers Aware/Accessible Hearing / Induction Loop Large Print Hymnbooks / Orders of Service Assistance Dogs Toilets Baby Changing Facilities Visitor Parking Available
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A Church Near You ID: 514
Style of worship: Central
Archdeaconry: Dorchester (274)
Deanery: ASTON & CUDDESDON (27402)
Parish Legal Name: Chinnor, Sydenham, Aston Rowant and Crowell (270008 27/8)
CofE Church Info: (627005 27/8)
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