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Services are different on different Sundays of the month, so please check the details carefully! Services include Parish Communion (using 'Common Praise', and with our choir), Family Communion (less formal, no choir), Family Service (informal, with the children joining us in church), and Evensong (a traditional, sung, 'Prayer Book' service).
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 24th November 2013
SUNDAY 24th (Sunday next before Advent, Christ the King)
8.00am Chinnor Holy Communion (Peter Wainwright)
9.50am Chinnor Sunday Club – Church Hall
10.00am Aston Rowant Holy Communion (Peter Wainwright)
10.00am Chinnor Holy Communion (Dr Gordon Kuhrt)
10.00am Sydenham Songs of Praise
6.30pm Chinnor Evening Prayer (Mark Humphrey)
9.50am Intercessions – St Andrew’s Lady Chapel
5.10pm Ten Past Five Club – 63 Lower Icknield way
7.30pm Bell-ringing Practice – Aston Rowant
8.00pm PCC Meeting - Sydenham
10.00am Holy Communion (Steve Williams/Rose Williams)
12.30pm Luncheon Club – Church Hall
7.30-9.30pm Listening Ear – St Andrew’s
11.00am Toddler Church – St Andrew’s
6.30pm Choir Practice - Sydenham
9.00am Morning Prayer – St Andrew’s
6.00pm Treble Choir – St Andrew’s
6.45pm Choir Practice – St Andrew’s
7.00-10.00 Barn Dance – Chinnor Village Hall – Methodist Church Building Fund
7.00pm Village Centre Anniversary Supper
7.30pm Bell-ringing Practice – St Andrew’s
9.00am-1.00pm St Andrew’s Church Gift Day. Lytch-gate manned to receive donations.
10.30am-12.00noon St Andrew’s Church Christmas Market [See notices]
6.45pm for 7.30pm St Andrew’s Church - Silver Band Concert
SUNDAY 1st December (First Sunday of Advent)
8.00am Chinnor Holy Communion (Peter Wainwright)
9.50am Chinnor Sunday Club – Church Hall
10.00am Aston Rowant The Ark (Jo Whitfield/Tessa Wyatt)
10.00am Chinnor Sung Communion (Peter Wainwright)
11.00am Sydenham Baptism with Holy Communion (Joan DeVal)
6.00pm Crowell BCP Evensong (Mark Humphrey)
READINGS for 24th NOVEMBER 2013
(Sunday next before Advent)
whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven
that he might rule over all things as Lord and King:
keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit
and in the bond of peace,
and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen
FIRST READING Jeremiah 23: 1 – 6
Yahweh denounces the rulers of Judah and Jerusalem and promises his people a new king, righteous and just, who will follow in the steps of King David.
1 Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!
says the LORD.
2 Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel,
concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people:
It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away,
and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings,
says the LORD.
3 Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply.
4 I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them,
and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed,
nor shall any be missing, says the LORD.
5 The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely,
and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
6 In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’
SECOND READING Colossians 1: 11 – 20
Paul reminds the Colossian Christians that they have been rescued from the kingdom of darkness and brought into the kingdom of Christ, his Son.
Brothers and sisters:
11 May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience,
12 while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.
13 He has rescued us from the power of darkness
and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son,
14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;
16 for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created,
things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers -
all things have been created through him and for him.
17 He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
18 He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything.
19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
20 and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things,
whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
GOSPEL READING Luke 23: 33 - 43
One of the crucified thieves asks Jesus to admit him into his kingdom
33 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.
34 Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.’ And they cast lots to divide his clothing.
35 And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying,
‘He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!’
36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine,
37 and saying, ‘If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!’
38 There was also an inscription over him, ‘This is the King of the Jews.’
39 One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying,
‘Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!’
40 But the other rebuked him, saying,‘Do you not fear God,
since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?
41 And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.’
42 Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’
43 Jesus replied, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’
Please pray for those who have specially asked for our prayers:
Rita Watts Peter WILCOCK Betty PRIEST
Ray WHEELER Gladys WHEELER Jenny NICOL
Joe ORPIN Jenny PHILLIPS Dora PERRY
Kevin THATCHER Wendy TALBOT Brian HUTTON
David BEECHEY Graham PAWLEY Richard PRICE
Vikki Alan LOWMAN Mary STEVENS
Alan POOLE Pat SILK Tom NELSON
Please remember those who have died, and pray for those who mourn:
Edward HART David ANDREWS Norah DEGNAN
Muriel ANDREW Thomas WOOD Barbara BLANCHARD
Please pray for those baptised in December, and their families:
Annabelle Grace WARD 1st December at Sydenham
Please pray for those married in November and December:
Enis EVIAT – Rose SHORTER 9th November at Chinnor
Sam THOMPSON – Cheryl PIPER 28th December at Chinnor
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Stir up, O Lord,
the wills of your faithful people;
that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works,
may by you be plenteously rewarded;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Readings for Sunday 1st December 2013 (1St Sunday of Advent)
Isaiah 2: 1 – 5; Romans 13: 11 – end; Matthew 24: 36 - 44
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.
POEMS, PICTURES AND MUSIC
On Wednesday 11 December in Crowell Church, I shall offer an hour of reflection and meditation as we approach Christmas. All are welcome.
Leader: Serena Hutton
St Andrew’s Christmas Tree Festival: Theme of Christmas Hymns and Songs
Saturday 7 December 11.00am – 4.30pm
Sunday 8 December 2.00pm – 4.30pm
Monday 9 December until Friday 13 December 2.00pm – 4.30pm
Saturday 14 December 11.00am – 4.30pm
Sunday 15 December 2.00pm – 4.30pm
THE CHILDREN’S SOCIETY
I would be grateful for all box holders to start returning their boxes directly to me or to St Andrew’s Church Office. I am willing to collect boxes if requested.
The last date to hand them in is 22nd December 2013. Thank you.
Barbara Bigland. Tel 01844 352125
Barn Dance and Ploughman’s Supper
With Bodger’s Wood Band
Caller; Terry Phipps
Bar available, soft and alcoholic drinks, including fairly traded
Friday 29th November 2013 from 7.00 till 10.00pm.
Chinnor Village Hall
Tickets £7.50 (£2.50 under 18s) available from
Jane Honeyball (01844 351096) or Liz Thorpe (01844 351565)
All proceeds to Chinnor Methodist Church Building Fund
St Andrew’s Church Floodlighting
We will be floodlighting the church from 1st December through to January 5th. There is a calendar in the Church Porch where you may name a person to be remembered on a particular day within that period, and contribute to the lighting for that day.
Please put your gift in an envelope, marked ‘Floodlighting Donation’ and post in the safe just inside St Andrew’s Church door on the left. Cheques should be made payable to ‘St Andrew’s Church, Chinnor (Floodlighting)’.
You may increase the value of your donation by sealing it in one of the yellow Gift Aid envelopes on the safe. Remember that your gift aid is only valid if the envelope gives your full name, your post code and your signature.
St Andrew’s Church Christmas Market
This year the Christmas Market will be on Saturday, 30th November from 10.30am to 12.00 noon, in the Church.
The stalls will be: Gift Stall, Cakes, Jams and Pickles, Sweets, Christmas stall, Tombola, Glass and China, Bangles and Beads, Books, Toys, Decorations, Mug Gift stall, Raffle and Christmas Hamper draw and more. We are always looking for new ideas for stalls so please let us know if you could do something different.
Please sort out some jewellery that you don’t wear anymore, or a piece of glass or china that someone else might love more than you. Perhaps you could make a decoration, a cake or some jam or pickles or donate something that could be a raffle prize, or be used for the tombola or Christmas Hamper. We shall be doing the £1 stall again this year so if you have anything nice that you think we could sell for £1 please let us have it.
Donations to any of these stalls will be received, please leave them in the Church Office or give them to Una Davis or Shirley Munday.
If you would like to help please let us know.
We have decided NOT to have a White Elephant Stall.
Una – 352821 - Shirley – 351873
PS: The most important thing is to come on the day, browse the lovely stalls, buy some Christmas presents and enjoy a coffee and mince pie.
MISSION NOTICE BOARD
During November the boards feature two local organisations which we support both financially and with volunteer assistance.
These are Chinnor Village Centre and Chinnor Youth Club. Both do wonderful work in the community.
The Mission Committee met recently and felt we should respond to two needs: firstly, the desperate conditions of those Christians who are still trying to work and worship in war torn areas within Syria: and secondly, the situation of children who have had to flee Syria and are now in Refugee Camps in Lebanon, having had their school education so abruptly halted.
To respond to the first need we are sending now a donation out of the Mission Contingency Fund of £250 via ‘Open Doors’ – a Christian organisation which is able to send people into Syria and deliver by hand assistance to church leaders.
As regards the long term issue of education for 500,000 Syrian refugee children already in makeshift camps in Lebanon, the Lent Appeal 2014 will focus on a project in Lebanon.
St Andrew’s Church Gift Day
As is customary, the Patronal Festival (30th November is St Andrew’s Day) will be marked with an invitation to all in Chinnor to support the general funds of the church. The Lytch-gate will be manned from 9am to 1pm, where donations will be received.
Christmas Services and Events
In United Parish Churches, December 2013
Wednesday 11th December
10.30am Chinnor U3A Carol Concert
7.00pm Crowell Advent Meditation (Serena Hutton)
Sunday 15th December
4.00pm Sydenham Carol Service (Margaret Poole)
Thursday 19th December
11.00am Chinnor Toddler Church Nativity
7.30pm Emmington Carols and Readings (Joan DeVal)
6.00pm Aston Rowant School Nativity Service in Aston Rowant Church
Friday 20th December
7.30pm Crowell Carol Service ** (Serena Hutton)
[ ** Please note corrected time of service]
Sunday 22nd December
4.30pm Aston Rowant Carol Service (Tessa Wyatt)
5.00pm Sydenham Carols round the Tree on the Green
6.30pm Chinnor Nine Lessons and Carols (Peter Wainwright)
Tuesday 24th, Christmas Eve,
4.00pm Aston Rowant Crib and Christingle (Tessa Wyatt/Jo Whitfield)
4.00pm Sydenham Crib Service (Margaret Poole)
5.00pm Chinnor Crib Service (Joan DeVal)
11.30pm Aston Rowant Midnight Mass (Peter Wainwright)
11.30pm Sydenham Midnight Mass (Julian Dunn)
11.30pm Chinnor Midnight Mass (Joan DeVal)
Wednesday 25th, Christmas Day,
8.00am Chinnor Christmas Communion (Joan DeVal)
9.30am Crowell Christmas Communion (Serena Hutton)
10.00am Aston Rowant Family Service with Communion (Tessa Wyatt/Joan DeVal)
10.00am Chinnor Family Service with Communion (Peter Wainwright/
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