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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 in the form of a pamphlet describing the facilities provided by the Church in the Combined Parish. It is sub-divided into the following sections:
1. CURRENT WEEKLY PEW SHEET - as provided to all worshippers to use and take home at the weekly 10.00am Sunday Service.
2. REQUESTS FOR BAPTISM BOOKINGS
3. REQUESTS FOR WEDDING BOOKINGS
SECTION 1 - CURRENT WEEKLT PEW SHEET
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 23rd February 2014
SUNDAY 23rd (Second Sunday before Lent)
8.00am Chinnor Holy Communion (Peter Wainwright)
9.50am Chinnor Sunday Club – Church Hall
10.00am Chinnor Holy Communion (Peter Wainwright)
10.00am Aston Rowant Holy Communion (Julian Dunn)
10.00am Sydenham Matins (Mark Humphrey)
6.30pm Chinnor BCP Evening Prayer (Margaret Poole)
9.50am Intercessions – St Andrew’s Lady Chapel
11.00am Interment of Ashes [Joan Bottle] at St Andrew’s (Joan DeVal)
2.00pm Funeral at Aston Rowant [Mick Stevens] (Joan DeVal)
5.00pm Five O’Clock Club – 63 Lower Icknield Way
7.30pm Bell-ringing Practice – Aston Rowant
8.00pm St Mary’s Sydenham, Local Church Meeting
10.00am Holy Communion (Peter Wainwright)
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 – Chinnor
6.00pm Treble Choir – St Andrew’s
6.45pm Choir Practice – St Andrew’s
7.30pm Bell-ringing Practice – St Andrew’s
SATURDAY 1st March
5.30-6.00pm ‘Soul Space’ – Crowell Church
SUNDAY 2nd (Sunday before Lent)
8.00am Chinnor Holy Communion (Joan DeVal)
9.50am Chinnor Sunday Club – Church Hall
10.00am Chinnor Sung Communion (Joan DeVal)
10.00am Aston Rowant The Ark (Jo Whitfield/Tessa Wyatt)
10.00am Sydenham BCP Holy Communion (Julian Dunn)
6.00pm Crowell BCP Evensong (Margaret Poole
READINGS FOR 23RD FEBRUARY 2014
(Second Sunday before Lent)
you have created the heavens and the earth
and made us in your own image:
teach us to discern your hand in all your works
and your likeness in all your children;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things,
now and for ever. Amen
FIRST READING Genesis 1: 1 – 2:3
In this, the more sophisticated of the two Hebrew creation stories, God makes man responsible for the Earth – to care for it, but not to exploit it.
1 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,
2 the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.
3 Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.
4 And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.
5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.
And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
6 And God said, ‘Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.’
7 So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so.
8 God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
9 And God said, ‘Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear. ’And it was so.
10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, ‘Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.’ And it was so.
12 The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good.
13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
14 And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years,
15 and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.’ And it was so.
16 God made the two great lights -the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night -and the stars.
17 God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth,
18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
20 And God said, ‘Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures,
and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.’
21 So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good.
22 God blessed them, saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.’
23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
24 And God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.’ And it was so.
25 God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’
27 So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.’
29 God said, ‘See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.’ And it was so.
31 God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude.
2 And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done.
3 So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.
SECOND READING Romans 8: 18-25
Paul has just been saying that if we are God’s children, then we are His heirs – heirs to the Kingdom of God. We are heirs together with Christ – if we are prepared to suffer with him
18 I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us.
19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God;
20 for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it,
21 in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains until now;
23 and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
24 For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen?
25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
GOSPEL READING Matthew 6: 25 - 34
Jesus teaches that, when we focus on God and His Kingdom, worry is futile and needless.
Jesus taught his disciples, saying:
`25 ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
27 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?
28 And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin,
29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.
30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you— you of little faith?
31 Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?”
32 For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things;
and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
33 But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
34 So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.’
Readings for Sunday 2nd March 2014 (Sunday before Lent)
Exodus 24: 12- end; 2 Peter 1: 16- end Matthew 17: 1-9
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
Phyllis TUGWELL Olive TAPPIN
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: Michael WITNEY Roy DEANE Peter PAYNE
Brian MULLINS Christopher HELLON Lesley DEACON
Les DINGLE Jennifer COLLETT Mick STEVENS
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
God our creator, by your gift
the tree of life was set at the heart of the earthly paradise,
and the bread of life at the heart of your Church:
may we who have been nourished at your table on earth
be transformed by the glory of the Saviour’s cross
and enjoy the delights of eternity;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
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.
Mission Notice Board
During February the Board features the work of PACT – one of the eight charities we are currently supporting. PACT is an independent adoption and fostering agency supporting families in Bucks, Berks and Oxon.
It also runs day centres for families. There are ‘take away’ leaflets on the table by the Mission notice board.
The Rector Vacancy
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Revd. Kenneth Campbell with effect from 29th April 2014. Ken and his wife Sallie are currently living and working in Oxford and looking forward to joining the Team. They have four children: Josh (aged 15), Phoebe (14), Martha (11) and Daniel (3).
The INDUCTION SERVICE will be on the evening of Tuesday, April 29th - details to follow. This displaces the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, which has been moved back to the following day, Wednesday 30th April 2014.
On Ash Wednesday there will be the usual midweek Holy Communion at 10.00am, and there will be a service at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church.
During Lent there will also 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 – beginning on Tuesday, March 11th.
VISIT OF BEN AND KATY RAY
SUNDAY 23rd MARCH 2014
Our CMS link missionaries are currently in the UK, and will be visiting the Parish. Ben will preach at the 10.00 am Holy Communion Service at St Andrews Chinnor on 23rd March. Ben will bring a projector to give us a visual update of how things are going at the Neema Crafts centre in Iringa, Tanzania, where Ben and Katy are the directors. At that service there will be on a table at the back a selection of craft goods made at Neema for purchase.
This is not a United Service, but everyone from all four churches are invited to meet Ben and Katy (and baby Zachary) over a ‘Bring and Share’ lunch. The lunch will be held at the home of Bridget Le Huray 8c Oakley Road Chinnor OX39 4HZ (01844 351192). Lunch will be served from around 12.30pm and finish by 2.00pm. If you are able to come please fill in details in advance on a chart, one copy of which will be at the back of each of our four churches from 23rd February to 16th March.
Women’s World Day of Prayer
Friday March 7th 2014
Services at the Methodist Church,
Station Road, Chinnor
10.30am (creche available) and 7.30pm
Light refreshments will be served after both services.
Join us for a service prepared by Christian women of Egypt and the theme is ‘Streams in the Desert’
LENT APPEAL 2014:
Help educate Syrian refugee children
Lisa Pearce is with Open Doors, based in Whitney. Lisa has been out to Lebanon twice during 2013 (in April and November) and seen first-hand what churches and others in Lebanon are doing to help the situation among Syrian refugee children. Lisa will be speaking during the 10.00am United Service on Sunday 9th March. The service will take the form of Common Worship Morning Prayer, and will be held in St Andrew’s, Chinnor. Money donated for the Lent Appeal will be forwarded direct to Open Doors. Gift envelopes (with a Gift Aid declaration on them if appropriate) will be available in each of the four churches as from 2nd March. Alternatively, labelled collection boxes will be available. If donating by cheque please make it payable to ‘Open Doors’. The Lent Appeal will close on Sunday 27th April.
A Hunger Lunch in aid of the Steppin’ Stone Centre will be held on Monday 10th March from 12.30 – 2.00pm at the Old Vicarage, Aston Rowant. All are welcome: cash donations and gifts of dried and tinned foodstuffs and warm clothing will be gratefully received.
Rona Knight 351 315
The Rectory and our Churches
This section describes the individual churches, providing brief information to support the essence of the United Parish.
The Rectory is situated in Chinnor opposite St. Andrew’s Church in the heart of the village, adjacent to the Village Centre. It is of modern construction (built in the mid 60s) and is set in approximately three-quarters of an acre of private gardens. The Rectory has been well maintained, has recently had new UPVC double glazed windows and new kitchen units fitted. There are two main reception rooms, four bedrooms (one large, two medium and one small) and two bathrooms (one en-suite). All the rooms are light and airy. In addition, there is a separate “annexe”, with a cloakroom, which is used as a study/meeting room for the incumbent.
Outside there is a sizeable garden and orchard, and a driveway that can accommodate five cars. The gardens have secure fencing and are a perfect play area for small children.
The Diocese is considering the submission of an application for a new Rectory to be built within the “Orchard Garden”. Any new Rectory would have much lower heating and maintenance costs. It would be well situated in relation to the church and the church hall.
St Andrew’s, Chinnor (OX39 4PG)
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.
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.
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.
During a year, there are approximately 25 Baptisms, 10 Marriages, 20 Funerals and 20 Crematoria Services.
These services are shared between the clergy on the Ministry Team. The annual Confirmation Service tends to involve three adults and three young people.
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.
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, 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 just fewer than 150 properties, a couple of good pubs but no school, no shops and no bus route through the village.
It has a mixed population of about 265 adults and about 63 children, with 20 of them aged under 5 years of age.
St Mary’s Church
Of the two Wardens, one is very experienced and the other is new this year and learning the ropes.
Congregation numbers are generally small, but larger congregations feature at Christmas, Easter and Harvest. ……………
During the 2013 Calendar Year we have held to date 3 weddings, 3 baptisms and 1 funeral.
The 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 Villages of Aston Rowant and Kingston Blount
Aston Rowant was once a rural village but is now 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.
Although geographically closer to Crowell, 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, Aston Rowant (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 at a cost of £193,000.
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 at a cost circa £130K.
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 music.
Crowell Harvest Decorations 2013 Montessori School
While numbers are small, provision at Crowell is significantly focused.
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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St Andrew's Church
CHINNOR, Oxfordshire, OX39 4PG
Parcels should be delivered to:
Brian Daniels, Parish Administrator,
St Andrew's Church
c/o The Village Centre
Chinnor, Oxfordshire, OX39 4DH
Tel: (01844) 352472 (Parish Administrator (in Parish Office)) or 07753 110 732 (Long-term Chinnor resident)
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