Benefice Newsletter – 9th May 2021

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary,

Please find attached this week’s Benefice Newsletter and associated readings. 

Sunday 9th May – Holy Communion at 9.30am in St Mary.  Tomorrow’s Holy Communion in St Mary will be taken by Canon Paul.  If somebody would like to do one of the readings, please let me know asp.

Sunday 16th May – Choral Evensong with Choir at 6pm in St Mary.  As part of the Longcot Flower Festival, a Choral Evensong will be held at 6pm in St Mary’s Church next weekend, Sunday 16th May.  The choir from St Andrew’s Church have kindly agreed to sing for us.  Due to COVID restrictions seating will be limited, so please call or text Lucy to book in.  Details: 07958 378822.

Longcot Flower Festival.  Shirley and her team of flower arrangers have been working hard on identifying what arrangements would work within the current layout of the church.  The church will be open from 10am to 4pm daily between Saturday 15th May and Sunday 23rd May. Normal COVID rules will apply so please sign in and use the hand sanitiser when you visit.  The only exception to the opening times will be on the afternoon of Saturday 22nd May, when the church will just be open for performers and concert goers during the Clarinet Collective’s afternoon concert.

Community Space. Work is due to begin on the Community Space inside St Mary at the beginning of June.  It is anticipated that we will again be able to use St John’s Church in Fernham from the beginning of the Government’s Step 3.  Assuming that happens as planned then the Longcot and Fernham Parish will be able to hold services in St John’s Church from Sunday 6th June. The pattern of services will remain broadly the same as those for St Mary but more details will follow.

Faringdon Foodbank.  Many thanks to everybody who has contributed to the Foodbank collection.   We will leave the Foodbank cardboard box inside the church until the end of May, when we will be closing for the builders to start work.

Online Services. As usual the details of the Benefice online services for this Sunday can be found at:  

Best Wishes,


Church Warden St Mary The Virgin, Longcot

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