Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 8th May

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

Please find attached the Benefice Newsletter for Sunday and associated documents. May I draw your attention to the notice in the Newsletter about the Clarinet Collective Concert on Saturday 21st May in St Mary.  The bar opens at 6pm and the concert starts at 6.30pm. Please remember to e-mail Vicky Medcalf if you wish to attend.

Tomorrow’s Service at St Mary.  Tomorrow’s service will be a Holy Communion and will be led by the Revd Norma Fergusson.  The service starts at 9.30am.

Formal Opening of the Longcot Village Community Hub in St Mary’s Church – 29th May.  Hopefully you will all have the date of the opening of the Community Hub in your diaries.  The opening will be preceded by a Holy Communion starting at 11am.  The Archdeacon of Dorchester will give the sermon.  After the service there will be a short break for other members of the village to join us and then the Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire will conduct the formal opening at around 12.15pm.  We are now at the stage where we need volunteers to step forward and help organise the event.  Would potential volunteers please make contact with either Keith or me to offer their services.  Thank you in advance.

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Longcot with Fernham PCC

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 1st May

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

Please find attached the Benefice Newsletter for Sunday.

Tomorrow’s Service at St Mary.  Tomorrow’s service will be a Holy Communion by extension and will be led by Richard Fergusson.  The service starts at 9.30am.

Local Villages Newsletter.  Please also find attached the May edition of the Local Villages Newsletter

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Longcot with Fernham PCC

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‘An Hour At The Cross’ – Good Friday

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

On Good Friday there will be a service of reflection at St Mary entitled ‘An Hour At The Cross’.  It will be led by the Revd Norma and Richard Fergusson.  It will begin at Noon and end at 1pm. Unlike most services it does not follow a formal pattern but comprises a combination of music, readings, prayers and periods of silence.  There is no need to attend for the whole hour.  Just come and go as you feel able and enjoy the moment.  

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Longcot with Fernham PCC

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 10th April

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

Please find attached the Benefice Newsletter and associated documents for Sunday.

St Mary, Longcot.  This weekend’s service at St Mary is a Palm Sunday Holy Communion at 8am and will be taken by the Revd Norma. I am afraid that it has to be at an unsociably early hour in order to get Norma to Shrivenham in time to prepare for the traditional procession which begins at 10am.  Please make it if you can – otherwise there is always the procession, followed by the Benefice Family Service at St Andrew.

Electoral Rolls & APCM.  May I draw your attention to the notices about the electoral rolls and the APCM, which will be held in St Mary at 6pm on Tuesday 10th May.

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Longcot with Fernham PCC

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 3rd April

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

Please find attached the Benefice Newsletter and associated documents for Sunday. 

St Mary, Longcot.  Tomorrow’s Family Service at St Mary will be taken by Richard Fergusson.  It will begin at 9.30am.

Old Pews.  Thank you to everybody who made last minute bids for the old pews.  The last ones were removed from the barn on Thursday evening!

Local Villages Newsletter.  Please also find attached the April Edition of the Local Villages Newsletter.

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Longcot with Fernham PCC

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 27th March

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

Please find attached the Benefice Newsletter and associated documents for Sunday.  May I draw your attention to the back page of the Newsletter and a report (with photographs) of last Sunday’s dedication of the Fernham War Memorial.

St Mary, Longcot.  I am afraid that the recent surge in COVID infections within the Vale has prompted changes to the Benefice pattern of services.  Our planned Holy Communion at St Mary has now been changed to a Family service and will be led by Julian Stevens from Shrivenham.  It will begin at 9.30am.  (Don’t forget that the clocks go forward an hour tonight.)  Our very grateful thanks go to Julian who has stepped forward at short notice to take the service.

Old Pews.  This is the last opportunity to secure one of our old pews before they need to be removed from the barn next to the church.  Wednesday 30th March is the cut-off date.  So if you would like one then please make contact with Chris Gotch or me as soon as possible.  All we are asking is a donation to church funds.

Daily Opening of St Mary.  With the change to British Summer Time, we will revert to our usual pattern of opening St Mary every day from 1st April between the hours of approximately 10am to 4pm.  Feel free to come and enjoy the calm and reflective peace that St Mary provides.

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Longcot with Fernham PCC

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 20th March

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

Please find attached the Benefice Newsletter and associated documents for Sunday.  Given the surge in COVID infections within the Vale, may I draw your attention to the guidance on COVID and attending church, which is on the front page of the Newsletter.

St Mary, Longcot.   Pam Mullin has kindly agreed to lead our service of Morning Prayer at St Mary on Sunday, which will begin at 9.30am. 

St John, Fernham.  The new War Memorial in the Fernham Churchyard is being unveiled on Sunday and there will be a reception for invited guests in the Church afterwards.

Old Pews.  We are making steady progress in passing on the old pews but there are still a couple remaining, so please let me know if you are interested in having one.  All we are asking is a donation to church funds.

APCM.  A date for your diaries is Tuesday 10th May at 6pm, when we will be holding the Longcot with Fernham Annual Parochial Church Meeting in St Mary’s Church.  More details will be shared nearer the time.

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Longcot with Fernham PCC 

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 13th March

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

Please find attached the Benefice Newsletter and associated documents for Sunday. 

St Mary, Longcot.   The Revd Robin Cardwell has kindly agreed to lead our service of Holy Communion at St Mary on Sunday, which will begin at 9.30am.  We look forward to welcoming Robin back to our church.  Refreshments will be served afterwards.

New Chairs For Nave.  On Friday we had some chairs delivered to St Mary as examples of the types of chairs we might purchase for the nave.  We need to make a choice between chair design, type of wood and type of material.  Do come along to church tomorrow and see what you think.  Comments to Keith or other members of the PCC.  At the PCC meeting this coming Wednesday we hope to make a decision and thus have the new chairs by mid-May.

Old Pews.  We have had a good deal of interest in the old pews but some may still be available after the next batch of viewings on Saturday, so please let me know if you are interested in having one.  All we are asking is a donation to church funds.

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Longcot with Fernham PCC

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Newsletter 27th February

Hello Everyone,

Here is this week’s Newsletter – a bumper 3 page edition!
Also the Bible Readings for Sunday 27th February and ‘Look’, the Sunday sheet for children. 

Best wishes,
Lucy

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