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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Newsletter 13th February

Hello Everyone,

Please find attached next week’s Newsletter, the Bible Readings for Sunday 13th February and ‘Look’, the Sunday sheet for children. 

Tickets (£10) will be available on the door for this evening’s Valentine’s Concert at St Andrew’s Church Shrivenham.
The concert starts at 7:30pm and is in aid of St Andrew’s Restoration Fund. The programme is attached if you’re wondering what’s on offer!

Best wishes,
Lucy

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 6th February

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

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

St Mary, Longcot.  Richard Fergusson will lead a service of Morning Prayer at St Mary tomorrow and it will begin at 9.30am.

Longcot Gardeners.  The Longcot Gardeners will be in the churchyard tomorrow morning from 10am to 1pm.  A considerable amount of work has been carried out in the churchyard over the winter but, inevitably, there is more to do!  Our thanks are due to all those who have given and continue to give so willing of their time.

Old Pews.  As part of the refurbishment of St Mary and the creation of the community hub, we have received permission from the CofE to dispose of some of our old pews.  These are currently residing in a barn near the church. We have passed on several of the pews for small donations to church funds but there are still some pews remaining.   If you would like to have one of them for a garden bench or seating in an old house then please make contact with me or one of the other PCC members to arrange a viewing.

Date for the Diary – Dedication of The Community Hub in St Mary.  On Sunday 29th May the Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire will be dedicating the new Community Hub in St Mary.  Proceedings will begin with a Holy Communion service in the church at 11am led by the Archdeacon of Dorchester.  There will then be a short break whilst those  Villagers not attending the service are warmly invited to join us.  There will then be the formal dedication, which will be followed by refreshments.  It will be an opportunity for us all to say ‘thank you’ to the many villagers who contributed so generously to the refurbishment, as well as representatives from those grant-giving bodies whose support was essential to completing the project.  More details will be published once we have worked them out.

Longcot Methodist Chapel.  The usual United Service will be held tomorrow in the Methodist Chapel at 3pm.  It is the 25th Anniversary of the re-dedication of the building, so is a very special date in the Methodist calendar.

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Longcot with Fernham PCC

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 30th January

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

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

St Mary, Longcot. We are holding a Benefice Holy Communion at St Mary on Sunday.  The Revd Norma will lead the service and we will be joined by the choir.  Please note the slightly later start time of 10am.  There will be refreshments afterwards.  Several members of the St Mary home team are unavailable this week, so please do come along if you are free, and help Chris Gotch with the meeting and greeting of the congregation.

COVID Arrangements. A couple of people have asked me what the COVID arrangements are in St Mary, now that England has ended many of the restrictions.  I would draw your attention to what Norma has written in the Newsletter. Perhaps some more explanation for those who wish it.  This is a period of transition as we move towards a full easing of restrictions.  Whilst wearing a face covering indoors is no longer mandatory, we would still encourage you to exercise discretion, and give others space. There is plenty of room to do this. The pews will remain as they are so they offer a degree of social distancing.  The chairs on the mezzanine will also be spaced out.  Please do not come into church if you think you may have symptoms of Covid 19. For now please continue to sign in or use the NHS QR code.  Hand sanitizer will also continue to be available.  Holy Communion will be offered in one kind only ie just the wafer.  Norma will be masked at the start and finish of the service and for the distribution of the communion wafers.  She will bring these to members of the congregation wherever they are seated, either in their pews or in the chairs on the mezzanine. And, finally, please respect the concerns of others in the congregation.

Local Villages Newsletter.  Please also find attached the February Edition of the local Villages Newsletter.

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Longcot with Fernham PCC

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 23rd January

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

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

St Mary, Longcot. The Revd Norma will lead our Holy Communion tomorrow morning at St Mary.  The service will begin at 9.30am. 

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Longcot with Fernham PCC

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 16th January

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

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

St Mary, Longcot. There is no service at St Mary tomorrow but there will be Holy Communion at Ashbury, which will begin at 11am.  It will be Canon Paul’s last service before departing for sunnier climes in the North-East.  We wish him well.

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Longcot with Fernham PCC

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 9th January

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

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

Holy Communion at St Mary, Longcot.  Tomorrow’s Holy Communion Service will be led by Canon Paul and will begin at 9.30am.  There will be a mini-ring for Canon Paul by the Bell Ringers after the service.

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Longcot with Fernham PCC

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