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Church Services in September

3rd September

8.00a.m. Holy Communion (W’b)

10.00a.m Family Service (W’b)

5.00p.m. Tea & Praise (Ox)

6th September

6.00p.m. A Space to Pray (Ep)

10th September

9.30 a.m. Morning Prayer (W’b)

9.30a.m Holy Communion (Ep
11.00a.m. Holy Communion (Gon)

17th September

10.00a.m Holy Communion (followed by a bring & share brunch (W’b)

6.00p.m Prayer & Reflection (Ox)

24th September

9.30a.m Family Service (Ep)

9.30a.m.Holy Communion (W’b)

11.00a.m Harvest (Ox)

27th September

12.30p.m Mid-week Holy Communion, plus bring & share lunch (W’b)

Church Happenings

Sunday 3rd September

10.00a.m Sunday Club, Oxton village hall

Wednesday 6th September

10.00a.m. Coffee Drop In, St. Swithun’s

7.30p.m Julian Meeting, St. Swithun’s

Tuesday, 12th September

12 noon Church Fellowship outing to Newfield Dairy

Wednesday 13th September

9.30a.m. Play Church, St. Swithun’s

Friday, 8th September

2.00p.m Scramblers, St. Peter & St. Paul’s, Ox

Wednesday 20th September

7.30p.m Julian Meeting, St. Swithun’s

Saturday 23rd September

10.00a.m. Benefice Quiet Day @ Sacrista Prebend

Wednesday 27th September

9.30a.m. Play Church, St. Swithun’s

Dear Friends,

September, for many people, is the month of `new challenges`. For young children, many will be starting school for the first time, for those a little older, they will be starting a new school year as the youngsters of a much larger school. Young adults will be moving to college or university and some will be embarking on the world of work.

We have all at some time in our lives gone through this process and experienced the anxiety of the unknown.

As adults, we may no longer experience this natural progression, but some of us, somehow, still manage to put things to one side` until we come back from our summer holiday`. I certainly have one or two things to address in September and in the coming months.

And so it seems to me that September is the ideal month to embrace change and meet the challenges in our life; be it school, work, or our personal situation.

By way of introduction for those who don`t know me, I am Rev. Lynn Raynor, new Associate Priest to the Benefice. I am married to Ian and we live in Hucknall. Our daughter Elizabeth is married to Michael, and they have two children, Joshua (4) and Esme (2.). My son, Tom and wife, Emma also have 2 children, Amelia (7) and Harry (4). So I am kept rather busy on grandma duty.

I served my curacy at St Peter`s in Ravenshead, and now work as a Hospital Chaplain two days a week, plus one weekend in four, for the NHS mainly at the City campus.

Over the past year I have had a deep sense of God leading me to pastures new. As I embrace this new challenge and opportunity I am greatly encouraged that it is God who has opened the door. God is a God of surprises and I never underestimate what he has got in store for me. I have yet to be completely “ready” for the next step in my journey with Christ, because it always involves a leap of faith on my part, but this process prepares me to be ready to say, ‘yes Lord…here am I…send me.’

So what is God calling you to? What changes might lie ahead for you and are you willing to embrace those changes in your personal life or here in the parish? Whatever is in store for you know that God is at the heart and only wants the best for his children as we trust in Him.Therefore, may I encourage you with the words from Jeremiah 29 v 11:

For I know the plans I have for you plans, to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

I feel very blessed and excited about the future and I am looking forward to becoming part of the ministry team within the Benefice and getting to know you all and the wider community as we face this new beginning and exciting journey of faith together in sharing the gospel to bring in God`s kingdom.  

With love and every blessing