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Church Services in November

5th November

8.00a.m. Holy Communion (W’b)

9.30a.m Family Service (W’b)

10.50a.m Remembrance Service (Gon)


12th November

10.50a.m. Remembrance Service (Ox)

10.50a.m. Remembrance Service (W’b)


19th November

9.30a.m Holy Communion (W’b)

9.30a.m Holy Communion (Ep)

11.00a.m. Holy Communion (Gon)

6.00p.m Prayer & Reflection (Ox)


22nd November

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


26th November

9.30a.m Holy Communion (W’b)

11.00a.m Family Service (Ox)

6.00p.m Advent Service (Ep)

Church Happenings

Wednesday 1st November

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

7.30p.m Julian Meeting, St. Swithun’s

Sunday 5th November

10.00a.m Sunday Club, Oxton village hall


Wednesday 8th November

9.30a.m. Play Church, St. Swithun’s


Friday, 10th November

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


Tuesday, 14th November

2.00p.m Church Fellowship meeting, The Institute


Wednesday 15th November

7.30p.m Julian Meeting, St. Swithun’s


Wednesday 29th November

7.30p.m Julian Meeting, St. Swithun’s

PLEASE NOTE: Due to possible delays in completing the repair work at St Swithun's, the November Coffee Drop-in will be in the Institute 10.00am - 12.00 noon on November 1st.

Dear Friends,

Autumn days are with us and we are being constantly reminded how fast Christmas is approaching. As soon as the children were back at school, the Christmas decorations and cards appeared in the shops and garden centres. Life passes by far too quickly as it is without rushing it.

Let us focus instead on the time between Harvest and Christmas Day; after all we still have Remembrance Day and Advent to celebrate.

Remembrance Day is a time when we not only think of the fallen in the World Wars, but all who have lost their lives in other war zones. This year, across the Benefice churches, we have continued to remember the lives lost in World War 1 of those people from our own villages. The church bells have rung out and candles have been lit as prayers of thanksgiving have been said. We are thankful for all who served in the forces and fought for our freedom.

In November services will be held as an act of Remembrance and we will be given the opportunity to take time to reflect. It is moving to see how many men, women and children, stand and pause for the silence on the eleventh day at the eleventh hour. Long may we continue to do so.

Many of us have lost loved ones more recently, and I always think November is a good month to focus on our own precious memories. It gives us an opportunity to give thanks for special people in our own lives: People who have made an impact on who we are and how we live. We have much to thank them for.

Looking back at my thoughts for the month, I see that the overriding theme is ‘thanksgiving’. It seems appropriate.

We gave thanks at our Harvest Festivals, especially thanking all who work on the land or in industry to provide our daily food, and people across our four churches gave generously so that we might make an offering to others, specifically to the Food Banks at St Anne’s and Broxtowe, who received them with grateful thanks.

Now as we look forward to Advent, a time of preparation to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ we are reminded of another time to be thankful too.

As it says in Psalm 95:2: Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.

Please join us to do just this at any of our services.

Every Blessing,

Sandra Hall
(Lay Reader)