Church Services in October
8.00a.m. Holy Communion (W’b)
11.00a.m Harvest Festival (W’b)
11.00a.m Remembrance Service (Gon)
6.00p.m A Space to Pray (Ep)
11.00a.m. Benefice Holy Communion (Ox)
9.30a.m Harvest Festival (Ep)
4.00p.m Harvest Festival (Gon)
6.00p.m Prayer & Reflection (Ox)
9.30a.m Holy Communion (Ep)
11.00a.m Family Service (Ox)
6.00p.m Prayer & Praise (Ep)
10.30a.m Holy Communion at St. Mary’s, Lowdham
Sunday 1st October
10.00a.m Sunday Club, Oxton village hall
Wednesday 4th October
10.00a.m. Coffee Drop In, St. Swithun’s (plus ‘flu clinic)
7.30p.m Julian Meeting, St. Swithun’s
Tuesday, 10th October
2.00p.m Church Fellowship meeting, The Institute
Friday, 13th October
2.00p.m Scramblers, St. Peter & St. Paul’s, Ox
Temporary Church Closure
St. Swithun’s church will be closed from Thursday, 5th October until the end of the month to allow for urgent repairs to the roof. Several of the medieval roof trusses require some attention.
For safety reasons there can be no activities or services in church during this time.
There are Sunday services in the other churches across the Benefice and they’d be delighted for you to worship with them.
Wednesday Coffee Drop In...
First Wednesday of the month at St. Swithun’s, Woodborough
Third Wednesday of the month at St. Peter & St. Paul’s, Oxton
Weekly (10.45a.m –12 noon) at Holy Cross, Epperstone
Pop in and enjoy coffee, cake & a chat with friends!
We’d be delighted to see you!
Harvest is one of the most wonderful times of celebration in the church year. There is just great joy at the beauty and providence of creation. Well, almost. There are some lessons of caution too, and those lessons are perhaps more important for our times than ever before.
There are obvious lessons about caring for the world that has been entrusted to us. At harvest time we thank God, for all of the gifts that have been given to us, and for all the opportunities made available to us from the world and its resources. Yet this planet is not ours to do with what we want. It is made by God and we are privileged to have a time here to look after and enjoy it. The expectation is that we will pass it on to our children in a better condition than we found it.
There are salutary lessons at harvest about sharing. We cannot help but feel embarrassed that we have so much of the world’s resources, whilst others lack even the most basic necessities. No harvest festival service should ever take place without a time of prayer when we think of the shocking conditions prevalent in parts of the world where people die for lack of resources which we routinely throw away.
TEAR Fund, (The Evangelical Relief Fund) reports that six million people (more than half the population of South Sudan) are severely food insecure; the largest number ever recorded. In the midst of this, Tearfund, and their partners, are providing food assistance for more than 17,000 people who have been displaced. They are also giving malnutrition treatment to about 50.000 children and pregnant mothers. East Africa is in crisis with 23 million people facing desperate food shortages. It is the largest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War with women and children suffering the most and more than 800,000 children under five being severely malnourished.
As we celebrate harvest in our benefice what about considering the needs in Africa alongside those in need nearer home, and continue to give to the Broxtowe or St Anne's Foodbanks. While Oxton has already celebrated their harvest, Woodborough's will be held at 11.00a.m,1st October, and for Epperstone and Gonalston both are on 15th October, at 9.30am and 4.00p.m respectively.
Do come to give thanks for all you have received and to give generously to those who have little.
Yours in Christ,
Richard Turner (Lay Reader)
To find out more about Tearfund, and how to make a donation contact them at
www.tearfund.org - Tel 0220 8977 9144
100, Church Road
Teddington TW11 8QE