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Anglican Church News

From the Vicar

Dear Friends,

The season of Lent takes us into the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness before beginning his public work. The wilderness was not just a physical location – an empty, barren desert – but also a spiritual and psychological one too, with the absence of the familiar support networks and signposts of life.

Jesus was on His own, facing a new and uncertain future. It was a time of testing, a time of questioning and wrestling with new doubts, and a time of fears and temptations.

In that sense the wilderness is an experience we all have to endure at some time. The death of a loved one, the collapse of a precious relationship, the current and ongoing political crisis, the loss of a job, a serious illness – each of these and others can be terrifying.

Suddenly it feels like a wilderness; suddenly there seem to be no pointers to guide us. We feel we are on our own and very vulnerable.

It is at times like this that we discover what inner resources we have – our inner strength, and also what spiritual resources we have too. We also discover, don’t we, what friendship really means: ‘the value of a friend is weighed in shared tears’ Benjamin Franklin.

The experience of Jesus in the wilderness offers us two important insights into the wilderness moments of life. Firstly, the importance of holding close what we know of God; and second, to keep time for God no matter how we feel. I know both of these are tremendously hard to do. Losing sight spiritually and feeling that we are ‘deserted’ is a familiar experience for us all.

Understanding how God draws close to us in these moments in life is very much our focus this Lent and I want to encourage you to join us as we explore this over the coming weeks. There will be an Ash Wednesday evening service, this year in Lowdham. There will be a Lent Course called Puzzling Questions, asking the difficult questions of life. Held in Epperstone church each Tuesday from the 12th March, 7.30pm – and open to all. Do join us. 

However you focus this Lent may we each draw closer to God this special season, and know His love and blessings.

With every blessing


Parishes of Woodborough, Epperstone, Oxton & Gonalston

March Services

3rd March

8.00a.m. Holy Communion (W’b)

10.00a.m All Age Worship (W’b)

11.00a.m. Holy Communion (Gon)

6th March

7.30p.m. RCT Ash Wednesday service (St. Mary’s, Lowdham)

10th March

9.30a.m. Holy Communion (W’b)

9.30a.m. Holy Communion (Ep)

11.00a.m. Holy Communion (Ox)

17th March

9.30a.m. Holy Communion (W’b)

9.30a.m Holy Communion (Ep)

11.00a.m BCP Holy Communion (Gon)

6.00p.m. Prayer & Reflection (Ox)

24th March

9.30a.m. Morning Prayer (W’b)

9.30a.m. All Age Worship (Ep)

11.00a.m. All Age Worship (Ox)


27th March

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


31st March

9.30a.m. Mothering Sunday service (W’b)

 9.30a.m. Mothering Sunday service (Ep)

11.00a.m. Mothering Sunday service (Gon)

Church Happenings

Sunday 3rd March

10.00a.m Sunday Club, Oxton village hall

Wednesday 6th March

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

7.30p.m Julian Meeting, St. Swithun’s

Friday 8th March

2.00p.m Scramblers, Oxton village hall

Sunday 10th March

9.30a.m Stars & Explorers @ St. Swithun’s

Wednesday 13th March

9.30a.m. Play Church, St. Swithun’s

Sunday 17th March

9.30a.m Stars & Explorers @ St. Swithun’s

Wednesday 20th March

7.30p.m Julian Meeting, St. Swithun’s

Sunday 24th March

9.30a.m Stars & Explorers @ St. Swithun’s

Wednesday 27th March

9.30a.m. Play Church, St. Swithun’s