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November: A time for looking both backwards and forwards

I have never really liked November.

It is the first month when the clocks have gone back an hour, so it is darker in the evenings. It is often foggy in the day and we need coats when outside. The leaves on the trees are dying. Nature is going to sleep. It is a month of falling leaves and fading light.

It is a month when, in the Church, we remember on All Saints Day, and also on All Souls Day (1st and 2nd November) those who have gone before us and passed away. Whilst we may remember them with joy, there is inevitably sadness at their loss.

The 10th of November is Remembrance Sunday when we recall those who have died in war. It is a somber day. Thus, for me, November is a sad and somber month.

The 1st December is Advent Sunday. Advent is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of Jesus’s Nativity at Christmas. Advent is a version of the Latin word meaning, “coming”. For Christians, the season of Advent anticipates the coming of Christ from two different perspectives. The season offers the opportunity to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah, and to be alert for his Second Coming. So, for me November is not only a sad month, it is also an expectant one looking forward to the lights and celebration of Christmas and all that the birth of Christ means for us as his followers.

How are you feeling about November?

It is a challenge to us all to rejoice in the heroic examples of those who have gone before, but is a time when we feel loss. Why not come into church to spend a few moments in quiet on your own, remembering. It is also a time of watching and waiting. Before getting caught up in the mad round of Christmas shopping, come in to be quiet, relax and spend time thinking; think about eternal matters. There are bibles and hymn books to read and things to look at, on which we can focus our thoughts.

So, in conclusion, this month, ‘may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace”. (Paul’s letter to the Romans 15.13)

Yours in Christ,
Richard Turner, Lay Reader

Church Fellowship

We are back at the Institute on 13 November at 2.00pm when the speaker will be Patsy Raynor.

Church Services Across the Benefice

3rd November

8.00a.m. Holy Communion (W’b)

10.00a.m. The Ark (W’b)

10.50a.m Remembrance Service (Gon)

10th November

10.50a.m Remembrance Service (W’b)

10.50a.m. Remembrance Service (Ox)

17th November

9.30a.m. Holy Communion (W’b)

9.30a.m Holy Communion (Ep)

11.00a.m. BCP Holy Communion (Gon)

4.00p.m Prayer & Reflection (Ox)

Please note the time change of Prayer and Reflection during the winter months from 6.00p.m to 4.00p.m

24th November

9.30a.m. Morning Worship (W’b)

9.30a.m. All Age Worship (Ep)

11.00a.m. All Age Worship (Ox)

27th November

12.30p.m Mid-week Holy Communion (W’b)

1st December

8.00a.m. Holy Communion (W’b)

11.00a.m. BCP Morning Prayer (Gon)

6.00p.m Advent service (Ep)


Church Happenings

Wednesday 6th November

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

7.30p.m The Bible Course, 111 Main St, W’b

Friday 8th November

2.00p.m Scramblers, St. Peter & St. Paul, Oxton

Wednesday 13th November

9.30a.m Play Church, St. Swithun’s

2.00p.m Church Fellowship @ the Institute, W’b

7.30p.m Julian Meeting, St. Swithun’s


Wednesday 20th November

10.00a.m Coffee Drop in, St Peter & St. Paul’s, Oxton

7.30p.m. The Bible Course, 111 Main St, W’b

Sunday 17th November

9.30a.m Star & Explorers, St. Swithun’s

10.00a.m Sunday Club, Oxton village hall


Sunday 24th November

9.30a.m Star & Explorers, St. Swithun’s

Wednesday 27th November

9.30a.m Play Church, St. Swithun’s

7.30p.m Julian Meeting, St. Swithun’s


1st December

3.00p.m Christmas Crafts & the lighting of the Christmas tree, St. Peter & St. Paul’s, Oxton

7.30p.m Julian Meeting, St. Swithun’s