• The Churn Benefice

    We're seven village churches seeking to love God and neighbour. We welcome you!
     

    Although our buildings must close for the present
    the church continues to be alive and active:

    Click on the Service Tab above for our weekday services!

    You can contact:
    Revds Jason, Louise & John by telephone and email
    and Dawn on the office email.

    We're distributing The Churn, this week's readings, and notices by email.
    Please ask family, friends & neighbours to contact Dawn at office@churnchurches.co.uk if they would like to receive them.

    Take a look at ...

    • our calendar to see what's on this month
    • the notices and events page to find out about our ongoing online events
    • the services page to find out about forthcoming services
    • our resources page to download service materials, reflections, and materials for children and families
    • our community page to find links to information about what's happening locally, and how our communities are supporting people affected by the Coronavirus  

    Donations to support the work of all seven churches can be made at:  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/churnbenefice or by using the QR link to the left.  If you prefer to donate direct to your own church, please contact your church treasurer and arrange a bank transfer or some other method of payment.  Please note that for gift aid purposes it was necessary to link the JustGiving page to a charity account and St. Michael’s Blewbury has agreed support this acting on the Churn Benefices behalf.

     

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  • Daily Message

    Rector’s Daily Reflections: No.129 Monday 28th September 2020

    Thought for Today

    Do you enjoy listening to music? Earlier today, I was listening to a recording of the hymn, “Be still, my soul”. Perhaps you know the hymn. It’s set to a tune known as Finlandia, from Sibelius’ symphonic poem of the same name. The tune is profoundly moving, and the words of the hymn speak powerfully of the comfort that can be drawn from trusting God’s faithfulness and love. What struck me about this particular recording was that the music was deliberately taken at a very slow pace. There is often pressure to play a piece of music at a fairly brisk pace, especially when it comes to hymns, and it must have taken a very confident conductor to play this hymn at such a slow pace. But the decision was entirely correct. The slow and measured pace of the music created a performance which was quite remarkable for its insight and intensity.

    As I listened to this music, I was reminded of just how busy we all are. We seem to be living life in a rush, constantly rushing from one thing to another, anxious about all the things we need to get done. I’m sure this isn’t good for us. Yes, there will always be times when life is fast paced. But there also need to be times when we allow ourselves to live life in the slow lane. We need to give ourselves time for rest.

    I think we’re living through particularly stressful times, and the need for rest becomes more imperative than ever. We need to find time to allow ourselves to slow down a bit. One way we can do this is by becoming less demanding, on ourselves and on others. So, we haven’t got a particular job done? Well, so be it - it can wait. So, someone else hasn’t done what we wanted them to do? Well, so be it – it can wait. And if something doesn’t get done? Well, it’s unlikely to be the end of the world!


    Prayer for Today

    Lord, help us to slow down;
    Calm our anxieties and help us to savour our times of rest. Amen.

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  • Safeguarding in the Churn Benefice
    The Churn Benefice is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of the children and people of all ages in our church communities.
    In the first instance questions relating to Safeguarding concerns and support should be addressed to the Rector : The Revd Jason St. John Nicolle, The Benefice Centre, Church End, Blewbury, OX11 9QH, 01235 850267, office@churnchurches.co.uk

    Click here for link to the Safeguarding Policys

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