• The Churn Benefice

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

    The Churn Benefice Review is available on the Resources Tab.
    We welcome responses from individuals, groups, PCCs, and anyone who is interested in the future of the Churn Benefice.
    Please send your responses c/o Benefice Administrator (Dawn Saunders)

    at the Churn Benefice Centre by email (office@churnchurches.co.uk) by 30 April 2021.

     

    Although our buildings must close for regular Worship
    the Church continues to be alive and active.


    You can contact:
    Revds Jason & Louise by telephone and email
    and Dawn on the office email and/or mobile number.

    We are 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.

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    • our community page to find links to information about what's happening locally, and how our communities are supporting people affected by the Coronavirus  

     

     

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  • Daily Message

    Rector’s Daily Reflections Friday 14th May 2021

    Thought for Today

    Today is St Matthias’s day. Who was St. Matthias? He was one of the apostles, chosen by the early church to replace Judas. There is an account of his appointment in the first chapter of the Acts of the Apostles. We know very little if anything about him, other than that the early Christians considered him to be suitable for a leadership position in the church.

    Why was he considered suitable? Because of his academic qualifications or business skills? No. Because of his wealth or good looks? No. He was considered suitable because he had been a follower of Jesus since the earliest days and would be a witness with the other disciples to Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.

    In other words, Matthias was someone who had known Jesus during his earthly life, and after he had risen from the dead on the first Easter day. Why was this personal knowledge of Jesus so important? Probably because he would have known Jesus’ teaching and miracles at first hand. He would be an authentic and effective witness to others. If people said, “how do we know that this is what Jesus actually taught”, Matthias could answer them by saying that he himself heard Jesus say the words. And if people said, “how do we know that this particular miracle happened”, Matthias could answer them by saying that he knew that it did happen, because he was there. In other words, Matthias was an authentic witness to the life and teaching of Jesus.

    Every follower of Jesus is called to be an authentic witness to the life and teaching of Jesus. Of course, for us, living 2000 years later, we can not base an authentic witness on our own eyewitness testimony as to what Jesus said and did. But there are other ways we can witness to Jesus. We can show how Jesus’ teachings inform the way we live our lives. We can demonstrate to others and to the world around us that we try our best to live our lives in accordance with the teachings of Jesus. How can we do this? By trying our best to love God and to love our neighbour, with all our heart, and soul and strength.

    Prayer for Today

    Lord, help us to be a witness to your love and mercy,
    in the way that we relate to one another and to the world around us. 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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