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  • The Churn Benefice

    The Churn Benefice is in the Wallingford Deanery in the Diocese of Oxford.  It has six Parochial Church Councils and seven Churches.
     
    Rector:- The Revd Jason St. John Nicolle
    Associate Priests:- The Revd Louise Butler & The Revd John Clarke
     
    Bookings for Weddings & Baptisms should be made at the Benefice Office in Blewbury on Saturday mornings between 9am and 11am, when someone is always available.  No appointment is necessary.

    The Church continues to be alive and active,
    but our buildings must close for the present.

    Click on the Service Tab above for this Sundays live service!

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

    The Churn and Readings for the current week will be distributed by email please ask family, friends & neighbours to contact Dawn at office@churnchurches.co.uk if they would like to receive them.

    For details of online Sunday services and other online events please see notices on this site.

    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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  • Daily Message

    Rector’s Daily Reflections No.12 Wednesday 8th April 2020

    Thought for the Day

    I’ve been looking out of my study window and seeing some small birds scuttling around in search of building materials for their nests, which I think must be hidden in a bit of ivy on the side of the wall. They collect together a beak full of suitable material, and then fly up to where they’re building their nests. Sometimes they put so much into their beak that they have to do the flight in two legs, resting for a breather on the branch of a convenient shrub.

    These birds have brought to mind a couple of lines from a poem in the Bible, which talks about the excitement of going on a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem, and joy of visiting this holy place. The poem is known as Psalm 84. The lines I’m thinking about are these: “The sparrow findeth her a house: and the swallow a nest, where she may lay her young”. In happier times, I have often thought on these lines as I have watched the birds which have nested under the eaves of our church roofs, and sometimes inside the porches too. I have happy memories of hearing the chirping of hungry little swallows, as their parents swoop in and out of the porch on their seemingly never-ending task of feeding their young.

    It gave the author of Psalm 84 so much joy to think about a journey to the holy City of Jerusalem. It is as if the author knew that a journey to a special place gives joy twice over: the joy of the planning, with all its anticipation and excitement, followed by the joy of the visit itself.

    I don’t know about you, but I’m already thinking of the wonderful places I’m going to be visiting once all these restrictions are over. Are you also planning future trips? Perhaps there’s somewhere nearby, which you love to visit. I’m already looking forward to returning to our local churches and greeting the birds which have built their nests under their hospitable eaves. We’ll have lots to catch up on!

    Prayer for the Day
    Lord, you give us special places,
    full of beauty, laughter and peace.
    Help us to remember these places which are so special to us,
    And help our memories to be a source
    of strength and inspiration, to ourselves and to others.
    Amen.

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  • Rectors Reflections

    Your Churches, Our Commnities
    It will hardly be a surprise. This month, I’m going to write about the Coronavirus, and what it will mean for the life and work of your churches in our communities. Churches exist to serve others. How are we going to serve our communities in the months ahead? Read More

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