• 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. 104 Friday 14th August 2020

    Thought for the Day

    Earlier this morning, I decided to do something which I hadn’t done in ages. The weather was cool and fresh, and there was some light rain. So, I thought I would take my umbrella and go for a walk in the rain. After a series of hot and muggy days, it really was a treat to feel the cool freshness of the early morning air, and hear the rain gently dripping from the trees.

    As I was walking through the rain, my mind turned to one of the stories in the bible - the story of Noah and the flood. It’s found in the 1st book of bible, which is called the book of Genesis. The book of Genesis contains various stories which were important to the Jewish people, primarily because they taught profound lessons about God, and about human nature. Men and women have continued to reflect upon these stories, ever since they were first written down some two or three thousand years ago. Did the various stories have their origins in actual events that happened long ago? People have debated this question down the centuries and continue to do so.

    The story of Noah and the flood will be familiar. The background is a world in which human beings are behaving badly. God decides the only thing to do is to send a flood to get rid of them all. But there is one human being who lives a good life - his name is Noah. So, God allows Noah to survive the flood - Noah’s family, together with various animals, enter a boat, which enables them to float on top of the waters. The story ends with God blessing Noah, and God’s solemn promise never again to send a flood to destroy the human race.

    The story of Noah and the flood reminds us that while God is a God of Justice, he is also a God of Mercy – and his mercy always has the final say. Yes, God will punish injustice, oppression, and evil. But God is always a God of mercy; he is continually at work to bring about a new beginning, in our lives as individuals, in our communities and in our world.


    Prayer for Today

    Heavenly Father,
    when the rain comes down, and the sky looks dark,
    help us to trust in your mercy and wait for the blessings to come. 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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