Pews News - w/c 18th February 2024

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Astwick Vale Pews News 18th February 2024


(ASH WEDNESDAY) 7pm Farthinghoe, Benefice Holy Communion Colour purple. Readings Joel 2:1-2, 12-17, or Isaiah58:1-12, 2Corinthians 5:20b-6:10, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 or John 8:1-11, Psalm 51:1-18

Collect Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing that you have made and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent: create and make in us new and contrite hearts that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may receive from you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen Post Communion Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us both a sacrifice for sin and also an

example of godly life: give us grace that we may always most thankfully receive these his inestimable gifts, and also daily endeavour to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen SERVICE FOR 18th February. First Sunday of Lent 10.30am Croughton, Benefice Holy Communion Colour Purple Readings Genesis, 9:8-17, 1Peter 3:18-22, Mark 1:9-15, Psalm 25:1-9 We pray for all who live or work within the parishes of our Benefice, and for those known to us who are sick in body, mind, or spirit, at home or in hospital and who need God’s loving touch at this time. --Among them are - Paula, Pip & Katie, Douglas, Jackie, Suzanne, Norman, Derek, Bruce from Mixbury. - For all those struggling with health issues, especially those in hospital. - 4yr.old Holly who is in the second year of treatment and thankfully can attend school each day of the week (allowing for treatments)

The Churches of Aynho, Croughton, Evenley, Farthinghoe, Hinton and Steane 01280 702861 new website address

Lent – A season of faith, hope and love. -


For all the churches and people of our Benefice. Wendy & Jeremy For HM King Charles III as he continues treatment for the recent cancer diagnosis. For HRH The Princess of Wales as she continues her recovery at home. For all those affected by situations worldwide & especially the conflict in the Middle East. We pray that a peace will be found. Such a sad world at this time – so many need our prayers.

Our churches are always open for private prayer; all are welcome. (Croughton -by appointment only)

quiet service of prayer and reflection. There is an opportunity for the imposition of Ashes on your forehead as a symbol of our repentance. The ashes made from burnt palm crosses are administered with the words. From dust you come and to dust you will return, repent of your sins, and turn to Christ.

February 2024

14th Ash Wednesday Start of Lent, from 14th February –28th March, (Maundy Thursday) Benefice Holy Communion Service at Farthinghoe 7pm

Come and mark the beginning of Lent in this

Looking forward to March 1st – World Day of Prayer (The Christian Women of Palestine) England, Wales & Northern Ireland The World Day of Prayer is an international ecumenical Christian

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Lent – A season of faith, hope and love. laywomen's initiative. It is run under the motto “Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action, ” and is celebrated annually in over 170 countries on the first Friday in March. Local services at All Saints Church, Croughton at 2pm Brackley Baptist Church 2.30pm Kings Sutton Baptist Church, time tbc th 8 Farthinghoe 10.00am – 11.00 coffee, cake & chat in the vestry – all welcome

10th Mothers’ Day

12th Evenley 12.001.15pm, Village Soup Lunch. Usual menu Everyone welcome.


The churchwardens have agreed to us supporting Baby Basics again this year on Mothering Sunday (March 10th). The list of items particularly requested by the charity at this time is below. Details next week) Items can be brought to the service on March 10th, delivered to churches or Carrie at 15, Church Lane, Evenley. For more information, please contact Carrie on T: 702300. Thank you for your support. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Astwick Vale Benefice covers five churches, Aynho, Croughton, Evenley, Farthinghoe and Hinton with Steane THANK YOU To Rosemary Jarvis & team at Farthinghoe for the very enjoyable coffee,cake & chat today (9th February). Always

If you have an article to appear in the weekly Benefice Pews News, please contact Joyce Stevens (01280) 702861 or email

Lent – A season of faith, hope and love. the second Friday morning in the month 10.00 – 11.00am Everyone is welcome. Have a look at our Benefice website. Also email address

Telephone number (01280) 702861 If you wish to be on the Pews News emailing list, please contact: Printed copies can be found in some of our churches.

Please note that we continue in a period of Interregnum for the foreseeable future.

St Michael's Aynho is temporarily closed for the replacement of the heating system and is scheduled to reopen for the Mothering Sunday service on 10th March. The churchyard remains open for people visiting graves. Please contact one of the church wardens as shown below. Andrew Bellamy 01869 810847 Kathy White 01869 810418 Croughton: Angie Robbins 01869 811445, Evenley: Jose Golding 07708 539191 Farthinghoe: Position vacant Hinton-in-the-Hedges: Sam Mainds 07860 465000 And Finally

Church contacts

Ministry Teams Assistant PriestRevd Terry Richards 01869 811251 Lay Readers Carrie O’Regan 01280 702300 May Leng 07903 801143 Wardens If you have an article to appear in the weekly Benefice Pews News, please contact Joyce Stevens (01280) 702861 or email

Lent – A season of faith, hope and love. Nice to see that Paddington is sending a message of support to our beloved King Charles III

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