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Pews News - w/c 18th December - 4th Sunday in Advent

SERVICE FOR 17th December - 5pm Evenley, Carol Service

SERVICES FOR 18th December - 4th Sunday of Advent

11.00am Aynho Carol Service

11.00am Croughton Carol Service

5pm Farthinghoe, Carol Service

6pm Hinton, Carol Service

Colour Purple

Readings Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7,

Matthew 1:18-25,

Psalm 80:1-8, 18-20

Today’s candle to be lit is the candle of PEACE

Today we think about Mary

Jesus said, ‘Anyone who does what my Father in heaven wants is my brother or sister or mother.’

I am the servant of the Lord. Let it be to me according to his word. Amen.

Come soon, Lord Jesus! The four candles are lit Jesus is the light of the world.

A light no darkness can ever put out.

Advent Prayer

Holy God as we set out on our Advent journey, give us the courage and perseverance to complete that which have started, in Jesus’s name we pray. Amen


God our redeemer, who prepared the Blessed Virgin Mary to be the mother of your Son: grant that, as she looked for his coming as our saviour, so, we may be ready to greet him when he comes again as our judge;who is alive and reigns with you,in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever Amen.

Post Communion

Heavenly Father, who chose the Blessed Virgin Mary to be the mother of the promised saviour: fill us your servants with your grace, that in all things we may embrace your holy will and with her rejoice in your salvation;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Please pray for:-

- All those known to us who need our prayers this week

- For all those struggling with health issues, especially those in hospital.

- For all those travelling on our roads during the lead up to Christmas and pray that you will be kept safe.

- For the people of Ukraine

- For all people worldwide who are affected by unrest, by acts of violence, oppression, or poverty.

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

Dates for December

18th 3pm -Dare I say it – The final of the Football World Cup

21st Winter Solstice (winter begins)

24th 5pm Farthinghoe Benefice crib service

24th 11pm Evenley Benefice Holy Communion (church bells will ring at 10.30pm)

25th Christmas Day

10.00am Aynho, Holy Communion

10.30am Hinton Benefice Holy Communion Christmas service

Looking forward to January 2023

1st Aynho, Benefice Holy Communion - 6th Epiphany (Full moon)

10th, 12.00 – 1.30pm Evenley Soup Lunch

Astwick Vale Benefice covers five churches, Aynho, Croughton, Evenley, Farthinghoe and Hinton with Steane

The next Benefice services are

24th Christmas Eve

Farthinghoe 5pm Benefice Crib Service, led by Carrie O’Regan

Evenley 11pm Holy Communion

led by Revd.Terry Richards.

(We hope to ring the church bells at 10.30pm)

25th (Christmas Day) -Hinton 10.30.

We welcome you all to attend the last Advent services and join in with the Christmas Day celebrations along with friends from our neighbouring churches when we all come together to share prayers and hymns as we acknowledge the end of Advent and welcome the Christ Child at Christmas.

Thank you all.

Have a look at our new Benefice website

Also new email address

Telephone number

(01280) 702861

Church contact details

Ministry Teams

Assistant Priests-

Revd Terry Richards 01869 811251

Revd Hugh Warwick 01869 819596

Lay Readers

Carrie O’Regan 01280 702300

May Leng 07903 801143



Andrew Bellamy 01869 810847

Kathy White 01869 810418


Angie Robbins 01869 811445,


Jose Golding 07708 539191


Lisa Wenmouth 01295 712510


Sam Mainds 07860 465000

And Finally


(Just a gentle reminder of happier times)

“Well,” said the Queen to the little bear “where do you go from here”

“I am not sure your Majesty” Paddington bear answered with a tear “You see the Browns have all grown up and gone on their separate way” Paddington continued “I am now homeless as I have nowhere else to stay” “Well, my little friend” the Queen replied to him “this will never do at all” “I too am all alone you can move into my palace I’m sure we will have a ball” The little bear looked up and asked “will there be marmalade dear Queen”

Of course, she replied “the biggest spread of sandwiches you’ve ever seen” “And cups of tea and crockery that you can drop, and I will never never mind”

The little bear replied “your majesty I accept your offer you are very very kind”

By John Sullivan"

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