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  • Lisa Miles

Pews News w/c 21st May 2023


7th Sunday after Easter – Sunday after Ascension Day

10.30am Evenley - Benefice Holy Communion

6pm Steane – Evensong

Colour White


Acts 1:6-14,

1Peter 4:12-14,5:6-11, John 17:1-11,

Psalm 68:1:10, 32-35


O God the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: we beseech you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Post Communion

Eternal God, giver of love and power, your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into all the world to preach the gospel of his kingdom: confirm us in this mission and help us to live the good news we proclaim; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Thursday 18th MAY Ascension Day


Grant, we pray, almighty God, that as we believe your only begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens, so we in heart and mind may also ascend and with him continually dwell, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

Post communion

God our Father, you have raised our humanity in Christ and have fed us with the bread of heaven:

mercifully grant that, nourished with such spiritual blessings, we may set our hearts in the heavenly places, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen



Whit Sunday

9.00am Farthinghoe, Holy Communion

11.00am Aynho, Holy Communion

Please pray for:-

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

- For couples preparing to be married this summer.

- For those awaiting surgery

- 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)

May 2023

18th Ascension Day

As per Christian belief, Ascension Day marks day 40 after Jesus Christ's Resurrection — counting Easter Day as day one — and is the day Christ ascended into heaven. This day is very important for Christians, ranking right up there with other Christian festivals like Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost.

19th New Moon

The new moon phase is a more introspective time and represents new beginnings as we plant seeds for the future. It's a good time to set clear intentions for the month ahead, clarify your goals, start new projects, and acknowledge your growth since the previous new moon.

The next Benefice Holy Communion service is on 4th June 10.30am at Croughton

We welcome you all to attend and join in with friends from our neighbouring churches when we all come together to share hymns & prayers.


Croughton – 10th June in the garden of David & Margaret Rings

Hinton – 1st July

Evenley 24th June

Farthinghoe 25th June

Have a look at our Benefice website.

Also new email address

Telephone number

(01280) 702861

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Printed copies can be found in our churches.

Church contacts

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 810847King

Kathy White 01869 810418


Angie Robbins 01869 811445,


Jose Golding 07708 539191

Farthinghoe: Position vacant


Sam Mainds 07860 46500

We Remember – 80 years ago

617 Squadron was formed at Scampton in Lincolnshire, with Wing Commander Guy Gibson as its commander. Some of the aircrew for 617 were hand-picked by Gibson but many were crews who had simply come to the end of their tours or were due to start their second tours. Gibson had to assemble his aircrews and all the ground staff and auxiliary support needed in just three weeks.

80 years ago, on the on the night of 16th May 1943 the squadron of Lancaster bombers took off from RAF Scampton to bomb three reservoirs in Germany. Each aircraft was armed with 9,000-pound cylindrical mine that was designed to bounce across the surface of the water until it hit a dam. Of the 19 crews that had set out on the raid, eight did not return.

Some years ago, my husband and I had the privilege of riding in a Lancaster bomber around East Kirby airfield and for both of us our emotions took over, especially when the engines roared. Our thoughts were with the many crews, who, on that night in 1943, left England, never to return.

Whilst we never celebrate any war, we remember the actions our country was forced to take to win the freedom we enjoy today.

It was said that ‘Without the dams raid, D-Day would have been considerably harder.’

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