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Pews News w/c 26th March 2023 - 5th Sunday of Lent

5th Sunday of Lent

10.30am Evenley, Benefice Holy Communion

11.00am Hinton Morning Worship

Colour purple

Readings Ezekial 37:1-14, Romans 8:6-11, John 11:1-45

Psalm 130

Most merciful God, who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ delivered and saved the world: grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross we may triumph in the power of his victory;

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.


Post Communion

Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us that what we do for the least of our brothers and sisters we do also for you: give us the will to be the servant of others as you were the servant of all, and gave up your life and died for us, but are alive and reign, now and for ever.



Palm Sunday

10.30am Croughton, Benefice Holy Communion

Colour red

Please pray for:-

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

- For couples preparing to be married this summer.

- For all those struggling with health issues.

- 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)

March 2023

25th Clocks go forward 1 hour.

April 2023

1st Evenley 7.30pm – An evening of comic songs performed by Holler n Duck –

only a few tickets available-see article below.

2nd Palm Sunday – start of Holy,

(Passion week) – no bell ringing.

Compline services as follows:- 3rd 7.00pm Aynho 4th 7.00pm Croughton 5th 7.00pm Farthinghoe

6th Maundy Thursday – service at Evenley 7.00pm Benefice Holy Communion

7th Good Friday- Family service at Evenley Village Hall- 11.00am

9th Easter Day

11th Evenley Soup Lunch 12.00 – 1.30pm

14th Farthinghoe 10.00 – 11.00 Coffee, cake & chat in the vestry

The next Benefice Holy Communion service is on 2nd April, 10.30 at Croughton.

We welcome you all to attend and join in with the celebrations along with friends from our neighbouring churches when we all come together to share prayers for Palm Sunday- a reminder of the welcoming of Jesus into our hearts and of our willingness to follow him.

Thank you all.


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

Hinton – 1st July

Other fete dates to follow.

Baby Basics

Thank you to everyone who was so generous in their donations to our benefice collection for Baby Basics. I will be delivering everything to Northampton within the week so it can be distributed to Mum's over the coming months. Carrie



It’s 10 years since Holler n Duck started in Evenley Village Hall.

Tickets £12.50 from

01280 702300 or by email:

Only a few tickets available.


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

Hinton – 1st July

Other fete dates to follow.

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

Annual Parochial Church Meeting dates

For the election of Church Wardens and PCC members

Aynho 7pm Tuesday 18th April

Evenley 10.00am Saturday

22nd April

Farthenghoe 10.00am Saturday 22nd April in the church vestry

Other dates to follow.

Have a look at our Benefice website.

Also new 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 our churches.

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

Did you remember to put your clock forward

Some interesting facts about Mothers’ Day


Most Sundays in the year churchgoers in England worship at their nearest parish or 'daughter church'. Traditionally people would return to their home or 'mother' church once a year. So, each year in the middle of Lent, everyone would visit their 'mother' church - the main church or cathedral of the area. This echoes the Jewish tradition to go to the Temple in Jerusalem once a year. So, we traditionally think of Mothering Sunday and the Mother Church.

However, when many people were in service, they were given the day off to go to their mother church and inevitably the return to the 'mother' church became an occasion for family reunions when children who were working away returned home.

Most historians think that it was the return to the 'Mother' church which led to the tradition of children, particularly those working as domestic servants, or as apprentices, being given the day off to visit their mother and family.

As they walked along the country lanes, children would pick wildflowers or violets to take to church or give to their mother as a small gift.

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