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Pews news - w/c 29th January 2023


Fourth Sunday of Epiphany

10.30am Evenley Benefice Holy Communion

Colour White

Readings 1 Kings 17:8-16,

1 Corinthians 1: 18-31,

John 2:1-11, Psalm 36:5-10


God our creator, who in the beginning commanded the light to shine out of darkness: we pray that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ may dispel the darkness of ignorance and unbelief, shine into the hearts of all your people, and reveal the knowledge of your glory in the face of 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

Generous Lord, in word and eucharist we have proclaimed the mystery of your love: help us so to live out our days that we may be signs of your wonders in the world; through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen



In Christianity, candles represent the light and warmth that Jesus Christ brought to the world when he was born. This is why candles play a prominent part in advent, and other Christian festivals.

In Christian tradition, the end of Christmas celebrations come on February 2nd, 40 days after Christmas Day and the season of Epiphany.


Almighty and ever-living God, clothed in majesty, whose beloved Son was this day presented in the Temple, in substance of our flesh: grant that we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts, by your Son Jesus Christ 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, you fulfilled the hope of Simeon and Anna, who lived to welcome the Messiah: may we, who have received these gifts beyond words, prepare to meet Christ Jesus when he comes to bring us to eternal life; for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen

Please pray for:-

- All those who need our prayers today

- 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)

25th January Burns night

27th Holocaust Memorial Day

2nd (Thursday), Candlemas

6th 1952 - Death of King George VI, aged 56 & accession of his daughter, our late Queen Elizabeth II

14th St Valentine’s Day

14th Evenley Soup lunch 12.00 – 1.30pm

19th Open house with pancakes!!! – see article below.

21st Shrove Tuesday (pancake day)

22nd Ash Wednesday- start of Lent.

Pancake Day: Open House at

15 Church Lane, Evenley

As Shrove Tuesday on 21st February is a school evening Carrie and Kevin will be hosting an Open House with pancakes on Sunday 19th February from 3-6pm.

Do pop along for a drink and a sweet pancake anytime during the afternoon.

If anyone can help by making a batch of pancakes, please let Carrie know on 702300 or

Looking forward to the next Benefice Holy Communion service for February is on 5th – 10.30am at Farthinghoe. 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 and hymns to continue to celebrate the season of Epiphany which lasts until the first Sunday of Lent (26th February)

Thank you all.


The revealing of Christ

The Sundays which follow Epiphany are known as the time of manifestation. It celebrates 'the revelation of God in his Son as human in Jesus Christ'.

Have a look at our Benefice website.

Also new email address

Telephone number

(01280) 702861

Only a few days left to respond. - Lent Day: 2023

In the past we have organised a day away at Stanton House near Oxford during Lent. These have comprised of short services, reflections, and time to oneself. I am exploring the idea of organising something during Lent this year either at Stanton house (£35 including coffee, lunch, and tea) or more locally. I would appreciate knowing if anyone might be interested in either of these possibilities before I plan any further. Responses by 31st January please to Tel: 702300 or Thank you. Carrie

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

The days are drawing out at last.

28th January sunrise 07.45 – sunset 16.42 – (21 minutes longer than last week)!!

It all helps with extra daylight, however little.

Only 8 weeks to the Vernal Equinox when Spring begins!!!

And finally

If Candlemas Day be fair and bright

Winter will have another fight.

If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain,

Winter won't come again.'

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