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  • Lisa Miles

Pews News - w/c 30th October 2022

All Saints

20th after Trinity

4th Sunday before Advent

10.30am Aynho, Benefice Holy Communion

Readings Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18, Ephesians 1:11-23,

Luke 6:20-31

Colour Red


Almighty and eternal God, you have kindled the flame of love in the hearts of the saints: grant to us the same faith and power of love, that, as we rejoice in their triumphs, we may be sustained by their example and fellowship;

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

Lord of heaven, in this eucharist you have brought us near to an innumerable company of angels

and to the spirits of the saints made perfect: as in this food of our earthly pilgrimage we have shared their fellowship, so may we come to share their joy in heaven: through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen

7pm, Farthinghoe, Benefice All Souls


Eternal God, our maker & redeemer, grant us, with all the faithful departed, the sure benefits of your Son’s saving passion & glorious resurrection, that in the last day, when you gather up all things in Christ, we may with them enjoy the fullness of your promises; through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now & forever. Amen

SERVICES FOR 6th November

3rd Sunday before Advent

10.30am Croughton, Benefice Holy Communion

Colour Red

Please pray for:

- For all those known to us who need our prayers this week

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

- For families preparing for the funeral of a loved one.

- The Revd. Paul Trathen & the church and people of Woodford Halse.

- For the people of Ukraine

- For all people worldwide who are affected by unrest, by acts of violence, oppression, or poverty, especially as the increased energy prices in the UK take hold.

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

29th - Clocks go back 1 hour tonight

30th Aynho, 10.30am, Benefice Holy Communion

31st Halloween-based in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced in Gaelic as “Sah-Win”) which is a pagan celebration that marked the end of summer and the onset of the cold, dark winter.


All Souls service at Farthinghoe on Wednesday 2nd November at 7pm. Lists will be at the back of our churches to include names of loved ones you wish to have read out.

8th 12.00 – 1.30pm Evenley, Village soup lunch

11thArmistice Day (First world war ended 104 years ago)

13th Remembrance services round the benefice

20th Evenley, Blessing of the travelling cribs

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

The Benefice Holy Communion is at Aynho on

30th October at 10.30am.

Service will be led by Revd.Terry, & Revd. Hugh & we welcome you all to attend. You will be able keep in touch with people from our neighbouring churches who come together to share prayers and hymns.

Why not come along and join us.

Travelling cribs

At the Benefice service on 20th November all the cribs will be blessed in readiness for their journeys around each parish.

At Croughton their travelling crib will be based at the school, after being blessed at church and children are welcome to take it home over night.

Evenley crib will start its annual journey on 1st December and end on 25th December at one of our Christmas services. It comprises of a stable complete with knitted figures from the Christmas story. If you would like to host the crib for a night, please pass your name and contact details to Carrie (01280) 702300 or email - by Thursday 24th November. We ask that you pass it on to the next person on the rota.

This is for young, old, with or without children/grandchildren.

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


Contacts: Revd. Nick Leggett

For Banbury contact

01295 661304

And Finally

Bread turned upside down on the table - do you know why tradition forbids it?

Bread is a food that has marked the history of man since the discovery of leavening. For about 5000 years, bread has marked the life of human beings and because of this food wars, riots and revolutions have broken out.

Putting the bread upside down on the table is strictly forbidden by tradition. There are two very ancient reasons for this. The first one concerns the Christian religion, because the bread symbolizes the Body of Christ; while the second one concerns history: in fact, the answer lies in the secret code of the French bakers, who handed the worst bread to the executioners, turning the loaf upside down as a sign of contempt.

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