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  • Lisa Miles

Pews News w/c 8th January 2023

SERVICES FOR 8th JANUARY - 1st Sunday after Epiphany - Baptism of Christ

9.30am Evenley Morning Worship

9.30am Farthinghoe, Morning Worship

11.00am Hinton, Morning Worship

Colour White

Readings Isaiah 42:1-9,

Acts 10:34-43,

Matthew 3:13-17, Psalm 29


Eternal Father, who at the baptism of Jesus revealed him to be your Son, anointing him with the Holy Spirit: grant to us, who are born again by water and the Spirit, that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children,

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 all time and eternity, you opened the heavens and revealed yourself as Father in the baptism of Jesus your beloved Son: by the power of your Spirit complete the heavenly work of our rebirth through the waters of the new creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Psalm 29 - A psalm of David.

1 Ascribe to the LORD, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendour of his holiness.

3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters, the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.

4 The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic.

5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars, the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.

6 He makes Lebanon leap like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox.

7 The voice of the LORD strikes with flashes of lightning.

8 The voice of the LORD shakes the desert; the LORD shakes the Desert of Kadesh.

9 The voice of the LORD twists the oaks and strips the forests bare.

And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

10 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever.

11 The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.


10.30am Croughton, Benefice Holy Communion

Colour White

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 over the holidays and pray that you will be kept safe.

- For all those living on our streets that they find a warm place to stay

- For the work of MacMillan Cancer Support whose nurses help and support patients and families who are suffering.

- 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)

The Epiphany celebrates the 12 days of Christmas or Twelfth Night. Did you know in the song ‘The Twelve days of Christmas’ if you count up all the gifts given, the total is 365. A gift for each day of the year.

Also, the Bible has the phrase said by the Angel Gabriel to Mary ‘Do not be afraid ‘365 times, again one for each day of the year.


At 11.45pm on 31st December the Evenley bell ringers assembled in the tower in readiness to welcome in 2023. As big Ben chimed, the bells rang out joyously, not just to welcome in the new year but to say goodbye to 2022. If anyone is interested in learning bell ringing skills, please contact Paul Bennett on (01280)703904.

January 2023 Dates

6th Epiphany

(Full moon)

10th, 12.00 – 1.30pm Evenley Soup Lunch

22nd Aynho Church Cleaning

22nd Chinese New Year (year of the rabbit)

25th Burns night

27th Holocaust Memorial Day

February 2023

2nd (Thursday), Candlemass

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

21st Shrove Tuesday (pancake day)

22nd Ash Wednesday

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

The next Benefice Holy Communion service for January is on 15th, 10.30am 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 and hymns to celebrate the season of Epiphany which lasts until the first Sunday of Lent.

Thank you all.

Have a look at our 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


Aynho: Andrew Bellamy 01869 810847 and Kathy White 01869 810418

Croughton: Angie Robbins 01869 811445,

Evenley: Jose Golding 07708 539191

Farthinghoe: Lisa Wenmouth 01295 712510

Hinton-in-the-Hedges: Sam Mainds

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