To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.
The church Electoral Roll is now being revised. Anyone wishing to stay on, or join, must complete a form by 10 March. Forms are available in the church.
The church is available for all of those key life events – baptisms, weddings and funerals. In 2018 there were six baptisms in our church (Charlotte, Zac, Isabella, Scott, Milly and Arthur).
Save our Church
You can help to save our church from closing permanently. The church is funded entirely by the people of Hethe. We do not receive any funding from the central church – in fact we pay a contribution to the Oxford Diocese and towards the cost of our clergy and support.
To help keep the church open and available to the parish you may wish to consider joining the 100 Club and/or making a regular payment to the church. The new Parish Giving Scheme enables regular payments by direct debit.
Thank you to everyone who came along to the afternoon teas on Sunday 10 February in the Village Hall where the Parish Giving Scheme was formally launched. Our next fund raising event is an Evening of Cheese and Wine on Saturday 16 March.
There are also details of the scheme below or contact Flora Skinner.
All Services in the Church are recorded on the Village Calendar.
Ash Wednesday services will be held on 6 March at 12.00pm in Finmere and at 7.30pm in Newton Purcell.
On Sunday 17 March at 10.45am and marking St Patrick’s Day, a Shelswell Family Service at Stratton Audley Church. Details here.
For other services in the Shelswell Benefice – http://www.shelswellparishes.info/
To obtain up to date information from all villages in our area, read the Shelswell News. A copy is available in our church, alternatively you can subscribe and receive your own copy every month. Contact the Benefice Administrator, Becky Adams, on 01280 848192, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also on “A Church Near You“.
NEWS: We have now switched the electricity supplier for the church to Total Gas and Power who are an ethical supplier – and will give us savings on the cost of electricity! This has been done through the Church of England Parish Buying scheme.
Our church costs on average £820 a month to keep open and available for parishioners. In common with other churches, all of this money has to be found from the parish – we do not receive any money from the church centrally.
We receive many regular donations at church services and through a regular giving scheme based on standing orders, but we are still short of funds. This year we have started a new Parish Giving Scheme based on donations by Direct Debit. The first stage of this scheme is to approach those people who are currently regular givers.
The attached gives more details.
If you would like copies of the application forms please contact Flora Skinner or email email@example.com.
Ride & Stride
Thank you to Daniel Pritchard who took part in the 2018 Ride & Stride by cycling around local churches. Daniel raised much needed funds which were shared equally between the Oxford Historic Churches Trust and our church. Thank you also to everyone who helped in the church on the day.
Other ideas for raising money are always welcome.
The first draw was held on 14 January and the second on 11 February. The next will be held on 11 March.
We have started a book stall in the church with a suggested donation of 50p for a book and £1.00 for a jigsaw.
If you have books which are in good condition to contribute to the stall please leave them in the church.
If you would like a copy of the remembrance leaflet there are still spare copies in the church from the 2018 Service.
The tidy-up due to take place on Saturday 13 October 2018 was postponed due to the strong winds. There are always jobs to do in and around the church if you have time. Ever tried dry stone walling?
The Raffle for St Edmund & St George Church, which was drawn at the 2018 fete, raised £799 after expenses towards the cost (on average £820 a month) of keeping the church open and available for use by parishioners.
Many thanks to everyone who helped to sell tickets and donated prizes, and to Ben for paying for the printing.
Hethe Parochial Church Council (PCC) is the elected governing body responsible for promoting the mission of the Anglican Church in the Parish of Hethe. It is chaired by the Rector for Shelswell. The PCC is responsible for the financial affairs and the care and maintenance of the fabric and contents of the Church of St Edmund and St George.
Our PCC consists of the following members:
• Chairperson – our Rector
• Church Wardens
• Deanery Synod Representative
• One other
The Church Wardens are elected at an annual meeting of all parishioners from Hethe and automatically become PCC members while in that office. Their duties include:
• representing parishioners and co-operating with the Rector;
• encouraging the parishioners in the practice of religion and promoting unity and peace among them;
• maintaining order and decency in the church and churchyard and ownership of the plate, ornaments and other moveable goods of the church.
The PCC members and Deanery Synod Representative are elected at an annual meeting open to all parishioners who are on the electoral roll (see the list in the church porch). The principle role of the PCC Secretary is to take responsibility for all documentation for the church and keep the minutes of meetings.
The PCC is a charity and all PCC members are trustees of that charity.
Next PCC Meeting
Monday 29th April, 7.30 to 9.00pm.
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting to receive the 2018 Annual Report and elect PCC Members will be held on Tuesday 2nd April. Church Wardens will be elected after the church service on 24th March.
The basic pattern of services for the Parish Church of St Edmund & St George is as follows:
2nd Sunday 9.15am – Holy Communion with hymns
3rd Sunday 8.00am – Holy Communion
4th Sunday 10.45am – All Age Holy Communion
Additional services are held over the Easter period, at Christmas and on Remembrance Sunday.
The Church is Grade 2 Listed and is sited within Hethe Conservation Area. There is also a Grade 2 Listed Headstone dated 1682 (approximately 10 Metres South of the Porch).
The first church on this site was dedicated to St Edmund and was built in the early 12th Century by a Lord Norman de Verden, whose father served with William the Conqueror. A hundred and fifty years later Hethe had outgrown its small Norman church which was rebuilt and on a St George’s Day around the turn of the 14th Century it was rededicated to become the Church of St Edmund and St George.
In 1859 the Gothic Revival architect G.E. Street restored the building, widened the chancel arch, and added the bell-turret and the north aisle. Street moved the east window from the chancel to the north aisle and inserted a new east window in the chancel in its place.
Church by Drone
In 2014 a drone was used to film the church during the quinquennial inspection….
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hate, that I may bring love;
where there is offence, that I may bring pardon;
where there is discord, that I may bring union;
where thers is error, that I may bring truth
where there is doubt, that I may bring faith;
where there is despair, that I may bring hope;
where there is darkness, that I may bring light;
and where there is sadness, that I may bring joy.
make me not so much to be consoled as to console;
not so much to be loved as to love;
not so much to be understood, as to understand;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
St Francis of Assisi – 13th century