The church is now on a better financial footing and will continue to be available for services, events, private visits and prayer and all of those key life events – baptisms, weddings and funerals. But, we still need funds for work on the porch, including masonry repairs, re-pointing, rainwater goods and timber repairs. We are grateful for a grant of £7,718 from the National Churches Trust towards the cost, but we still need to find another £15,666. If you are able to contribute directly or by additional fund raising, please let me know at email@example.com.
Our thanks to Philip Mansfield for rebuilding part of the dry stone wall in the church yard.
Wednesday 20 November was the 1,150th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of St Edmund, to whom our church was originally dedicated.
Edmund was crowned King of East Anglia at Bures in Essex on Christmas Day 855. He died on 20th November 869 when he refused to give up his Christian faith and so was tied to a tree and shot full of arrows before being beheaded.
Edmund is the patron of Kings, pandemics, the Roman Catholic diocese of East Anglia, Douai Abbey, wolves, torture victims, protection from the plague.
The Christmas Carol and Christmas Day Services have now been agreed. Note the following:
- Sunday 15 December at 10.45am a Shelswell Family Service with Christingle Celebration at Stratton Audley Church
- Christmas Eve at 4.00pm the Shelswell Crib Service in Stratton Audley Church
All Services in the Church are recorded on the Village Calendar – for other services in the Shelswell Benefice – http://www.shelswellparishes.info/
To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.
A Christian response to Brexit from the Bishops’ of the Oxford Diocese:
Save our Church
Fund raising events this year have brought church funds into modest solvency again, postponing the threat of closure for the present. The campaign to promote regular giving of planned small donations is ongoing, and it is this source of income which will secure the building’s future for Christian worship and for community events. If you have a Parish Giving form languishing in your home in-tray, please dig it out and complete it – every little bit helps to keep the church open for you and for future generations.
Thank you to everyone who took part in the Ride & Stride event on 14 September.
Thanks also to Marak and his team for the concerts in the church.
100 Club & Parish Giving
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. There are further details of the Parish Giving Scheme below or contact Flora Skinner.
Thank you to everyone who came along to the afternoon teas in February, the Evening of Cheese and Wine in March, the “Table Top Sale” in June and the Pimm’s Evening in July. Many thanks to all who contributed to these events, particularly Hamish and Mary McCorquodale for the loan of their house for the Cheese and Wine evening, Marak and Steve for organising the Table Top Sale and the use of their garden and Ben and Becks for hosting the Pimm’s Evening.
Local Church and Village Information
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” and “Explore Churches”
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 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 Andrew, Linda and David Cotton, Daniel Pritchard and John and Sue Schutz who took part in the 2019 Ride & Stride by cycling or walking around local churches. They 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.
There is now a varied collection of books (fiction and none fiction), jigsaws and cassette tapes in the church book stall. There is a suggested donation of 50p for a book, cassette or CD 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.
This year’s revision of the church Electoral Roll is now complete and has been posted on the notice board in the church porch. Please notify any corrections and additions to Mrs Becky Adams, The Rectory, Water Stratford Road, Finmere, MK18 4AT (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you would like a copy of the remembrance leaflet there are still spare copies in the church from the 2018 Service.
We are grateful for help at any time – strimming, weeding, etc.
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 Warden
• Deanery Synod Representative
• Two others
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 PCC is a charity and all PCC members are trustees of that charity.
Next PCC Meeting
Monday 27th January 2020 at 7.30pm.
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting to receive the 2018 Annual Report and elect PCC Members was held on 2nd April. Church Wardens were 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 – Holy Communion with hymns
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