The Benefice of Yarnton with Begbroke and Shipton-on-Cherwell

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Yarnton

Christmas Services

Monday 24th December

4pm Crib Service, with Yarnton Brass

Children are welcome to come in costume!

6pm Prayers around the Crib

11pm 'Midnight Mass'

Tuesday 25th December

11am All age Communion service

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Begbroke

Christmas Services

Monday 24th December

5pm Crib Service

Children are welcome to come in costume!

10pm 'Midnight Mass'

Tuesday 25th December

9.30am All age Communion service

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The Food Bank collecting box can be found under the table by the front door in St Michael's. Please contribute by bringing foods to church either on Sunday morning, or indeed at any time the church is open. 

Suitable goods for donation can be found here

Shipton-on-Cherwell

Christmas Services

Sunday 23rd December

3pm Family Crib Service

Children are welcome to come in costume!

Monday 24th December 

11pm 'Midnight Mass'

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Thanks to all who came carol singing in Shipton and Thrupp, and to all who donated to our collection. We raised £149.05 for Restore. 

 
 

THE SEASON OF EPIPHANY

As we leave the excitement of Christmas, there is a short but important period before we enter Lent. The readings in this period do rather jump around, but they cover some important points in the life opf Christ.

Last week, the reading celebrate the the Magi or wise men visiting the baby to bring symbolic gifts of gold (a suitable gift for kings and Christ was to be the King of the Jews), frankincense (used by priests for worship and Christ is referred to as our great high priest) and myrrh (for embalming the dead anticipating the death of Christ).

This coming week we celebrate the baptism of Christ by John the Baptist. That may seem strange when we are probably still thinking about him as a baby, but we are reminded who's baby we are discussing because the passage from Luke includes the words spoken from God in heaven to Christ, "You are my son, the beloved, with you I am well pleased."

This coming Sunday is also known as Plough Sunday, when we celebrate the start of the farming year, often by blessing a plough. In 2018, as we discuss the future use of land around Yarnton and Begbroke, perhaps we should be blessing our local farm land, the land that has provided our food for centuries.