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

Weekly News Sheet

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

Sunday 16th December (3rd Sunday in Advent)

Readings for today: Zephaniah 3:14-20; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18

Rejoice! The 3rd Sunday in Advent is traditionally known by many Christians as “Gaudete Sunday” (‘Gaudete’ means ‘Rejoice’.) Advent is a season of quiet preparation and expectation, and a time of careful looking at our lives before God, in attentive readiness for His coming. However, on the third Sunday of Advent there is a tradition of pausing from that careful preparation and rejoicing in our promised redemption drawing near, and giving thanks for God’s many blessings. Our second reading today outlines the Christian identity to be a people of joyful hope!

Forthcoming Services across the Benefice: Tuesday 18th: No public morning or evening prayer on Tuesday 18th.
Wednesday 19th: Morning Prayer, 8.30am (Yarnton); Said Eucharist, 9.30 am (Yarnton); Little Sheep, 10.15am(Yarnton); Evening Prayer, 5.30pm (Begbroke).
Thursday 20th: Morning Prayer, 8.30am (Yarnton); Evening Prayer, 4.45pm (Begbroke); Said Eucharist, 5pm (Begbroke); Carol Singing in Shipton and Thrupp meeting at 6pm at Shipton Village Hall.
Friday 21st : Morning Prayer 8.30am (Yarnton); Said Eucharist, 9.00am(Yarnton); Advent Midday Prayer 12noon (Shipton) NB no Evening Prayer on Friday 21st.

SUNDAY 23rd DECEMBER (Advent 4) 8am BCP Communion (Yarnton); 9.30am Parish Eucharist (Begbroke); 11am Parish Eucharist (Yarnton); 3pm Family Crib Service (Shipton)

CHRISTMAS EVE MONDAY 24TH DECEMBER 4pm Crib service (Yarnton); 5pm Crib service (Begbroke); 6pm Prayers around the Crib (Yarnton); 10pm Midnight Mass (Begbroke); 11pm Midnight Mass (Yarnton); 11pm Midnight Mass (Shipton).

CHRISTMAS DAY TUESDAY 25TH DECEMBER 8am BCP Communion (Yarnton); 9.30am All Age Communion Service (Begbroke); 11am All Age Communion service (Yarnton)

The funeral of Pamela Vandermin takes place in St Michael’s, Begbroke this Thursday 20th at 1pm .

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Begbroke Advent Trail The Advent trail is well underway! Do follow the Advent windows around the village each day. This is an exciting and fun Advent adventure, as well as a meditation on the coming of Christ.

Oxford Winter Night Shelter(OWNS) OWNS is also seeking volunteers – please see the leaflets in the porch or

The North Oxfordshire Community Foodbank is requesting donations.

 Prayers: Please pray for our celebrations of Christmas across the Benefice; for Oxford Winter Night Shelter; for the work of the North Oxfordshire Community Foodbank and Oxford Foodbank, and all who use them; and for our congregations to become closer to each other and extend God’s kingdom in our parishes.

Vicar: Rev’d Oliver Petter Address: 26 Church Lane, Yarnton, Kidlington, OX5 1PY. Rest day: Monday.
Email: Tel: 01865 372714 Benefice Website: