Latest report from St Leonard’s

News from St Leonard’s

June/July 2020

Dates for your Diaries: I regret to inform you that all future events have had to be postponed.  We do hope that it may be possible to hold the Silent Auction in the Autumn.  Watch this space.

It is with great sadness that all services in the church continue to be cancelled and the church closed, even for private prayer.  As soon as the restrictions are lifted, we will put a notice on the gate of the church. The Rector is available on 01327 260204 for advice or guidance.  Do listen to the Sunday service on BBC Radio 4 after the 8 am news and or Morning Worship about 10.30 on BBC 1 TV or Songs of Praise which usually follows the 1 pm news on BBC1 TV.

Online giving
During this difficult time when our church buildings are closed, we are still a church; meeting virtually for prayer services and fellowship, loving our neighbours by offering practical support to the vulnerable, and caring for our communities. The work of churches is reliant on people’s generosity, a generosity that is a hallmark of a lived-out faith and a testament to it  [If you would like to make a donation please leave a comment here and it will be passed on to the relevent person, thank you.]

If you would like a copy of the weekly Pew Sheet sent to you by email please  leave a comment here or else collect a printed copy from the windowsill in the porch.

I am sure you will be pleased to hear that Stevie Cross is to be appointed as “House for Duty” priest on 1st June.  This is because she is unable to move house during the lockdown and has kindly offered to continue to look after us for at least the next three months.  This will not affect the appointment process as any one appointed would not be able to move either.

At this anxious time, it is even more urgent that we support the Food Banks to help those in greatest need. 

Food Bank Collections
Thank you for your continued support and generosity to the food bank – given the current circumstances we have been amazed at the quantity donated, and the churches have been thanked by the managers of both Banbury and Daventry Food Banks where the food and hygiene items are taken.

The churches are closed but donations however small are still needed. These can be put in the box on Wednesdays outside Comfrey Cottage, or please arrange a time with Lesley Palmer and we will collect from your doorstep.

Alternatively, you can donate by cheque made payable to The Peoples Church/Banbury Foodbank. Address: Horsefair Banbury OX16 0AH or BACS payment to Banbury Foodbank sort code 20-03-84 account number 20141224

Stevie Cross 01327 260204 : Lesley Palmer 01327 264374

April/May 2020
Dates for your Diaries: I regret to inform you that all future events have had to be postponed.

It is with great sadness that all services in the church have had to be cancelled and the church closed, even for private prayer. As soon as the restrictions are lifted, we will put a notice on the gate of the church. The Rector is available on 01327 260204 for advice or guidance. Do listen to the Sunday service on BBC Radio 4 after the 8 am news and or Songs of Praise which usually follows the 1 pm news on BBC1 TV.

If you would like a copy of the weekly Pew Sheet sent to you by email please send your email address to Pam Hickes at mailto:pamhicks@uwclub.net or else collect a printed copy from the windowsill in the porch.

At this anxious time it is even more urgent that we support the Food Banks to help those in greatest need. See notice below:

Food Bank Collections
Thank you for your generosity to the food banks in the past and we want to go on helping where possible as they are still in great demand.

The churches are closed but donations, however small, are still needed.  Please note that the Food Donations Box will now be placed in Matt and Ali Hawkins‘ carport (call 07762 330 497 for location) from 9 till 3 every Wednesday.  It will be collected by the rector or other clergy member.  If anyone feels they are able to contribute something, this is where it will be until the Church re-opens.  Or a time coule be arranged with myself (Susan Fagg) or Lesley Palmer and we will collect from your doorstep.

Alternatively, you can donate by cheque made payable to The Peoples Church/Banbury Foodbank. Address: Horsefair Banbury OX16 0AH or BACS payment to Banbury Foodbank sort code 20-03-84 account number 20141224

Stevie Cross 01327 260204 : Lesley Palmer 01327 264374
Thank You.

Feb/Mar 2020
The Advent Carols were enjoyed by many and the Walking Nativity made a great start to Christmas with about 50 people joining in. Sunday 22nd and Christmas Day services were also well attended.

Remember that the church is open every day for quiet contemplation and don’t forget about the Book Swap.

We are still collecting for the Banbury and Daventry Food Banks. There is a new plastic box by the Font so please put your contributions in it. They are collected regularly and taken into Banbury or Daventry. We have had letters of thanks for our contributions.

We sadly said goodbye to Geoff and Sue Moore on Sunday 26th January as they start their well-earned retirement. This means that there are some changes to the pattern of services. Please check with the notice on the Church gate or the pew sheet for particular services.

Advance Notice – The Kings Men will be at St Leonards on Saturday 11th July, details to follow.

Friday 6th March, 11am, St Mary’s, Woodford Halse World Day of Prayer service.  All very welcome.

February
2nd
8.30 BCP Holy Communion at Byfield
9.30 Parish Communion at Boddington
10.00 Café Church at Woodford Halse
10.30 Café Church at Eydon
6 pm Evening Prayer at St Leonard’s

9th
9.30 Parish Communion at St Leonard’s
10.00 All Age Communion at Woodford Halse
11.00 Parish Communion at Byfield
4.00 BCP Communion at Eydon
6.00 Time for Reflection at Boddington

16th
8.30 BCP Holy Communion at St Leonard’s
9.15 Parish Communion at Eydon
10.00 Café Church at Woodford Halse
10.30 Café Church at Boddington
11.00 Café Church at Byfield

23rd
10.00 Benefice Holy Communion at Eydon

First day of Lent
26th Ash Wednesday
9.45 Holy Communion at Byfield

6.30 Holy Communion at Eydon

March
1st
8.30 BCP Holy Communion at Byfield

9.30 Parish Communion at Boddigton
10.00 Café Church at Woodford Halse
10.30 Café Church at Eydon
6 pm Evening Prayer at St Leonard’s

8th
9.30 Parish Communion at St Leonard’s

10.00 All Age Communion at Woodford Halse
11.00 Parish Communion at Byfield
4.00 BCP Communion at Eydon
6.00 Time for Reflection at Boddington

15th
8.30 BCP Holy Communion at St Leonard’s

9.15 Parish Communion at Eydon
10.00 Café Church at Woodford Halse
10.30 Holy Communion at Boddington
11.00 Café Church at Byfield

22nd Mothering Sunday
10.00 Mothering Sunday Services at all five Churches

31st Benefice Holy Communion at Boddington

Please do check the Pew Sheet or Benefice Calendar to ensure that can join us for these services.

Dec/Jan 2019/2020
The Remembrance Service was especially moving this year. The service was led by Mike Beevers and the thought provoking address given by Johnnie Lloyd Morgan. The Roman Catholics joined us at the War Memorial for the Last Post and Reveille which was beautifully played by Eoin. Matt Hawkins read out the names of the men on the War Memorial and John Ford the Dedication. After the laying of the wreaths Father James gave the blessing.

Christmas will soon be upon us and so the Candlelight Advent Carols will be on Sunday 1st December at 6 pm followed by Mulled Wine and Mince pies.  The Ecumenical Walking Nativity is on Friday 20th December meet at the Village Hall ready to move off at 7 pm.  On Christmas Day there will be a celebration with words and carols at 11 am.  All are very welcome to join us.

Don’t forget that the church remains open every day for quiet contemplation. Do check out the Book Swop which has had some new additions.

We are still collecting for the Banbury and Daventry Food Banks, all contributions gratefully received. Remember food must be ‘in date’ and ‘long life’. Thank you.

Service Times at St Leonard’s

December
1st
8.30 BCP Holy Communion at Byfield
9.00 Quiet Communion at Woodford Halse
9.30 Parish Communion at Boddington
9.45 Café Church at Woodford Halse
10.30 Café Church at Eydon
6 pm Advent Carols at St Leonard’s

8th
9.00 Quiet Time at Woodford Halse

9.30 Parish Communion at St Leonard’s
9.45 Café Church at Woodford Halse
11.00 Parish Communion at Byfield
4 pm BCP Holy Communion at Eydon
6 pm Evening Prayer at Boddington

15th
8.30 BCP Holy Communion at St Leonard’s

9.15 Parish Communion at Eydon
10.30 All Age Communion at Boddington
3.30 Christingle Service at Byfield
6 pm Carol Services at Woodford Halse

22nd
9.00 Quiet Communion at Woodford Halse

9.45 Café Church at Woodford Halse
10.00 Benefice Holy Communion at St Leonard’s
6 pm Carol Service at Boddington and Eydon

24th
4 pm Crib Service at Byfield and Woodford Halse

9.30 pm Christmas Communion at Eydon
11.30pm Midnight Communion at Byfield

Christmas Day
9.30 Family Communion at Boddington
9.45 Family Communion at Woodford Halse
10.00 Christmas Celebration at Eydon
11.00 Christmas Celebration at St Leonard’s

29th
10.00 Benefice Service at Byfield

January
5th
8.30 BCP Holy Communion at Byfield

9.00 Quiet Communion at Woodford Halse
9.30 Parish Communion at Boddington
9.45 Café Church at Woodford Halse
10.30 Café Church at Eydon
6 pm Evening Prayer at St Leonard’s

12th
9.00 Quiet Communion at Woodford Halse

9.30 Parish Communion at St Leonard’s
9.45 Café Church at Woodford Halse
11.00 Parish Communion at Byfield
4 pm BCP Holy Communion at Eydon
6 pm Evening Prayer at Boddington

19th
8.30 BCP Holy Communion at St Leonard’s

9.00 Quiet Communion at Woodford Halse
9.15 Parish Communion at Eydon
9.45 Café Church at Woodford Halse
10.30 Café Church at Boddington
11.00 Café Church at Byfield

27th
10.00 Benefice Service at Woodford Halse

Please do check the Pew Sheet or Benefice Calendar to ensure that you can join us for these services. If you would like a lift please contact Susan.

October/November 2019
Dates for your calendar – Saturday 9th November 7.30 pm Pate, Plonk and Pud Evening in the Village Hall.  Tickets £15 each from Susan.

Advent Carols at 6pm on Sunday 1st December at St Leonard’s

The church remains open every day for quiet contemplation and the Book Swop is available.  We are very grateful for the continued support for the Banbury and Daventry Food Banks.  The Rector collects the contributions regularly.

Please do check the Pew Sheet or Benefice Calendar for dates of services. Click here for St Leonard’s website https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/16367/ If you would like a lift please contact Susan

Service Times at St Leonard’s

October 6th
8.30 BCP Holy Communion at Byfield
9.00 Quiet Communion at Woodford Halse
9.30 Parish Communion at Boddington
10.15 Café Church at Woodford Halse
10.30 Café Church at Eydon
6 pm Evening Prayer at St Leonard’s

October 15th
9.30 Parish Communion at St Leonard’s
9.00 Quiet Time at Woodford Halse
10.15 Café Church at Woodford Halse
11.00 Parish Communion at Byfield
4 pm BCP Holy Communion at Eydon
6 pm Evening Prayer at Boddington

October 22nd
8.30 BCP Holy Communion at St Leonard’s
9.00 Quiet Time at Woodford Halse
9.15 Parish Communion at Eydon
9.15 Café Church at Woodford Halse
10.30 All Age Communion at Boddington
11.00 Café Church at Byfield

October 27th
10.00 Benefice Holy Communion at Byfield
10.15 Café Church at Woodford Halse

November 3rd
8.30 BCP Holy Communion at Byfield
9.00 Quiet Communion at Woodford Halse
9.30 Parish Communion at Boddington
10.15 Café Church at Woodford Halse
10.30 Café Church at Eydon
4 pm Service of Remembering at Eydon
6 pm Patronal Festival
Evening Prayer at St Leonard’s

November 10th
10.15 Service for Remembrance Sunday followed
by Laying of wreathes at the War Memorial at St Leonard’s

November 17th
8.30 BCP Holy Communion at St Leonard’s
9.00 Quiet Time at Woodford Halse
9.15 Parish Communion at Eydon
10.15 Café Church at Woodford Halse
10.30 All Age Communion at Boddington
11.00 Café Church at Byfield

November 24th
10.00 Benefice Service at Eydon
10.15 Café Church at Woodford Halse

August/September 2019
First of all, a huge thank you to all who contributed to the Summer Fete in each and every way.  We raised a grand total of £2,824.22 including the Silent Auction.  The Pimms, BBQ and Cream Teas were all a great success and added to the atmosphere, as did the various games and Juggling Clown.  The stalls were kept busy and were enjoyed by young and old.  We are most grateful to Johnnie and Philip for opening their garden to us for this event on a beautiful sunny afternoon.

The church remains open every day for quiet contemplation and the Book Swop is available.  Don’t forget that we are still collecting for the Banbury and Daventry Food Banks. 

We do hope that you will be able to join us for Harvest Festival on 29th September at 5 pm followed by an Auction of Produce.

Please note that there is a different service pattern in August to allow for holidays.

June/July 2019
Don’t miss the Summer Fete – Saturday 22nd June at the Old Rectory.  Starting at 1 pm with BBQ and Pimms.  All the usual stalls plus a few surprises and our delicious Cream Teas.  Watch out for the flyers and information about the Silent Auction.
Remember that the Church is open every day for quiet contemplation and don’t forget about the Book Swop.
Check the Pew Sheet or Benefice Calendar for dates of services and to ensure you can join us. 

April/May 2019
We are very sorry that the Pate, Plonk and Pud evening in the Village Hall that was to have been on 18th May, has now had to be postponed till Autumn.  More information later.

Holy Week Services
Monday 15th April 8 pm Compline at Boddington
Tuesday 16th April 7.30 pm Holy Communion Eydon
Wednesday 17th April 9.45 am Holy Communion at Byfield
8 pm Compline at St Leonard’s
Maundy Thursday 7.30 pm Reflection and stripping of the altar at Byfield
6.30 pm Shared Meal and Holy Communion
with the Methodist at Woodford Halse
Good Friday 10.30 am Ecumenical Reflection at Woodford Halse
11.00 am Ecumenical Reflection at Byfield Village Hall
2 pm Last hour before the Cross at Boddington
2.30 pm Time for Reflection at St Leonard’s

Please do check the Pew Sheet or Benefice Calendar to ensure that can join us for these services. If you would like a lift please contact Susan Fagg.

Previous Reports

Dec/Jan 2019
The Advent Carols were enjoyed by many and the Walking Nativity made a great start to Christmas with about 50 people joining in. Sunday 23rd and Christmas Day services were also well attended.

Remember that the church is open every day for quiet contemplation and don’t forget about the Book Swop.

We are still collecting for the Banbury and Daventry Food Banks. There is a new plastic box by the Font so please put your contributions in it. They are collected regularly and taken in to Banbury or Daventry. We have had letters of thanks for our contributions.

Times of services are in the Village Newsletter, the Pew sheet or the Benefice Calendar.

Sunday 2nd December 6 pm Advent Carols by candlelight, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.  At St Leonard’s.  All very welcome.

Walking Nativity 21st Friday 21st December. Meet at the Village Hall at 7 pm.
23 December Benefice Holy Communion at St Leonard’s.
Christmas Day Celebration at 11 am all very welcome.

News from St Leonard’s Oct/Nov 2018

A huge thank you to all who contributed in any way to the Harvest Festival last week.  We are able to send a cheque for £264.27 to the Archbishop’s Charity, Seeds of Change.

There are big changes at Woodford Halse.  From Sunday the 7th October there will be a 9 am “Quiet time” with Holy Communion on the 1st and 3rd Sundays (except the 4th Sunday) followed at 9.45 by “Meet in the middle” for referments.  At 10.15 there will be “Café Church” which is a family friendly contemporary style of worship with family Holy Communion on the 2nd Sunday.  Please see the Pew Sheet for more information or contact Revd Geoff Moore on 01327 264927 – email geoff@ccvp.co.ul.  Other services are listed below.

The church remains open every day for quiet contemplation and the Book Swop is available.

Don’t forget that we are still collecting for the Banbury and Daventry Food Banks.

There will be aService for Remembrance Sunday on the 11th September at 10.15am followed by laying of wreaths at the War Memorial.

Please do check the Pew Sheet or Benefice Calendar to ensure that can join us for services.  If you would like a lift please contact Susan Fagg.