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The churches of Beech Hill, Shinfield, Spencers Wood & Swallowfield serving the community
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The churches of  Beech Hill,  Shinfield,  Spencers Wood  &  Swallowfield serving the community
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The churches of
Beech Hill,
Shinfield,
Spencers Wood
& Swallowfield

serving the community

Welcome to the Loddon Reach Benefice Website

We are a group of four Anglican parish churches who enjoy working collaboratively in serving the people and communities of Beech Hill, Farley Hill, Grazeley, Riseley, Shinfield, Spencers Wood, Swallowfield and Three Mile Cross. Our four parish churches are delightfully different in history and character, each offering a different take on what it means to be active, forward-looking, community-focussed churches of the 21st century. Each church also has its own style of worship, weekly activities and pattern of services that continue to evolve. You should find all you need to know about us as you engage with our website, but if you’d like to meet and talk something through in person… don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Christian Viewpoint

 Weddings and the feel-good factor

Expressions of love are such a tonic, especially when set against the current backdrop of political uncertainty, and the brutal and senseless horrors of a world that seems at odds with itself in so many ways. I’m sure that we could all do with the ‘feel-good factor.’

Well, with the wedding season now in full swing, that ‘feel-good factor’ is palpable, as churches around the country reverberate to the sound of wedding marches, peals of bells and joyous singing, with couples making their commitment to each other in front of family and friends.

It really is a pleasure for us in the four churches of the Loddon Reach group to be involved in these happy occasions. In each of our churches, every effort is made to help make wedding days the extra special occasions they deserve to be.

Being married in church contains all of the legal aspects of a registry office wedding, but with one important distinction; the addition of a spiritual dimension, that intangible connection of the spirit that draws people together. Spirituality is as integral to life as is our more readily understood physicality, and although less easy to define, is a part of each one of us. Couples tell us that making their commitment to each other in church, the sense of occasion is wonderfully and mysteriously heightened, as words of vows and promises take on a spiritual quality.

So, if you’re considering getting married, and wondering about a church wedding, please visit our website to explore the possibilities, as we would be delighted if you’re thinking of having your wedding ceremony in one of our churches.

You’ll be pleased to know that the Church of England relaxed its rules about where it’s possible for you to marry a few years ago, and this usually means that a wedding in the church of your choice is much easier to contemplate. You’ll find detailed information regarding the qualifying criteria at the Church of England website on their Your Church Wedding page; go to our website for links and more information: www.loddonreach.org.uk/weddings

You’ll find that the Your Church Wedding website contains a mine of useful information offering advice on every aspect of planning a wedding, from legal aspects, planning your reception, choosing hymns, poems and readings, to the wedding service itself. It’s well worth a look.

A wedding is one of life’s most significant events, and we’d love to help you make it a day to remember. In addition, we also warmly welcome enquiries from any couple considering a church service after marriage in a Registry Office.

Maybe your wedding day is long gone, and you’re approaching a celebratory milestone, making plans to mark the occasion. As part of your planning, have you considered marking that special anniversary with a ceremony in church?

It’s a great thing to do and, if this is something you’d like to consider, we can help you design a simple service, part of which might be to take the opportunity of re-affirming your marriage vows in the presence of family and friends. If you’d like to explore this possibility, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Finally, as holidays get ever closer, to all our readers I pray God’s blessing for a lovely summer break, and to all couples getting married over the next few months… happy honeymoon!

Revd Paul Willis

 

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  • Bible Study Course
  • Festival of Prayer at Rippon College Cuddeston
  • Carnival Worship at Spencers Wood Rec
  • Music at St Mary's

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