MONTHLY CHURCH SERVICES
Diocese of Oxford
In the midst of continuing debate within the Church of England about human sexuality our four bishops have written to all clergy and licensed lay ministers in the diocese today to set out their expectations of inclusion and respect towards lesbian, gay, transsexual and intersex (LGBTI+) people.
The Oxford letter commends five principles for welcoming and honouring LGBTI+ people and looks at work underway in the Church of England to develop new pastoral guidance and teaching resources relating to human sexuality and same sex marriage.
We encourage parishioners across this diocese to read this letter too. Is there anything else you could be doing in your own setting?
Just as communication is important in any relationship, prayer is a central ingredient of our relationship with God.
But how to do it?
Primarily prayer is like any good conversation where there’s a time to speak and a time to listen. Sometimes we forget that dialogue is preferable, more constructive and helpful in understanding than monotonous monologue can ever be.
It is said that seven days without prayer makes one weak!
So don’t worry about it – just have a go! Here are some links to various resources and online prayer sites that may be helpful:
- Diocese of Oxford prayer leaflet (PDF download; 780kb)
- Church of England daily prayer: The services of Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer for today, yesterday and the next four weeks
- Northumbria Community daily prayer
- Make a Sacred Space in your day with prayer
- Prayers on the Move: download a prayer app for your mobile device
At Loddon Reach Benefice we are exploring Christianity with the help of the Pilgrim Course:
What is Pilgrim?
Pilgrim is a major new teaching and discipleship resource from the Church of England. It aims to help every local church create a place where people can explore the Christian faith together and see how it can be lived out each day.
Pilgrim takes a different approach to other Christian programmes. It approaches the great issues of faith not through persuasion, but participation in a pattern of contemplation and discussion with a group of fellow travellers.
Pilgrim is comprised of two stages: the Follow stage for those very new to faith, and the Grow stage for those who want to go further. Each stage contains four short six-session courses which focus on a major theme of Christian life.
The dates of the next course will be advertised on our ‘Activities & Events’ page and also on the Benefice Calendar.
Beech Hill Bible study group
On Thursday mornings there is a Bible study group in the village – please contact Penelope Carter, tel 0118 988 3714 for more information.
St Michael's Library
A Christian library is available upstairs in the gallery for your use.