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Monday, 23 April 2018

Meet our new PCC


Yesterday we had our annual general meeting which, as well as lots of gorgeous cakes, included the election of our new Parochial Church Council (PCC).  Find out who they are here.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Changes to Services


Vicar’s Open Letter - 22nd April 2018

Summary
2nd Sundays – From October, Morning Celebration to be replaced by Messy Church in the afternoon in the Village Hall
4th Sundays – From May, the new-style Family Service will revert back to its original, more-traditional, style and be named “Chearsley Praise”
Family Communion, Evensong, Said Communion remain unchanged 

Background
When I applied to become vicar, I signed up to the principle that we would continue to offer the most-diverse range of services the Church of England can offer – from traditional services such as BCP Evensong to what are known as fresh expressions of worship (shaped specifically for people who don’t come to church) such as Morning Celebration here.
I also signed up to the principle that we wanted to do more to engage families in our villages who don’t regularly come to church. This is not just about services, but opportunities to worship are part of this.
I am committed to both these principles and will encourage our church to hold true to them. This takes courage as it means we won’t all be comfortable with every form of worship we offer. It will also mean we will try some things that may not work out the way we hope or expect. I believe this is all part of being a healthy Christian Community living out our purpose of worshipping God and showing everyone in Chearlsey how much He loves them. 
In February 2018, the PCC undertook a formal consultation with a number of families in the village (my thanks to those who took part). This revealed a diverse range of preferences. Some prefer traditional-style services for their children whilst others prefer informal worship. Some valued services where children can take part whilst also appreciating services during which the children are supervised in separate groups. Others were drawn to more-creative and less-structured events at different times of the day.
In addition, I received helpful feedback on our Family Service from others in our church family.

Morning Celebration and Messy Church
Morning Celebration currently seeks to engage families and others who don’t have a traditional church background. Hence it is deliberately informal, with words, modern music, and films projected on a screen.

However, each service requires a huge amount of time and creative energy, and attendance over the past 2 years has been significantly lower than in the past. This prompted the question whether that creative effort could be directed more fruitfully elsewhere.

So the PCC have decided to replace Morning Celebration in the morning of the 2nd Sunday with Messy Church in the Village Hall in the afternoon, before Evensong. Messy Church is a nationally recognised initiative which seeks to engage families and others who don’t regularly come to church with craft and activities, short informal worship, and a shared meal. It has recently been successfully introduced in Dinton on the 4th Sunday of the month and is publicised in Cuddington & Dinton School. It is hoped this will start in October 2018.

Family Service and Chearsley Praise

Last year I introduced a more-informal style of service, reflected in the introduction of an order of service with very little written liturgy, creative prayers, and a modern song with actions.

This was based upon my assumption that the term “Family Service” denotes a service which is aimed at meeting the needs of young children, whilst enabling adults comfortable with a less-formal style and newer songs to worship with them.

I now realise that this was not the original intention for the Family Service in Chearsley, and that it was a service that strived to meet the needs of adults wanting to worship in a formal but non-Eucharistic context, as well as children who could engage and participate in a traditional service.

What’s become clear is that this change has disenfranchised a number of Family Service regulars without seeing any growth in new families attending it. And as I have stated above, I believe it is healthy to try new things to reach out to different people in the village, and when it doesn’t work, to acknowledge this and try something else.

So the PCC have agreed to stop the new style of service with immediate effect, and revert back to a lay-led service much more like the old Family Service, with written prayers, well-known hymns, and children continuing to lead intercessions. The service will be called “Chearsley Praise”. This change of name will avoid confusion for families responding to the informal-style Family Services in Long Crendon and Nether Winchendon; and is flexible enough for communion and baptism to be incorporated into the service at times.

Conclusion

These changes effectively return our church to the balance of Sunday Services in place when I arrived, with the exception that the informal Morning Celebration on 2nd Sunday mornings evolves to Messy Church in the afternoon.

I hope this represents the best compromise in meeting the diverse needs of our village, whilst also concentrating all our creative energy into 1 service per month, rather than spreading it across 2 services.

I do intend to propose changes to the pattern of services across the Benefice in future, to reflect changes in our ministry team and to remove clashes on particular Sundays (for example moving Evensong away from the 2nd Sunday). However, there are no plans to change the services themselves beyond those outlined in this letter.

Thank you to all those who have contributed towards these changes; to all the volunteers who are prepared to make them happen; and to you all for your courage whilst we make them. I would appreciate your feedback as we discern whether these changes are successful or not over the coming months.

God bless you and keep you.

Rev Richard


Friday, 20 April 2018

Monday, 16 April 2018

Prayer - Saturday 5th May



We have our monthly Prayer Gathering this Saturday and this month it is in St. Nicholas’ Chearsley from 9:30-10:30 am.  We will focus on the three villages and wider issues.   All welcome.  

Don't forget that we also have a dedicated team happy to pray for you at any time. We can pray in confidence for you, or include your prayers in church if you wish.  We also have a pastoral team who would be happy to visit.

Geoff Hogbin        01844 201197  ga.hogbin@btinternet.com

Joy Payne            01844 208513  joychearsley@gmail.com

Darren Sampson  01844 208740  darrensampson@rocketmail.com

Sharon Sampson 01844 208740  sharon@cloverdale.biz

Correction - This Sunday


Come along on Sunday at 10am, for our Family Service,
an informal service designed for all ages to enjoy together.

For the full pew sheet, please follow this link.




Sunday, 15 April 2018

APCM - Sunday 22nd April



3:00 pm in our new Village Hall

A key task of our annual meeting is to appoint our churchwardens and PCC members. 

If you are considering a call into church leadership then please talk to Rev Richard who can talk you through these roles and the nomination process.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Evensong - 8th April


Do come along on Sunday to our 6pm Evensong service which is a traditional evening service from the BCP with sung responses, psalms, Nunc dimittis and Magnificat. Music from the Parish Psalter.


If you prefer, there is a BCP Holy Communion in LC at 8am, a Matins at 10am, in NW and a Holy Communion at Long Crendon at 10.30. 

Please note, there is no Morning Celebration this Month.

For the full pew sheet, please follow this link.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Oops!

Apologies for putting the wrong time for the service today.  I hope it did not spoil your Easter.
Sharon

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Easter Highlights

Good Friday
10am       The Passion Story in hymns and readingsChearsley
11am       Good Friday Family Service - Nether W
2pm         Stations of the Cross -  Long Crendon 

Holy Saturday
4pm         Messy Easter - Chearsley
8pm         Service of Light - Chearsley

Easter Sunday
10.30am  Easter Garden Family Communion - Chearsley
2pm         Peal by Royal Society of Cumberland Youths

Easter Monday
10.30       Easter Panto - Cuddington Church


For the full pew sheet, please follow this link

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Palm Sunday Procession - 25th March



Come and celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem by following a horse (donkey) from the green down to the church for bacon butties and children's crafts. Then our very own Reverend Richard will lead a joyful Family Service.










Friday, 16 March 2018

Messy Easter


Come and join us for a Messy Easter Celebration.  

Make a Playdoh crown of thorns, paint an Easter card, hunt for painted rocks, make a Hama bead cross, help make an Easter Garden and see how much you know of the Easter Story by trying our Easter Quiz.  

Then join in our short worship before tucking in to a Hot Cross Bun.

Pirate Panto


Thursday, 15 March 2018

Holy Communion - 18th March


This Sunday we have our 9am Holy Communion, a Common Worship service, without hymns, led by Rev Richard Phillips.

If you prefer a Family Friendly service, there is a Family Service in Nether Winchendon with Revs. Steve & Rose Williams at 10am or with Rev. Richard Phillips in Crendon at 10.30.

For the full pew sheet, please follow this link

Monday, 5 March 2018

Mothering Sunday - 11th March


Why not bring your mum along on Sunday at 10am to celebrate Mothering Sunday.  Enjoy a biscuit and coffee before our service which will be informal, all-age and modern, with a drama and Mr & Mrs style Quiz.   

On Saturday we will be making the posies that will be given out. If you can help. Please come along to Joy's from 3pm

Sung Evensong at 6pm

This monthly service is a lovely quiet end to the weekend and this month will include hymns for Mothering Sunday and evening time.  There will be posies at this service as well.

To read the pew sheet, please follow this link.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Family Communion & Rock Solid - 4th March


Do come along on Sunday and join our Family Communion service, led by Rev. Richard Phillips. Share the bread and wine with us and celebrate our Bells.  There will be a Junior Church upstairs with a story and craft.
  
If you prefer, there is a BCP Holy Communion in NW at 9am and Cafe Sunday running in Church House, Long Crendon at 10am.

Children in year 7 and above are welcome to Rock Solid 6-7.30 in the evening for games, videos, quizzes and chocolate!  Contact Sharon on 208740 for more information.

For the full pew sheet, please follow this link.



Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Family Service - 25th February




This Sunday we have a Family Service at 10am, taken by Rev Derek Witchell. 
For our pew sheet, please follow this link.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Help Needed


Invitation to come and collect for the Aylesbury Foodbank
at Tesco Tring Road Aylesbury anytime 1-3pm on 23rd Feb.

Could you join Richard next Friday? A team from our Benefice did this last year – we invited people as they came in to buy 1 extra item from the Foodbank list and then they donated it on the way out. It’s a great way for us to serve other people on our doorstep.

If you’re interested then please email Richard (reverend.richard.phillips@gmail.com ) or phone (208987), let him know when you can make it, and he'll get us organised into shifts of 30 minutes to an hour.

If you are interested but can’t make this time, then the Foodbank is collecting all day on the 23rd and 24th Feb, so let Richard know and he’ll pass on your name and preferred time.

Holy Communion - 18th February


This Sunday we have our 9am Holy Communion, a Common Worship service, without hymns, led by Rev Richard Phillips.

If you prefer a Family Friendly service, there is a Family Service in Nether Winchendon at 10am  or Long Crendon at 10.30 both led by Rev Richard Phillips.

For the full pew sheet, please follow this link

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Morning Celebration - Sunday 11th February



Why not come along on Sunday at 10am for a biscuit and coffee before our Morning Celebration service which as usual, will be informal, all-age and modern, with a drama and video.  This month we will be thinking about Valentines Day and the love God has for us.

To read the pew sheet, please follow this link.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018


Happy Birthday Richard!  
And to all those others who had a birthday in January.

Family Communion & Rock Solid - 4th February


Do come along on Sunday and join our Family Communion service, led by Steve & Rose Williams, share the bread and wine with us and celebrate our Bells.  There will be a Junior Church upstairs with a story and craft led by Nicola George.
  
If you prefer, there is a BCP Holy Communion in NW at 9am and Cafe Sunday running in Church House, Long Crendon at 10am.

Children in year 7 and above are welcome to Rock Solid 6-7.30 in the evening for games, videos, dramas and chocolate!  Contact Sharon on 208740 for more information.

For the full pew sheet, please follow this link.


Friday, 26 January 2018

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Diary Dates


Sat 30th June - we will be holding some sort of fundraising event.  It might be a barn dance, a teddy zip wire off the tower, or something else.  Please give us your ideas and put the date in your diary.

Sun 2nd September -  Anne has kindly offered us use of a marquee in her garden, so we will probably have some sort of bring and share event.  Thoughts please!

Sat 22nd September - The Harvest Supper is back!  This time, bigger and better as we will have a new village hall to host it in!


Family Service - 28th January




This Sunday we have a Family Service at 10am, taken by Rev Richard Phillips.  Rumour has it, that there will be chocolate!
For our pew sheet, please follow this link.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Alpha Thursdays 8pm


This is the subject of our next Alpha Session on Thursday 24th. 
See here for more information.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Holy Communion - 21st January


This Sunday we have our 9am Holy Communion, a Common Worship service, without hymns, led by Rev Richard Phillips.

If you prefer a Family Friendly service, there is a Family Service in Nether Winchendon at 10am  or Long Crendon at 10.30 both led by Rev Richard Phillips.

For the full pew sheet, please follow this link

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Morning Celebrtion - 14th January

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Why not come along on Sunday at 10am for a biscuit and coffee before our Morning Celebration service which as usual, will be informal, all-age and modern, with fun activities for the children and intriguing questions for the adults.  This month we will be detectives again, looking at some of the evidence for Jesus Christ.

To read the pew sheet, please follow this link.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

The Alpha Course



The Alpha Course, for anyone in the Benefice, started on
11th January, from 8-9:30 pm in Church House, Long Crendon.   It is for anyone who is curious to explore the big questions of life, faith and meaning.   The sessions are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment.   We have homemade puddings, wine/beer, a short film, and a discussion where you can share your own thoughts.    We  have a couple of "Chearsley Tables" and are happy to give lifts.  To register your interest, or seek further information, please contact Sharon@cloverdale.biz or Tarascates@btinternet.com or darrensampson@rocketmail.com. 

Dates:
Thur 11th January 8-9.30pm  Is there more to life than this?
Thur 18th January 8-9.30pm  Who is Jesus?
Thur 25th January 8-9.30pm  Why did Jesus have to die?
Thur 1st February 8-9.30pm   How can I have faith?
Thur 8th February 8-9.30pm   Why and how do I pray?
Thur 22nd February 8-9.30pm Why and how should I read the bible?
Sat 24th February  How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit
Thur 1st March 8-9.30pm  How does God guide us?
Thur 8th March 8-9.30pm How can I make the most of the rest of my life?


Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Family Communion - 7th January



Do come along on Sunday and join our Family Communion service, led by Richard Phillips and share the bread and wine with us.  There will be a Junior Church upstairs with a story and craft led by Anne Pratt.

If you prefer, there is a BCP Holy Communion in NW at 9am and Cafe Sunday running in Church House, Long Crendon at 10am.

Children in year 7 and above are welcome to Rock Solid 6-7.30 in the evening.  Contact Sharon on 208740 for more information.

For the full pew sheet, please follow this link.