Rector for The United Benefice of Aston Clinton, Buckland and Drayton Beauchamp

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Jesus College Oxford, The Bishop of Oxford, and Mr A R Pegg, as Patrons, wish to appoint a Rector for The United Benefice of Aston Clinton, Buckland and Drayton Beauchamp

WE ARE

Diverse communities in three adjacent parishes on the edge of the Chilterns between Aylesbury and Tring. Our churches each have a distinctive style of worship and draw their committed congregations from the three villages and the surrounding area. We, and neighbouring parishes, are experiencing a period of change with significant development of housing, bringing opportunity for growth as well as new challenges.

WE NEED

A Priest who is inclusive and able to work collaboratively with ordained and lay colleagues. Someone who has a strong Christian faith and has the ability to communicate it, and who is prepared to accept and celebrate the differences in our three churches.

WE WOULD WELCOME

An inspirational teacher, theologian and spiritual leader who is willing to live among us, laugh with us and share the lives and concerns of our community, and who values our heritage whilst leading innovation. Someone who can draw young people into the life of the Church, and who can grow the Kingdom of God.

WE OFFER

  • Full stipend with payment of reasonable expenses
  • A spacious 5 bedroom Rectory with a large garden in the centre of Aston Clinton
  • True Village communities, with easily accessible glorious countryside, and good road and rail links
  • The support of a part time self-supporting curate, four lay leaders, a Benefice administrator (15 hours pw) and an enthusiastic team of volunteers

Closing Date:  6 December 2017
Interviews:  8 January 2018

Benefice Profile     Application Form     Guidance Notes     Recruitment Monitoring Form

also available from The Bishop of Buckingham’s office, Sheridan, Grimms Hill, Great Missenden, HP16 9BG Telephone:  01494 862173 Email: catherine.green@oxford.anglican.org

Enhanced DBS disclosure is required

Vicar – Stoke Poges

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We, along with our patron, Christ Church, Oxford, are seeking a lively new Vicar to lead the ministry team and inspire the wider community to come to faith at our two village churches.  

He or she should:

  • value and encourage both traditional and contemporary forms of worship, and seek to grow these communities
  • be alive in the Holy Spirit and passionate about growing and maturing disciples
  • have a vision for growth and renewal within our churches
  • uphold our generally evangelical tradition
  • drive the spiritual direction and leadership for our pastoral, outreach, and mission activities
  • be a skilled bible teacher, who inspires and activates discipleship
  • lead prayerfully, boldly and decisively

Does this sound like you?

For more details, please download our Parish profile at: www.stokepogeschurch.org

Parish Profile     Application Form     Guidance Notes     Recruitment Monitoring Form

Also available from The Bishop of Buckingham’s office, Sheridan, Grimms Hill, Great Missenden, HP16 9BG | Telephone:  01494 862173 | Email: catherine.green@oxford.anglican.org

To understand more and if you would like an informal chat, please contact Canon Rod Cosh, Area Dean – rod@tommiez.com or 07771 527141, who is happy to provide more details.

Closing Date: 23 November 2017
Interviews: 14 December 2017

Enhanced DBS disclosure is required.

 

Team Vicar (House for Duty)

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For the parish of Bledlow, Saunderton and Horsenden (Aylesbury Deanery)

Our parish is rural with three beautiful old churches and a community that includes commuters to London, only 40 minutes away by train from nearby Princes Risborough. The congregation covers a wide age range. Music forms an important part of our worship through an active choir that sings at least once a month.

We’re looking for a team vicar who will:

  • develop progressive and inclusive worship as well as holding traditional services
  • be creative in engaging younger families and children in regular worship with a view to their becoming active and long-standing members of the congregation
  • address the spiritual needs and development of all ages, in particular older children and young people
  • connect with those in the parish who aren’t currently involved in the church

The role comes with a modern, three-bedroom detached house with garden in Bledlow, a beautiful and lively village with an excellent pre-school and plenty of other social activities.

Closing date for applications: 30 November 

Interviews: TBC

Application Form     Guidance Notes     Bledlow Parish Profile/Person Specification/Role Description

Recruitment Monitoring Form

Parish Website:  http://www.bledlowparish.org.uk/index.htm
Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/Bledlow.Saunderton.Horsenden/

Further details and application also available from The Bishop of Buckingham’s office, Sheridan, Grimms Hill, Great Missenden, HP16 9BG | Telephone:  01494 862173 | Email: bucksapplications@oxford.anglican.org

Enhanced DBS disclosure is required

House for Duty Team Minister

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The Schorne Team of Parishes in the Archdeaconry of Buckingham

is seeking a House for Duty Team Minister in either Anglican or Methodist orders based in North Marston to work flexibly with colleagues in the Team.

The New Team Vicar:

  • will be a team player who is able to demonstrate a good understanding of the particular needs and nuances of rural communities
  • will work for the equivalent of two days a week plus Sundays and will have pastoral responsibility for the two parishes of North Marston and Granborough
  • will enjoy being a member of a highly supportive lay and clergy team

In particular:

  • We enjoy strong lay leadership and need to grow more leaders to help turn our vision into reality
  • There is a full youth work programme ministering to over 70 children and young people in the two parishes
  • We also offer good pastoral care and look for guidance and leadership to develop this ministry

In addition we offer:

  • An excellent quality of life in rural Buckinghamshire
  • Two pro-active congregations, both with highly supportive Churchwardens, waiting to welcome, support and work alongside you
  • Clergy colleagues who enjoy working together and who are able to offer a variety of expertise

Closing Date:     23 October        

Interviews:         8 and 9 November

Parish Profile     Application Form     Guidance Notes     Recruitment Monitoring Form

The Bishop of Buckingham’s office, Sheridan, Grimms Hill, Great Missenden, HP16 9BG Telephone:  01494 862173 | Email: bucksapplications@oxford.anglican.org

Enhanced DBS disclosure is required

Blessing a new building project

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On Sunday 16th July Bishop Steven came to The Church of the Holy Spirit, Bedgrove, Aylesbury to bless a new building project.

The Big Thank You in Newport Pagnell

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NEWPORT Pagnell celebrated the tireless work of 300 people with a Big Thank You event.

Staff from care homes, sheltered housing and the Brooklands Centre which provides community services for older people, as well as workers from the town’s two NHS medical centres and three dental practices were invited. Police, fire, and ambulance staff and volunteer Community First Responders and volunteers from St John, Red Cross, Eclipse Addiction and the Winter Night Shelter were among those on the guest list.

The event was held at St Peter and St Paul’s Church. The Rector, Nick Evans, said: “We wanted a way to show our appreciation and give thanks to all that these local services do for us in our town. Many of these unsung heroes go about their daily business with little or no thanks and we want to address that to highlight their endeavours for us as individuals and the community as a whole.”

Ministry for the Deaf

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The Door tells the stories of some of those involved with churches that cater specifically for the deaf and hard of hearing in the Thames Valley.
by the Revd Ben Whitaker

Martha’s Vineyard stands out in Deaf History. Through a mutation of a recessive gene brought about by inbreeding, a form of hereditary deafness existed for 250 years in this place in Massachusetts in the United States, following the arrival of the first deaf settlers in the 1690s.

Scarcely a family was unaffected and one in four people were deaf. In response to this, the entire community learnt sign language and there was a free and complete communication between hearing and deaf people. Deaf people were scarcely seen as deaf. The writer Oliver Sachs gave his impressions of Martha’s Vineyard when he visited the island: “My first sight of this indeed was unforgettable. I drove up to the old general store in West Tisbury on a Sunday morning and saw half a dozen people gossiping together on the porch. They could have been any old folks talking together – until suddenly they all dropped into sign. They signed for a minute, laughed, then dropped back into speech.”

In sharp contrast to those people in Martha’s Vineyard, sign language users in this country who are deaf, are largely separate from the hearing world. There is very little of the integration which Sachs describes. British Sign Language is a language which is clear and visual so most appropriate for deaf people. Church members have been using and teaching BSL for many years, believing that everyone is a child of God and should have access to the Gospel and to the ministry of the Church. Many clergy, including myself, learnt sign from deaf people themselves.

I have been a Chaplain with deaf and hard of hearing people for 21 years. Before then I worked in two parishes in different parts of the country. What drew me to deaf chaplaincy was that it was different to other forms of ministry I had experienced. I relished the challenge of learning a new language, and getting to know deaf people, to see their slant on the world. It has been a challenging and deeply rewarding experience. At the moment I work part time for the Oxford Diocesan Council for the Deaf. This is a charity and works with deaf and hard of hearing people to meet their spiritual, social and general needs, and to help give them a voice in the Church and in society.

The work I do is not of course limited to sign language users. There are many more who experience hearing loss who lip read to a greater or lesser extent. Some lip read as an alternative to BSL. These people may be profoundly deaf and manage to integrate into the hearing world. Others experience hearing loss due to their age.

Some people use hearing aids which are a great help. However their usefulness depends on the degree of hearing loss. They do not, for instance, help the user detect the direction of a particular noise. And they not only amplify particular sounds but all sounds around the user so that in large gatherings, as with many church meetings and services, holding conversations and hearing people properly can be difficult. Another barrier to using hearing aids is the perception that they are something to be ashamed about. Some people just like to complain that “people are mumbling” and cope as best they can.

There are an estimated 2,000 people in the Oxford Diocese with a total or severe hearing loss, and up to 70 of these are currently active members of the deaf worshipping communities. One in seven members of the population are reckoned to have a significant hearing loss, and their needs and potential contribution are not generally recognised in the hearing communities.

I work within a team of lay and ordained persons. And I work across the Diocese. In the same way as parochial clergy have oversight over people in a particular geographical area, so I think of myself as having concern for deaf and hard of hearing people who live in the Oxford Diocese. I take services in BSL, and support deaf people through pastoral problems. I take funerals in BSL, as well as being with deaf people at happier occasions like baptisms and weddings.
I would very much like to encourage clergy to get involved in the Deaf Church, to come and work with us, to get involved in this unique form of ministry.

The Revd Ben Whitaker is a part-time Chaplain to the Oxford Deaf Church.

Being part of a church signing team

George Chapman from Milton Keynes describes his journey from college to work and how he enjoys volunteering as part of the BSL team at the Cross & Stable Church.

George signs at a wedding at his church.

I’m 23 and live with with my parents. I have a younger brother and younger sister. I spent 10 years in a mainstream school, learning English, Maths, History and Geography as well as taking special lessons in BSL which I passed at Level 1 and 2. I enjoyed learning new things and I made a lot of deaf friends, and some hearing friends as well. I wasn’t very happy after my move to secondary school but I concentrated on my lessons as I wanted to make progress and get ready for my future.

I was at Milton Keynes College for about four-and-a-half years. In the first two years I did English and Maths and Life Skills (like money and community and how to get a job). Then I moved on to two years doing IT. That was excellent. I really improved. I did several work experience placements while at school and college: Newport Pagnell Library and the Co-op in Newport Pagnell, and an office work placement at the college. They helped me to learn how businesses work and to decide what job I’d like to do.

When I left college I started looking for work. It took me about a year. I did volunteering while I was looking, helping at signing classes and at the Job Centre. I did work experience at Morrisons and learned about health and safety and how a supermarket works. Then the Shaw Trust helped me get a job in Sainsbury’s café. That’s a real-life job and it’s been brilliant for me. I was nominated for a ‘Best Colleague’ award and while I didn’t win the national prize, I enjoyed the experience of the award ceremony in London in February.

I help at Cross & Stable Church, an ecumenical Church in Milton Keynes, as part of the signing team. I sign hymns and readings as well as the Lord’s Prayer and the responses. At Christmas I will be doing carols and I’ll help people feel welcome.
I first came to the church when I was young, but I got involved again about four years ago when Sue Baines (a BSL teacher) told me about the signing team and persuaded me to join. I love it.

In the past I’ve been part of a drama club. I was involved for 10 years. I’ve done sign acting as well as BSL interpreting for the Christmas panto. There were some changes at the club and since starting work I’ve needed to concentrate on that, plus saving money and hopefully getting ready for living independently.
At times I find it hard to join in the deaf community, as some deaf events happen in work time and that takes priority. These days I’m concentrating on work, and enjoying being part of the signing team at Cross & Stable.

No limitations for Elizabeth

Elizabeth Payne is deaf but refuses to be limited by other people’s ideas about what she can acheive.

Elizabet Payne

Elizabeth is a member of the Cross & Stable Church, Downs Barn in Milton Keynes, which she attends with her husband Les. She was born and grew up in Kenya, part of a big family, with three brothers and sisters and lots of half-brothers and half-sisters.

Elizabeth learned to sign at her primary school, which was a boarding school for the deaf started originally by Dutch missionaries and an hour’s journey from home. Kenyan sign language has a number of differences from BSL. The alphabet, for instance, is in a one-handed, American style. Elizabeth is multilingual in all sorts of ways, including signing.

Her secondary education was at a deaf vocational school where Elizabeth did a nursing and caring course connected to a local hospital. There she met Les, who came from England to work as a volunteer teacher at a boys’ polytechnic. One of his friends was a volunteer matron at the hospital, and Les and Elizabeth met at a birthday party.
They began their married life in Kenya, but moved to England where their children, Christopher and Joanne, were born. Chris is in the throes of university applications and hopes to do Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford. Joanne is in Year 9 and is starting her GCSEs. They are both hearing but good signers. “Joanne learned to sign very young,” says Elizabeth. “One of her first signs was ‘ice-cream’.”

Elizabeth is a determined learner. When she told her family in Kenya she wanted to be a copy typist, they said, “You can’t do that”, but she points out, “I went to a hearing teaching college and succeeded in qualifying.”

Here in England she has learned to swim and to cycle, and passed her driving test on her first attempt in 2005. Her biggest driving challenge was to track down a driving instructor willing to take a deaf pupil. Elizabeth’s priority is her home and family, but she likes to be busy and in the mornings and evenings she works as a cleaner. She enjoys opportunities to meet up with deaf friends and has a number of craft skills. She was once part of a deaf sewing group.

It was a woman at Homestart that told Elizabeth about the Cross & Stable Church and the signed services there when Chris was a toddler. Like many mums, Elizabeth has known the isolation of caring for infants at home while her partner is having to be out at work. But she still describes one of her greatest joys as family and seeing the children grow up and thrive.

Being deaf has had its frustrations, like people who tell her she can’t do things which she knows she can, or the lack of understanding by Government departments at times (DVLA included) but, says Elizabeth, there are advantages like being able to switch off sometimes.

And new technologies can be a great help in communicating with friends around the world – by text, Skype or Facebook. They’ve helped Elizabeth to keep in touch with her oldest son Kenneth, who’s doing development studies at university in Nairobi, and catch up with friends in Germany and the USA. For Elizabeth it’s ‘total communication’. She is used to living with hearing people and is a good lip-reader, but she loves the chance to be part of a signing community.

Pat Chandler’s story

I am in my 60s and live in Slough.  I am now retired, but worked for more than 25 years with disabled people, helping them on work placements, teaching them how to use the bus, how to shop, how to find work and other ‘ordinary’ life skills. Now retired, I am doing voluntary work in Slough, and volunteer at Oxfam.  My hobbies are doing cross-words, computer games, and learning about different religions from documentaries. I also like to travel.

I am a member of the Roman Catholic Church and I regularly worship at the monthly Cox Green Deaf Church Service run by ODCD.  My local Catholic Church has a link with the Church of England. The reason I come to the Deaf Church, is because it is easier, because it is in the sign language I understand.  The Catholic Church only gives services in spoken English, with no interpreter, but I have very little hearing, and so I do not know what they are saying, especially in the sermon. I just recite the rosary to avoid daydreaming. I did have a friend who interpreted a little bit, but she died some years ago, and no one else is available.  I have asked but my local church only provide signing during the mass. There is no sign language when the mass is over. That is why I like to come to the Deaf Church. All of the service and the preaching is signed in BSL, and I can get a full picture of what the priest or lay preacher is signing in the sermon.

My Christian faith means a lot.  When I go to church, I feel an inner peace within me.  I understand God better every time that I come to Deaf Church, because I can understand better: it helps me to improve and gives me strength and confidence.  I feel much better when I come to Deaf Church: it is really good.

I would like a chaplain who could sign BSL, and make me feel comfortable without worrying about being a Catholic, but would accept me as I am, so I could come and take communion.

I would like to say to other Christians, “Respect each other, respect that we’re all one church.  Whether we’re Jewish, Hindu, Catholic, Church of England, we are all equal.  The church should welcome anybody.  If they believe in God, that’s fine, we’re all equal.  It doesn’t matter if they don’t believe in God, as they are all welcome to God.”

Ken Dyson’s story:

I retired six years ago, and now volunteer for church visiting, and I am a Licensed Lay Minister with the Oxford Deaf Church. I am also a member of the executive committee of the Reading Deaf Centre, and its secretary.

 My main hobbies are sailing and cycling. I have two adult children with three grandchildren between them.  They live between North Oxfordshire and Essex, so living in Reading, I have to do a lot of driving backwards and forwards, visiting. Within the deaf community, I enjoy all the talking we do in our own sign language: sign language is good for telling stories, and they can be very funny. The difficulties of being deaf are those of communication.  For example, when driving to north Oxfordshire, I stopped off for food, and was asked what I wanted, but because of the background noise, people could not hear me, and I could not speak above the noise.

As a Christian, I believe that my life comes from God. I owe God everything, and I have to give something back: it saved me from depression when I was young, so it is important to me. I would like the hearing church to take more interest in the deaf church. Before, we tried to go to a hearing church, but we stopped, because we could not understand what was being said.

 I would like to see more chaplains to the deaf, especially chaplains who are deaf themselves. We need a chaplain who would welcome young deaf people and bring them in to church.

I also believe that a lot of people don’t understand what Jesus said. They need more education and the to read about him for themselves. I recently heard some deaf people arguing over whether or not Jesus was a Jew. Religious education, both in deaf and hearing schools is declining and this is a problem deaf churches and deaf schools need to address.

What can your church do?

Essential for all churches
• A high quality sound system of microphones and loudspeakers to be provided throughout the worship area; ideally bring in a sound engineer to advise you.
• A hearing loop available throughout the church worship area and meeting rooms. (ODCD and other charities can often provide contributions towards the cost.)
• A clear view of the worship leader and preacher.
• Good lighting, falling on the worship leader and preacher.
• A written service with clear responses, produced either clearly on paper, or visible onscreen.

Good to have
• Intercessions: written or on screen.
• Sermon: written and full text or summary points on screen.
• The provision of monitors in church “blind spots” such as behind pillars or in overflow rooms or chapel areas so that the worship leaders or preacher may be seen.
• A high quality sound system of microphones and loudspeakers to be provided in all meeting rooms.
• Avoid speaking over music.

Ideal, in addition to the above
• To provide a BSL interpreter within sight of the worship leader/preacher during services, and at meetings, especially public meetings.
• When available, provision of speech to text software projected onto a visible screen.

And now…
If your church already provides some or all of these facilities, let ODCD know so they can be added to the list of ‘deaf friendly churches’ on the website. Email: odcdpastoralsecretary@outlook.com.

Fight poverty with soup this Lent

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PEOPLE across the Diocese are being urged to support Christian Aid by eating soup this Lent.

For example, in the Hambleden Valley, there will be a series of Lent Lunches to raise money for Christian Aid’s work.

Organiser Penny Mcleish said, “Over the years we’ve raised thousands of pounds to help people in

Michael with his grandson

need.” The money raised is used to help people like Michael, who lives in South Sudan, where 6.1 million people urgently need humanitarian aid as a result of the conflict that erupted in December 2013. Ongoing fighting has displaced 2.4 million people, and up to 5.3 million people are at risk of severe food shortages.

Michael, who is in his 70s and has gradually lost his sight during the past five years, fled alongside his family when government forces came to his village. Soldiers killed people and stole cattle, forcing Michael to flee to the swamp where he resided with his family for two months. When they returned, most of their belongings were gone, and they were left with next to nothing. With the help of fishing hooks and nets from Christian Aid, Michael is now able to take the younger generation to the swamp to teach them how to fish so they can continue to feed their community.

Phil Evans, of Christian Aid’s Oxford office, said: “We are asking you to reflect each day on the blessings in your life through Count Your Blessings, inspired by daily opportunities to give, act and pray for communities like Michael’s, helping them to find a safe place to call home.”
Christian Aid is working with people displaced within South Sudan, who are living in some of the hardest to reach places, to provide much-needed food, safe water and sanitation facilities and essential household items, including sheeting for temporary shelters, as well as fish hooks and nets so they can start to rebuild their lives and become self-sufficient.

Just £15 could provide fishing gear for a family like Michael’s; £8.50 could provide two cooking pots so they can eat a hot meal; and £3 could pay for two plastic jerry cans so they can store safe drinking water.

Hambleden Valley Churches are holding three Lent Lunches on Saturdays 18, 25 March and 1 April in the Hambleden Parish Hall and at St John the Evangelist Frieth on Saturday 8 April noon to 2pm. For details contact Penny on 01491 571288 or penny_mcleish@hotmail.com.

Priest retires after more than 60 years

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A PRIEST who is retiring after more than 60 years of ordained ministry has cited Ephesians 1 as he reflected on his career.

The Revd Ted Bale with his wife Sylvia on Remebrance Day in 2015.

The Revd Ted Bale, 94, from Milton Keynes, who has finally retired, says he has been amazed and moved at the number of ‘God-incidences’ that proved to be turning points in his life.

“There were the quite extraordinary events through the Great War which led to my Mum and Dad meeting,” says Ted, who trained as a builder at Willesden Polytechnic in the 1930s before following his dream to join the RAF.

Ted served in the Night Fighter Squadron in North Africa, before being posted to the frontline at Cassino in Italy in 1944. This led Ted to much questioning about the meaning of life and eventually, after he married his wife, he felt Jesus “nagging him out of the RAF” and into the priesthood. “I went into the ministry via King’s College, London and my first job involved the building of a new church in Corby which needed my polytechnic knowledge. And there has been much more. During the renewal in the 1970s to my retirement in 1988 and all of the freelancing I have done, I can see how God has been at work. I can wholeheartedly refer readers of the Door to Ephesians 1, which talks of God’s plan for their lives and mine.”

Travelling Home

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The Bishop of Buckingham, the Rt Revd Alan Wilson, with Queenie, enjoying the meal after the Travelling Home for Christmas service.

The Revd Joseph Fernandes, a Curate in the Horton and Wraysbury Benefice in Buckinghamshire, reflects on the relationship between Horton’s traveller community and the church. 

At the heart of every traveller is the yearning to travel home. The question travellers ask themselves is where is home? For most, the pursuit of this quest will take a lifetime, and is fraught with many challenges. This comes with being part of one of the most misunderstood ethnic minorities in the UK. The nomadic lifestyle, still practised by many, associated with prejudice, general assumptions, media stories and caricatured television programs, are part of a misplaced public perception towards travellers. This has severely hindered their integration in society at large. As a result, it comes with no surprise the traveller community is close-knit and naturally distrustful of outsiders. In many places throughout the UK, there are long established traveller communities, often where their members are treated as second class citizens. As for the Church, it has not always intervened in a way that reflects the hospitality that should be at the heart of Christianity, and in many cases contributed to a social exclusion that persists to this day.

The village of Horton in Berkshire, is part of an area which has a long established traveller community, which is a reflection of the wider context that can be found in the Thames Valley. Although the relationship between travellers and the wider community has witnessed a steady improvement over recent years, there is much work to be done in terms of building lasting bridges. At the heart of the village sits St Michael’s church, a much-loved building for over a millennia. It is a place that has witnessed the journey of life for many travellers, from the joy of celebrating a new life, through the affirming of relationships, to the harsh reality of death, in many cases prematurely. Although the church plays a central role in local traveller society and culture, it is not representative in terms of attendance. It was in this context that the concept of a service aimed at travellers was born. This was only possible through the involvement of Kathy Atkinson, a much loved and respected member of the local traveller community, who is an accomplished writer, and a new member of the church community, also from a traveller background, who is now training to become a Local Licensed Minister.

The name chosen for the new service was Travelling Home, which encapsulates the yearning mentioned previously. The first service took place in July 2015, with an attendance that exceeded all expectations. Due to its success, it was decided to hold another one in July this year, and add a blessing of the churchyard, as looking after the graves of the deceased is intrinsically part of traveller culture. Due to the popularity of the service, the idea of a Christmas service was put forward. The service, entitled Travelling Home for Christmas took place on Sunday  11 December, and it was presided by the Bishop of Buckingham, The Rt Revd Alan Wilson. It was followed by a light meal served at the village hall.

This was only possible through a close collaboration with Thames Valley Police. Les Bradfield, A PCSO who used to be a chef, now runs a food station as a way to engage with communities. We are now looking to strengthen this partnership and increase the outreach to the traveller community, particularly through the “Travelling Home” format and concept. The journey has just begun and the future is looking exciting.

 

An illuminating show in Great Missenden

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A son et lumière (a sound and light show) was held at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Great Missenden last month. dsc_0104 dsc_0309 dsc_0401

The evening was one of the events to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the church’s Binns Organ. The church was full, with over 200 people attending to see and hear the story of the village and church and to hear the organ, played by Michael Bacon, an organist at The Church of King Charles the Martyr, Tunbridge Wells. The Bishop of Buckingham, the Rt Revd Alan Wilson, along with Mary Saywood and Brenda Harris, narrated the story which was illustrated by a series of pictures and videos that took the audience through the establishment of Missenden Abbey, and the history of the church and the village. Many students from the Misbourne School were actively involved in the preparation and delivery of the event, helping with poster design, lighting, sound and photography, and being part of the performance.

The photos, by Douglas, 17, from Misbourne School, show the event in full swing. 

Hear the BBC Three Counties Radio interview with Bishop Steven on one of his earliest Deanery Visits

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Mike Naylor talks to the new Bishop of Oxford, Steven Croft, during his visit to the Soul Life Café in Olney. Revd Claire Wood describes the work of the Café. Clip shared with permission of BBC Three Counties. Click here to listen.