Massive improvements after £170,000 project in Marlow

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THE congregation at All Saints’ Church, Marlow is celebrating after a £170,000 project has provided massively improved facilities.

New clergy for Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire

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A FORMER professional scuba diver along with teachers, lawyers, and youth workers are among the 22 people ordained deacons in special services on Saturday (June 30).

Celebrating 800 years of worship at All Saints’

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ALL SAINTS’ Church in Loughton, Milton Keynes, marked its 800th anniversary since the first recorded rector was appointed with a celebration service. Read more

Sun shines as churches combine to show how they Love Wycombe

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THE sun shone on more than 1,000 worshipers from more than 50 churches who took their services out onto the Rye park on Sunday 20 May for Love Wycombe.

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NEWPORT PAGNELL COMMITS TO WELCOMING EX-OFFENDERS

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THE two churches of the Parish of Newport Pagnell will be among the first to put into practice The Welcome Directory’s new training and resource packs for 2018, launched last month.  Read more

Town centre resounds to centenary celebrations for the RAF

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The SOUND of military bandsmen resounded through the town centre, crowds lined the street and Chesham’s celebration of the Royal Air Force’s centenary got underway.
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Walking the Ridgeway for Mongolia

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CONGRATULATIONS to the Revd Chris Bull, the vicar of Flackwell Heath, and Wendy Bull, Vicar of Wycombe March and Micklefield who walked the 87 miles of the Ridgeway footpath, over their five-day Easter holiday. Read more

Being the change we want to see

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Community organising offers a fantastic chance for Christians to join with others in their areas to make a difference both where they live and in the wider world. The Revd Tim Norwood spent his sabbatical reflecting on how powerful a tool this is proving to be in Milton Keynes. Read more

Shine Winslow shine

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‘Let your light shine’ is the new message being shared at Winslow CE School. The Rt Revd Alan Wilson, the Bishop of Buckingham, spoke on that theme at a special service attended by pupils, staff, and parents. The choir of St Laurence Church led by Derry French, their music director, joined in.

A competition saw 350 pupils design art work on that theme. The winners, Maisie from year five and Florence from year four, had their designs turned into bookmarks, produced by the nearby Waddesdon CE School. Special thanks were given to Waddesdon, a nearby secondary school and to the Revd Andrew Lightbown, who set up a chaplaincy from St Laurence Church to fund the bookmarks and support the school.

Cazz Colmer, head teacher said: “We are a school that is rated good by Ofsted and our inclusive Christian ethos welcomes all children aged three to 11. Each child is unique, reflecting some of God’s light every day in what they do and on those they meet. Each one will find excitement, discovery, warmth and friendship here in the glow of that light. These bookmark designs are just one example of our pupils flourishing as individuals and engaging with each other. Such light dispels all kinds of darkness, bringing clarity, hope and purpose to our school and to the local community”

Caption: Back from left, Derry French, Bishop Alan, Andrew Lightbown and Cazz Colmer. From are Alice, Rowan, Florence, Maisie, Darcy and Harry.

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.”