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Vicar’s April Message 2024

Dear friends, I had an interesting experience a couple of weeks back and I’m convinced I was given a message from God to the village! No, I’m not insane or past it – I really believe that something remarkable has happened. Let me explain. Most Tuesday mornings I meet with the Schorne Team clergy – these represent the eleven churches we have…

Vicar’s Christmas Message

Dear friends, Part of the traditional Christmas feast in Medieval times was known as “The Great Pie”, which contained huge quantities of ground beef and lamb layered with boiled hens, rabbits, ducks and game birds. The pie was so big, they used iron bands to hold the pastry case together! In contrast “Umble Pie” was made with the ‘umbles’ of the deer…

Vicar’s November Message

Dear friends, Have you ever played Jenga? Players take turns removing one block at a time from a tower constructed of wooden blocks. As a block is removed, it is then placed on top of the tower, creating a progressively more unstable structure. The player causing the tower to collapse loses the game.  We are living in troubling times. The eruption of…

Vicar’s Easter Message

Dear friends, Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve always marvelled at the amount of faith an atheist has! To be an atheist I would have to believe that nothing produced everything, non-life produced life, randomness produced precision, chaos produced order, matter produced emotions, emptiness produced love, a vacuum produced imagination and matter produced a conscience and the ability to make and…

Vicar’s March Message 2023

Dear friends, I used to travel extensively around the world in Developing Countries, working with, and learning from local indigenous people groups. One country I worked in many times was Tanzania, so I love to hear stories of their heroes. It reminds me how resilient these wonderful people are in every walk of life. One such story you may well remember if…

Vicar’s November Message 2022

Dear friends, Sarah and I have been here in Oving and Quainton for six years. I know it’s a cliché, but doesn’t time fly! I remember being totally shocked when I heard, after two days of interviews, that I was being offered this House For Duty post as Team Vicar looking after All Saints, Oving with Pitchcott and Holy Cross and St…

Vicar’s July and August Message

Dear friends, There’s something very civilised about receiving an invitation with an RSVP on it! “Répondez s’il vous plait.” We’ve had several invitations recently from friends of ours who are getting married and naturally, there is an RSVP attached to each one – it would be rude of us to ignore it or forget to respond. Invitations are out there to our…

Vicar’s June 22 Message

OVING News. JUNE 2022 Dear friends, Our wonderful church at All Saints, Oving has a compelling history summed up beautifully by the timeline put together for us by the Oxford Heritage Partnership: 12th century Small, possibly two cell church thought to exist on site 1222 First surviving record of a rector at Oving; the church is in the gift of the Priory…