Coronavirus guidelines from the Church of England

Coronavirus guidelines from the Church of England

In light of the current situation we are following the guidelines which can be summarised as follows:

Changes to guidance since last week include:

  • Offer Communion in one kind only to all communicants
  • Suspend handshaking or other direct physical contact during the sharing of the Peace
  • Suspend direct physical contact as part of a blessing or “laying on of hands”
  • Prepare contingency plans for parishes and deaneries
  • Suspend catering and refrain from passing the collection plate around.
  • Specific advice for baptisms, confirmation and ordinations, together with guidance for visiting care homes and hospitals.

The latest updates can be found here:

Messy Church Sunday 15 March 4-6pm Wychwood Primary School

March Messy Church

This months theme is Holy Habit: Breaking Bread.

We have some great games and crafts organised and we aspire to create a relaxed, friendly atmosphere where everyone is welcome.
So whether you have been to church before or not come along and see what we are about!

Contact Rev Geoffrey Clement 832514 for more Information

Lent and Easter in the Wychwood Benefice

Idbury cross

Throughout Lent we will be meeting in groups to look at the following book
A Word for Lent, 6 part study on: Temptation, Transformation, Acceptance, Celebration, Forgiveness and Passion. (Copies available from Geoffrey £5 each)

Groups will be on Mondays at 10.30 at The Paddocks in Milton on Monday 24 February, 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 March.

There will also be an evening Group, meeting on Tuesdays from 3 March (3, 10, 17, 23 and 31 March), 7pm at The Old House, Upper Milton. For more details contact Anne 01993 831061  or Geoffrey 01993 832514 .

Come to one or all sessions.

Mothering Sunday Services 22 March 2020

Mothering Sunday flowers

Join us for one of our special Mothering Sunday Services on Sunday 22 March

9.30am in Milton Church

11am in Shipton Church

11am in Fifield Church


A service where we will celebrate not just mothers but all who care for us.

Lent Lunch Sunday 29 March in Idbury Church

Lent Lunches

In Idbury after the 11am United Benefice Service on 29 March there will be a soup with a roll and cheese lunch. All are invited but to help with catering please R.S.V.P. to Mary Champness on 01993 831074.

Palm Sunday Lent Lunch Sunday 5 April

Lent Lunch Milton Village Hall

In Milton on 5 April after the Palm Sunday United Benefice Service at 10am there will be a hot lunch in Milton Village Hall.

There will also be activities for children.

If you would like to come or are able to help towards food (by making a cottage/shepherd’s pie) please contact the office or speak to Anne Hartley 01993 830160.

Books corner in Shipton Church

Books corner Shipton

There are now books in Shipton church for you to buy, swap or just borrow. If you wish to add to the book collection you can drop any off at the Vicarage or Shipton Church – or phone Geoffrey for collection.

Death Cafe – Friday 28 February 2-3pm in the Wychwood Inn

Death Cafe

Do join us for this month’s Death Cafe.

What is it?

A group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. All are welcome.

Death is inevitable so why not talk about it?