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Support Christian Aid week 15-21 May 2022

CA week 2022

Christian Aid Week 15-21 May

“With every gift, every action, every prayer, we celebrate and share hope with our sisters and brothers facing crisis around the world, from Ukraine to Zimbabwe.”

If you would like to donate during Christian Aid week (or at any time) you can do so online via the special page Milton have created (so we can see how much we raise)

or via the main CA website:


Shoebox Thank You

2021 Shoeboxes

Christmas Shoeboxes Thank You

Thank you to everyone who donated shoeboxes this year. We had a total of 98 which will be going to Romania, Georgia, Moldavia and Uganda.

For further details, please visit:



Church News and Service Details for 18 April 2021

mothering sunday flowers

Read the latest Church News here: Church News 18 April 2021

There are services as follows on Sunday 18 April:

11am Holy Communion Service in Shipton Church.
This service will also be recorded and posted to facebook:
11am Live  Zoom Service
Join our Zoom Sunday Service:
Meeting ID: 838 3997 6916
Passcode: Service

You can download the orders of service here:
Easter_Season Sunday worship on Zoom

Easter Season Communion pew

If you would like to make a one off donation towards our churches here are the bank details:

Payable to: The Wychwood Benefice, CAF Bank
Acc No: 00032493, Sort Code: 40 52 40

The Church News and Service details for Mothering Sunday 14 March 2021

holding hands

Read the latest Church News here: Church News 14 March 2021 final

There are services as follows on Sunday:

9.30am Holy Communion Service in Milton Church

11am Live Family Mothering Sunday Zoom Service
Join our Zoom Sunday Service:
Meeting ID: 838 3997 6916
Passcode: Service

Pre-recorded Holy Communion Service on facebook  and YouTube

If you would like to make a one off donation towards our churches here are the bank details:

Payable to: The Wychwood Benefice, CAF Bank
Acc No: 00032493, Sort Code: 40 52 40

We are open – how to decide which service to attend at the moment

churches are open for all

We are currently offering a range of Church services -in our buildings, live online and pre-recorded for you to watch whenever you want.

In Church:
Each Sunday there is one Holy Communion service rotating around the Benefice churches. These will be simple said services. Think seriously about attending these services, safety must come first. We observe social distancing and hygiene measures. In Fifield church, we ask you book so we can organise the seating. Telephone Catherine Hitchens 01993 831881.

There is a short mid-week Holy Communion Service each Wednesday at 10.30am in Milton Church.

See the plan of services until the end of April here:

Live Zoom Services:
We are also holding a live zoom service every Sunday at 11am. This is a short, informal service followed by coffee and conversation from 11.30-12.

Details for joining:
Meeting ID: 838 3997 6916
Passcode: Service

Zoom by phone. It is also possible to join the zoom service by phone if you don’t have internet or an alternative option. If you would like some help with zoom, get in touch with Liz 01993 684286 or Anne 01993 830160.

A pre-recorded Holy Communion Service (filmed in one of the churches weekly) is posted online (to our YouTube and FaceBook pages every Sunday morning.

Your church, you choose.





Milton Choir Concert

Milton Choir Concert Surrey Fringe and Eight in a Bar

Milton Concert Eight in a Bar and Surrey Fringe
Thank you to everyone who supported the choir concert in Milton church. It was
fabulous to see the church full with such a friendly and supportive audience to
support these two very different choirs. We raised over £1100, which has been
divided between the John Radcliffe Neurosciences Ward and the Benefice.


Eight in a Bar 1

Eight in a Bar 

Eight in a bar 2

Eight in a bar 


Surrey Fringe

Surrey Fringe

Shipton Church Fete – Bank Holiday Monday 27 August 12-4

Shipton Fete image 2018

Shipton Church Fete Bank Holiday Monday 27 August 12-4pm

On the village green there will be stalls and games to appeal to all ages. There will be burgers, hotdogs and a bar selling beer, Pimms and soft drinks. Stalls will include the white elephant, books and jigsaws as well as stalls from external exhibitors. There will also be hoopla, Aunt Sally, tombola, other games and the jousting horse.


Inside the church we will provide tea and delicious cakes and a cake stall. On offer will be tours of the fascinating bell tower plus a special free musical programme.

Sermon for Eleventh Sunday after Trinity – Revd Dr Elizabeth Koepping


Eleventh Sunday after Trinity

1 Kg 19, 4-8 Ps.130,34,91; Eph. 4:25-5:2; John 6, 35, 41-51


This is our third ‘I am the bread of life’ reading of four from John set for what is the period of bounty in field and garden for northern hemisphere Christians. Jesus was talking of himself as the bread of life, and some of us took this morning in Communion. Today’s reading from 1 Kings also see bread as stuff to eat: if you shop this week, help feed kids and their families in West Oxfordshire during the holidays by putting UHT milk, sauces for pasta, tinned meat, vegetables and fruit into the food bank box: they don’t need more sweet corn or soup! Not helping to feed people who for whatever reason- lousy wages, missing benefits, illness or helplessness- are hungry, should be unacceptable in this so-called Christian country.

Off my soap-box now, I’ll be looking at a verse of the Ephesians passage, but before that, let’s pick out some lines from todays’ trio of psalms, which all speak of trust and hope: ‘I wait for the Lord, my soul waits for him; in his word is my hope,’ and ‘O taste and see that the Lord is good, happy are those who take refuge in him.’ This evening we shall read: ‘Under God’s wing you will find refuge…fearing neither the terror of the night nor the arrow that flies by day’.

The earlier chapters of Ephesians made one thing clear. We shall live in tranquillity, at peace with God now and for ever if we trust in God, accept Christ as our guide, embrace the Holy Spirit, and pledge to respect and honour all as we leave church after taking Christ’s bread or singing his praise. The last few chapters of Ephesians, from four onwards, fill in some crucial details for life, not, let me hasten to say, life without trouble, sickness, or tragedy: but with the sure means to get through, held up by God.

Today’s Ephesians verse is: ‘Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who fear’.  The phrase ‘as there is need’ is tricky, and much affected by context. Here’s an example. Aibeh was a very slow learner struggling in an English-medium school in Borneo in the 1960s. She really couldn’t write a clear sentence, so I decided to ignore the wrong words and just tick any which were reasonably correct.  Susie, on the other hand, came from the US to do a doctorate with me in Edinburgh. Politely but efficiently I took her first essay to pieces: she wept, saying, ‘No one has ever said my work isn’t good enough’. Applauding Aibeh’s meagre offering was useful for building her up, just as was shredding Susie’s work, though not Susie herself.

So this verse is saying, ‘don’t say unpleasant things unless strictly necessary, and then never for pleasure, or to hurt’. Kids, and adult cowards, often do that. My oldest grandchild, Conrad, gleefully reported that his younger brother Bastian ‘shook your Japanese toy and threw it on the ground and it’s broken’. Actually, the toy had yet again fallen apart- I’ve fixed it now- but Conrad (aged 4) wanted to get his brother in trouble.

Kids do that, but they will learn not to tell tales or score points, but what of adults? The comments made by bystanders when Jesus said he’d come from heaven were scathing: ‘who does he think he is? he’s just so and so’s kid’. Yet Paul isn’t just giving negative orders- don’t this or that. Lists of don’ts are easy to tick off: easy to say ‘I didn’t get drunk, commit adultery, cheat on my taxes this week’ and feel complacent. But a command about being – kind and fair and loving – is much more demanding.  ‘Build people up to give grace to them who fear’. Patronisingly building people up falsely by saying ‘wonderful work’ when it is below what they can do, as teachers had done to Susie, brings neither benefit nor grace. But what about compliments for kindness, for a task well done?  That doesn’t take much effort, does it, nor diminish the speaker, does it?

Well, quite a few people reckon there’s only so much good, so much beauty, so much adequacy, available, so if I compliment you, I’ll diminish myself. Yet God has said in the Psalms and all the readings: ‘I am there, trust in me, I will enfold you’, Christ gave himself for us that we could live in grace, the Spirit is sent to fill us with stalwart peace. How then can ‘good’ be limited, if God’s goodness and loving kindness is unendingly there for us?

But even devout Christians may feel it is, especially if they do not feel forgiven. Years ago, I mentioned to a woman in Australia that local people rarely complimented each other. She thought a moment, and said ‘Yes, you’re right. If I make a cake, my husband never compliments me for it, so I just have to know that it’s good in Jesus sight…But that’s rather cold’. Her husband had had little love as a child, and felt so weighed down with sinfulness and inadequacy he didn’t feel sufficiently filled with God’s bounty to give a little affirmation to the wife he loved.

‘Say what is useful for building people up, as there is need, so your words may give grace to those who hear’. We are sheltered under the wing of God, fed by the body of Christ, filled by the Spirit. As God’s gift of love fills us, pass it to others in words of affirmation, and acts of practical support, that our words and our deeds indeed give grace to others.

Revd Dr Elizabeth Koepping