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Welcome to Oxon Church

Rev David, his wife Alison and their son Joshua

Rev David, his wife Alison and their son Joshua

The Vicar, the Reverend David O’Brien, welcomes you to the community of Christ Church, Shelton with Oxon, often referred to simply as Oxon Church.

We are a thriving group, with an enthusiastic congregation, located in the heart of Shelton with Oxon. For your satnav, our postcode is SY3 5AH and we’re immediately opposite the Toby Inn pub.

 

Church

Do feel free to pop in for a chat, or contact the vicar either by phone on 01743 231 427 or by e-mail at vicar@oxonchurch.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you and remember……..

“Life is precious, treat it with prayer”

Church Services

  • Sunday: 9.30 am Traditional Holy Communion using the Book of Common Prayer and alternating weekly with Common Worship which is in modern English. It is a Communion service each week and is led by the vicar, organist and choir.
  • Sunday: 11 am – Morning Praise. The style is more contemporary. It has modern music and the structure is much looser, to allow for a much more flexible pattern. It is more relaxed and less formal than a traditional service and Communion is shared on the 3rd Sunday of every month.
  • Sunday: 6.00 pm Reflections. This means we meet to pray and study the Bible in an informal setting. Anyone can ask any question and it is a time for listening to one another and God.
  • Wednesdays: 11 am in the Hall for Communion followed by tea & coffee, and sandwiches, for those who wish to bring them. The pattern alternates between Book of Common Prayer and Common Worship.

Notices

  • Welcome to our Oxon Church website; we hope you like it. You may notice that the photos are responsive; click on a photo and it pops up to view, along with any associated text. Also, a number of the headings above, such as Home and Community, have drop-down menus; press these to access other pages of the website. Your comments, either positive or negative are welcome, please contact Mike at: welcome@oxonchurch.co.uk
  • Our Sponsors. A significant number of local companies sponsor our Church by taking out adverts on this website. There are too many to mention but all offer a valuable service which you may find helpful. All the adverts can be found  by clicking the Our Sponsors button at the top of this page. 
  • Smile: At the bottom of this page you’ll find Final Thought; this is a humorous or thought-provoking quote. Do have a look.
  • NEW: Short-term help urgently required. You may not be aware but Jenny, who manages and organises so much behind the scenes, is going to hospital for a knee operation on the 23rd March. We desperately need some congregation members to help open and close the Hall occasionally, also to set up chairs for the Wednesday communion and teas. Can you spare any time at all? It’s not an onerous task and if enough people volunteer then life will become easier for everyone. Please either email the Rev David at vicar@oxonchurch.co.uk or phone him on 01743 231 427
  • NEW: Vandalism! 3 local bored youths, 2 male and 1 female, are believed to have been responsible for this week’s vandalism of the notice boards in the entrance porch and the obscenities scrawled on the church pathways. The vicar happened to speak to them before the incidents and saw them later in the evening but they ran away. He called the Police but they were unable to attend. If you see vandalism occurring then use your common sense, either confront the individuals or at the very least phone the Police as they need to be made aware of what’s happening. Please don’t look the other way. If nothing is done, I guarantee it will continue or get worse.
  • NEW: Cooperative Supermarket. You may be aware that the Hall is being redecorated; you may not be aware that it’s staff from the local Co-op supermarket who are doing this mammoth task. The Manager and staff are very generously giving up their free time at no cost to the church. Sunday the 26th March is their final push to completion. Well done all concerned and thank you. When you’re next in the supermarket, please remember to say thank you to the Management and staff for all they’ve done for us; remember, it’s their initiative and they didn’t have to do it.
  • NEW: Kevin Lawrence delivers donated goods to Burkina Faso. Kevin recently returned from Burkina Faso and photos of his visit can be seen on the Gallery page above.
  • NEW: A Special Appeal. We will be having a special collection at all our Sunday services over the next couple of weeks for the DEC East African Crisis Appeal. Gift aid envelopes are available. Thank you for standing with those who are suffering today. Ana & Kevin.
  • The Annual Parochial Church Meeting [APCM] will be held on Saturday 1st April 2017 at 10 am in the Old School Community Hall, adjacent to Church, at which the Annual Report will be presented to congregation members. There will also be elections to the PCC abd Deanery Synod; these are not onerous tasks and you may want to consider volunteering. Nomination forms for election are available in church, alternatively, let any church officer know you’re interested. Do come along, ask any question you wish and enjoy tea, coffee and biscuits on the house.
  • Two New Lent Groups have started, the first meeting was on 2nd March and then weekly throughout Lent. There will be a daytime group 2.15 – 3.45 pm and an evening group 7 – 8.30 pm. If you would like to join one of these groups, please sign up on the list in church. Speak to Sue Cooper or Ana Lawrence for more information [contact details for Ana on Contacts page].
  • Do you remember the 50’s? I do and thought you might like a humorous look at some comments from that era; they might make you smile. Have a look at this…Eating in the UK in the 50s
  • Children’s Society boxes. Ann Hartley is starting the annual collection of boxes again. Please bring your box into church and leave with Ann, Alyson or Neil. Last year we collected an amazing £1,140.93 through the box scheme. If you would like to donate to the Society in this way, please have a word with Ann.
  • Church Organ. The new organ has been installed and sounds wonderful. The gift was very generously donated by Gilbert and Priscilla Roscoe, from the estate of Gilbert’s late brother Glyn. Photo’s are now on the Gallery page above.
  • Slimming World in the Hall. The very successful slimming club ‘Slimming World’ meets every Friday morning between 10 and 12. Please contact Elaine on 07816 220 353 or simply turn up; you won’t be alone! This is proving really popular, new members really are joining every week; give it a try if you feel the need, you’ll not feel alone and will be made most welcome.
  • Ashar Course started on 31st January. The course is run by Alison and is entitled Exploring Emotional & Spiritual Health. Full details can be found here Emotional & Spiritual Help 2017
  • Church Flowers – If any one would like flowers put in church for a special occasion, or to remember some one, please ring Penny on 246759. Thank you.
  • NEW: Getting rid of weeds. I found this handy tip in the Which magazine and published it last year. Here it is again, as it’s a winner. Instead of spending a small fortune on weedkiller, simply pour a kettle of boiling water on your weeds; the shock kills the weed at the root and it dies within a couple of days. It works every time and is especially good on gravel drives. Try it, you’ll be surprised how effective it is; cheap too!
  • NEW: 100 Club Draw for March has taken place. There was also a Special Prize Draw of £50 to each of 4 winners. Results for both draws can be found by going to the Community Page.
  • NEW: 100 Club Draw. March is the month for annual membership renewals. Relevant forms are available at the back of church. Over £1000 in prizes was paid to congregation members this last 12 months, all for the small cost of £12 a year, payable in advance. To qualify for the Easter and Christmas Draws, where the prizes are in the region of £50, you MUST have paid for a complete year, i.e. £12.
  • The Building Development Fund has got off to an excellent start but please bear in mind that our target is enormous and we’re asking for your help. For more information on how to give or to set up standing orders and pledges, please contact the vicar, whose contact details are at the top of this page.
  • The Well. Every Monday morning from 10.30, a weekly drop-in facility for tea, coffee and cakes at the Community Hall.
  • Aerial photos of the church. Wonderful shots, kindly taken and donated by Simon Knight. Please go to the Gallery page.
  • Church choir. John, our Director of Music is looking for new choir members, especially tenors and basses, but everyone is welcome. Contact John or any Church officer, details are on the Contacts page above.
  • Church evacuation. If a fire is discovered, and you are asked to evacuate, please leave the building in a calm, orderly manner, helping the less-able if necessary. There are 2 marked exits; the main door and a back-door exit via the vestry. Choice of exits may depend on the location of the fire. Make your way to the Assembly point which is next to the stone bench in the cemetery to await the arrival of the Fire Service. Similar arrangements also apply to the church Hall.
  • NEW: Final thought……… Beauty is internal, looks mean nothing.