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North Leigh Methodist Church

Church inquiries: contact Su Hopkins, 01993 881975 ,

The following will lead our Services in March at 10.30am:

5th Service at Freeland
12th Keith Crawford
19th David Sarbutts
26th Eddie Fowler
2nd April Rev Paul Weir Communion


 Kidzone will meet on 25th March from 10:30am to 12:30pm

Kidzone is for all children aged 5 to 11

As we travel into March, I get quite excited because for me, it’s the first month of the Spring quarter, early Spring if you like, and the weather in theory starts to reflect that. The odd warm day, the bulbs starting to flower all herald the change that Spring brings.

And it also underlines the fact that everything changes around ourselves as well; not only the weather and our gardens. And yet we don't generally like change! As humans we value things that remain steady, that are like we have always known them. All around us we resist change and yet, it's happening whether we like it or not. Certainly our lives are changing, our culture is changing and our values seem to be as well.

Life is almost completely different to that in the 60's and 70's and even into the 90's.

For example, we didn't really have personal computers (PC's) that were capable of doing anything useful until the mid-nineties and mobile phones didn't become widespread until the late nineties although they were around in basic form for a few years before that. Smart phones weren't really available until relatively recently.

So change is inevitable and it’s how we cope with the change that's important. It's easy to believe that the 'old days' were better and safer but actually, they weren't necessarily.

It's just that we didn't know a lot of what was actually going on and today communication across groups and communities has vastly increased because of the devices I've already mentioned.

And in our Methodist Churches in the Witney and Faringdon area, changes are happening. This year we say our final farewell to Freeland Methodist Church. They have done well to remain open for as long as they have; committed members, preachers and ministers have tended them and kept them going for as long as they could but the way we all live and work (and the pressures) have changed and that has impacted on them through a variety of ways. It's important to say though that other churches across the county are finding new and increasing congregations and there is a transformation of church into different ways of being. People with the Christian faith are being transformed for example into being church away from Sunday mornings and into schools and other places and being church in different ways.

The church has always been 'the people' and not the actual buildings and that’s a challenge in itself! Christianity was born as a movement of people from the times of Jesus. No matter what happens, it always springs back and I give thanks for that.

Have a wonderful March and may you feel the transformational warmth on your back as Spring continues onward.

Revd Paul Weir, Methodist Superintendant Minister, Witney and Faringdon Circuit 01993 886818


 Updated : March 2017

St.Mary's Church

Associate Minister Rev’d Margaret Dixon: 01993 880095

Turner Hall Enquiries - Diana Craig: 01993 881084


This year Lent begins on 1st March with Ash Wednesday. This is the first day of the six-week period in which Christians prepare for the journey to Good Friday and the celebration of the resurrection at Easter. It is the time we remember the forty days when Jesus went into the wilderness to pray and discern what kind of Messiah God was calling him to be. It followed immediately after his baptism and just as he was beginning his ministry. For many, Lent is still a period to undertake something different; whether that is giving something up, taking on something new or serving others. Some people like to read a Lenten book, study their Bible or join with others in studying. Some just like to use this time to take stock of their lives, see if they are on the right path and, if necessary, change what they are doing.

It is difficult to do this unless we set aside a specific time. If you want to take advantage of our Quiet Day on Saturday 4th March from 10.30am – 3.30pm in the Turner Hall to create the space then do come along. Bring a pack lunch but teas and coffees are available. We also have a reflective quiet time on Sunday 19th March at 6.00pm when we have a series of embroidered images by Romola Parish to have as a focus to explore our own individual life journey.

Many at the moment seem worried by what is going on in the world; whether that is due to uncertainties about the effects of Brexit or the unpredictability of many world leaders. It seems a much less secure and certain world. One of the readings we have had in the run up to Lent has been from Matthew’s Gospel (Matt 6:25-34). In this, Jesus tells us not to worry about our lives and encourages us to look at the birds of the air and the lilies of the field as they neither sow nor reap and yet they are cared for.

So, let us use this time of Lent to set aside our worries, reassess our lives and look at what we can do for others – whether they are our immediate neighbours or others across the world. I hope that you might be able to join us at one of the services during this Lenten period, and especially the Mothering Sunday service (26th March) which will enable us to celebrate those who care for us. Flowers will be distributed during the church service. The School and Church will distribute flowers across the village around that weekend and so if you know anyone who would like to receive them please let me know (01993 880095). 

God Bless,


Coming services/events

If you require more information about any of our services or events please contact Margaret.

The bells will ring for up to an hour before regular 10.00am and 6.00pm services and on Fridays 7.30pm - 9.00pm.

Wednesday 1st March (Ash Wednesday)
6.30pm Holy Communion (CW)

Saturday 4th March
10.30am - 3.30pm Quiet Day in Turner Hall
6.00pm Evening Prayer (BCP)

Sunday 5th March
9.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am Cafe Church in Turner Hall
6.00pm Holy Communion (CW)

Sunday 12th March
10.00am Holy Communion (CW) followed by APCM in Turner Hall*
6.00pm Evening Prayer (BCP)

Sunday 19th March
10.00am Family Communion (CW)
6.00pm Reflection using the embroidered images of Romola Parish

Wednesday 22nd March
12.00 - 4.00pm Seniors' Lunch and Tea Club in Turner Hall

Sunday 26th March - Mothering Sunday
10.00am Family Communion with distribution of flowers
6.00pm Evening Prayer (CW)

Sunday 2nd April
8.00am Holy Communion (BCP) - note return to 8.00am for Summer
10.00am Café Church in the Turner Hall
6.00pm Holy Communion (CW)

*our APCM after the 10.00am Family Communion Service is a chance to review the year and to look forward to our vision for 2017 and beyond. Light refreshments will be served.

Updated : March 2017

Windmill Gospel Hall

It was fantastic to see so many children into our Half Term Holiday Bible Club! 29 in all over the 3 days and many thanks to the parents for bringing them along! At this year’s club we were hearing stories from the Judges like of Gideon and of Samson and they like other Bible Characters you might know had God with them to help them defeat the enemy. The same could be said of David in that well known story when he killed the giant Goliath.

We were also reminded that despite us being God’s enemy because we have done wrong in our lives now through Jesus Christ and His work on the cross He has the power to save us from hell and put us on that road that leads to Heaven!!

Jesus has the power to save us – He has done all that needs to be done on the cross and now He offers you His salvation. He is wishing that none should perish and He wants all to put their faith and trust in Him. John 3:16 says ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life’.

As I finish God is not wanting you to do some great feat or suffer in a particular way, no, all He wants is for us to admit we have done wrong and believe simply that Jesus has come to die on the cross for us and for us to except Him as Saviour. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, have you accepted Him?

Why not come and join with us for our family Service every Sunday at 4.00pm where you would be made most welcome. If you would like to come but need transport, please let us know by calling our free phone number 0800 026 3000.


Weekly Services for March

Every Sunday 11.30am Sunday School (School term only)
Sunday 5th 4.00pm Family Service
Sunday 12th 4.00pm Family Service
Sunday 19th 4.00pm Friends and Family tea
Sunday 26th 4.00pm Family Service

Updated : March 2017