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St.Mary's Church

Associate Minister Rev’d Margaret Dixon: 01993 880095

Turner Hall Enquiries - Diana Craig: 01993 881084

As I write this the Autumn season is already upon us and the nights are beginning to draw in. Autumnal days make us think of Harvest time. This year we are celebrating our Harvest Festival Service at 10.00am on Sunday 15th October, during the service we will give thanks for all the good gifts around us and share some of our bounty with others by collecting non-perishable items for Besom in Witney. This organisation supports local families who are struggling to cope. Giving thanks is an important aspect of our lives, whether that is in thanking others for their gifts, their support or for being a friend or taking the time to pray and thank God for his love for us and all creation.

Prayer is something that many find helpful, particularly when we are struggling with bad news, loss of a job, sudden or terminal illness or the death of a loved one. We are fortunate that in North Leigh we feel happy to be able to leave St Mary’s Church open for anyone, whether just out for a walk and enjoying the history or for those who seek the solace of a quiet and holy place, where generations have prayed.

Seeking space and time away from the busyness of life is important for our well-being. Throughout his ministry, Jesus took time away from his work to seek the quietness that enabled him to continue with all that he needed to do. Some of us will be able to find that quiet time on a country walk, in our garden or in our own home, while others in churches. If you want prayer for yourself or for a loved one then please do get in touch with us. There is a prayer board in church for names of people to be prayed for, and also requests can be made in confidence by ringing the vicarage (880095) or emailing; names of people or situations will be prayed about at the confidential monthly prayer groups that meet in the village.

We are again holding our special service at which we remember those who have died, and give thanks for all that they meant to us and pray for those who are grieving. Losing a loved one is the most painful experience and we are often left with a sense of things left unsaid, and the huge hole that is left in our own lives as well as the pain of loss and grief. Our `Remembering with Love’ service, will be held on Sunday 5th November at 6.00pm and will provide an opportunity to remember our loved ones during a gentle service of words, and music.  Everyone who wants to remember a loved one, whether they died recently or many years ago, is welcome to come along to this service.

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.

Sunday 8th October
10.00am Holy Communion (CW)
6.00pm Evening Prayer (BCP)

Thursday 12th October
10.00am North Leigh School Harvest Service

Sunday 15th October
10.00am Harvest Family Communion (CW)
6.00pm Reflective Evening Prayer

Wednesday 18th October
12 – 4.00pm Seniors’ Lunch and Tea Club in the Turner Hall

Sunday 22nd October
10.00am Holy Communion (CW)
6.00pm Evening Prayer (CW)

Sunday 29th October
10.00am Holy Communion (CW)
6.00pm Iona Communion

Saturday 4th October
10.00 - 12.30pm KIDZONE at The Youth Centre

Sunday 5th November
9.00am Holy Communion (BCP) - Note the winter time
10.00am Café Church in the Turner Hall
6.00pm Remembering with Love


St Mary’s Bell Ringing times during October

Service Ringing:

The bells will ring for up to an hour prior to the regular 10.00am and 6.00pm services.

Practice Ringing:

The bells will ring as usual on Friday evenings, 7.30-9.00pm.

Additional Ringing:

Saturday October 7th:

The bells will be rung between 2.00pm and 5.00pm, as North Leigh is hosting the Striking Competition of the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers, in which 10 teams composed of some of the finest ringers in the Guild are competing.

Friday October 20th:

The practice will be preceded by intermittent ringing from 6.30pm, demonstrating the bells to the staff of the Diocese's Finance Dept.

Saturday October 28th:

The bells will be rung for up to an hour following a 12.30pm wedding.

Updated : October 2017

Windmill Gospel Hall

As we enter October it would seem that the summer seems long ago and for many the hustle and bustle of working life, or school life, or college life and soon to be University life has taken over. I don’t know if you can identify with this? I know from our work point of view it is one of our busiest times of the year when we are here there and everywhere it would seem!! Sometimes we call it our ‘silly season’ as it would seem that rather than that ideal of a ‘work life balance’ often in these periods work takes over and runs you!

When in these times of the year we seem to have less control and things are very busy and we can’t control our diaries and our time. It is hard when ‘spinning so many plates’ to get time for family and interests and dare I say it for God!

We, as mankind, can often be taken up with the things of life and living and would be guilty of putting God to the back of our minds. This is a perilous way to live our lives as God should come first. God loves us and gave everything He had in His Son Jesus, but to brush this aside and forget about it or be too busy for it or to ‘rubbish’ these things is a grave mistake. Often, we are taken up with the material possessions that this world offers but these things are only for a little while. We are told in Matthew 6:33 Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

If we put God 1st in our lives then He will bless us greatly. We need to put our faith and trust in God and His Son as Saviour and put Him 1st in our lives and in doing so we are right for Heaven and eternity and not just for time. A decision in time will last for all eternity so give God the time today. 

Why not come and join with us for our family Service every Sunday at 4pm 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 October

Every Sunday 11.30am Sunday School
Sunday 8th 4.00pm Family Service
Sunday 15th 4.00pm Friends and Family Tea
Sunday 22nd 4.00pm Family Service
Sunday 29th 4.00pm Family Service

Updated : October 2017