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St.Mary's Church

Associate Minister Rev’d Margaret Dixon: 01993 880095

Turner Hall Enquiries - Diana Craig: 01993 881084

We are again holding our special and very popular service at which we remember those who have died, and give thanks for all that they meant to us and to be supported as we continue to mourn their passing. Losing a loved one is the most painful experience and we are often left with a sense of things left unsaid, of a huge hole 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.

During the following week, on Friday 10th November, there will be a special assembly for Remembrance at 2.30pm at North Leigh School. Many of the celebration assemblies on Fridays are open to parents and members of the community as the children share their learning with the wider community. Please come along to remember those who went to war, those who lost their lives but also those who were scarred by the experience.

We will also gather around the War Memorial at St Mary’s Church at 10.55am on Sunday 12th November to remember those from this community who have served their country. The Service of Remembrance will follow in church.

This year the Christingle service on Sunday 3rd December at 4.00pm so that the Christingle candles will light up the church. This is the time when we raise funds for the Children’s Society that helps and supports children in difficulty, poverty or suffering from abuse or neglect. We are also asking everyone to come along to that service with a star – they can be decorated in any style, for example, with glitter, colour, paint, or be 3D. The stars will be used as part of the decorations in church over Christmas – so use your creative skills and bring your `Stars of Wonder’ along to the Christingle Service. We will also be holding our Crib service at 4.00pm on Christmas Eve, when we will encourage the children to perform the nativity story. Look out, in December’s Nor’Lye News, for news of rehearsal times and costume fitting for the Nativity.

We are gradually developing a website a church website where information about planning a wedding, service times, news, events, Turner Hall information, contact details and prayer requests. We will be expanding the information over a the next few months but do please have a look and let us know if there is any information you think would be helpful.

God Bless,



Coming services/events

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

Saturday 4th November
8.30am Men’s breakfast in the Turner Hall
10.30–12.30pm KIDZONE at The Youth Centre

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

Friday 10th November
2.30pm Special Remembrance assembly at NL School – an open invitation to all across the community

Sunday 12th November
9.30am Holy Communion (CW)
10.55am The Service of Remembrance
6.00pm Evening Prayer (BCP)

Sunday 19th November
10.00am Family Communion
6.00pm Reflective Evening Prayer

Wednesday 22nd November
12 – 4.00pm Seniors’ Lunch and Tea Club in the Turner Hall - all welcome

Sunday 26th November
10.00am Holy Communion (CW)
6.00pm Evening Prayer (CW)

Sunday 3rd December - Advent Sunday
9.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am Café Church in the Turner Hall
4.00pm Christingle Service in Church
6.30pm Advent Service of Light at South Leigh Church – no service at North Leigh


Thank you to Everyone

We would like to say a big thank you to all who came and all who bid in our Auction of Promises on October 7th. It was a very enjoyable social occasion during which the amazing sum of £4500 was raised towards the upkeep of St Mary's Church. So thank you to all who contributed to the success of the evening.

There are a few lots which were not sold which are still open for bidding. If you would like any further information, to view or to bid for any of the following  please call Steve on 07526 669697. Bidding will close on Friday 17th November after which the winners will be contacted. Suggested minimum prices are in brackets.

  • Lot 4     A session of 2 hours scything to be done in the Spring. Up to 5 sessions available. (£10 per session)
  • Lot 16   A one hour maths lesson (£10)
  • Lot 53   A baby's matinee jacket made to order (£10)
  • Lot 60   2 pretty embroidered cotton Roman Blinds 70cm wide x 120cm long £20)
  • Lot 61   1 Roman Blind in brown silky fabric 59cm wide x 120cm long (£10)
  • Lot 62   An MOT test (£35)
  • Lot 66   A stable tour and visit to the gallops for 4 people (£40)
  • Lot 70   One night's B&B for two at Gorselands Hall North Leigh in the spring of 2018. (£60)

Pat Brown and Sue Campbell Churchwardens St Mary's North Leigh 

Updated : October 2017

Windmill Gospel Hall

As I travelled this week to Charlbury and back I had the radio on and what I heard made me stop and take note and cause me to keep thinking about it! 

Former French footballer David Ginola said it’s a "miracle" he survived his "sudden death" after suffering a cardiac arrest last year after which he had a quadruple heart bypass after collapsing during a charity match in France. He explained how he was given CPR on the pitch for nine minutes, which was crucial to his survival. His surgeon spoke to David saying it wasn’t me that saved your life it was the man that did the CPR that kept you going. The surgeon went on to say “it’s not me, I’m just the plumber doing the pipes”. In encouraging people to do CPR until help arrives the surgeon said “it was your friend on the pitch doing the CPR that was your saviour, if you had come in brain damaged I could do very little”.

The discussion before this said we cannot do nothing if someone goes into cardiac arrest and that CPR was crucial. “It is no good doing nothing, but if you act you can save a life”. This made me think about many people that know about God and His Son Jesus but don’t do anything about it. The only way to eternal life is by trusting and believing in Jesus Christ ‘whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life’ (John 3:16) the Bible says. However, these days not many people think about eternity and not many people act in time!  It was crucial to David Ginola that CPR was done on him and likewise it is crucial that we act and do our own CPR on our eternal lives so that one day we will be found in Heaven with the Saviour.

Christ Promises Rest

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 November

Every Sunday 11.30am Sunday School (Term Time 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 : October 2017