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North Leigh Methodist Church

Church inquiries: contact Su Hopkins, 01993 881975 ,

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

9th David Sarbutts
16th At Charlbury
23rd No service
30th Eddie Fowler


 Kidzone will meet on 15th June from 10:30am to 12:30pm for a PARTYZONE

Kidzone is for all children aged 5 to 11

It is with sadness that this will be the penultimate entry in this magazine for North Leigh Methodist Church. At the end of August this year, we will close for worship after nearly 200 years of continued Christian witness and worship.

Endings are always difficult, but in fact, we have much to rejoice about because in those 200 years many have come to faith and grown in confidence. We will never know how many and who, but that is the nature of what we do; on the one hand we scatter seed; another waters; another feeds; and another reaps the harvest. Today’s world demands numbers so that success can be gauged; God’s world isn’t like that and is counter-cultural to what we think. So although numbers attending have fallen over the years and it is people we need and not money (although in our case here that is also an issue), we move on and know that God also goes with us.

On a practical note, the Kidzone that you may have sent your children to here will hopefully continue but at a different venue and we will be in contact to let you know where. We are working closely with St Mary’s C of E Church here in the village along with Revd Margaret Dixon who will be helping us to relocate and take over leadership of Kidzone. We are very grateful to them for this and all their help.

Those who go to North Leigh Methodist Church will also be relocating to other churches so we all have a home to go to.

There will be a final service at the chapel on Sunday August 20th 2017 at 10.30am which will be a joint service with St Mary’s.

Finally, as some of you know, I’m also retiring this summer, but I will be back to celebrate ‘Mission Complete’ for that is ultimately what has happened here.

The congregation at the chapel have worked hard over the years and seen up times and down times. Now they have a chance to move on and do something different and see where God is leading. Exciting times, because for sure, God has not finished with us yet in this place. 

Best wishes,

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


 Updated : July 2017

St.Mary's Church

Associate Minister Rev’d Margaret Dixon: 01993 880095

Turner Hall Enquiries - Diana Craig: 01993 881084

When I wrote the last article for the Nor’Lye News I never realised that a month later we, as a country, would have suffered further tragedies. Another terrorist attack in the Borough Market area of London, the terrible fire in Grenfell Tower and terrorist attack on a group of Moslem worshippers as they tended a sick man at the side of the road. Our country has been left reeling from all these events. We might be feeling a sense of fear but I think the overwhelming sense is that people have become more united, not less and that, local authorities, suffering from reduced budgets have learned that they cannot cut corners in relation to people’s safety.

One of the problems in society at the moment is the huge difference between those who `have’ wealth and those who `have not’. As a nation, we may be richer than ever before but that wealth is not shared. Some have huge choices in where they spend their money, most of us in the middle, a more limited choice and those at the lowest end of the distribution of wealth, very little choice at all; maybe decisions on whether they pay the rent, eat or put some money in the electric meter.

Throughout the Bible there are many references to wealth; how it can entice and enslave us, can dull our spiritual vision, and make us too comfortable. It also can cause us to forget God and our neighbours. In Luke’s Gospel (12:22-34), Jesus tells us not to worry about our lives, what to wear or about food. We cannot add a single moment to our lives, and may even shorten it by worrying. Jesus, goes on to tell us that we should not place our trust in treasures on earth but on spiritual, heavenly matters. And be concerned for those who are poor. There are many projects around the country and in our local area who are endeavouring to work with those who have little or nothing; even in leafy, rural Oxfordshire. It is perhaps more likely that people will hide their difficulties in these more affluent areas of the country for fear of being looked down upon.

Following all these tragedies I think we need to consider what it means to be a nation, a community, a people; to learn to love our neighbours. I hope and pray that the sense of being a community will continue to grow and develop as we work together, whatever our beliefs, work, or aspirations are for the future. Let us live in peace, continue to grow in love and support one another.   

God Bless,


May I also congratulate and thank the bell ringers from North Leigh and other churches who rang a peal on 12th June to celebrate my institution as Vicar of North Leigh. It is an amazing achievement to ring for nearly 3 hours without making a mistake!


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 9th July
10.00am Holy Communion and holy baptism
6.00pm Evening Prayer (BCP)

Sunday 16th July
10.00am Family Communion and holy baptism
6.00pm Reflective Evening Prayer

Thursday 20th July
  School Leavers’ Service

Sunday 23rd July
10.00am Holy Communion
6.00pm Evening Prayer

Wednesday 26th July
12 – 4.00pm Seniors’ Lunch and Tea Club in the Turner Hall

Sunday 30th July
10.00am Holy Communion
6.00pm Celtic Service

Sunday 6th August
8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am Summer Celebration at the Vicarage
6.00pm Holy Communion (CW)

Extra bellringing during July

Service Ringing

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

Practice Ringing

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

Additional Ringing

The bells will be rung for up to an hour following 1.00pm weddings on Saturday July 8th and Saturday July 15th, and at 12 noon on Saturday July 22nd.

Alison Merryweather-Clarke



St Mary's Church will be holding an AUCTION OF PROMISES on the evening of SATURDAY 7th OCTOBER at the Memorial Hall. This is to raise money towards the cost of new heating boilers for the church. More information in next month's Nor’Lye News.

Very many thanks.

Pat Brown (Churchwarden)


Updated : July 2017

Windmill Gospel Hall

Who will you follow?

Grenfell Tower has very much been at the forefront of the national news, we have been shocked as we have seen images of such a disaster taking place in the knowledge that people, just like us, were living ordinary lives one minute and ushered into eternity the next. All who heard, who saw, and who tried to respond were unable to make a difference or to help. There were two brothers both trapped together in the same room in the tower, both desperate, and both in the same perilous position with the inevitable prospect of death soon to be their reality. What could they do?... nothing! Who could save them?  Who could get to them in all their need and give them hope of safety? But just in time firemen came, willing and able to help, by leading them to safety. One brother accepted the help of the fireman the other held back and perished.

Just as the people in the tower block had a physical need, we all have a spiritual need!

God offers us all that spiritual help, security, safety, as well as certainty through the work that his Son did at the Cross, where for us He suffered, bled and died that we might not perish. There is nothing that we can do on our own, just like the people in the tower block! Only Jesus Christ could pay the price, in blood, to pay a debt He didn’t owe to save us from our sin. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the World, that He gave us His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just like the one brother to obtain that offer, we need to accept the offer He gives us and trust him. We must follow him knowing that He alone can save us from eternal death in hell, with the prospect and promise of getting to Heaven, leading us from darkness and danger to light and Life.


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 July

Every Sunday 11.30am Sunday School (Term Time Only until 16th July – Back 10th Sept)
Sunday 9th 4.00pm Family Service
Sunday 16th 4.00pm Friends and Family tea

No family services until 3rd September

Updated : July 2017