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St Swithun's Church, Kennington


The Rev Robert Glenny was inducted as the new rector for the joint benefice of Radley, Sunningwell and Kennington
on Tuesday 1st August by the Bishop of Dorchester,
The Rt Rev Colin Fletcher OBE.

The service was witnessed by about 200 parishoners from the three parishes, and some guests from his previous parish in Marston. The choir consisted of members from the three churches, and sang a amongst other items, composition written by Rob.
Rob has a wife, Beth, and a young son, Theodore who are now living in the vicarage in Radley.

The picture to the right shows the Archdeacon, The Venerable Judy French, The Reverend Rob Glenny and the Bishop, Right Reverend Colin Fletcher after the service.

A reception was then held in the village hall provided by the three parishes.



St Swithuns Church Annual Report 2016


Childrens Holiday Activity 2016 was called CHAMPIONS CHALLENGE.

A short report and some photographs can be seen on the children and young people page.




Over 90's were invited to an afternoon tea to celebrate the Queen's birthday.They sat down to a tea of sandwiches and delicious cakes, followed by strawberries and cream and a loyal toast given by the oldest guest,Mr Bob Martin who is 96.

We all enjoyed a sing along of old songs and everyone was in fine voice.The guests left with goodie bags and posies or button holes.
A great time was had by all.



HYMNATHON 2016 - Our Church Hall Kitchen Roof is Poorly

The aim of this event - organised by Nick Horn and Roger Dennett - was to raise the necessary funds to replace the flat roof to the Church Hall Kitchen by singing hymns for 24 hours from 9 am Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd May The fund raising was based on people sponsoring either hymns or people actually taking part for the full 24 hours

Highlights included

- Two performances from St Swithun's Church Choir led by Choir Mistress Lorna Nash and organist Malcolm Smith who played for some five hours.
- Phil Henderson, organist at our sister church, St James the Great, Radley who from 9 pm on Saturday led an hour and half of songs and hymns accompanied by virtuoso piano playing and great humour
- Sally Barber led a session of song and dance for children - and Mums, Dads and Grandparents - on Saturday afternoon
- The Kennington Toneless Trio who were probably making their farewell performance on Saturday evening
- At 3.30 am on Sunday a solo "rendition" of "Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory"
- Art and Craft tables for the children (and grown-ups too) - quite therapeutic during the early hours of a Sunday morning

Nick Horn, our second organist, provided the rest of the organ accompaniment - playing for 18 hours! We should not underestimate just how fit a marathon church playing organist has to be, using both hands and both feet!! His wife, Helen, accompanied him on her flute - talented family, the Horns!

It was great to have Sylvia Rivers, who line the Queen is in her 90th year, singing with the choir. She has been a member if the choir for 80 years, which must be something of a record in itself. Sylvia was married in the hall when it was our regular church

With Gift Aid, we will achieve our £2,000 target and the Hall Kitchen Roof can then be replaced

Three couples - Isabel and Brian Baggot, Helen and Nick Horn and Mary and Roger Dennett completed the entire 24 hours

Our thanks to everyone who helped with the organisation and the catering and those of you who sponsored the event - we can still accept donations - contact Brian Baggot on 01865 730950

How did we do? We are able to announce that we have almost reached the £2,000 target. When all the promised money comes in we will, with addition of Gift Aided tax refund, have achieved our aim!

All who took part thoroughly enjoyed the experience, but the arrival of Sunday congregation members at 9 am on Sunday was the hymn-singing equivalent of a mirage!




Primary school children from St Swithun's School were once again given the opportunity to Experience Easter, as we created stations around the church showing the events of Jesus' trial, death and resurrection, which volunteers explained to the parties of children who visited. This year, we also invited everyone else in the village to come in and explore the stations in their own time. Thank you to everyone who came, and to all who helped make it such a success.


For 3 days in late August a Church holiday club took the form of MEGA MAKERS.

It proved very popular and was enjoyed by up to 40 children each day.
We learnt lots about space based around the Bible stories. Our time was packed with stories, craft, games, music and innovation.
Adults and children could be heard singing the songs in every spare moment.
We culminated with a MESSY CHURCH service on the following Sunday.

Pictures from The Space Academy 2013

Singing with Actions



St Swithuns First MESSY CHURCH

took place on Sunday 16th June 2013

and is now a monthly event.


Meeting and Greeting
Potato Prints were certainly messy
Breakfast table
Washing feet after paint walk
Blindfolded obstacle course

About 100 people took part in St Swithun's first Messy Church, where they were able to enjoy a breakfast, including croissants, cereals, ham , cheese and toast, accompanied by tea, coffee or juice. There were a number of activities available, including a blindfolded obstacle course in the grounds, lego, a sandpit, potato prints (in the shape of stars), barefoot walk after standing in a large paint pot. It was father's day and it was possible to make a fathers day card, or draw a family tree.
The theme of the day being ' God promises to Abraham, that the journey of his life will produce more descendants than the stars in the sky, or the grains of sand on the beach'.

A lot of people just took the opportunity to have a chat, in a relaxed atmosphere, and watch some of the children participating in the activities.

Going on in parallel with the activities in Church was a service in the Church hall, and when that ended most of the people in the hall came into the church for coffee and to see what was going on.The event ended with a short service, bringing some of the activities into the context of the family of God, with the sand, stars washing of feet and sharing together.





On the Third Saturday each month, Rosey invites you to join the Flowerpot Gang in making our grounds beautiful. We will be tidying in and improving the grounds, with some exciting projects.

Anytime between 8.30am and 12.00, even just an hour will help. Please bring your own tools, especially rakes, hand forks and gloves.





piano cover: Our God Reigns

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