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St Swithun's Church, Kennington
News

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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.

 

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Childrens Holiday Activity 2016 was called CHAMPIONS CHALLENGE.

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

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TEA PARTY

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.


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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.

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For 3 days in late August a Church holiday club took the theme MISSION RESCUE.

It proved very popular and was enjoyed by 30 children each day.

It was based on the story of God rescuing the Israelites from Egypt.
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.

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These activities have been running for a number of years and below are pictures from 2013, when the topic wes:

The Space Academy

Races
Stories
Crafts
Refreshments
Singing with Actions
Games

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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.

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FLOWER POT GANG NEEDS YOUR HELP

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.

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piano cover: Our God Reigns

Contact St Swithun's Church
by e-mailing:
enquiries.St.Swithuns.Church@gmail.com

Church's Altar