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Church & Social News.

Sadly, due to the current COVID restrictions, there will not be a benefice flower festival at Moreton this year.
We hope to resume this annual event next year.


Things are progressing with the selection of the new Rector for our benefice.
We have invited a possible candidate to view the churches, the school and the rectory on April 27th.
Please give thanks to God and continue to pray for guidance for the candidate and the Church Wardens.


APCM - Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2021
The churches of St Aldhelm's, Crossways and St John's, Woodsford will hold
their annual parochial church meeting on Tuesday 25th May 2021 at 7pm at St Aldhelm's.
This meeting is open to all residents of Crossways and Woodsford. Please come and join us.


The churches of the benefice will reopen from Good Friday onwards to hold services.
A full list of the services being held can be found on the Services page.
Please check the news and diary pages for regular updates and any changes which may happen.


Unfortunately due to government restrictions we feel unable to have services at any of
the churches in the Benefice of Crossways, Woodsford, Moreton & Tincleton, but we hope
to see you very soon, until then please keep safe.

You can if you wish leave a message on the unmanned benefice phone 01305 854575 or
one of the church wardens and we will return your call.


We are delighted to invite you to Our Benfice Church Services in December as follows;

6th December 1030am Carols at Crossways Church

13th December 9am at Tincleton Church with Holy Communion

Friday 18th December 6.30pm Carols at Tincleton Church

20th December 6pm Carols at Moreton Church

Christmas Eve 24th December 9pm at Moreton Church with Holy Communion

Christmas Day 10am at Tincleton Church with Holy Communion

27th December 1030am at Crossways Church with Holy Communion



As from the 8th of August face mask must be worn in all churches until further government guidance is issued.

From Friday 24th July 2020 it will be mandatory to wear a facemask when entering shops within the UK. Although this doesn't extend to places of worship, the benefice recommends that facemasks
are brought with you to services as a precaution, should that guidance change. At present the wearing of facemasks is at the individuals discretion.

FROM CLOSING DOWN to OPENING UP - A message from Peter Stevens
There are quite a few people living who remember World War II beginning in September 1939. People had seen it coming for years before and preparations were being made. “You must not be
taken by surprise” warned a Ministry Information leaflet issued as the threat of invasion loomed in Britain. Families were introduced to gas masks, air raid drill, bomb shelters and mass
evacuations were planned. Children from the cities were moved to the country and mothers and children came by boat from the Channel Islands into Weymouth. Weapons of war were all around
this part of Dorset, the tanks at Bovington and Lulworth, the ships at Portland Harbour, and the airfield at Crossways. There was some confusion about this which started off as RAF Woodsford
but on 1st July 1938 was renamed RAF Warmwell because of the AVRO factory airfield at Woodford near Manchester. Before long the world was aware of the attacks, you could see them coming from
aeroplanes, see ships of war in harbours, read the papers and hear news of people dying from tanks and guns.

Earlier in this year of 2020 we began to hear of another means of people dying in large numbers on a world wide scale. Except this time it wasn’t from planes, ships, tanks and guns, this time
you couldn’t see it coming. The cause wasn’t visible but the effect was. Again there was uncertainty, preparations were made, and there was confusion. In history there had been these kind of
outbreaks before, the Black Death of 1348 which started in Europe, the Plague of 1665/6, the ‘Spanish ‘flu’ virus from February 1918 to April 1920, all unseen but devastating. We heard of
unfamiliar words such as Covid-19, Corona Virus (I thought that Corona was a drink), the Pandemic and of people being furloughed.

In March the Government issued instructions to self isolate, to stay in your homes, don’t travel. Restaurants, Pubs, Cinemas and shops were being closed. Panic buying took place. Football and
Rugby was stopped and grounds closed. Cricket was unable to start. Schools were closed. Instead of wearing gas masks in wartime, face masks and vinyl gloves were being worn. Folks hair grew longer
and thicker unable to be cut. Then on March 15th the last services in church came to an end as churches were closed. The Lent Course had to close half way through. The annual Choral Meditation on Good Friday at Moreton couldn’t take place, the choir had been practicing for months. There was no celebration of Easter and the Resurrection in church. Weddings and Baptisms were cancelled, but there was no end to dying. The crematorium was limited with regard to numbers attending and the age and health of the person taking. People were unable to visit loved ones in hospital or attend funerals.
There are a lot of people waiting to have a Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the life of a Family member or a friend.

However the Government announced that churches could be open for private prayer and that services could start again after July 4th with a lot of restrictions on numbers, distancing and cleaning etc.
On July 8th the churchwardens met and decided that services could begin again on Sunday July 19th with just one Sunday service in one of the churches in the Benefice each week. It was good to be meeting together again albeit with restrictions including no singing. There are lots of stories throughout the Bible of people living in lock down, of living in fear but strong in their belief in God. We are
called to have fellowship with God and with each other. We are urged in Hebrews not to give up meeting with one another but we were forced to.
Now may our love for God and each other deepen in prayer and practical ways as we gather again.
Peter Stevens

St Nicholas holds the first service following the easing of lockdown
On Sunday 19th July, St Nicholas, Moreton held the first service since lockdown. It was attended by a great number from the benefice and was a great success.
Social distancing was well adhered to, with hand sanitiser upon entry, 'take your own' order of service, and a one way system for entry and exit.
As per the recent update on the services page, services will be held at each church in line with government guidelines. See the services page for full details.

Update Coronavirus & the re-opening of churches - JULY 2020

Following the announcement of the opening of churches for gathered worship the churches in our benefice will be open for Morning Worship and Holy Communion.
In accordance with national guidelines and that of the Salisbury diocese, strict social distancing will be required. There will be a revised order of service in light of this precaution.
The wearing of a face mask is at the individuals own discretion. Please use the hand sanitiser provided upon entering the church.

Update on our recent Church Fete. Saturday 22nd. June. See Events

A HUGE thankyou to everyone who has supported Crossways Church and Community Project by using easyfundraising. Together, to-date we have raised £1658.09 - and we can keep this going! Help us to raise EVEN MORE in June by using easyfundraising EVERY time you shop online. Over 3,600 different retailers will give us FREE donations at NO COST to yourself! See how on the Support Us page.

News from Around the Churches. May. 2019

MORETON United Benefice FLOWER FESTIVAL - FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY This year’s dates are 25th-27th May – Bank Holiday weekend as usual. Our theme is going to be ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’, and will reflect the fortieth anniversary year of the Flower Festival. If you think you can offer any help with stalls, refreshments (including making cakes) or stewarding, please contact Jacquie on 854046, Gay on 853356 or Will on 852663 for further information. Rotas are available in each church. (If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of flowers in memory of a loved one, please contact Gay for more information).

MorePraise is our monthly service for all ages (including babies, the more the merrier) held on the fourth Sunday evening. We meet at 6pm, and our next service is on May 26th. The theme is Songs of Praise, and we join forces with the Flower Festival to sing favourite hymns and hear readings. MorePraise Regulars: bring your sticker card too.

Why not call in to say a prayer and enjoy the peace of this country church? We have occasional weekday services, and a United Benefice combined service on most fifth Sundays. Thank You to all those who made the church so beautiful for Easter: the cleaners, flower arrangers and helpers. Your hard work was much appreciated by visitors and worshippers alike.

We hope you were able to visit our lovely church over the Easter period and enjoy the floral decorations. Every Sunday we hold a service at either 9am or 6pm and we invite you to join us. Look in the Bridge for occasional special services throughout the year as well. THANK YOU to those who hosted, organised and attended the recent very successful Bridge Afternoon in aid of Tincleton church funds. Your encouragement is much appreciated as we work hard to maintain our village church.

ASCENSION DAY. You are most welcome to join us for the United Benefice Ascension Day service at Crossways Church on Thursday 29th May at 7pm. The choir will be singing, and we will have some rousing, celebratory hymns for everyone to join in.

KEEP THE DATE. Saturday 22nd June Chuch Fete. Please contact Will and Joy (01305 852663) if you can help, or are interested in running a stall.

MUSTARD SEED CAFÉ. Come along to St Aldhelm’s on Saturday morning 27th April and 25th May from 10-12 for home- made cake and coffee, with tabletop sale of local arts, crafts, plants, books and bric-a-brac and much more! Free entry.

ALDHELM AMBLERS. The May walk will be on Thursday 16th May; venue is a riverside walk at Woodsford. As usual walks start from Crossways Village Hall at 9.30am. Passengers contribute £1 to car running costs and share parking fees. For more details contact The Rectory on 01305 854046. HOME GROUPS Good News Group is held on Tuesday evenings 7.30-9.00 in Crossways Court lounge, Binghams Road. Anyone is welcome to join at any time for fellowship, Bible study and discussion.

Pennies from Heaven. Thank you everyone for helping us raise funds for Crossways Church. If you want your pennies to go towards the ongoing mission of the church in Crossways, please hand your jars in to the Rectory.
Our next Pennies from Heaven Sunday will be the All Age Service on 5th May at St Aldhelm, Crossways.

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Header At the moment, the benefice of Moreton,
Tincleton, Woodsford, and Crossways
Is in an interregnum period.

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