The Shrivenham & Ashbury Benefice is situated in the Vale Of White Horse, 8 miles east of Swindon and 25 miles west of Oxford, and consists of four parishes within the Dorchester Archdeaconry in the Diocese of Oxford.
Our churches are all different, but are united in wishing to mirror the hospitality of God to those we meet.
HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh
A statement from Bishop Steven
The prayers of the whole Diocese of Oxford are with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family today and in the coming days as we mourn the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
We give thanks for Prince Philip’s long and extraordinary life, his faithful service to Queen and country, his support especially for young people, his humour, honesty and integrity and strong Christian faith and especially his steadfast support to the Queen over the long years of their marriage.
Philip has been at the centre of our national life for so many decades offering a model of strength and stability. He will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace and rise in glory, and may God’s peace and love be with all who mourn his passing, and most especially his immediate family.
Resuming public worship in our churches.
It is lovely to be able to resume worship in our churches, apart from St John's Fernham which remains closed to allow the pre-school exclusive access. Most of our churches are also open once or twice a week for private prayer - see our Newsletter for times and dates.
Services will be shorter and the number of people involved kept to a minimum, and we ask that you only go to services in the church you normally attend.
Any decision to attend church must be yours, taken prudently and prayerfully in the light of your own health and wellbeing, as well as those around you. Please don’t feel obliged to come just because the service is happening – we won’t be offended!
Face coverings are mandatory in church and you should either scan the NHS test and trace QR code or use the sign-in sheets on entering. Hand sanitiser is available and remember to maintain social distancing. Please do not come into church if you think you may have symptoms of Covid 19. In line with government advice, children under 11 and people with disabilities or certain health conditions are exempt from wearing face coverings.
Meanwhile, the regular online services continue and we hope to be able to livestream more of them from our churches.
Please download the Newsletter for full details.
If you need to talk or ask for specific prayers, please get in touch.
Canon Paul Richardson's sermon for Sunday 18th April.
Watch here from 9am on Sunday 18th April.
Rev'd Norma Fergusson's sermon for Evensong on Sunday 18th April.
Watch here from 5pm on Sunday 18th April.
Making the Easter Garden at St Andrew's Shrivenham.
The porch is open daily if you would like to see the Easter Garden.
We have a Facebook page - please follow us to keep up to date with new and events throughout the Benefice.