Welcome to our Benefice 

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, with modern, traditional, and non-traditional services found in the regular pattern of worship, but all are united in wishing to mirror the hospitality of God to those we meet.

The following churches are open daily for private prayer: St Andrew Shrivenham, St Thomas Watchfield, St James Bourton, St Mary the Virgin Ashbury, St Swithun Compton Beauchamp. St Mary the Virgin Longcot is only open on Wednesdays and Sundays at present.

Please do not come into church if you think you may have Covid symptoms.

Our regular online services and sermons continue, please download the Newsletter for full details. Download a guide to watching services and sermons on Facebook.

If you would like a home visit, or need to talk or ask for specific prayers, please get in touch.

Email Scam

Norma has heard that a scam email has been sent to some church members asking them get in touch to discuss a confidential matter or to purchase gift vouchers on her behalf. Apparently, the approach was very plausible and convincing. Please know that neither Norma nor Patrick would ever do this, so if you do get one of these emails, just delete it.
This has happened to other clergy in the Deanery and we are very sorry that is now happening here.

Our New Incumbent

The date for the first round of applications for our new Benefice Vicar has passed and we had two applicants.
The selection panel, which included your parish representatives, along with both Deanery and Diocesan members, unanimously decided that neither applicant reflected our values in relation to our Benefice Profile. Therefore, we will not be calling either applicant for interview.
Although this is disappointing it is comforting that our vacancy is of interest to applicants, and we will be re-advertising in a few weeks’ time. 
Please continue to pray that the person we are seeking to take our Benefice forward is out there and that we will be united with them. If you would like to look at our Benefice Profile it can be found here.

A prayer for this time of transition

Faithful and loving God, we hold our Benefice before you in this time of transition.
Be with us in our waiting, in our expectation and in our preparation.
Be with our new incumbent as he or she also waits, expects and prepares.
Bring us together in love for you and for this Benefice, and be our light for the way ahead.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

Richard Fergusson's Sermon for Sunday 12th May - Bell Sunday

Richard reflects on the role of bells in our worship, and what it can tell us about the weeks ahead.

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