‘WithIN’ – A Conference on Everyday Faith: Tuesday 8 October 2019

This conference is a Watling Valley Ecumenical Partnership (WVEP) initiative in conjunction with the Diocese of Oxford and HeartEdge/St Martin-in-the-Fields.

The name “WithIN” refers to being WITH God, IN the world.  The keynote speaker will be the Revd Sam Wells.

The day session will start at 9.30am with worship led by the St Martin’s Singers, and will end between 5-5.30pm.  An evening session has been planned for those unable to attend during the day.  This will start at approximately 6.30pm with worship by Testament, and end by 9.15pm.  It is hoped that exhibitions and stalls will be available for folk to look at between 5 – 6.30pm.

As well as having a keynote speaker, there will be a variety of workshops to choose from, looking at the various aspects of everyday spirituality and aiming to be practical, accessible and fun. There will even be a workshop that teachers may find useful.  Workshop leaders include  Barry Lotz, Ruth Maxey, Jonathan Evens (HeartEdge, St  Martin’s), Charlie Kerr (Diocese), and Tina Molyneux (Diocese).

WVEP expects the day to be free, although donations would be welcomed. Tea/coffee/Lunch will be provided, as well as light refreshments in the early evening.  Lunchtime will include ‘Great Sacred Music’ with Sam Wells and the St Martin’s Singers.

Booking is via Eventbrite. All are welcome, and WVEP hopes to encourage a wide range of participation.

Please advertise this event as widely as possible!

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Betsy Stanley

 

Sunday 26th February, St. Mary’s Church was the venue for a very special tea party for Betsy Stanley. Surrounded by friends, family and neighbours, the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, Mrs C. R Soames DL presented Betsy with a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of her long, devoted and loving service to Church and Community.

In the Testimonial, Rev Sharon Grenham-Thompson spoke of Betsy’s life-long service to her community: in the ATS as a lorry driver; working for the Post Office, delivering the post in Shenley and Loughton; tireless fundraiser for the Royal British Legion; and at St. Mary’s as Churchwarden for 14 years, and continues as a key member of the Choir, Sacristan and Verger.

Janet Nelsey and Anne de Broise Churchwardens

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