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(Matthew 5:14: you are the light of the world) November 2017

Your Kingdom Come
Patrick Whitworth writes about his recent visit to Kenya.

Thank you for your prayers and support for my recent visit to Nairobi , Kenya for SOMA UK ( you can check it out on line) with a small team

to lead a training conference & preach at parishes on the Diocese of All Saints Cathedral Nairobi. We had 10 days there and arrived back on 30th October. I led a team of five including two other clergy from Marlborough & Frome (David Maurice & Clarissa Notice), Paul, a retired Police Inspector, & Jo a midwife , both from Bath . Four had been on one of these visits previously.

During the ten days we preached in ten parishes , generally two or three times in each church . The Diocese includes the largest "slum"/ shanty town in the city called Kibera with c 400,000 people & a more salubrious suburb called Karen , named after Karen Blixen whose farm, under the Ngong Hills, was nearby. The ministry was warmly received . During the week Monday to Friday we lead a Conference for Diocesan Leaders: Lay Leaders on Monday, & from Tuesday to Friday for Clergy and Lay readers . In all, about 135 came to both Conferences. The theme for both was Your Kingdom Come , with teaching & group work on the Kingdom of God , Leadership and Maturity in the Faith. There was also opportunity for personal prayer. The Diocesan Secretary said it was the best training conference they had had since the foundation of the diocese in 2003. 

One amusing/scary incident was that on the first Saturday one of our Team, Paul ( the policeman!) was arrested for taking a picture of a poster which said Friendly Checkpoint outside our Guest House. It was sensitive being near the Israeli Embassy . He was asked " are you a terrorist?"

 Marched off to a Police Station and questioned ! Asked what  he was doing, he said he was leading a Conference on Your Kingdom Come! A discussion ensued about the Kingdom! He was released after two hours , having deleted his photos ( but they are stored on the Cloud!).

 Kenya, as you know, faces uncertain times after elections that have back fired , please pray for the peace and stability of this lovely, diverse country & the encouragement of the Diocese we visited.

The Faith Group will meet on 7th & 21st November at 7:30pm in St Mary’s Room, Kintbury. We shall be exploring Bishop Stephen’s call to be to be “Christ-like CONTEMPLATIVE; COMPASSIONATE; COURAGEOUS”; by dwelling in the word of the Beatitudes (8 of Jesus’ sayings from St Matthew’s Gospel, Chapter 5 verses 1-10). Do come if you can.


St. Mary's Kintbury - Theft of Lead Pauline Pettitt writes:I imagine every churchwarden must dread the theft of lead from the church roof. Matthew and Jenny found our vestry flooded on 18 October, after a heavy night's rain, just before Mark was due to take his first Kintbury funeral. David and I were very grateful to the team who sprang into action.  It meant getting rid of the carpet, drying out numerous items and getting in a dehumidifier, not to mention contacting the police, insurers and builders. It really does cause a lot of work, and we would urge everyone to be vigilant around their churches.  I really hope nobody else gets a similar visit!

Brother Gus, an appreciation and memorial service

Gill Guy writes:Brother Gus lived at St Cassians, for forty years & was very much involved in Kintbury & surrounding area, well known for his many kindnesses and thoughtfulness towards so many people of any age or background. He had a sense of humour, was always concerned about the needy & was keen on ecumenism being an active member of Christians together in Kintbury.

As a familiar presence he joined in many local activities & was a regular attender at the Friday Evening Service at St Mary's.

He was particularly concerned about homelessness and recently set up a new charity based in Newbury, which will no doubt be a lasting tribute to the true Christian commitment to love our neighbour.

There was a most fitting mass held in his memory at St Cassians on Sunday 29th October which was attended by the many teams of young people who had served at St Cassians together with over 200 friends. Afterwards there was soup, apple crumble with custard wonderful cakes & tea, served in memory of Gus' favourite foods , by the generous team at St Cassians.

Brother Gus will be sadly missed by so many people who were touched by his shining example .

We thank God for the life of Rosalind Jackman (Roz) whose ashes were buried on 19th  October at        West Woodhay.

We welcomed into the Church through baptism:

1st October Violet Rose Slatter at Enborne; 15th October Alexander Astor at Combe & on 22nd October Francesca Tincknell at Kintbury.

We congratulate Sarah Harry & Richard Lovelock on their marriage
on 7th  October at Inkpen.

‘Kintbury’s Got Talent’ competition in St Mary’s Church, Kintbury. For young people aged 16 & under. 6.30pm Saturday 18th November. Full details/rules & for Benefice young people to enter at Tickets £3 (free for children) from the Kintbury butchers or Kintbury school. Any questions call Lyn Cattlin (01488 658877).


Remembrance services 2017

Saturday 11th November: 11am Kintbury War Memorial.

Sunday 12th November: Combe 11.15am; West Woodhay 11.15am;

Kintbury 10.50am Kintbury War Memorial, service 11am;

Inkpen 10.30am; Enborne  9.45am, meet Hamstead  Park stone 9.15am;
Hamstead Marshall 9.45am, meet Hamstead Park stone 9.15am.

New benefice administrator Andy Fox-Boudwijn writes:

We are pleased to announce that Deborah Golsworthy has been appointed to take on the role of Part-time Office Administrator.

Deborah lives in Hamstead Marshall & regularly attends services at Hamstead Marshall & Enborne.  She has wide experience in the business world & is very organised! On moving to this area Deborah has continued to run her own business, but was looking for something where she could make a positive contribution to her local community & the Administrator post became available at an opportune moment. Deborah will be working in The Benefice Office on Tuesdays & Wednesdays. Contact details will remain the same. These are printed on the Pew Sheets and are also available from the Benefice Website.

I am sure you will join with the Churchwardens from across the Benefice in welcoming Deborah & will give her your full support as she works with us in her new role. In addition to the routine work she will be helping us as we move forward to build a reinvigorated Benefice. We have an exciting time ahead and the Office will become very busy over the coming months.

Harvest festivals in …
… Kintbury Penny Fletcher writes: Harvest Festival was celebrated in the All Age Service at Kintbury.

 Members of Kintbury St. Mary’s School joined us & showed their pictures  accompanied by a sentence on the meaning of Harvest. Chris conducted us all in singing a John Rutter Anthem and the girls led the congregation in The Gloria. The service was followed by the now customary delicious Brunch. Many thanks to all for their hard work and to the children for their valuable contribution to our understanding of ‘Harvest’. All donations are for the Food Bank.
…Enborne John King writes: Enborne celebrated Harvest Festival in a lovingly decorated Church with a Parish Communion celebrated movingly by Matthew. No chocolate biscuits were left after the socialising had finished!
Enborne C of E school John King writes: Enborne Church was almost filled for this Service. Parents, Governors & members of the Enborne & Hamstead Marshall congregations joined Children and Teachers in a moving Service in which every child participated & all joined in the singing of the Hymns.The Service was conducted by the Head of School,Tristan Whiteman. He reminded us all of the importance of the Harvest not least in the 3rd world as well as thanking the children for their gifts which will be given to local people. The Service ended with a Blessing from the Priest in Charge, the Revd Mark Wilson.

“A Place for Stopping” Jenny Veasey writes Posada a Mexican Advent custom in which Mary and Joseph travel through the days to Christmas, finding different places to stay each night until they arrive at “Bethlehem” on Christmas Eve.Our Mary & Joseph have been beautifully knitted by Gill Guy’s Aunt Gladys. They are looking for homes where they can stay for nights as they travel through Kintbury in Advent, arriving safely at the Crib Service in St Mary’s Church on Christmas Eve. They will be blessed & sent off to their first posada during the All-Age Service on Sunday 19th November at 9:45. To offer a “posada” please contact

Saturday 25th November COFFEE MORNING at Enborne Church in the Barn between 10am and Noon. NO BRING and BUY but there will be a Christmas Theme. All welcome. Do come!

Sunday 3rd December Enborne Church. Advent Carol Service at 6.30 pm. Traditional music is provided by the Enborne Consort. Many of you will have been to the service before and enjoyed the candlelit setting and beautiful singing. Do join us for what promises to be a delightful evening.

Kennet Valley Filling Station Leila Cox writes: Following the successful launch of the Kennet Valley Filling Station last month, the next meeting will be held on the 8th November at 7.30pm in the Coronation Hall (small room) in Kintbury. We are delighted to welcome Revd Richard Fothergill of the Diocese of Bath and Wells (founder & director of The Filling Station) as our speaker. Do join us & be assured of a very warm welcome.

Prayers and Bears. We meet the first Thursday of the month in St Mary's Chapel, St Mary's Church, Kintbury at 1.45pm for singing & a story. Then we go into St Mary's room for more fun with craft activity and a social time with refreshments too.The theme on December 7th is a Christmas theme . Babies and preschool children with their carers are welcome.....

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Could we receive items for the December 2017 issue of The Beacon by Sunday 26th November 2017 for publication on Sunday 3rd December.