Nor Lye News Monthly Article

Nor’Lye article – October 2019

During Autumn the church celebrates creation and harvest – a time when we give thanks for the annual harvest and all God’s gifts. The non-perishable food and other donations that we receive are forwarded to Besom in Witney. They help to support many families in the West Oxfordshire area with parcels that consist of about three days of food.

Living in West Oxfordshire it sometimes seems hard to imagine that there are many homeless people or families in need but it is often in the leafiest rural areas, where poverty and hardship are less visible, that many struggle and may not find it easy to ask for help. Jesus, in Matthew’s Gospel, (Matt 25:35-40) tells his disciples to look after the hungry, poor and those in hospital and that when we do that we are serving God. If you would like to help we keep a box in North Leigh Church in which food donations can be left at any time and will be regularly passed on to Besom. They are also happy to receive items of furniture, bedding and kitchen utensils in good condition too.

Autumn is also a time when we remember loved ones and we are again holding our special service at which we remember those who have died, and give thanks for all that they meant to us and pray for those who are grieving. Losing a loved one is the most painful experience and we are often left with a sense of things left unsaid, as well as a huge hole that is left in our own lives. Our `Remembering with Love’ service, will be held on Sunday 3rd November at 6pm and will provide an opportunity to remember our loved ones during a gentle service of words, and music.  Everyone who wants to remember a loved one, whether they died recently or many years ago, is welcome to come along to this service.

I would also like to extend an invitation to our Seniors’ Lunch and Tea Club. This meets monthly from 12 noon to 4pm on a Wednesday in the Turner Hall. This is a time for a wonderful lunch (special diets can be catered for), conversation, and some activities; including quizzes, sharing memories, special visitors etc. If you would like to know more or need transport to the club then please contact Rachael Jarvie, 869195 (, Gill Fettes 882237 ( or myself. The next lunches are on 23rd October, and 20th November.

Please join us at 10am in North Leigh School on Sunday 6th October for our Café Church and the blessing of the new classrooms with an opportunity to see what is happening in the school – there will be coffee and croissants available.

God Bless.