Christmas in Milton:
Christmas is always a time of anticipation; for some it is a time of great excitement, busyness, socialising and family togetherness whilst others anticipate loneliness, anxiety as well as separation from family and loved ones, a time devoid of excitement such that they face the season with apprehension.
The churches in Milton offer a warm and gentle welcome to anyone who would like to find company and companionship at Christmas. If you would like a visit and someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to contact St Blaise or Milton Methodist Church and we would be pleased to arrange transport to our services or offer you the peace and hope of Christmas in your own home.
This Christmas, regardless of your circumstances, can be a peaceful and hopeful time as we open up the message of peace, comfort and hope for a needy world.
Carol singing will take place around the village on the evening of Friday 21 December and lists of our church services can be found elsewhere in Milton Matters, please come and join us if you can so that we can spread true Christmas joy throughout our neighbourhood.
If you are seeking some Christmas excitement and intrigue, then you are invited to a momentous BREXIT event! If you want to have a front seat in an Emergency Cabinet Office meeting to hear reports of dramatic BREXIT happenings as relayed by senior Cabinet and Government officials to both their colleagues and the Prime Minister, then please do come to the Christmas Eve service at St Blaise at 7.00pm. Here you will have chance to hear about BREXIT as you have never considered it before; for this BREXIT is in the best interests of all with no borders or restrictions imposed.
Revd Philip Sutton
The Church is open during the day for visitors to enjoy.
Sunday 02 December 11.00am Christingle Thought for the Day –
“Making Christingles” - Starts with drinks and cake
Friday 07 December 7.00pm Film night – “It’s a Wonderful Life”
Sunday 09 December 11.00am Advent Holy Communion
Thursday 13 December 2.30pm-4.00pm Tea and Chat
Sunday 16 December 11.00am Family Carol Service – refreshments after
Friday 20 December 6.20pm Roving Carol singing - starting Beaker Place (see inside for details)
Sunday 23 December 11.00am Crib Service
Monday 24 December 7.00pm Milton Special – A timely reminder Christmas Eve of the impact of Christmas
Tuesday 25 December 9.30am Christmas Family Service with Holy Communion Christmas Day
Sunday 30 December 10.30am Service at Sutton Courtenay No service at St Blaise
Sunday 06 January 11.00am Thought for the Day with coffee and cake
Tuesday 08 January 2.30pm-4.00pm Tea & Chat
Sunday 13 January 11.00am Holy Communion
Sunday 20 January 10.30am Milton Methodist Covenant Service No service at St Blaise
Wednesday 23 January 2.30pm-4.00pm Tea & Chat
Sunday 27 January 11am Holy Communion
Sunday 03 February 11am Morning Service for St Blaise Day
The Rector: Rev Helen Kendrick firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01235 848297
Associate Priest: Rev Phil Sutton email@example.com Tel: 07507 378737
For further details of services or other matters related to St Blaise Church, see: www.stblaise.org.uk
Joy Browning, 66 High Street Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 834869
Nicola Turner, 35 High Street Email: email@example.com Tel: 833938
Milton Methodist Church
Services start at 10.30am and we are very pleased to welcome visitors to our services.
Sunday 02 December Mr Alan Smith
Sunday 09 December Rev John Anderson, Service of Holy Communion
Sunday 16 December Rev Jocelyn Bennett, Nativity and Parade service with the newly formed Great Western Park Boys Brigade
Sunday 23 December Mr Geoff Caudle
Monday 24 December United service at St Blaise @ 7.00pm*
Tuesday 25 December Rev Jocelyn Bennett @ 11.00am*
Sunday 30 December Mrs Ruth Dams
Sunday 06 January Mrs D Savage
Sunday 13 January Rev John Rowland
Sunday 20 January Rev Jocelyn Bennett, Covenant service, United service with St Blaise
Sunday 27 January Mrs Barbara Kershaw
Except where marked *, our services start at 10.30am and we would be very pleased to welcome you to any of our services this Christmastide.
Lunch Club: Tuesday 04 December 12.15pm & Tuesday 08 January 2019 12.15pm
We will be serving a Christmas lunch on 04 December. This will be followed by a short Advent service with carols, led by Rev Jocelyn Bennett.
Please note that to avoid the bank holiday, the January lunch will be held on Tuesday 08 January. After lunch we plan to have a beetle drive.
Anyone is welcome to join us for the lunches which cost £3.50 but you must be booked a few days in advance - ring Geoff Caudle 531409 or Mary Hancock 848336.
Coffee Morning for 'Ray of Vision': Saturday 01 December 10.00am-12 noon
If Milton Matters reaches your hands by early December, (this website is updated prior to the distribution of the print run, so a good source for any early news) please rush on down to the Methodist Church Hall to support our coffee morning. One of our congregation comes from Harare, where this charity that supports blind people, is based. Things are difficult in Zimbabwe at the moment, with very high inflation, and of course the least able people suffer the most, so we are keen to raise what we can to help feed the blind ladies and their families over the Christmas season. There will be a cake stall, bring and buy and the opportunity to sit down for a chat with tea or coffee and cake.
Knit and Natter: no meeting in December so next meeting 22 January 10.00am-12 noon
A group of keen knitters gathers each month. We work on a variety of projects, hats and scarves for our Christmas shoe boxes, this year a little angel in each of the boxes too. We have stopped making the bright baby vests as the transport for them has now become very difficult. We were very pleased to send 21 Christmas shoe boxes for elderly people to Romania. We would enjoy providing support for knitting problems that anyone might encounter! Just come along to one of the sessions. Join us if you like knitting or would like to get started. Cost £2 to include refreshments.
Art Group: Fridays 2.00pm-4.00pm - no meeting 21 December.
The group enjoys getting together and working on a variety of topics. We have lately had a couple of tutored sessions and more are planned for the new year. Cost £2 to include refreshments.
Celebration Tea: Sunday 20 January 2.00pm-4.00pm
This will be the second year of our celebration tea in the Chapel. All are welcome. There will be a good tea, music and poems. It is free but if you want to donate there will be a collecting tin.
Food Hygiene Course: Saturday 26 January 9.30am-1.00pm
We are running a level 2 food hygiene refresher course at the chapel with tutor Angela Rees. There will be a test and successful entrants will receive a certificate covering the Environmental Health requirement. A few places are available, cost £22.50. Contact Mary Hancock 848336.
'Looking to New Life': Saturday 16 February 10.30am for 11.00am start
We were very pleased with the banner we made from the poppies made at the 'Looking to Remember' session in November. We are planning another session of craft activities on 16 February. If you have enjoyed the earlier sessions or would like to join us (intended for adults and elderly people) please put the date in your diary. The sessions are free and finish with a light lunch.
Roman Catholic Church Milton is part of the Roman Catholic parish of St Edmund in Abingdon.
The parish priest is Father Jamie McGrath (520375).
Mass is celebrated on Sundays at 8.45am, 10.15am and 6.30pm
Mass is celebrated at St Mary’s, East Hendred on Sundays at 9.30am
Mass is celebrated in Milton Manor Chapel at 6.00pm on the first Sunday of the month from
March to October inclusive