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We are very grateful and would like to thank all those who contribute towards the cost of keeping our four village churches open. We would particularly like to mention our benefactors who contribute to the church in Finstock via the Reg Howes Memorial Fund for their generosity.
It costs around £80,000 annually to keep our four churches open. This includes general, regular maintenance but not the major, irregular work required periodically and associated with all old buildings. As well as our regular services, the Church is available for those who wish to be married, baptised or hold a funeral. The Church is extensively involved with our two village schools and provides pastoral care for those in need. They are also used by a surprising number of people as places for quiet reflection and contemplation.
We currently raise 86% annually of the £80,000 required and we would like to say thank you and congratulations to all those who contribute. In a goup of villages of around 2,000 people this is a significant achievement.
Within the village of Finstock we have launched a new Parish Giving Scheme offered through the Diocese of Oxford. The Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) is a direct-debit facility, providing a professional, effective donation management system to support parishes in funding their mission and ministry. Further details relating to the PGS are available here.
If you feel able to make a regular donation towards the £80,000 required each year, please contact one of our treasurers. Details are available below. Alternatively, please contact either our Benefice Administrator, Mrs Jane Hanson, email firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 01993 868264, or Rev’d Paul Mansell, who can supply the necessary information. Email email@example.com or by telephone on 01993 868687. Postal address: The Vicarage, Mount Skippett, Ramsden, Oxfordshire. OX7 3AP.
Thank you for your support.
Many people, at some point in their lives, use the services of the Church. As mentioned above, as well as regular services, local churches are used for baptisms (christenings), weddings and funerals. They are also used as quiet spaces for prayer and contemplation. Many people value their local church building as a symbol of hope within the community, and what is sacred.
PCC (Parochial Church Council) members are volunteers who help keep their churches open. They are dedicated members of the community who offer their time and energy to ensure their church is properly maintained and ordered. Through the generosity of PCC members, each church remains available for everyone in the community.
If you would like to become a member of your local PCC, please contact the vicar or any member of the PCC.
Benefice Service *
* Benefice Service
10:30am Service rotates around Ramsden (January), Finstock (February) and Leafield (March). The pattern then repeats throughout the year.
6:00pm St James' Church, Ramsden*
(This is an occasional service - see church notice board for details)
About These Services:
9:00am This is a shorter services (no hymns) using traditional language.
10:30am This is an All Age service using modern language and including hymns.
6:00pm This is a service of Evensong using traditional language and including hymns.