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Acting Curate in Charge

CURATE in CHARGE. On Sunday 31st January Archdeacon Missioner (Morris Rodham) came to the Gathering Service to officially tell us that all the churches in the Bridges group had agreed to the proposal that Gillian Roberts should lead the Bridges Group as acting Curate-in-Charge for 6 months. We all know that Gillian will be fab at it.




Stockton Church invites you to join us for a Pancake Party on Tuesday 9th February in Stockton Church between 5.00pm and 7.00pm


There will be a service of Holy Communion on Wednesday 10th February at 7.30pm in St Leonard's Church, Priors Marston, This will include the imposition of ashes.


10th Feb at Holt Farm, hosted by Angie


Feb News

The season of Lent – a time to think about our “spiritual” life

Writing this in January, it doesn’t seem long since we took down the Christmas decorations but already the Easter eggs are in the shops! 


Farewell to Bob and the Clucas Clan

We said goodbye (for a while anyway) to Bob and Ann Clucas at the Gathering Service held at Stockton Church today. Bob has been Associate Minister for the last 6 years in the Bridges Group, and Ann has also been involved in church life playing the organ and keyboard on many occassions. A healthy congregation packed into the pews as Bob gave his last paid sermon (his words) where he acknowdged the diversity of the churches in the Group and how we can accept our differences positively.


Beaver Take-over at Stockton Church

Last weekend, Stockton Church was taken over by Beavers - from 1st Stockton Scout Group - for a sleepover!  After spending the day at the Snowdome, sledging and having a snowball fight, they arrived in church and set up camp. 

After pizza, they had a visit from Father Christmas, a disco (oops, forgot to warn the neighbours!), had a trip up the tower to see how the clock works and watched Christmas movies on the big screen, before settling down for a good night's sleep.  I think the leaders appreciated the underfloor heating!


Carol Singing

The village at its best
Our junior choir

On Friday evening we joined forces with Napton Village Stores for a wonderful evening of singing carols outside the shop and raised £95 towards the up-keep of St Lawrence Church. This event was once again fabulously supported by the village and a great time was had by all.

Thanks must go to Adam and Hannah Slade for organising such a lovely evening and to all who came along to sing.


Moving Forward in Our Churches

The Bridges group of six churches are planning to make two new appointments after Bob Clucas steps down in December. As part of this process, church members have been asked to complete a survey on the eight qualities needed for churches to grow. Some of us had some reservations about the survey as it uses American vocabulary and does not really seem to relate well to small rural churches. However, some helpful information has come from the surveys that we hope will help the whole group plan for the future.

A Unique Visit to Althorp

In support of the Heritage Lottery Fund Restoration Project for St Peter’s Church, Wormleighton, Earl Spencer at Althorp, who is our Patron, has offered a guided tour of Althorp. He will be the guide, for up to 40 people to be given a unique insight into this splendid house.



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