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For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever believes in him will not perish, but have everlasting life.

A new commandment I give you:  love one another,

as I have loved you

SUNDAY SERVICES

10.0 a.m.

Parish Communion

6.30 p.m.  

Evening Prayer

For more information

click here

For Teresa's Christmas day sermon

click here

JANUARY 2021

and a very happy (and much improved) New Year to us all.

The Government and Church guidance is that we may still meet for a short,

said service on Sundays,

provided our building is

Covid-secure.

Unless this guidance changes,

a few of us will continue

to meet at 10.0 and 6.30.
 

For the pewsheet for January,

with the readings for the month and events in January,

click here

It is far better to light a candle

than curse the darkness . . .

For those who do not yet feel able to attend services,our Diocese

continues to livestream a

Sunday Communion

and other services: 

you can find details on www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19-2/livestream/

If you would like to join

Littlemore church's

Zoom service on Sundays,

please email

margreetarmitstead@btinternet.com

for a link each week.

The Sandford Link magazine

Winter 2020

Our village magazine

can be read here

We are linked with St Mary and

St Nicholas church, Littlemore,

in a United Benefice whose

Team Rector is the Reverend Margreet Armitstead (vicar@littlemorechurch.org)

www.littlemorechurch.org

Epiphanytide sermon 24th January 2021      Teresa Morgan

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about the sadness of closing churches. Churches are places of so much nurture and nourishment. They feed our hearts and minds – and eyes and ears. They teach and inspire us to care for one another. They hold our prayers, and we entrust our hopes and fears to them. When we come into a church, we come to a place where we know we are known, loved, and valued. In church we can dare to be our best selves. Those

are rare and precious things.

And churches remember. They remember our friends and neighbours who are no longer

with us. They link us to Christians before us, right back to Jesus’ disciples.

But that reminds me that very early Christians didn’t have any buildings of their own. Right up to the fourth century, if they did build a church, it was liable to be looted or destroyed. They must have felt their lack of holy places, when there were temples and synagogues all

around them, but they made a virtue of it.

St Paul says to the Corinthians, ‘Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and the spirit of God lives in you?’ (1 Cor. 3.16). In the second century, Clement of Alexandria says, ‘Christ builds his temple in people, so that he can establish the home of God in humanity’. And for Origen of Alexandria, anywhere Christians meet becomes not only a holy place, but a place where the saints and angels gather overhead and join in their worship.

 

We may yet have to close Sandford church, but if we do, it will still be here, holding our prayers and waiting for us. And we can take encouragement from early Christians, who knew that, wherever they were and wherever they worshipped, God was with them, and,

in them, God was in the world. And whenever they said their prayers, angels and saints

gathered overhead and worshipped with them.

We can also reflect that if, like Paul’s Corinthians, we are God’s temple, then all the holiness that lives in a church also lives in us, as we go about our daily lives. We make the holiness of holy places portable, and, if we are faithful, then the people we meet – in person or via

technology – may even meet God in us.

That does not seem a bad aspiration for the Epiphany season, the season of showing Christ to the world.

It is far better to light a candle than curse the darkness . . .

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NEW TO OUR CHURCH?

If so, you would probably like to know a bit more about what goes on.

Music can be inspiring,

calming, meditative and

a million other things.  

We asked the choir

and congregation to pass on

links to some of their

particular favourites,

and we'll add a new one

each month.

  Any suggestions welcome . . .

MUSIC

www.oxford.anglican.org

will take you to the website for the Oxford Diocese, which has loads of information on events in the Diocese.

www.littlemorechurch.org

St Mary and St Nicholas church in Littlemore is our sister church.
www.sandfordtalkingshop.org

Sandford's amazing cafe, shop and Saturday market (always looking for new volunteers).

www.sandfordonthames.org.uk

The village website, which includes Parish council information.

facebook.com/Sandford.on.Thames/

Facebook page for the Sandford Link magazine.

www.facebook.com/sandfordonthamesWI/:   information about what is going on at the Sandford Women's Institute

USEFUL LINKS
WHAT IS CHRISTIANITY?

A Christian is someone

who believes that if we get to know Jesus Christ and follow his teachings, we can work with his Spirit to let God's kingdom into our world - a kingdom of love, justice,

and peace.

If you want to explore further, christianity.org.uk is a great website:

click here

For over 900 years St Andrew's has stood at the heart of the village, and its church bells have rung out to mourn or celebrate every great event of our country's history.  

For centuries Sandford villagers have been laid to rest in the churchyard, which is

a place steeped in history and memories - still open to all

and visited by many for

peaceful meditation or reflection.

The church building is of interest in itself - click

on the button below

for a leaflet on its history.

OUR CHURCH
AND CHURCHYARD
EXPLORING FAITH

We've put together a list of our favourite websites which have helped us to pray, meditate and reflect

on God's word.

If you discover others that you find helpful,

do let us know.

OUR VILLAGE

In 1086 the Domesday Book

counted 18 families as living by

the sandy ford over the Thames

between Iffley and Radley.   

Six hundred years later the

population of the village

had barely doubled,

and it was still under 200 people

at the start of the 19th century.  

Today the parish boundaries

have been enlarged, and the

population numbers

more than 1,200.

If you are new to the village,

welcome. 

You may find the newcomers

guide (click here)

a useful introduction

to what goes on.

(The guide was written

pre-Covid - some things have

changed (e.g. Talking Shop

times of opening)

but there's not much point in

making the corrections until

some normality returns to life.)

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For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever believes in him will not perish, but have everlasting life.

ABOUT US

Our church is open every day

between about 10.30 and 5.30.

You are very welcome to visit

and to make use of

any of the leaflets, books

and aids to reflection.

Our Sunday Eucharist

is every Sunday at 10.0.

and Evening Prayer

every Sunday at 6.30 p.m.

CONTACT

St Andrew's Church

Church Road

Sandford on Thames

Oxford

OX4 4XZ

01865 748848

robert.morgan@theology.ox.ac.uk

SAFEGUARDING

This parish is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of people of all ages

in our church community.

If you have any concerns, please contact

one of our safeguarding officers:

Robert Morgan 01865 748848

Sue Riley 07450 484853

The parish safeguarding policy

can be found here.