A new commandment I give you: love one another,
as I have loved you
For more information
Sandford's memorial to those killed in the two World Wars is inside our church, but of necessity our remembrance this year was held outside, in the graveyard where they are buried.
In a simple and extremely moving service, we remembered them and all who have lost their lives in wars, reading out their names, praying for peace, and keeping the silence before sounding the Last Post.
You are encouraged to read Teresa's reflections on the day.
While services are impossible in church,
our Diocese continues
to livestream a Sunday Communion service:
you can find details on www.oxford.anglican.org/coronavirus-covid-19-2/livestream/
Sadly, we are once again not allowed to meet for services on Sundays during lockdown - however, the church can remain open, from about 10.30 to 5ish or later. The heating is on, there are leaflets and books you are welcome to use, and it offers a prayerful and peaceful place for anyone who needs it, for prayer, meditation or simply to get out of the house for a bit . . .
For the pewsheet for November,
with the readings for the month and events in November,
We are linked with St Mary and
St Nicholas church, Littlemore,
in a United Benefice whose
Team Rector is the Reverend Margreet Armitstead (email@example.com)
will take you to the website for the Oxford Diocese, which has loads of information on events in the Diocese.
St Mary and St Nicholas church in Littlemore is our sister church.
Sandford's amazing cafe, shop and Saturday market (always looking for new volunteers).
The village website, which includes Parish council information.
Facebook page for the Sandford Link magazine.
www.facebook.com/sandfordonthamesWI/: information about what is going on at the Sandford Women's Institute
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,
If you want to explore further, christianity.org.uk is a great website:
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.
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.
In 1086 the Domesday Book
counted 18 families as living by
the sandy ford over the Thames
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
more than 1,200.
If you are new to the village,
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.)