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The Lord is my strength

and my song,

and has become my salvation

A new commandment I give you:  love one another,

as I have loved you

MAY 2021


10.0 a.m.

Parish Communion

6.30 p.m.  

Evening Prayer

For more information

click here

Happily, the Government and Church guidance is that we can meet

for services on Sundays,

provided our building is

Covid-secure, and masks are worn.

For those who do not yet feel able to attend services, Littlemore church continues to hold a zoom service please email


for a link each week.

O Christ, tirelessly you seek out

those who are looking for you

and who think that you are far away: teach us, at every moment,

to place our spirit in your hands.

While we are looking for you,

already you have found us.

No matter how poor our prayer is,

you listen to us far beyond

what we can imagine and believe.

Brother Roger of Taize

For recent sermons,

click here

For the pewsheet for May,

with the readings for the month,

click here

The Sandford Link magazine

Spring 2021

Our village magazine

can be read here

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The 3-Minute Retreat is a peaceful

online prayer experience

that may help you to re-connect with God

and re-centre the day.

It changes daily.

Also by Zoom:



Ideas around growing and keeping plants, trees, bees and all things natural . . .  Wednesdays 10.10 a.m.

IT'S QUIZ TIME!                      Thursdays 10.10 a.m.

To join in these zooms, or to know more, please contact  malcolm.atkins1@ntlworld.com    01865 721564

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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)


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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 . . .



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

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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

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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.

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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,


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.)