Dear Friends,

This Sunday 25th February 2024 there will be a 10am Family Communion service at St John the Evangelist, Little Tew with Revd William Burke.

The readings are:

Corinthians 16 – 17 & Mark 14: 12 – 24

Water Project at Little Tew Church
Little Tew Church have set up a just giving page to help raise money towards their water project – to provide mains water, a working WC and baby changing facilities to the church. If you wish to make a donation, please see the link below – Thank you.

Click here to donate

Lent Courses
Lent Lunches the theme is “Exploring the Eucharist”. We will take an informal look at this
and hear from speakers who represent several traditions within the C of E. The dates for
lunches, all at 12.30 are:
The Grange, Over Worton OX7 7ES, hosted by The Wortons.
Sandford St Martin Parish Hall, hosted by Sandford St Martin.
Thursday 7 March FROM THE PEACE (love it or not!) … TO COMMUNION Alice Marshall Hall,
hosted by Steeple Barton.
Duns Tew Village Hall, hosted by Duns Tew.
Thursday 21 March SENT OUT TO SERVE
Alice Marshall Hall, hosted by Westcote Barton.

To help with catering, please book your lunch a few days before by emailing
[email protected]. Please indicate any special dietary requirements & arrive in
time for lunch to be served at 12.30. There will also be the opportunity to donate to our
chosen charities, both of which support Christians in the Middle East:
Embrace the Middle East:
Jerusalem and Middle East Church Association (JMECA)

Lent Groups are at 8pm on the following dates:
Monday 26 February at 34 Main Street, Duns Tew, OX25 6JS
Wednesday 6 March at The Vicarage, New Road, Great Tew, OX7 4AG
Thursday 14 March at Corner Cottage, Main Street, Duns Tew, OX25
Wednesday 20 March at 11, Mill Close, Middle Barton, OX7 7BT

We will be using the Diocese of Oxford’s Come and See course. It’s free to sign up and
receive the daily reflections. These will be of interest to everyone, whether or not you’re
able to join in the study groups.
Sign up here:
Ash Wednesday Services
9am Prayer Book Mattins -said Great Tew
5pm Holy Communion with Imposition of Ashes Duns Tew
6pm Prayer Evensong – said with Imposition of Ashes Great Tew

Great Tew Pew Cushions
We are hoping to buy Pew Runners for all the Pews in the body of the church. Each runner costs £ 133.75 so a donation of £ 107.00 plus 25% Gift Aid will buy a single runner or half a pew and £ 214.00 would be enough for a whole run.
We would be very grateful for any donations.
Please pay into the Friends of St Michael and All Angels Great Tew
Nat West
Banbury (A) Branch
Sort Code: 52 21 31
Account No: 16602293
Please put Pew Runners as a reference.
Thank you very much.

Plants needed for St Michael’s Great Tew
As part of our move to become more sustainable in our flower arranging, we would like to plant the following shrubs in the churchyard at St Michael’s:

  • Rosemary
  • Pussy willow
  • Myrtle
  • Pittosporum tenuifolium
  • Hebe rakaiensis (Veronica – in white or pink or purple)
  • Prunus lusitanicia (Portuguese laurel)
  • Danae racemise (soft Ruscus)
  • Eucalyptus cinerea (parvifolia or populus)

If you would like to make a donation of any of these plants or would like to make a financial donation towards their cost please contact Rosie Rowe on [email protected]

If anybody wishes to read or intercede or take on other roles at any of our churches during our services please let the vicar know

We are looking for PCC secretary volunteers at Heythrop and Little Tew Churches. Their primary task is preparing for the PCCs and taking the minutes and liaising with the vicar and Kate, our very efficient Administrator.

Foodbank Appeal
We are aware that the local food bank supplies are running low so if you can manage to, please bring a donation along to church each week – there will be a box at the back of the church.

Items in urgent need are:

Please note that the service this Sunday is Family Communion


Year B Mark purple
Hymns O and N
313 Lord of all hopefulness
117 Faithful Sheperd feed me
53   Be still for the presence of the Lord
228 I danced in the morning when the world was begun

Almighty God,
by the prayer and discipline of Lent
may we enter into the mystery of Christ’s sufferings,
and by following in his Way
come to share in his glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Post Communion
Almighty God,
you see that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves:
keep us both outwardly in our bodies,
and inwardly in our souls;
that we may be defended from all adversities
which may happen to the body,
and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul;
through Jesus Christ our Lord

 A Reading from the letter of Paul to the Corinthians
1 Corinthians 16 – 17
16The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? 17Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.

Mark 14: 12 – 24
The Lord be with you – And Also with You
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark
2On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, his disciples said to him, “Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 13So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, 14and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks, Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” 16So the disciples set out and went to the city, and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.
17When it was evening, he came with the twelve. 18And when they had taken their places and were eating,
22While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it. 24He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.

An appeal please for children’s winter clothing to go to Ukraine refugees.
Outerwear particularly but all warm
Clothing would be very thankfully received.
If you can donate , please leave at the back of Little Tew church and let Brenda know that you have left it. [email protected]Many Thanks

Chutneys & Jams
Does anyone have a surplus of homemade jams, chutneys, etc. that they would be willing to donate to the St Michael & All Angels, Great Tew. We would like to sell them for church funds.

Wish List
Members of the congregation are asked to propose to the PCC via the wardens or Vicar any enhancements that they would like to see in church. These proposals will be taken to the PCC for approval and once agreed they will be added to a “wish list”.

The Daily Office
The Angelus and Mattins  – Morning Prayer (usually from the Book of Common Prayer) is said every day from Monday-Saturday at 9am in Great Tew Church
The Angelus and Evensong – Evening Prayer is said every day at 6pm

For your Prayers:
Michael Barnes
Tom White
Ryan Walker
Annie Turner
Victoria Gibbens
Maggie Tustian
Tim Mayne

Future services

Sunday 3rd March 10am St Michael & All Angels, Great Tew
Sunday 10th March 10am St Nicholas, Heythrop
NOTE – This is Mothering Sunday
Sunday 17th March 10am St Michael & All Angels, Great Tew
Sunday 24th March 10am St John the Evangelist, Little Tew

Vicar’s Contact Details

Revd William Burke
Mobile telephone number 07770 630202
Email [email protected]
The Vicarage, New Road, Great Tew OX7 4AG

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas!

Best wishes