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Church Readings: Passion Sunday

With no church services at present, Pam Hicks has let us have copies of this Sunday’s readings and the pew sheet usually distributed at services.

We’re happy to make them available here:-

Pew Sheet

Pew sheet 29.3.2020-2

(Download the Pew Sheet here)

Passion Sunday Readings

A4 BLUE (293) 5th sun of Lent

(Download the Readings here)


Church Services

A Message From the Vicar

Stevie Cross, the vicar, has passed on this message regarding local services and a call to light a candle in solidarity with all on Sunday 22nd March at 7:30pm.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have asked for public services to be put on hold.

Although Sunday services will not happen, Revd. Stevie Cross will be in the churches on Sundays saying daily prayer with emphasis on praying for the community.  This Sunday she will be at St Marys Woodford Halse at 10am and then Holy Cross Byfield at 11am.  If anyone wishes to join her and sit at a safe distance they are welcome.

A Day of Prayer

At the end of the Archbishops’ letter, they ask for this Sunday 22nd to be a Day of prayer especially remembering the health service.

candleAs one action, this Sunday we are calling on everyone to place a lighted candle in their window at 7.00 p.m. as a sign of solidarity and hope in the light of Christ that can never be extinguished.

Stevie is encouraging everyone to take part and to ask friends and neighbours to join in.

This is a very difficult time for everyone, so please feel free to phone her for a chat at anytime. She will be phoning many of parishioners to keep in touch by but please let her know if there is anyone who you think would welcome a call.

Bongs Are Back!

From Susan Jackson, Churchwarden:

The clock on St. Mary’s church, Woodford Halse, originally installed to celebrate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee on the then recently rebuilt tower.

“I would like to share the news that St. Mary’s Church clock is back in working order and we hope everyone enjoys seeing it showing the correct time again and hearing the bell mark the hours in the traditional way.

Many thanks to the Parish Council for funding the repair and maintenance of this much loved clock and piece of village history.”

Corona Virus Open Church

At Hinton Methodist Chapel

Anti Corona Virus SymbolHinton Methodist Chapel will be open tomorrow (Thursday 12th March) from 10.30am – 12.30pm for anyone who would like to spend some time praying, either privately or with others, for those affected by or fearful of the Corona Virus.


The Peal At St Mary’s

Memorial for Derek Thornton.

Back in February we posted that local bell ringers would be ringing a quarter peal on the bells of St. Mary’s. That’s 1260 changes on the bells!

Here’s the certificate commemorating the event…..

Bell Ringing Certificate

Ringing At St Mary’s

The Village Church

Ringers from surrounding villages will be attempting to ringing a Quarter Peal* this Friday 21st February at St. Mary’s Church, Woodford Halse from 10.30am onwards.

All are invited to pop into the church and watch.

*A Quarter Peal is a sequence of 1250 changes rung on the bells. You can learn more here.

January 2020 Church Services

We’ve updated the Church Diary page with details of services and meetings in January 2020, including a “farewell” lunch for Geoff and Sue Moore.

Find the details here: Church Diary page

The Bells Of St Mary’s

Bell Ringing in Woodford Halse

Geoffrey Stretton, the Tower Captain of Eydon & Woodford Halse, has provided this news about a bell ringing on Saturday afternoon in memory of Derek Thornton.

The Village Church

A visiting band of ringers from Maids Moreton and Buckingham, will be in attendance to ring the bells of St. Mary the Virgin church, Woodford Halse,  on Saturday 23rd November between 3.00 – 3.45 pm.

This will then be followed by a Quarter Peel to be rung by local friends, from surrounding villages, in memory of the late Derek Thornton, on the second anniversary of his last ring. Derek was a past tower captain of Woodford Halse, who lived all his married life in Hinton Road and died in May 2018. Anyone wishing to come along and listen to this peel would be most welcome to sit in the church and watch.

In 1974, Derek was instrumental in getting the Woodford bells ringing again after many years of silence. They had not been rung since the early 1950’s having fallen into a state of disrepair with broken wheels, ropes and stays. It was through his drive and enthusiasm together with that of the Rev Haydn Smart (who died last week) and Gerald Smith, that enabled these bells to be refurbished and increased from 5 to a 6 bell ring. In 1987 Derek took over as tower captain from Gerald Smith and remained so until his death. In 2013 he was made Honorary Life Member of the Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers. Derek’s last ring was in Nov 2017 at the age of 92.


Posada In Woodford

A Hispanic Christmas Tradition

Julie Swann has written telling us of something new for this Christmas. Posada is a Hispanic tradition which is becoming increasingly popular in the UK (particularly in village communities). It celebrates the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. The figures of Mary, Joseph and a donkey travel from house to house (or shop, or school etc) during Advent.   Each night different people host the Holy Family before passing it on to the next host.  They arrive together with a story book, album to put in photos of their adventures and hosts as well as prayers or messages and an advent candle to light.

This Year In Woodford

Posad Figures

Posad figures, beautifully handcrafted by Mrs Hazel Stagg, a voluntary Pastoral Assistant in the Banbury Methodist Circuit.

Woodford’s own Posada is launched this year on December 1st with Messy Church at Hinton Methodist Church together with St Mary’s.

On the 8th December Posada arrives at St Mary’s and on 15th December Posada will visit the Ecumenical Carol Service for Hinton and St Mary’s at Hinton Methodist Church. Dates and times are all on the Church Diary page.

Church News December

Christmas & New Year Services

Thanks to Pam Hicks for details of church services in Woodford and around over December and January. Now you can plan your Christmas church going.

Details are on the Church Diary page.

Church News

The Village ChurchPam also passed on the following:-

“The good news for Woodford is that we have raised enough money for the installation of the new heating in the church. We would like to thank everybody who has helped us to reach the target so quickly. People came out in dreadful weather to support the ‘Warm Up Sale’, have sponsored radiators and have given donations. We have also been lucky to receive some grants towards the total of £35,000.

We anticipate that work on the heating will start on 2nd December and we hope that it will be finished in time for Christmas services.

Do come to the services when you will receive a ‘warm welcome’.

Many of you will have heard that both Reverend Geoff and Reverend Stevie will be retiring next year. Geoff will be leaving at the end of January and Stevie some time after Easter. Geoff’s last service will be the Benefice Service at St. Mary’s Church on 26th January.”

Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Parade

A parade to St Mary’s Church will set off from Station Court at 10:00am.

Church Service

Rememberance Poppy10.15am Remembrance Day Service at St Mary’s Woodford Halse followed by refreshments in the Dryden Hall.

Horse Parade

Horses and riders will gather at The Fleur at 9:00am before riding off along High Street, Scrivens Hill, Byfield Road, Phipps Road and Station Road where they will form up behind the parade who will already have mustered there.  Then everybody parades to the Church for the Remembrance Service.

At The The Fleur De Lys

The Fleur will be open from 11:30am with live music from 1:30pm.

From 12:00pm bacon or sausage baps will be available @ £2:00 each with proceeds going to Help for Heroes.

Church Events

The church diary showing the weekly services at Woodford’s churches and those of nearby villages in the local benefice has been updated with the services for October.

See our Church Diary page



Church Events

As well as the usual weekly services at Woodford’s churches (see our Church Diary page), there are some additional events planned for October.

On Saturday 5th October, 10am to 11.30am at Hinton Methodist Chapel there is a Churches Together Coffee Morning. This month’s profit from the produce/bric-a-brac stall will be for Dogs for Good. Trained dogs for help with children with Autism, physical and learning disabilities also adults with dementia.

On Saturday 26th October there is a ‘WARM UP SALE’ to raise funds for St Mary’s Heating. As many of you know they have successfully repaired the roof only to have the heating system give up on them. The sale will take place in the Memorial Hall from 11 o’clock to 2.30pm. Tea/Coffee and cake will be served and stalls will be Nearly New Clothing, Bric-a-Brac, Paintings and cakes and a small raffle. Do come along and help raise money to avoid having to close our lovely church during the winter months.


Easy Giving for St Mary’s

Following on from our last post about the appeal for new heating at St Mary’s church in the village, there is now an even easier way to give!

Just scan this QR code with your phone and it will take you straight to their donation page…..

St Mary's Appeal Page

St Mary’s Heating Appeal

Everyone at St. Mary’s Church is grateful for all the support we received in the past to renew the roof so this lovely village church is water tight. However as many of you know, the Church no longer has a heating system. They do try to offer a warm welcome with cups of coffee & blankets but this is not enough.

St Mary's Church

The Church has received permission to go ahead with an appropriate heating system for the 21st century but although we have received some grants towards this work we still need to raise another £15,000. The Church continues to apply for grants but really needs your help.

They do not want to have to close the church again this winter.

As well as Sunday services and work with the school, St Mary’s Church is where many of life’s important events are celebrated, – Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals – St Mary’s is there for everyone at any time.

If you can help in any way, you can donate at their Just Giving page

(Please note: the web address given in this month’s WOW is incorrect. This is the correct one)

If you would like to sponsor a radiator, please contact Rev. Stevie Cross for more details


August 2019 Fun Station

Summer Holiday Fun For Kids


1.00pm – 3.00pm @ HintonMethodist Church, Woodford Halse.

It’s the return of Play Station!

A FREE family event FOR ALL AGES: toys & games, crafts, baby and toddler area and  home made cake and drinks.


Play Station Summer 2019 Poster


Messy Church on 7th April

Hinton Methodist Church is holding another “messy church” on Sunday 7th April between 3:00pm and 5:00pm. Come along and have some fun!

Follow their Facebook page at:


Church Diary Updated

We’ve added details of local church services for April to the Church Diary page.

This includes the services for Easter Sunday (April 21st).

Thanks to Pam Hicks for keeping us updated.

Alpha Course

The Alpha Course is an opportunity to explore life and faith in a relaxed environment.

There is no pressure, no charge and no follow-up. It consists of 10 weeknight sessions, on Tuesday evenings starting on 2nd April and a one-day session on Saturday 18 May. The sessions will take place at ‘The Nest’ in Woodford Halse.

For more information see: . To book or to make further enquiries please get in touch on 01327 264927 or email

Revd. Geoff Moore.

Barn Dance 15/03

Back By Popular Demand – Bigger Venue!

Hinton Methodist Church is holding a barn dance in the School Academy Hall on Friday 15th March at 7:00pm.

Tickets are £12 for adults and £5 for children aged 5 years and over and includes a baked potato supper with dessert.

Proceeds will go towards chapel funds for activities at the church and in the village.

Further info from  Cate Vokes by phone on 01327 263627.

Tickets available from Janet at Village Meats.

Fun Station

Half Term Fun For Kids


1.00pm – 3.00pm @ HintonMethodist Church, Woodford Halse.

A family event FOR ALL AGES: games (table football, air hockey, lego, table games etc), crafts, treasure hunt, baby and toddler area and Buffet Car serving home made cake and drinks.



Barn Dance 15/09

There’s still time to get your tickets!

Hinton Methodist Church is holding a barn dance in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 15th September at 7:30pm.

Tickets are £12 for adults and £5 for children aged 5 years and over and include dancing to a live band and a ploughmans supper with dessert.

Proceeds will go towards chapel funds for activities at the church and in the village.

Please contact Hinton Methodists on Facebook for tickets, or contact Cat Vokes by email or by phone on 01327 263627.

Tickets also available from Janet at Village Meats.

More Coffee!

Churches Together : Defibrillator Appeal

Woodford’s Churches Together are holding a free coffee morning from 10:00 to 11:30 on Saturday September 1st 2018 in Hinton Methodist Church.

The event is to raise funds for a second defibrillator for the village to be positioned at the Fire Station. (There is already one at the Memorial Hall)

If sufficient funds are raised the aim to install a third one to be positioned outside Hinton Methodist Church.

Family Fun Station

Hinton Methodist Church is holding a couple of family events during the school holidays.Wednesday 1st & 8th August.

The afternoons will have something for all ages – a baby and toddler area, games, crafts and toys for older children and a café area with home made cake, coffee, tea and cold drinks. The event is free of charge. If anyone wishes to make a donation to offset costs they can do so but there is no obligation to contribute.

Hinton Methodist Church

Hinton Methodist Church welcomes the Rev. M. Heighton to the service next Sunday, 29 July, at 10.30 a.m.

Hinton Methodist Chapel

There will be a service at 10.30 a.m. each Sunday in August.

A warm welcome awaits all those who wish to come along.

Church Diary Updated

We’ve added dates for the various church services for July and August in the village and around the local benefice.

Thanks to Pam Hicks for the details.

You can always find the latest Church Diary here.



Afternoon Tea

You are invited:-

Afternoon Tea

Saturday, 23 June 2018


Hinton Methodist Church

2.30 p.m.  to 5.00 p.m.

Full tea: £7 Adult, Child £3

Gateau plus tea, £4.

All Welcome. Phone Irene on Tel. 01327 260149 for tickets.


Methodist Church

June services at the Methodist Church in Hinton are as follows:-

Sunday 10 June – Service at 10.30 a.m.
Sunday 17 June – Service at 10.30 a.m.
Sunday 24 June – Service at 10.30 a.m.

Next Methodist Services

Here are details of upcoming Methodist Church services….

Sunday 13 May 10.00 a.m: United at the Parish Church for Café Church and Christian Aid.
Sunday 20 May: 10.30 a.m. Service at Hinton
Sunday 27 May   10.30 a.m. Service at Hinton

Church Diary – March

We’ve updated the diary of local church services through to Sunday 1st April including the services planned for Easter.

Church Diary

You can always find the Church Diary from the top menu, under Events.

Church Diary December

Pam Hicks has kindly provided details of local church services for December including Christmas, of course!

You can find a list of all the local church services and meetings on the Church Diary page.

Mega Family BBQ!

Saturday 23 September

You are invited to a Family BBQ with Mega Bouncy Castle this coming Saturday 23 September, 4.00 p.m.- 7.00 p.m. to be held in the garden at Hinton Methodist Church.

Tickets £5 for a Family of 4, (2 adults/2 children), Single Adult £2 and Child £1.  Bouncy Castle Child 50p and Adult £1.

Price includes first Hotdog or Burger, cup of tea/coffee or soft drink.  We regret alcohol cannot be served.

Telephone Irene 01327 260149 to book.  All welcome.

Sponsored by Methodist and Anglican Churches Together.

St Mary’s Appeal

Sponsor – A – Tile Campaign

The Church of St Mary the Virgin in Woodford Halse is on the English Heritage At Risk register because of the state of the Nave roof and side aisles.

Download this form and sponsor a tile.

Fortunately the Church has been able to obtain a grant from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund which will cover a significant part of the cost. However, they have to raise over £10,000 as their contribution. 75% of the tiles on the chirch roof need to be replaced: about 8000 tiles.

How can you help?

Sponsor – A – Tile Campaign

You can help protect our historic village church by paying for a tile or a number of tiles at just £5 each. Your sponsorship will be recorded in a special commemorative book to be kept in the church. Why not sponsor tiles for your family members and friends too – all names will be recorded in the book.

The work is due to start on 10th July and take up to 18 weeks – so don’t miss this unique opportunity!

If you would like to be involved in this fun but important campaign please download this form, fill it in and return it, with your cheque, to either Rev. Stevie Cross (55 Church Street, Byfeild, NN11 6XN), or Maureen Fox (30 Farndon Rd, Woodford Halse, NN113TT)

Thank You!

Easter Church Services

Here are details of services over Easter at local churches…

(These details have been pulled together from various local church web sites, if more is known, or these have been updated please email

Church of England. St Mary’s Woodford Halse

  • Good Friday, Ecumenical Reflection, 10:30am
  • Easter Sunday,  Communion Service, 11:00am

Church of England, St Nicholas, Eydon

  • Easter Sunday, Communion Service, 9:00am

Church of England, Holy Cross, Byfield

  • Thursday 13th April 2017 at 7:30 PM for 1 hour, Stripping of the altar
  • Good Friday Reflection at Byfield Village Hall, An ecumenical service for all ages Friday 14th April 2017 at 11:00 AM for ¾ hour, followed by hot cross buns
  • Sunrise Service, Sunday 16th April 2017 at 6:00 AM for 40 minutes
  • Parish Communion, Sunday 16th April 2017 at 11:00 AM for 1 hour

Church of England & Methodists Together

  • Maundy Thursday Supper will be at the Methodist Church followed by Communion . This is an ecumenical service Thursday 13th April 2017 at 6:30 PM for 2 hours
  • Good Friday Hour at the Cross. We shall be joined by the Methodists for Good Friday Hour at the Cross. There will be hot cross buns afterward. Friday 14th April 2017 at 10:30 AM for 1 hour

Methodist Church, Upper Boddington

  • Easter Day : Family Service 10:30 & Holy Communion 6:00

Catholic Church, Sacred Heart & Our Lady, St Mary Le Walls

  • Maundy Thursday Mass: 7:00pm followed by “Watching”
  • Good Friday: Stations Of The Cross – 10.00am
  • Good Friday Service: 3:00pm
  • Easter Sunday Mass: 10:45am

Catholic Church, St Augustine’s Church, Daventry

  • Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Mass: 8:00pm at

Catholic Church, St Peter & St Paul, Kings Sutton

  • Easter Sunday Mass:9:00am


Methodist Services

Upcoming Services For Hinton Methodist Church

(for this month check your WOW or opens in a new windowon-line here.)


4th: 10.00 am–11.30 am Woodford Churches Together Tea & Coffee Morning at Hinton Methodist Church

5th: 10.30 am Service at Hinton Methodist Church with Communion

12th: 10.30 am Hinton Methodists at Circuit Service at Fairway Methodist Church, Banbury

19th: 10.30 am Hinton Methodists at Upper Boddington Methodist Chapel
26th: 10.30 am Service at Hinton Methodist Church

4th: 10.00 am–11.30 am Woodford Churches Together Tea & Coffee Morning at Hinton Methodist Church

5th: 10.30 am Service at Hinton Methodist Church

Woodford Churches Together Tea & Coffee Morning at Hinton Methodist Church

Saturdays 4th February & 4th March – All welcome including family, friends, neighbours and have a free cup of Tea/Coffee with cake at Hinton Methodist Church. You can also buy gifts to support the chosen charity.


St Mary’s Services

Upcoming Services For St.Mary’s Church, Woodford

(for this month check your WOW or opens in a new windowon-line here.)


4th: 10am to 11.30 am Woodford Churches Together – FREE Tea/Coffee and cake, held at Hinton Methodist Church.

5th: 8.30am BCP Communion at Byfield; 9.30am Parish Communion at Boddington; 10.30am Morning Worship at Eydon; 11am Communion at St Mary’s and 6pm Evening Prayer at Aston-le-Walls.

12th: 9am BCP Communion at Eydon; 9.30am Parish Communion at Aston-le-Walls; 10am Café Church at St Mary’s; 11am Parish Communion at Byfield and 6pm Evening Prayer at Aston-le-Walls.

19th: 8.30 BCP Communion at Aston-le-Walls; 9am Parish Communion at Eydon; 9.30 Parish Communion at Boddington; 11am Family Service at Byfield and 11am Parish Communion at St Mary’s.

26th: 10am Benefice Service at Boddington.


4th: 10am to 11.30 am Woodford Churches Together – FREE Tea/Coffee and cake, held at Hinton Methodist Church.

5th: 8.30am BCP Communion at Byfield; 9.30am Parish Communion at Boddington; 10.30am Morning Worship at Eydon; 11am Communion at St Mary’s and 6pm Evening Prayer at Aston-le-Walls.

Don’t forget ST MARY’S DROP IN FOR COFFEE AND CHAT every Thursday from 9 o’clock until 11o’clock, during term times.

Harvest Songs of Praise

Hinton Methodist Church : Tuesday 22nd September at 7.00pm.

Hinton Methodists invite Woodford Halse Villagers with their friends and family for a Harvest Songs of Praise evening.

Woodford Methodist Chapel

Woodford Methodist Chapel

Rev Lin Francis will be leading the event for us and we will be singing our favourite harvest hymns. A collection will be taken during the evening and refreshments will be served after the singing.

The heating system has broken down in Hinton Methodist Church and we are unable to get spare parts to repair it. We urgently need to buy new heaters before the cold weather arrives and the collection taken at the Songs of Praise evening will go towards the cost of buying and installing new heaters.

Please come and join us for this event. We look forward to welcoming you.

Church Diary April 2015

Details Available Via The Events Page

Each month the Church Diary of services is published in WOW but we also put the details on-line linked to our events page. Here is the latest version:-

church diary march april 2015


Keyboard Player Wanted

Have you ever thought of playing a church organ!

organHinton Methodist Church is offering FREE tuition for the first three months in learning to play the Church Organ at the Methodist Church in Woodford Halse.

Please ring 01327 261112 for further details


Xmas At St. Mary’s

Top-52_edited-1Celebrate Christmas at St Mary’s Church

St. Mary’s Woodford Halse invites everyone to join in with the Christmas celebrations at the church.

There will be Christmas Carols on 22nd December at 6:00pm with music, mulled wine and mince pies.

Christmas services for the festive period include a Crib Service at 4:00pm on Christmas Eve retelling the nativity story for families followed at 11:30pm by Midnight Mass.

Top-53_edited-1On Christmas Day itself there will be a Family Communion service at 11:00am.