The Lamp Churches
Holman Hunt: Light of the world
Emberton  Haversham  Little Linford  Tyringham/Filgrave
Four churches

Contacts

Contacts
Priest for all the churches
Rev. Adrian Low, 07883 717642, rev.adrian.low@gmail.com
St Mary’s Haversham and St Leonard’s Little Linford
Wardens Joe Geary
01908 510289
joegeary@tiscali.co.uk
Fi Jones
07946 615218
fipwmum@gmail.com
Treasurer Richard Jones, 07767 643513, richard@jones92.co.uk
St Peter’s Tyringham with Filgrave
Warden Marion Hansford: 01234 711566, mariford@btinternet.com
All Saints Emberton
Wardens Maddi Forrester
07769 923787
maddif@btinternet.com
Sheila Watts
07703 279165
sheilawatts28@gmail.com
Treasurer Warwick Clarke, warwickclarke@btinternet.com

Safeguarding in church

Safeguarding We take safeguarding of all people seriously. We must be a church where anyone can walk in and know that they will not be harmed, abused, bullied or exploited.

We require a variety of on-line training, face-to-face training and criminal record checks on all those who hold responsible positions in the church who may consequently come into contact with vulnerable adults or young people. The Diocese has a policy on Safeguarding which we follow, and we have our own policy too. There are two elements to ensuring those who have particular responsibilities are 'safe'. These elements are Please contact our safeguarding officers, in the first instance, if you have any questions or wish to report an incident. Alternatively, contact the priest.

Mission and ministry into the future

Plan In or around 2024 there is likely to be a change in the grouping of churches in the deanery. The question was - do we stand still for three years or move on seeking God's plans and joining in. An answer came back, strongly, that we move on in mission and ministry.

A draft plan, still to be updated by PCCs, ministry team and worship teams - hopefully before the end of November 2021, can be found here.

If you would like to contribute your thoughts to the plan, please email or talk to your wardens or myself - rev.adrian.low@gmail.com

1 - 1 talk about faith

Giving Whether you have never had a Christian faith, or have been a Christian for many years, there are times when it is good to explore or dust-off our faith.

Living a life that includies faith is not a popular choice in our world. Many prefer to live without any connection with their own spirituality. But if we are to be healthy individuals then that health includes mental, physical and spiritual health. We readily ask difficult questions about a new pain in our body or seek help when we suffer clinical depression, so being 'well with our soul' is just as important.

So, come and meet with me and let's talk - let's together explore the questions that need answers.

Discover new faith or MOT your old faith - let;s arrange a time by sending an email to rev.adrian.low@gmail.com or on the phone: 07881717642.

Adrian Low

Giving

Giving Giving is part of the Christain's joy and discipline. When you are able to support the work of the church and the maintaining of the building, then please do so.

The income goes to support the mission and ministry in our rural parishes, it means we can keep the buildings strong and comfortable for use not only on Sunday but for many other activities. Much of it also goes to other charities, supported by the church, local, national and international. We particularly welcome regular direct giving where we are able to claim up to 28% of your gift from the inland revenue, if you pay tax.

Please contact our treasurers (see contact menu option) if you are able to GIFT AID your gift, or if you wish to include a gift to the church in your will.

Obviously we would appreciate regular giving, and the Parish Giving Scheme will do a direct debit but index link your donation every year, so it retains its value. You can find more about that here: www.parishgiving.org.uk And thanks for your gift - whatever it is, whenever you give. It is much appreciated.

Adrian Low

About the Lamp group of churches

About A unique group of beautiful village Anglican (Church of England) churches - both people and buildings - located just north of Milton Keynes and to the west and north of Newport Pagnell, ranging in their Christian worship from the most traditional English expressions of church worship from Thomas Cranmer's 1662 Book of Common Prayer, with the language and traditions that go alongside it, to the most modern language and worship totally connected with today's fast and furious world.

The churches offer challenges to the thinking person and an expression of joy for those who want worship to flow over them. All the churches are equipped to care for the communities in which they exist - indeed there are no other churches in any of the villages, so each is a spiritual centres for the community.

We hope whoever - Christian or not, with a faith or not, all will find a new spritual health and glimpse the light of Christ in a church in the lamp benefice. For Christians, we hope you can find a comfortable challenging style of worship and fellowship here. Why not do the Ouse pilgrimage through the ages, and meet the people, let the music, laughter, tradition and joy flood into your soul and discover the surprising God connections you make.

Take a journey alongside of us, rediscover a side of your life you lost. Visit us. We guarantee a welcome.

Events in the next three weeks

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Weddings in the Lamp group of churches

Wedding Congratulations!!

Weddings are a wonderful expression of love, part of the great heritage of humanity and Christianity in particular, and with 'God is love' being a central theme of John's gospel in the Bible, where is a better place to be married, to make life-long vows, than in a church.

And we have four beautiful churches.

If you want to get married in one of our churches then we would be excited to help. Legally you have to have 'qualifying connections' to the parish where the church is situated, and if you do - that is great. Obviously if you live, or have lived in the parish that counts. Otherwise you can either (a) come to worship in the parish church, regularly (we keep a register!) or (b) do the legal bits at a registry office in the morning and have your wedding blessing in any of the churches in the afternoon.

Whatever you decide, the priest will meet twice with you before the wedding, there will be a practice (usually the day before), you will be able to choose music and some readings, and some of our churches will provide a choir and bell ringers.

Of course there are fees - the Church of England uses the money to keep the church available serving the community - and the fees are the same across most Church of England churches.

We produce a wedding brochure which you can download here. Or contact the priest or churchwardens for more information and an informal chat. (see the contacts menu).

More on the legislative requirement can be found here Wedding

Funerals

Funeral To mark the end of a person's life, family and friends come together to express grief to give thanks for the life lived and to commend the person into God's keeping. These can be small, quiet ceremonies in a local crematorium, or a large occasion in a packed church.

If you wish to discuss a funeral, please contact Adrian, the priest on 07883 717642 or speak to one of the churchwardens (see contact page).

We will visit you before the funeral, try to get to know more about the life of the person who has died and work with you and the funeral director on the content of the service. Typically there will be music of your choice at the entrance and exit, a Eulogy either from the priest or written and (if you wish) spoken by you, poems and hymns.

There will be prayers, a reading from the Bible and an address, the Lord's Prayer and a Commendation, Committal and Blessing. The service length (without hymns but with a short eulogy) is usually about 25 minutes. You may decide that you would like a card printed for the service, and that can be organised by the Funeral Director.

We will offer to visit you after the service if required. We are alway happy to pray for you and with you, and we will include the name of the person who has died in the names read out at our Memorial services, which are the first Sunday in November (just after All Saints day). Should you wish for someone to come and visit to have a Christian praying with them, or just to talk about what will happen when they die, then please contact us.

Preaching the gospel

Word

Sunday Sermons


It is not always possible for those who would wish to be at church on a Sunday, to be there, so here are some (not all!) sermon notes - for what they're worth!

We follow what is called the Revised Common Lectionary, which is very similar to the readings being read in many churches at the same time throughout the world. Each year has a gospel book as a theme to the seasons. 2019 was Luke, Advent 2019 onwards was Matthew and Advent 2020 onwards is Mark. Advent 2021 onwards is back to Luke. There is a continuity about the teaching from the gospel writers which is useful to follow.

Sermons, of course, depend on delivery, on the hearers and the readings as much as content, so although the sermons are briefly outlined here, they are never going to be the same as being part of the community that is praying 'Let the words of my mouth and the thoughts of all our hearts come from you, O Lord.'

Our preaching is deeply rooted in the Bible, but speaks in our own context and the rationality of today. It is always about love and good news, because nothing beats the opportunity to live an abundant life walking with Christ.

You are welcome to use the material in any non-detrimental way!

Adrian Low, Priest for the Lamp group of churches

Science and Faith

science

Our priest was an academic who looked after research in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences at Staffordshire University. So how does he come to terms with faith and science at the same time.

'I couldn't live with a contradiction between science and my Christian faith,' he says, 'so I knew I had to work it through in my mind'.

He was intrigued with the book by Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion, and decided to disect it and comment on every paragraph that jarred with his Christian faith.

'It was a watershed for me, I can't help but see the hand of God in all creation. Science is no more than a misty mirror reflecting the mind of God - utterly wonderful.'

Come and explore Faith and Science.
7.30 Wednesday evenings
Emberton Church
Starting January 19th 2022
No charge!

Baptism/Christening in the Lamp group of churches

Baptism All the churches welcome individuals, families, children – all ages to be baptised. Whoever is baptised (=christened) is dedicated to God, begins a new journey of faith, joins the largest faith community the world has ever seen and God’s Spirit rests, in a new and special way on the individual. If it is a child being baptised then parents and godparents formally take on the responsibility for the spiritual development of the child, and make significant promises.

Baptism normally takes place during the worship of the church on a Sunday morning. Being in with the rest of the church is important as the church community joyfully welcomes the newly baptised into the church family.

For the baptised, this is a start of a new journey in faith, so baptism in one of the Lamp group churches, and most other churches, involves some preparation to help the first steps through the purpose and promises. We’ll arrange a preparation time for you/parents/godparents to attend and we’ll invite you to worship with us in church at least twice in the weeks before your baptism.

Baptism - old or young - is free (though donations are always welcome!). People choose to be, or have their children baptised for lots of different reasons. God’s presence and love are key as you and your godparents make lifelong promises, sharing the moment with your friends and family. One way or another God has prompted you to do this and so is overseeing the preparation, the service and will be walking this new journey with you.

Download our baptism pack here for more details.

Worship in the Lamp group of churches

Sunday 9.30am 11.00am  6.00pm
1st Tyringham
Holy Communion
Haversham
Parish Praise
Emberton
Something Else on Sunday
2nd Little Linford
Morning Prayer
Emberton
Holy Communion Childrens’ Church
Haversham
Morning Worship
 
3rd Tyringham
Morning Prayer
Haversham
Holy Communion
Emberton Evensong
4th Little Linford
Holy Communion
Emberton
Parish Praise / Café Church
Haversham
Morning Worship
 
5th Emberton Haversham with Little Linford Tyringham LAMP United Service
4th Sunday at Emberton – Café Church alternates with Parish Praise.
Readings for Sundays 2021: click here
Readings for Sundays 2022: click here