The United Parish of
Chinnor, Aston Rowant, Sydenham & Crowell

Pastoral Letters



Des writes

Dear Friends

Seasons greetings to you all.

I hope that the Christmas celebrations have lifted your spirits, deepened your faith and given you an opportunity to meet with family, renew old acquaintances and make new friends. Also giving time to pause, reflect and prepare for the year ahead.

After all the bright festive lights January can seem to be a long dreary month with it’s short days with winter weather. However, the Church remembers the story of the wise men who used the bright star shining in the darkness to guide them as they travelled many miles through dangerous territory journeying mainly at night.

They were not sure what lay ahead except that they would find a new king. They found that they were led not to the grandeur of a king’s palace, but to an ordinary family in the midst of an ordinary community. In their hearts they knew that they had found a very special baby: the son of God dwelling among us.

We need to keep this truth, that God is with us as this new year begins and we continue our journey through life with its many joys and challenges.

This coming year our focus will be drawn to making changes to lifestyle as our young people rightly demand that we face up to global warming and take urgent action now to give them a future. We also need to counter the deepening divisions in society by continuing to foster a deep community spirit where everyone feels included, valued and cared for.

We are of course continuing to look forward with hope and expectancy to the appointment of a new rector and in the meantime draw closer to one another as we witness to the love of God in our hearts, homes and villages.

May you know Christ’s love giving you every blessing for the new year.