Hornton Methodist Church

This month:

Coffee, Cake and Chat Every Friday from 10.30 - 12.00
Yoga in the Methodist Chapel Every Tuesday 6.30pm
Prayer Every Wednesday morning at 8am in the Methodist Church
Thursday Club meets every week after school Every Thursday at 4.30pm in the Methodist Church School Room
Coffee Morning. Every Friday morning at 10.30am

I am happy to report that the Chapel has been redecorated. After much deliberation on the colour and buying several match pots we decided on Edwardian Lemon for all of the walls with white on the windows reveals. I am very pleased with the result and hope that you will approve when you see it. The painters were brilliant and managed to do an outstanding job in just 5 days so that we were able to host Café Church on Sunday. 44 people came including 7 children and we all had a lovely and thought provoking time. The service was about Gods Creation and looking after our World. Lindy Brigeman, Rev. John Reader, Rev. Hugh White and Rev. Lin Frances all took part. Lindy did a brilliant job in putting the service together and providing the crafts and other activities to highlight the subject. We all enjoyed colouring animals, birds, plants and fish to make four pictures of creation now displayed at the front of the Chapel.

While getting the Chapel ready for decorating, and cleaning up afterwards, I noticed on the Cross a plaque to the memory of James Freeman, the flower vase in memory of Doris Freeman Andrews, the front table and chair in memory of Percy and Polly Stanley, the Organ screen in memory of Arthur Miles, and the sound system in memory of John Sumner and while cleaning I remembered Mrs. Lily Freeman scrubbing between the pews, Gladys Miles sweeping the carpet at the Alter Rail, Helen Sumner arranging the flowers for the table every Sunday and Pam and Don Wain travelling from Banbury to clean the Chapel on a Saturday. I also remembered Organists Oliver Jarvis, Jean Puddle and Phyllis Miles with Mary Wheeler, Olive Freeman, Gladys Miles, Rosemary Brookes, Wilfred Stanley, John Jarvis, Ruby Stanley, Jane and Jessica Stanley, Susan and Phillipa Varney and Elisabeth Miles leading the singing from the choir. Just a few of those wonderful and faithful people I remember coming each week over many years to worship in Hornton Chapel. It makes me proud to be part of it.

As mentioned in the January newsletter our new plan beginning in March, the services will alternate between Church, and Chapel. Chapel will be on the first and third Sundays and Church on the second and fourth. I know that some of you are not happy with the arrangement but please give it a chance. We are now looking forward to Easter and our first special service will be Ash Wednesday on the 1st March at 7pm in the Chapel led my Rev. Lin Francis. Hope you will be able to come. Mothering Sunday on March 26th will be 11 am at Church. Palm Sunday on April 9th will also be 11am at Church and Good Friday 14th April is 7 pm at Chapel led by Sister Margaret Hale.

Our next Church Council meeting has been arranged for Sunday March 5th. As last time it will be after the service and refreshments will be laid on. It is very important that decisions are made by as many members as possible, so please try and be there. If you would like a copy of the last minutes, I will be happy to provide them.

Once again we will be joining Ratley, Radway, Warmington and Shotteswell for Womens World Day of Prayer on Friday 3rd March 7pm at Shotteswell. The service has been written by women of the Philippines. Hope you can come.

We have arranged a Bingo for Chapel funds on Friday 17th March 7pm in the Pavilion. Donations of prizes will be very welcome.

Every Friday is Coffee, Cake and a Chat from 10.30 am til 12 noon. Every Wednesday at 8 am, for about 10 minutes we meet in the new meeting room for prayers. We know that it is not possible for you to join us but perhaps you could say a special prayer at that time or the Lord’s Prayer.

Knit and Natter continues in the meeting room at 7pm on the first and third Tuesday in the month. So far we have knitted two knee rugs for nursing homes in Banbury and a third is almost finished. Come and join us.

The next lunch will be on Monday 6th March, 12.30pm for 1pm. - cost is £5. If you would like to come please let me know for catering purposes. We would love to see you.

Please continue to remember in your prayers our Churches Together here in Hornton, and our congregations and leaders. Also please pray for Don who is now recovering in Witney hospital. Please also remember those who are not so well or who are finding life difficult and the family and friends who give their loving care and support.

Jean Burden and Julie Stanley did the flowers on the cross at the chapel.

Bringing Hornton Methodist Chapel into the 21st Century.


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Hornton News

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Hornton Calendar

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Parish Council

List of Hornton parish councillors and their responsibilities plus minutes of parish council meetings.

Hornton Pavilion

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St.John's Church

The building dates from the late 12C. The nave and north aisle, the Norman pillars and the cylindrical font have survived from this period.

Hornton Methodist Church

Both church and village are built from the same golden Hornton stone - ironstone - which was once quarried locally and is now quarried at Edge Hill.

The Gossip

Hornton's Quarterly Newsletter.
Available to read online in PDF format.

Hornton School

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Hornton History

Started in 2007 and now meeting on the second Thursday of the month in The Dun Cow.