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EDITORIAL FROM THE LATEST CIRCUIT NEWSLETTER

Have you read and prayed with….The District Prayer Diary


Dr Isabel King emailed me on 5th January and said "we prayed for you and the Banbury Circuit today on this the fifth day of the month". Michael and Isabel are still praying with the Northampton District Prayer Handbook as they don't have a copy of their Southampton District Prayer book yet. Are you still praying with the District Prayer Book?


When I wrote the piece for our Circuit's entry it was a little presumptuous. I hadn't anticipated another difficulty with Cherwell Council and The Fairway Scheme. As you are now aware, the scheme is moving on. The demolition of the old church is taking place this January 2016, and indeed will have happened by the time you read this. So we need to be mindful that all of our prayers have been answered, with God's help it is happening. Continue to pray for the congregation who will worship in this new building and pray for a vision for the work of God in this area of town.


Prayers were also asked for Marlborough Road as the folk there were starting to explore their vision for the future. Well amazing things are happening here too. Drawings of development work to the building are being shared with the congregation and so visions of future mission in the centre of Banbury are coming to light. Please pray for all involved in this work and for God's guidance for His Kingdom's work here.


As you are well aware the Banbury Circuit is focussing on a Circuit Review, again using the 4 P's (Planting, Progressing, Parked and Pruned) that Rev Rob Anning used here previously. All of you are meant to be talking about how you see your church and chapel, looking at what possibilities and potential there is for furthering God's Kingdom work where you are. Keep praying about this too. Pray for vision, pray for direction and pray for the sight of new opportunities. The District Prayer Handbook explains that the Circuit Leadership Team here in Banbury is exploring creative ways to enable the circuit to move forward in mission. All of us are part of this, not just the leadership team.


All in all, I am saying there is a need for prayer. At one of the recent Advent Studies this was actually voiced and we will be starting a Prayer Group at Marlborough Road on Tuesday 2nd February 2016 at 1.30pm. Come and pray.


Let us remind ourselves of what it says in the bible: "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 (NRSV).


With love and prayers,


Lin



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COFFEE MORNINGS AROUND THE CIRCUIT

Marlborough Road -

Every Thursday 10.00 am Coffee Morning and 11.00 Circuit Communion


Hornton -

Every Friday 10.30 - 12.00


Hinton -

1st Saturday of the month 10.00 - 12.00

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List of books in the Circuit Library, kept in the Marlborough Road vestry.