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Letter from the Rector

St Mary and St Peter is the Parish Church of Lois Weedon and Weston with Plumpton. We are part of the Astwell Benefice (Click on this link for the website) which includes Lois Weedon, Wappenham, Helmdon, Syresham, Whitfield and Radstone. As a Benefice we are Part of the Brackley Deanery in the Diocese of Peterborough.

Since April 2018 we have been in a 3 year trial of a 'Benefice Council' style of organisation. This involved the formation of a single PCC (known as the BPCC) which oversees all 6 Churches. Each church has 2 representatives on the committee (in the case of Whitfield and Radstone only 1). As with the old PCC structure there are a number of ex-officio roles such as Treasurer and Secretary. There are a number of sub-committees formed from members of the Benefice eg Finance, Social and Fundraising, Worship etc. Whilst we have been in Interregnum the Chairman of the BPCC has been a member of the laity (Bill Elkington) but now that responsibility falls to our new incumbent the Reverend Diane Whittaker our new Rector. Each church has its own 'Fabric' committee, known as the BRICC (B for building), which looks after the day to day running and financing of the parish church under the chairmanship of the Churchwarden.

The COVID pandemic has had a significant effect on all aspects of church life. Not only the suspension of all congregational worship and celebration but also collaborative fundraising. Restrictions have been eased and services have been resumed albeit with restricted numbers and precautions. The future is still uncertain but it is hoped that this years cancelled Annual Parochial Church Council will be held in spring next year which will coincide with the conclusion of the 3 year trial.

The effect of all this on the financial wellbeing of the Benefice is significant and we may need to ask for support from all parishioners whether churchgoers or not. Our Churches are historic and beautiful testaments to our forebears which we all hope can be preserved for future generations. Those who worship in our churches are the people who voluntarily take responsibility for that preservation. Once a church is obliged to close because it cannot support the cost of a priest then who will do the work of all those volunteers?

Services at Lois Weedon this Month

Morning prayer each Sunday at 8.30 via Zoom

Sunday 3rd October
Private Prayer
(Holy Communion at Whitfield 11.15

Sunday 10th October
9.30 Matins
with Mike Streten

Sunday 17th October
11.00 Harvest Holy Communion
with Rev'd Diane
followed by lunch in the Church £10 a ticket
Under 18s free

Sunday 24th October
4.00 Special Service
with Rev'd Diane
Followed by presentation and blessing of WI kneelers

Sunday 31st October
10.30 Benefice Communion

Online Morning Prayer Service Sheet

This Week's Pew News

This Month's Services and Readings at Lois Weedon

Next Month's Services, Readings and Hymns at Lois Weedon

This Month's Services in the Benefice Churches

Lois Weedon and Weston Village Trust

Did you know that "The Lois Weedon & Weston Village Trust" has existed, using a number of different names, for nearly 150 years?

Or that the Trustees of the Charity are custodians of a portion of agricultural land to the west of Weston, which was bequeathed to provide an income to help those in need within the Parishes?

Recently "The Trust" has provided small gifts at Christmas time to those who are unwell and to the elderly, as well as helping to fund the Village Christmas Meal for the over 65s.

But it also exists to give financial help to anyone living in the parishes of Lois Weedon and Weston who find themselves in need. Resources are limited so this help can only be a one off offer of assistance at the discretion of the Trustees.

If you need help yourself or know of someone who deserves to be considered, then please do make contact by phone, email or letter. This and any help the trustees can give will be completely confidential.

Members of the BRICC

History of the Parish and Church