Church Newsletter – February 2021


As the country has entered a new period of lockdown, we have re-located all the benefice church services onto Zoom.  However, as this is an ever-changing situation, please check the Benefice website, the church notice board (located to the left of the lychgate, or contact Clare Burgess  for the latest information with regard to services.  

Duns Tew church will be open for private prayer, generally between 9am and dusk. For opening times of other churches in the Benefice check the website  Visitors to our churches are requested to observe all current Covid-19 regulations and recommendations NHS Covid 19 Track and Trace app. If you can, do download the NHS app to your phone and scan the QR code when visiting our churches.

Benefice Service on Zoom

The 30minute internet-based Sunday morning service will continue on Zoom.   Log-in is from 9.20am for a prompt start at 9.30am.  Please email for further details on how to join. If you would like to receive weekly church notices by email, contact Clare 347382, email:

Benefice Bible Study on Zoom

The bible study group continues to meet on Zoom on Tuesdays at 7.15pm.  Log-in details are on the weekly email which accompanies the notice sheet.  For more details contact Maria on 01869 340826

Coffee and Prayer Group on Zoom

During lockdown there will be a Zoom Coffee and Prayer Group on Wednesday mornings at 11.30 am.  This will be informal and group-led for parishioners in the Barton and Cherwell Valley Benefices which will last about half an hour.  Information on joining the group, queries or prayer requests can be emailed to or by contacting Frances or Sally Anne on 01869 345689. 

Advance Notice

Women’s World Day of Prayer, 7pm, Friday 5th March 

The service this year has been written by the women of Vanuatu, islands in the South Pacific. It will go ahead as usual, but most probably on Zoom. More details next month, but if you would like to play a part please contact

Benefice Facebook Page:  Please remember to look at our Facebook page, and follow us on  You can still look at our Facebook page even if you don’t have a Facebook account.

Keeping In Touch During Lockdown

As we are in lockdown and many of us have to self-isolate again, these winter days can seem very bleak.  So, if you fancy a regular phone call to stay in touch please contact one of us on the list below. This is in addition to the ‘Spreading Kindness Duns Tew’ initiative.

Rev’d Jane Wright 340510Clare Burgess   347382Sarah Taylor 340827
Steph Lacey 347340Maria Coonick 340826Joan Cull 349861

Lockdown Pop-Up Church Bistro

Following the success of Dine In Delivered last July and our Italian Supper in January, we are intending to offer, subject to any change in the current situation, a 2 course supper with a box of homemade chocolate for Valentine’s.  All to be delivered on Saturday, Feb 13th Valentine Meal. Deadline for orders is 6 February. Price £12.50 or £5 for an extra box of chocolates.

Our Charities 

Charity of the Quarter

We are supporting SeeSaw from January to March.  This charity provides bereavement counselling for children, young people and their families in Oxfordshire through appropriate and timely support, including telephone conversations, home visits and tailored individual support for instance when a parent or sibling is dying.  For more information:

Thanks to generous donations during 2020 the following support was given to the following Charities of the Quarter: MOP £132, Samaritans £135, Polly £917 and Katharine House £194.  In addition, the Christmas appeal raised £225 for Thames Valley Air Ambulance, £185 for the Children’s Society and £150 for Open Doors.  Thank you for your support.


To continue to make donations to Polly both financial and in kind please either make an on-line payment to Duns Tew PCC, Sort Code: 30-90-42 (Lloyds) Account No: 00096480 reference ‘Polly’.  Alternatively, please take cash/cheques (payable to Polly Preedy) and any clothing or food (baked goods/tinned/packets) to Clare Burgess, 5 Hill Farm Lane.  

Please do not leave items outside the church if it is locked. Any queries: Clare 347382

Thank you for all your help. 

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