Ministry in the Benefice

Ministry in the benefice

Wychert Vale Benefice is highly lay-enabled and has a large volunteer team preaching and leading services as well as leading many other activities. It brings the following groups to the benefice merger:

The Benefice Ministry Team meets monthly and all those ministering within the benefice who are ordained, LLMs or ordinands are invited.

The Benefice Preachers group currently meets with the ministry team to reflect on the content of the preaching series and to improve the quality of teaching in the church and of services. It liaises with the home group leaders meetings. This group provides a very strong lay basis for ministry in the benefice.

Benefice Service Planning group meets from June each year to plan the teaching for the following calendar year. The annual teaching theme gives significant direction to the churches and helps to draw the churches into a common sense of purpose.

Sunday Services:

 

Sunday

in month

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Haddenham 8.30am

HC (BCP)

9.30am-12.30pm

Caféplus+ in village hall

 

 


10.30am

Morning worship with communion.

6.30pm

Praise Service, informal charismatic service with a worship band

8.30am

HC (BCP)

10.30am

All Age Worship with Baptisms

6.30pm

Wellspring HC (CW) with prayer for peace and wholeness

 

 


10.30am

Morning worship with communion

 

 


10.30am

Morning worship – often mission-focussed


6.30pm

Benefice Evensong (rotates) [50]*

Stone 10.30am

All Age Service

10.30am

Holy Communion

 10.30am

Morning Worship

10.30am

Holy Communion

10.30am

All Age Service

Dinton 10.0 am

Holy Communion

6.30pm

Evensong

10am

Morning Worship

4.0pm

Messy Church

Cuddington

 

10am

HC (CW)

10am

All Age Worship

10am

HC (CW)

10am

Morning Worship

10am

Morning Worship

Kingsey

 

9.15am

The Kingsey Breakfast Service

9.15am

HC (BCP) with Benefice choir

  9.15am

HC (BCP) Said

 

6.30pm

Benefice Evensong (rotates)

Aston Sandford

 

11am

HC (trad.)
(CW – Order 1)

Weekday worship

There is an Anglican service each Thursday morning in Haddenham, held in the Roman Catholic Church at their invitation (it is smaller, warmer and much more accessible than the Anglican church midweek). It has an attendance of about 25. Morning prayer is held in St Mary’s, Haddenham on Tuesdays, at the Prayer Centre on Wednesdays in St Mary’s Centre, and in St Nicholas Cuddington on Thursdays.

Occasional Offices

We have a strong commitment to occasional offices and have drawn from the recent national research projects to shape our ministry to be very accessible to people beyond our congregations. We hold two marriage preparation days each year and have regular baptism preparation evenings and confirmation groups. There is a bereavement visiting team linked to Haddenham parish and we aim to provide a bereavement visitor to support each funeral.

Benefice Governance Structure

Each of the parishes have a PCC who hold the leadership for their parishes. Haddenham, Cuddington, and Stone and Dinton also have leadership and operations groups who enable the work of the parishes to progress more effectively. We are developing a Benefice Council, which will be for communication and mutual support. It will also have advisory purposes for issues where decisions are better discussed and clarified centrally.  Our Organisational Chart