Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace has announced.

“The prayers of the whole Diocese of Oxford are with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family today and in the coming days as we mourn the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

“We give thanks for Prince Philip’s long and extraordinary life, his faithful service to Queen and country, his support especially for young people, his humour, honesty and integrity and strong Christian faith and especially his steadfast support to the Queen over the long years of their marriage.

“Philip has been at the centre of our national life for so many decades offering a model of strength and stability. He will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace and rise in glory, and may God’s peace and love be with all who mourn his passing, and most especially his immediate family.”

– The Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford

A national online Book of Condolence has been opened – link here

Church Services during Coronavirus

Like many churches in the country, we are holding a limited number of services in our churches. At the same time we continue to provide worship opportunities  for people in their own homes through our own Youtube channel which can be found here: Wychert Vale Youtube Channel with the most recent videos below as well as Zoom services.

Do join in with our Easter Activities for families by clicking the picture below

Morning Prayer: The order of service for our weekday morning prayer with link to our Zoom gathering is here

Lucy Ward, a former member of St Mary’s Haddenham spoke to us on the 1st Sunday in Lent, at Haddenham and below is the video she shared about the Malachi Project in Malawi:

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Welcome to our Benefice

Wychert Vale Benefice is a network of churches serving a group of vibrant and growing villages between Thame and Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. Our leadership is team-based with many lay and ordained people working together.

Building together for Mission

When seeking a name for our benefice we found that our local building material, ‘Wychert’, is unique to the villages in our part of the Vale of Aylesbury. Taking the name Wychert Vale reminded us that, in our lives and mission together, we are building a dwelling place for God’s Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:10-16). Follow the link here for a reflection on our name.

Our vision and values

Wychert Vale was formed by joining the Haddenham Benefice with Stone and Dinton with Hartwell. Wychert Vale became a new benefice on 1 March 2016 after many years of prayer, planning and getting to know each other. We held a service to celebrate our new benefice on Palm Sunday evening, 20 March 2016, where we formally signed a Covenant agreement. We have been enjoying doing more together in the last few years and continue to see great potential for growth as a larger benefice.

The Wychert Vale Covenant emerged from our discussions and prayer together. It sets out how we want to relate to each other and gives our vision and values:

We agreed four Covenant Principles for working together:

  • To share resources of all kinds.
  • To get to know one another and to work with, listen to, support and value one another.
  • To determine to play our part gracefully in the improvement and strengthening of communications throughout the new benefice upwards, outwards and benefice-wide.
  • To commit ourselves to ongoing prayer.

We discovered three emerging Covenant Purposes:

  • Worshipping God
  • Serving Community
  • Sharing Life

These help us to focus our role as the Body of Christ in our villages and have become the ‘motto’ or ‘strap line’ of the new benefice.

The website for the parishes of Aston Sandford, Cuddington, Dinton and Stone, Haddenham and Kingsey