Cheddington Methodist Church

Cheddington Methodist Church

Superintendent Minister Rev Richard Atkinson Tel No: 01296 339899


We have not long returned from holiday thankful for the ministrations of Dolores. She guided us
through the roads of Devon and Dorset offering us the quickest routes to avoid hold ups and taking along roads we would not have dared try to follow with a map. I confess though a map is part of my essential travel kit and when not on driving duty my road atlas is usually on my knee working out where Dolores is sending us.

All very simple until you realise that most of Devon and Dorset, while we were there was, subject
to an epidemic of road works and accidents so Dolores took us on the back roads which created
some problems. Roads barely wide enough to drive one car along while passing places that never looked up to the task added to the fun. Signs to mysterious places that did not appear on my map did not help us work out locations. Villages and towns without a sign telling which community you were driving through added to our “joys.” It was such a relief to return to Buckinghamshire where every community seems blessed with a sign leaving you no doubt where you are.

There is something glorious about coming to familiar territory, to our safe zones, or, for some,  to be in a place of sanctuary. For some, it is the joy of the first cup of tea at home, sleeping in your own bed or catching up with the family. For too many it is all about being in a safe place where whatever disturbed your life has been left behind, where evil’s impact is reduced.  Places where we are welcomed, valued, loved are so important and hopefully remind us of the call that has gone through history to be compassionate towards those who are new whether they have simply moved in or, as is too often the case, moved because of need. Sometimes they may tell us others may keep quiet because of fear of their past catching up with them.

While in Devon we watched a bit on the local news about a landlady who had decided to stop
renting her property out for the highest price and instead allow a family of Syrian refugees to live
there. Real compassion, real hospitality that, in a financial sense, hurt her but from which she
reaped great rewards. As we think about our community, its familiar streets and vistas let us strive
to make it a place of welcome where all can feel safe, valued and loved.



September is the beginning of the Methodist Church year.  It is the time when Ministers move onto new appointments.  We were sorry to say Farewell to the Rev Donna Broadbent Kelly but she and her family have moved to Whitchurch in Shropshire.  Sadly for Cheddington the minister who was to have replaced her has had to take retirement due to ill health so for the coming year the Church will be in the care of the Superintend Minister, the Rev Richard Atkinson and he will be writing a message each month in this Newsletter.  We welcome everyone to come along to our church to share in our worship and other activities. Services begin on Sundays at 10.30 am unless otherwise stated.


 Sunday 1st August Mrs Linda Hart
 Sunday 8th August Rev Wallace Edwards - Communion
 Sunday 15th August United Service at St Giles
 Sunday 22nd August Local Arrangement
 Sunday 29th August Mr David Neville
 Sunday 5th September 10 am  Joint Service at Wingrave Methodist Church
 Sunday 12th September Mr Ken Harris
 Sunday 19th September 3.30 pm  Messy Church
 Sunday 26th September Rev Dr Hayford Ofori-Attah

For all parents/carers of per-school children and babies, join us in the Chapel schoolroom on Monday mornings 9.15 – 11.00 during term time for a gentle start to the week. There are toys, activities and refreshments (including toast!) and a warm welcome.   Tel Nicola 662010 or Janet 660205 for more information.

OPEN DOORS – Friday morning 10.30 a.m – noon at the Methodist Chapel.
This is an opportunity for village people to meet/socialise each Friday morning and have a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit/cake. Contact Jeanne 662876 for more information.

For those people with hearing aids, we have an induction loop system installed and working in the chapel.

Schoolroom Bookings: For all enquiries, please contact Janet Banham,  Tel. 660205 or email .

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