The Parish Church of Steventon dedicated to
St. Michael and All Angels

The Damascus Parish Ministry Team:

Rector: The Reverand Helen Kendrick, The Rectory, 3 Tullis Close, Sutton Courtenay, Abingdon OX14 4BD

If you are interested in further information please contact:.

Churchwardens: Dr Hilary Otterburn (01235 834025) and Mrs Jane Hornsby (01235 831431)

Lay Minister: Mr Jack Jarvis (tel: 01235 831395)

Services:

Sunday 3rd September

9.45 am Parish Eucharist: Rev Marcus Braybrook

Sunday School during the service and coffee and biscuits in the Church Hall after the service

6.00 pm  evening Prayer:  Mr Mike Murray

Sunday 10th September

9.45 am  Morning Worship: Mr Jack Jarvis

Sunday 17th September

9.45 am Parish Eucharist : Rev Hilary Watkins

Sunday 24th September

8.00 am Communion by Extension: Mr Jack Jarvis

9.45 am Family Breakfast Service

Coffee, tea, juice, biscuits and croissant in the Church after the service so please come and join in.

Sunday 1st October

9.45 am  Parish Eucharist : Rev Ernest Adley

Sunday School during the service and coffee and biscuits in the Church Hall after the service.

6.00 pm  Harvest Thanksgiving:  Mr Jack Jarvis

A service of hymns and praise in thanks for the harvest

The DAMASCUS Parish Inaugural Annual Parish Meeting

Wednesday 13th September - 7.30 pm - St Blaise, Milton

This is a joint meeting of those whose names are on the church electoral roll, together with 'persons resident in the parish whose names are entered on a Registere of Local Government Electors' Churchwardens Measure 2001 paragraph 5(1) and held for the purpose of eleting Churchwardens.

Following straight on at 7.45 pm is the Inaugural Annual Parochial Church Meeting -  this is a meeting of those whose names are on the DAMASCUS Parish electoral roll (created from the combined church electoral rolls of Drayton, Appleford, Milton, Sutton Courtenay and Steventon) for the purposes of electing Parochial Church Council Members and Deanery Synod Representatives.

History

The presence of a church in Steventon is mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086), but the existence of a place of worship in the village may well be much earlier.

The church's dedication is to St Michael and All Angels, which often indicates very early origins and, perhaps, even connections with Celtic Christianity, and the presence of an ancient yew tree in the churchyard is sometimes associated with pagan sites.

The earliest feature in the church now visible is a 13th century column by the incumbant's stll. The general appearance is 14th century, with fine stonework in the aisle windows and the great arch-braced roof, decorated with a fine series of carved bosses, dating from that period; the large windows at the East and West ends date from the early 15th century. Some of the carved woodwork and pew ends are from the 15th and early 16th centuries.

The original stained glass was sold to Bryant Barrett, the owner of Milton Manor, in 1772 for the then considerable sum of £7, and can still be seen in the chapel. The large East window now has glass by Warrington (1833) depicting the seven Archangels, and the ten occasions on which angels are mentioned in the bible.

Among many other ornaments is the handsome Jacobean wooden pulpit, an alms-box, dated 1633, with three compartments and three locks, and two brasses commemorating Richard Do (d. 1476) and one of his two wives (there is the outline of the second, but the brass is missing), and Edward Wiseman, his wife (d. 1584) and their eight children.

There is an unsual 14th century double sedilia in the chancel, which was abandoned by the mason with the decorative carving left unfinished.

The bell tower was build circa 1330 on the South side of the church. In 1552 the Commissioners' Inventories record "Stevington three belles in the stepulle A small belle sacringe belles A burying belle"; these bells were probably cast on-site. There is now a ring of six bells, originally hung in wooden frames, and a Sanctus bell. Rather unusually, the main entrance to the church was through the ground floor of the tower, which also served as the ringing chamber, with three bell-ropes on either side of the entrance.

In 1932 the bells were rehung in iron frames with the bell-ropes in a circle, and, for services when bells are rung, the congregation enters by the North door.

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