Updates on our Church Building
Due to structural issues, we made the difficult decision to lock the Church building until funding for repairs and restoration can be achieved. The St. Helen's Parochial Church Council (PCC) is exploring creative ways to open the Church building safely in staged manner and is working hand in hand with the Diocese, architects and structural engineers on finding a sustainable solution. For details on the issues, please read our page on the Building Status.
Sunday Services have re-started!
After months of waiting, we have now resumed Sunday Services (11.15am) held outside in the Churchyard or in the Chancel at St. Helen's (weather dependent).
We've found a New Vicar!
We have a new vicar! After an exhaustive search, the Rev. Stephen Coe has stepped back into ministry to shepherd the new benefice of St. Helen's Dry Sandford, St. Peter's Wootton & St. Mary Magdalene Shippon! We are extremely grateful, hopeful and expectant for a fruitful future with plans to re-open the Church.
Preview St. Helen’s Online Auction Items!
We are excited to announce an online silent auction fundraiser taking place 29th Oct through 7th November. We are curating an extensive variety of lots appealing to a wide range of bidders, and we need your help. Has a lockdown declutter uncovered an unwanted gift or some vintage jewellery? Are you an artist, baker or crafter? Maybe you could offer a couple of hours of gardening, a homemade lasagne, dog walking, vouchers, tours or tickets... If you have something to donate, big or small, we'd love to hear from you. Email [email protected] for further details.
To preview the items to date, go to www.jumblebee.co.uk/sthelenschurchauction to browse. Bidding won't begin until 29th October! All items generously donated by our local community. Every bid counts, with proceeds going to the church restoration fund.
£20,000 Donation in Honor of the Rev. John Reynolds Received
In an incredible gesture of generosity, Mrs. Dinah Reynolds donated £20,000 to the St. Helen's Restoration Fund in honour of her late husband, the Rev. John Reynolds, past vicar of Dry Sandford & Besselsleigh. Mrs. Reynolds expressed how much St. Helen’s and Dry Sandford meant to both her and her late husband who cared for the building and wished to see it brought back to its past beauty.
Capital Campaign Appeal: Restoration Fund
Our goal is to raise £325,000 in the first phase of a restoration project to repair the walls and install a toilet. This will allow us to open and use the Church building. After that, there will be a second phase to repair the roof which will require an additional £250,000-£300,000. Needless to say, we need your help to get the needed repairs and open St. Helen's once again! Pledge Form: If you'd like to help us reach these goals, please consider giving generously by completing this Pledge & Gift Form. The form will allow you set up a standing order for regular donations.
Regular Giving: Become a Guardian Angel
Outside of the Restoration Fund, please consider giving to St Helen's on a regular basis. We still desperately need regular giving to cover our daily operational costs such as insurance, grounds upkeep, and utilities such as the brown bin as well as our Parish Share. If you'd like to give regularly towards making St. Helen's viable, please download our Guardian Angel Gift Form for operational funds. If you give a regular online donation by standing order (of any amount), you will automatically be acknowledged as a St. Helen's Guardian Angel! Our Guardian Angels ensure St. Helen's remains alive and active. Thank you!
JustGiving: You can easily give online to our Campaign page:
St. Helen's Restoration Campaign is now registered with easyfundraising.org.uk. Major online retailers will donate to St. Helen's as you do your normal online shopping. There are over 4,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation – including eBay, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, Booking.com and M&S – and it won’t cost you a penny extra to help us raise funds. Sign up and help St. Helen's!
St. Helen's Church is located on Church Lane in the village of Dry Sandford, Oxfordshire, OX13 6JP. Services are held at various locations each Sunday at 11:15am following socially distancing measures. Please contact us for more information.
For any further information either us or phone Josephine Cross (Church Warden) 01865 390822.
St. Helen’s, Church, Dry Sandford has a moral duty to ensure that it functions with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. To this end, St. Helen's has adopted a Safeguarding policy. To read the full safeguarding policy, please click here to download.
If you believe someone is in an immediate risk or danger, please contact the Police on 999. If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a Safeguarding Advisor or if necessary report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services or Police without delay.
St. Helen's local contacts if you have any concerns:
Parish Safeguarding Officer (St. Helen's): Jan Bartlett (07831 558067)
Church Wardens (St. Helen's): Josephine Cross & Marisa Goodenough (01865 390822)
Diocesan Safeguarding Officer: Richard Woodley (07391 868478)
Local Authority Social Services: Oxfordshire County Council, www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/social-and-health-care/keeping-safe
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