Quite a few members of our congregations rely on lifts to get to church, and we do need a few more drivers to help out. If you have a car, and would be able to offer a lift, either occasionally or on a regular basis, please have a word with Anne Handsley or a member of the Clergy. Equally, if you need transport to get to church, please let us know.
Many thanks to all who have already responded to the recent Stewardship Campaign and to those who are still thinking about it. If you do have questions then please talk to Felicity, Robert Buckeldee, Margaret Day or Katy Smith. We can already see that we will have a small increase in giving but we do hope it can be more, so all the new initiatives we want to undertake can be properly resourced. It would be a great help if you could return the giving form sent to you, even if you choose not to make any change at this time, so we can review where we are.
at 5pm in St Mary's Kidlington. An atmospheric service featuring seasonal readings and some fabulous music sung by the choir and choristers. All welcome!
We have been offered the opportunity of a private opening of the wonderful fair-trade shop in Headington- aptly called Headington Fairtrade (previously the Windmill Shop). They have offered to open the venue on Monday December 3rd from 7.00pm. This is very timely in relation to Christmas. They stock a variety of things from clothing to household items, food and drinks as well as a wide range of gifts. The 700 bus stops right outside the shop and for those unable to use the bus the Fair-trade team are happy to offer lifts for this event. Can you please let us know if you are interested in this and whether you would like a lift? (We need a minimum of 10 people for this event but we would like more!) We would love to see you there. For any further information please talk to Jill Buckeldee, Janet Warren, Steve and Anne Handsley or Margaret Day.
The Tuesday prayer and fellowship group are planning an Advent Quiet Day at Freeland Convent on Wednesday 5th December. There are spaces available. Please contact Laura if you are interested in coming, or would like to know more.
We will be making a joyful noise for Christmas on Friday 7th December and Friday 4th January, at 10am in the Lady Chapel, followed by play, craft and refreshments in the Refectory. Please do continue to support and pray for our new service for adults, babies and children.
Gift Sunday: this year instead of collecting gifts for Children (and families) in the Advent Sunday service we will do this on the 2nd Sunday of Advent (9th December). Gifts, wrapped and labelled for age etc will be donated to the Bicester Children's Centre who support families in Kidlington, and Home Start - based in Oxford but also covering Kidlington. We gave to these two groups last year and they were extremely grateful and blessed by our generosity.
We are pleased to confirm that an architect has been selected to work with us on the St Mary's Kidlington 2020 project to build a new office and hall. We will be giving a short update on the St Mary's Kidlington 2020 project followed by a question and answers session. This will take place on Sunday 9th December after the service (approx 11.30 am) in St Mary's Church. Please do come along and find out more about this exciting project!
at 5pm at St Mary's Kidlington. This gentle service is a chance for us to remember at Christmas-time those we love who have died. Christmas is, for many of us, a particularly hard time and this service, around the Christmas tree is a chance to remember them, acknowledge their loss, and know again the promise of Emmanuel, "God with Us" in all our situations. Simple carols, candles, poetry, and reflection. All welcome.
Our new Live Nativity service telling the Christmas story in drama with live animals. Meet at the Christmas tree in the High Street and walk with the real camel in a candle-lit procession to St Mary's to find a live crib. Carols and refreshments. This is shaping into a big event - please invite your friends and neighbours. Sorry no dogs.
at St John's Kidlington. Traditional carols for all by candlelight.
The 10am service at St Mary's K will be a non Eucharistic exploration of humility in the incarnation and in Christian living. (Reflective and no obligation to be too participative!)
Sung by the Choristers and Choir at St Mary's Kidlington. Please invite neighbours and friends. Refreshments afterwards.
Our last meeting before Christmas is on Dec 17th from 2-3pm -- a supportive prayer/Bible study group especially for those who might find other groups hard to join, for whatever reason. Contact Felicity for more info.
All are welcome at this service of carols and readings, followed by festive refreshments. Please note there will be no service on Thursday 13th December.
This is not a misprint! There are TWO Christingles on Christmas Eve this year 3pm and 5pm, we need volunteers to steward both the services, if you are available please contact Yvonne on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07742 732628. We will be making the Christingles in the Refectory from 10am on Christmas eve, please come along if you have the time and would like to help. Thank you.
on Christmas Eve 5pm at Hampton Poyle. This beautiful service was packed out last year so get there early if you need a seat!
For Christmas this year, like last year, we are planning a festive lunch with crackers, wine etc. followed by carols with hand bells - courtesy of Huw and Clare Morgan. Many of us, including the caterers, Moorside and the Morgans are very busy in the week around Christmas so we are holding it on 2nd January. Orders MUST be in by 22nd December. Peter will be phoning round, around the 19th to all who join us for parish lunches to give menu choices and finalise numbers. All of the parish, (and friends), are welcome subject to a maximum of sixty. Peter and Janet are available on 01865 580 659 to discuss details and record your choices! Menus, with a form on the back to put your choices, will also be available in each church and the parish office.
The new series at St Mary's Kidlington opens at 3pm on 13th January 2019 with John Batchelor talking on Kipling and the Bible. Rudyard Kipling, the celebrated author of The Jungle Books and Kim, was born into a Bible-based culture. He regarded knowledge of the King James Bible as indispensable for a writer. The Old Testament is reflected in his early work, in the Just So stories, for example, while The New Testament is referenced in some of his best work following the death of his son, John Kipling, at the age of 18 in the Battle of Loos (1915). Professor John Batchelor is Emeritus Professor of English at Newcastle University and has published several books. He is currently working on a biography of Kipling. All Welcome! Tea and cakes afterwards. Donations in aid of church funds.