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.
We will be making a joyful noise for Christmas & Epiphany on 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.
In the second year of these short theological Sunday morning talks we will explore the main doctrines and beliefs of the Christian faith. The talks this year will be given by a variety of people and on Sunday 13th January, at 11.30am. David Meara will kick off the series speaking about the Doctrine of God. All are welcome.
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.
The group meets approx fortnightly in St Marys Refectory for supportive Bible Study and exploration of the Christian faith. We are a small friendly group facilitated by Felicity and Henrietta and we aim to be inclusive especially for those of us who usually find groups difficult to attend for any reason at all, or who may struggle with mental health challenges. We are not a support group - but we are supportive. We listen, encourage, and pray for each other as well as exploring faith together. Future dates: Mondays at 2pm on 14th & 28th Jan, 11th & 25th Feb, 11th & 25th Mar, 8th & 29th Apr. Further info from Felicity.
The group will meet at 2.30pm on Thursday 17th January in the St Mary's Refectory.
If you have found anything over Christmas that has made you think more about faith, God, the world, and human life, you might like to explore these questions more in a broad-minded non-judging small group. We are holding a few evenings for people with inquiring minds or questions about faith on Thursdays starting at 8pm on January 17th. There wil be no pressure on anyone; just a chance to explore together and honestly. Have a chat with one of the staff team if you are interested in joining us. You will be very welcome.
There will be noon-day prayers at the churches as follows: Friday 18th Methodists; Saturday 19th Hampton Poyle; Monday 21st Baptists; Tuesday 22nd St John's; Wednesday 23rd St Mary's; Thursday 24th St Thomas More; Friday 25th Methodists. The combined service will be at St John's at 6.30pm on Sunday 20th. The annual CTK Fellowship Meal will be at the Baptist Church on Tuesday 22nd starting at 7pm. Our speaker will be Joanna Collicutt, who among other things is the Oxford Diocesan Advisor for the Spiritual Care of Older People. She will talk on the ministry to older people. Tickets, £4, are available from Jill Buckeldee (374809) or Margaret Day (375916).
The next open space service will be a communion service, exploring the 'countercultural' nature of Christ's ministry: the ways in which Jesus challenged the prevailing religious, political and social attitudes of his day, and the relevance of this to contemporary Christian living.
Have you enjoyed the monthly Open Space services? Would you like to help plan a future one? Each service is planned by a different group of people led by a staff team member. Anyone can get involved. The service in March is on the theme of Fruits of the Spirit. The initial planning meeting for this is on Wednesday Jan 23rd at 8pm at Felicity's house. We would love to see some new faces - do come along if you are interested in seeing how these services emerge, or if you have ideas already. Everyone is welcome.
For the week beginning the 28th January there will be a Prayer space in school each day. We need volunteers to assist the children as they visit a number of spaces each morning and afternoon. Helpers from last year's event at North Kidlington would be very welcome to join us this year, plus any new volunteers. For more information speak to Meghann Hewett, or Laura, or Martin. If volunteers could email Martin that would be great firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 07909 976637.
The Quiz Night will be held at St John's on Friday 1st February, 7.00pm for 7.15pm start. Come as a ready-made team of up to 6, or join with others on the night. Tickets cost £7.50 including the meal (fish & chips or potato and chilli - vegetarian/gluten-free option available). Bring your own drinks. Numbers are needed by 27th January for catering purposes, so do book your tickets now from Janet Warren (803696) or Margaret Day (375916).
We are delighted to welcome the Revd Dr Jennifer Brown back to Kidlington to give the next Sunday morning theology talk at St Mary's on Sunday February 10th at 11.30am. The talk will explore the doctrine of creation, connecting this theme to the overlap between science and religion.