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Diary and Notices, February 2019

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General Notices


CHILDREN AND HOLY COMMUNION
The parish has a policy that allows Admission of Children to Holy Communion. This means that children can receive the bread and wine during communion after they have been admitted. Some of our children were admitted last year and so take communion. The requirements for admission to communion are that the child is baptised, they are regular church attenders and that they have the permission and support of their parent/guardian. We will be running another set of preparation sessions in the week beginning 4th March with children being admitted and then receiving communion for the first time during the service on Sunday 10th March (at either St John's or St Mary's). The final details of the preparation sessions have not yet been made as we wanted to see whether there was any interest before we proceed any further. If you/your child is interested, then please speak to one of the clergy or to Meghann Hewett or Lesley Heffer. If your child is not baptised (christened), or indeed if you are not, and you/they would like to be, then please also have a chat with any of us.
CURSILLO ...
... meaning a short course, is a movement that originated in Spain. Anglican Cursillo is a movement of the Church providing a method through which Christians are empowered to grow spiritually and become more effective disciples in our daily lives through prayer, study and action. A small group of friends meet regularly to discuss what we have done (or not) in these three areas. It is a way of developing and growing spiritually and sharing God's love with everyone. If you are interested in joining us please speak to or email David Meara (david.meara@gmail.com) or Jan Jeffreys (jan@disciples.com) or Liz Brandom@gmail.com
BRAND NEW CHURCH ELECTORAL ROLE
Anglican churches do not require membership in order to attend church services, support groups or community events. However, Anglican churches do maintain a list of people who are legally entitled to vote in each church for PCC members and other church officers; this list is the main statistic used to check the levels of national church support. It is called the Electoral Roll and is NOT the same as the electoral roll that allows us to vote in local and national elections.

Every six years we are required to start a completely fresh list from scratch. 2019 is such a year and everyone who was previously on the roll needs to re-apply or else they will no longer be included.

It is important to be on the electoral roll if you think of yourself as belonging to our parish. If you are on the roll you can have your say in the way we run the churches, and our statistics will give a true reflection of the numbers of people who are involved. When there is so much in the press about church numbers declining it is good to have evidence of churches that are healthy, growing, and valued in their local communities, as we think our three churches are.

If you were previously on the roll you will find in your church an envelope addressed to you. This contains an application form.

If you were not on the former roll but have been attending recently, or if you live in Kidlington or Hampton Poyle, we would encourage you to fill in a form. They are available in your church.

If you would like to talk further about this do please talk with Joyce Morris our electoral roll officer, or any of the clergy who will be happy to help you. Please return the forms: to the box in your church, or by post to Electoral Roll Officer, Parish Office, St John's Church, Broadway, Kidlington, OX5 1DD. It would be a great help if you could do this before 10th March.

PATHWAYS MAGAZINE
The first issue of the new diocesan quarterly magazine, Pathways, is now available and will be in our churches very soon. It is very much a magazine, rather than a newspaper, so isn't a direct replacement for The Door, which is no longer published. It will feature articles that aim to equip committed Christians on their walk with God while informing inquirers as they learn more about faith.

Please do take a copy and have a good read - it might also be something you could pass on to others who are interested in Christian matters. And then let Church House know what you think - you can email to communications@oxford.anglican.org or talk to Margaret Day, who will pass on any comments.

HELP NEEDED WITH SUNDAY MORNING CHILDREN'S WORK
The Creche team at St Mary's K would love some assistance on a Sunday morning. We are not always needed, but need to be available for when we are. If you are willing to assist with this important support activity (once or twice a month, less if that is what you are able to offer, no preparation needed), then please contact Tilly on 01865 460038, tilly.evershed@ntlworld.com. Many thanks.
TRANSPORT TO CHURCH

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.

INQUIRING MINDS GROUP
Where do you sit with the Christian faith? We are holding a few evenings for people with inquiring minds or questions about faith on Thursdays at 8pm at Anne and Steve Handsley's house. There will be no pressure on anyone; just a chance to explore together. Have a chat with one of the staff team if you are interested in joining us. You will be very welcome.

Date Ordered Notices


PARISH QUIZ NIGHT 1st February
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).
KIDLINGTON THEOLOGICAL FORUM: 10th February
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. See the details of this year's programme.
TEA TALK Sunday 10th Feb
Understanding Epidemics: New Science and Old Foes. Sunday 10th February at 3pm at St Mary's Kidlngton. The talk will be given by Professor Christophe Fraser from the Nuffield Dept of medicine at Oxford University. His group at the Big data Institute aim to better understand the dynamics of Infectious diseases and to help design better disease prevention strategies. Areas of interest include HIV, Ebola and also resistance to antibiotics. Followed by tea and cakes in the Refectory. Please could Yo have volunteers to make cakes and serve tea.
THE SAFE SPACE GROUP 11th Feb
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. Dates for Feb: Mondays at 2pm on the 11th & 25th. Further info from Felicity.
THE SAFE SPACE GROUP 25th Feb
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. Dates for Feb: Mondays at 2pm on the 11th & 25th. Further info from Felicity.
FAIR TRADE FORTNIGHT 25th Feb - 10th Mar
"A Living Income is a Human Right". Look out for the Fair Trade Stall in church on Sunday February 24th and Sunday March 3rd. In addition to Traidcraft food items, we will also have a range of goods for sale from the Headington Fairtrade shop, and information on the FairTrade Movement.
PUBLIC MEETING 28th Feb
There is a 6pm meeting in Exeter Hall for anyone interested in the celebration events for next year's 'Kidlington 800'. Please invite local people involved in organisations or who might personally be interested in getting involved in any way (from sky diving to gardening).
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 1st March
All are invited to share in a special service to celebrate the World Day of Prayer at St John's Church in Kidlington on Friday 1st March, 7.00pm. WDP is an international and ecumenical day of prayer using resources produced by women. In the UK this may not seem very radical but there are parts of the world in which women are considered second class citizens and the chance to take part in planning and leading this service gives them a voice. This year the service was written by women in Slovenia with the theme of Come - Everything is Ready! This is a gift to the whole church and men, women and children are all invited and encouraged to come and worship with them and people around the world. You are warmly invited to this service. There will be refreshments after the service. We look forward to seeing you there.
Joyful Noise 1st March
The Making Group 7th March
This Lent we shall be exploring the Stations of the Resurrection and creating visual representations of six of them as focal points of worship during our Easter season. We shall meet in the Refectory on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm, beginning on 7th March. All are welcome, and please sign the list at the back of the church. David & Rosemary Meara.