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Diary and Notices, April 2019


Monday, April 1
Tuesday, April 2
Wednesday, April 3
Thursday, April 4
Friday, April 5
Saturday, April 6

Sunday, April 7

Lent 5 (Passion Sunday)

Monday, April 8
Tuesday, April 9
Wednesday, April 10
Thursday, April 11
Friday, April 12
Saturday, April 13

Sunday, April 14

Palm Sunday

Monday, April 15
Tuesday, April 16
Wednesday, April 17
Maundy Thursday, April 18
Good Friday, April 19
Saturday, April 20

Sunday, April 21

Easter Day

Monday, April 22
Tuesday, April 23
Wednesday, April 24
Thursday, April 25
Friday, April 26
Saturday, April 27

Sunday, April 28

Easter 2

Monday, April 29
Tuesday, April 30


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General Notices

Ash Wednesday on March 6th marks the start of Lent. Services on Ash Wednesday at St Mary's are 10am (said) and 8pm (sung), both with ashing.

Lent Group: The Well Prepared Course Mondays Lady Chapel at St. John's at 8pm, starting 11th March and Tuesdays 2pm starting on March 5th in St. Mary's Refectory, following the 'Well Prepared' course by the Rev'd Dr Joanna Collicutt and the Rev'd Victoria Slater. The first session is Tuesday 5th March 2pm in the Refectory with solicitor, Diana Davis who will help us think about making legal preparations and wills. As a society we're not good at talking about death, and as individuals we may try and avoid thinking about it. Yet as we get older it's natural for us to think more deeply about the issues that face us in our final years. We may look back over our lives and wonder if we have 'made a good job of things', have some memories we really want to pass on, what happens after death, feel a need to make our peace with someone, finally get around to making a will. The course provides a safe and pleasant space to talk about these issues. There will be discussion, music, poetry, art, Bible reflection, prayer, tea & cake. You are welcome to mix and match between evening and afternoon groups.

Lent Group: The Making Group Thursdays at 7.30pm Making Group in the refectory: 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.

Lent Compline Compline will be at 9pm each Sunday in Lent preceded by a short talk at 8.45 by Professor John Morris. It will also be held on Mon, Tues, and Wed of Holy week at the same times.

Lent collection 2019 If you are planning on refraining from specific food /drink in Lent a suggestion is to collect the money saved and donate it to support the work of our CMS mission partners, Joel and Fiona Kelling for their work in Jordan and the Middle East.

Thanks to everyone who helped with the Tea Talks this year, those who spoke, made cakes, served teas and to all of you who attended. We are delighted that they are enjoyed and that we manage to raise some money for Church buildings and projects. They will be back next year, beginning in January.
New Planned Giving envelopes for 2019/20 will start on 7th April. If you currently use envelopes but think now would be a good time to change to a bank standing order, or direct debit via the Parish Giving Scheme then please do let me know and I'll give you the necessary paperwork. If you do not give regularly via the Planned Giving scheme (envelopes, standing orders, direct debits or cheques) then please do consider it as the best way of giving the parish the regular income it needs to keep everything running. Also, if you are a tax-payer, putting cash into the collection rather than using Planned Giving means that the parish is losing out on the Gift Aid we could claim from the government on all that you give (and higher-rate tax payers would also be losing out on the refund they could claim). For more information, forms, envelopes etc, then please just ask. Margaret Day (tel: 375916).
for the Fete Programme. There is a successful programme style, which can be followed again. Attending some of the Fete meetings may prove advantageous, but is not essential. The current programme is created using Publisher, which is easy to use & training is available. Please contact Tilly for further information on 01865 460038.
Now that the Refectory is waterproof and has had a chance to dry out, we are keen to see it spruced up, so we need a decorating team to clean and redecorate. If this is something you could help with please contact Tilly on 01865 460038
available to order now - make a difference AND have a sweet Easter! Sign-up sheet and details of products available at coffee time, or see Jill, Tilly or Janet.

Date Ordered Notices

This group meets approx fortnightly in St Mary's Refectory for supportive Bible Study and exploration of the Christian faith. Future dates 29th April. Further info from Felicity.
in St Mary's K will be at 7pm with the washing of feet first and then an Agape meal in church. It may take the form, this year, of a Passover meal. Everyone is welcome but please help us cater appropriately by signing the list at the back of church as soon as possible. Offers of help with food to Philippa and of setting up tables etc to Felicity.
GATEHOUSE 25th April
Thank you for all your Gatehouse contributions last month. This month's collection date is Thursday, April 25th. Please put your contributions in the box in the refectory by the previous Sunday, (21st), or drop them off to 60, Cherry Close by 4pm on the afternoon of the 25th. The Gatehouse have told me that they do not need any tea or coffee at the moment, but Cup-a-Soup is always welcome, along with all the other usual items. Thank you! Sarah.
This group meets approx fortnightly in St Mary's Refectory for supportive Bible Study and exploration of the Christian faith. Further info from Felicity.
Annual Parochial Church Meeting 30th April
at St John's. Eucharist at 7.30pm followed by the meeting and presentation on 2020 projects.
at 10.00am on Friday 3rd May in St Mary's. Short and fun service for young children and adults, followed by refreshments. Everyone welcome - even without accompanying children! Your support would be most welcome.
There will be a Soup, bread and cheese lunch at the Methodist Church on Saturday 4 May, 12noon to 1.30pm in aid of Christian Aid.
SUMMER SUNDAY TEAS 5th May-15th September
We're looking for people to join a team serving teas in the Refectory on a Sunday afternoon from 3pm-5pm. This is a fun way of getting to know and serve the community, as well as making friends in the team. People are needed, as well, to bake cakes for each week. Any offers of help or ideas for volunteers for a Sunday or two, in these dates, please contact with Philippa Burrell. Tel 378444

Laura's farewell service will be on Sunday 26th May at 10am at St Mary's, followed by a coffee concert and a bring and share lunch. Laura's licensing service in Headington Quarry will be on Tuesday 18th June at 7.30pm. All are welcome