Our three churches act as one in arranging and sharing events and activities, and creating groups which build up our common life. Some are created to respond to specific need, others follow the church seasons, and others continue year round.
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St Mary's Tower has a peal of eight bells, ranging from the Tenor weighing in at over 1 ton to the Treble. The bells are rung regularly from 9.20am each Sunday, at weddings, Festivals, and for events of national importance. We are members of the Oxford City Branch of the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers. We often welcome visiting ringers, and also visit other towers. The ringers meet at 9.15 for the 10am service, and from 7.30-9pm on Tuesdays to practice. We would welcome new ringers, both experienced and those wishing to start from scratch. Contact the St Mary's Tower Captain via the Parish Office.
The Community Hub at John's was set up by the Parish in to replace services formerly provided by the Kaleidoscope Children's Centre. See the introduction and follow the link to their web site.
The three churches join with the other churches in the village to promote the work of God locally. Activities include Carol singing for charity; delivery of a Christmas Card to every resident in the village; a annual fellowship meal with a speaker talking about Christian Unity; collaboration to collect throughout the village for Christian Aid; walk and witness through Kidlington on Good Friday; joint services at appropriate seasons; and a holiday club for children in August.
Our parish has registered as a Fair Trade parish and is committed to using Fair Trade coffee and tea, as well as other products where possible and appropriate. We hold stalls of Traidcraft products at St Mary's and St John's in Kidlington to encourage the buying of these products locally. Other activities include getting involved in local collaborations to highlight Fair Trade issues and to organize events in the village. Fair Trade Website.
A number of house groups meet for fellowship, to study, and for the opportunity to get to know a small number of people better. We may follow a study book or theme, or look at issues facing Christians today, but prayer and support for one another is always part of the group.
Joyful noise is a new mid-week service for adults babies and children which meets monthly on the first Friday of the month at 10am. We begin in the Lady Chapel and announce the beginning of the service by ringing the church bell (aided by the children!). The service is short and interactive (and often noisy), with familiar songs and a Bible story. We then move through to the Refectory for play, craft and refreshments.
This is a small ecumenical group that meets once a fortnight for a time of silent contemplative prayer. This is a way of prayer in which the individual seeks to be aware of the presence of God, and to remain silently, attentively in that presence: to be completely open to God. There are several hundred JM groups in the UK. The meeting lasts about an hour and a half, and includes a short reading, some quiet music to introduce the silence, and a period of silent intercession. It closes with a form of Evening Prayer.
The Mothers' Union is the largest is the largest Christian women's organisation in the world. We promotes the well-being of families by:
St Mary's K has a fabulous organ and SATB choir who lead the sung parts of worship at the 10am Sunday service and other festivals. In September 2017 a new choir, St Mary's Choristers, was formed for young singers. The Choristers meet at 6pm on Fridays to rehearse, to learn the fundamentals of musical notation and voice production, and to have fun. They take a full part in two 10am services each month. New members for both choirs are always welcome. The church is also a venue for concerts of all sorts. Would you like to perform in a Coffee Concert? For more information, see the Music at St Mary's page.
The TIG youth group meets most Sundays in term time in St Johns Church for fun, food, friendship and exploring Christianity. We look forward to seeing you, and please feel free to invite friends who might be interested in joining the group.