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Parish of Kidlington with Hampton Poyle

Parish of Kidlington
with Hampton Poyle


Parish Activities and Groups

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.

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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 parish is working with other local Christian churches to develop a community foodbank. Items of food donated by individuals are made up into parcels for distribution to people in emergency need - usually before other social services come into play. For further information, see North Oxfordshire Community Foodbank website .

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.

The arrangers in the St Mary's Flower Club would be delighted to hear from anyone who would be interested in joining the team or being a reserve, to be called on occasionally. No experience necessary, so you can learn "on the job".
St Mary's is an 800 year old historical gem. It is a Grade 1 listed building, and a treasure in Kidlington and for Kidlington. The Friends of St Mary's has been formed to help to maintain it for the use and enjoyment of all, to improve its facilities to permit more extensive use by the community, and organise more events to exploit its flexible space. For more information, visit the Friends of St Mary's Kidlington website.
Our churches together offer support and prayers for the work to alleviate homelessness locally and nationally. In particular, members of the Parish provide sandwiches, cakes and other produce for use by visitors to the Gatehouse in Oxford once every four weeks. The monthly Gatehouse collection day (usually a Thursday) is noted in the Diary.

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 Forum began in December 2017 with a year-long series of talks exploring Theology Through the Church Year. The second year of the course focused on aspects of Christian Doctrine exploring what Christians believe, and the third year, 2020, will look at issues of ethics and public policy, some of the big and controversial issues of our contemporary world, seen from a Christian perspective. Visit the forum page
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The Mothers' Union is the largest is the largest Christian women's organisation in the world. We promotes the well-being of families by:

  • Developing prayer & spiritual growth in families
  • Studying and reflecting on family life and marriage and their place in society
  • Resourcing our members to take practical action to improve conditions for families, both nationally and in the communities in which they live.
Through our social policy work, we are concerned about building just and compassionate societies. Our Christian beliefs are the context for our thinking about ethical, social and moral issues that affect families. In the UK we work to influence society for the good in two ways: by encouraging individual members to understand the policy issues that are affecting families and to take action for themselves and by gathering the views of members into an organisational position and taking action on a national level. In addition the Mothers' Union expresses its views through its involvement as members of such bodies as the Women's National Commission, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Parenting and the Parenting Education and Support Forum. Visit the MU in Oxford and the MU national site .

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.

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Summer starts in mid May! This is when the refectory opens its doors for the annual Summer Sunday Afternoon Teas season. Come and enjoy tea, coffee, and various cakes between 3.00pm and 5.00pm. Or, if you enjoy "Bake-off", join the team. It's an opportunity for you to shine ...
Our Tea Talks are held in St Mary's Kidlington at 3pm on Sunday afternoons in the early months of the year. The speakers cover a range of subjects of broad interest, from the historical to the topical. They will be advertised on the front page, and in the diary.

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.