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Parish Diary and Notices, March 2018

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Thursday, March 1
  • 8.30am Morning Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 9.30am Hub: Mothers & Toddlers, Refectory
  • 10.30am Lent Discussion Group, St John's
  • 5.00pm Evening Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 7.45pm Lent Discussion Group, Refectory
Friday, March 2
  • 8.30am Morning Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 9.45am Mothers' Union, Refectory
  • 5.00pm Evening Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 6.00pm Choristers Practice, St Mary's K
Saturday, March 3

Sunday, March 4

Lent 3

  • 8.00am Holy Communion, St Mary's K
  • 9.30am All Together, St John's
  • 10.00am Parish Communion, St Mary's K
  • 10.00am Parish Communion, St Mary's HP
  • 2pm Holy Baptism, St Mary's K
  • 7.00pm TIG, St John's
  • 8.45pm Lenten Compline, St Mary's K
Monday, March 5
  • 8.30am Morning Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 1.00pm Hub: Little Bunnies, St John's
  • 5.00pm Evening Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 6.30pm Meditation, St Mary's Refectory
  • 7.45pm Making Group, St Mary's Refectory
Tuesday, March 6
  • 8.30am Morning Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 10.00am Hub: Little Acorns, St John's
  • 1.00pm Hub: Little Stars, St John's
  • 1.30pm Prayer & Fellowship House Group
  • 5.00pm Evening Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 7.30pm Iona Liturgy, St John's
Wednesday, March 7
  • 10.00am Holy Communion, St Mary's K
  • 10.00am Hub: Bouncing Babies, St Mary's Refectory
  • 1.00pm Hub: Now I am Two, St John's
  • 8.00pm Standing Committee, Refectory
Thursday, March 8
  • 8.30am Morning Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 9.30am Hub: Mothers & Toddlers, Refectory
  • 10.00pm Bible Study Group, Frank Cook Court
  • 10.30am Lent Discussion Group, St John's
  • 5.00pm Evening Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 7.45pm Lent Discussion Group, Refectory
Friday, March 9
  • 8.30am Morning Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 3.00pm Funeral, St Mary's K
  • 5.00pm Evening Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 6.00pm Choristers Practice, St Mary's K
Saturday, March 10

Sunday, March 11

Lent 4 (Mothering)

  • 8.00am Holy Communion, St Mary's K
  • 9.30am All Together service, St John's
  • 10.00am Parish Communion, St Mary's K
  • 10.00am Matins, St Mary's HP
  • 3.00pm Tea Talk, St Mary's K (see notice)
  • 7.00pm TIG, St John's
  • 7.00pm St Mary's Choir Practice
  • 8.45pm Lenten Compline, St Mary's K
Monday, March 12
  • 8.30am Morning Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 10.30am Flower Club, Refectory
  • 1.00pm Hub: Little Bunnies, St John's
  • 5.00pm Evening Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 6.30pm Meditation, St Mary's Refectory
  • 7.45pm Making Group, St Mary's Refectory
Tuesday, March 13
  • 8.30am Morning Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 10.00am Hub: Little Acorns, St John's
  • 1.00pm Hub: Little Stars, St John's
  • 1.30pm Prayer & Fellowship House Group
  • 5.00pm Evening Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 7.30pm Iona Liturgy, St John's
Wednesday, March 14
  • 10.00am Holy Communion, St Mary's K
  • 10.00am Hub: Bouncing Babies, St Mary's Refectory
  • 1.00pm Hub: Now I am Two, St John's
Thursday, March 15
  • 8.30am Morning Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 9.30am Hub: Mothers & Toddlers, Refectory
  • 10.30am Lent Discussion Group, St John's
  • 5.00pm Evening Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 8.00pm Lent Discussion Group, Refectory
Friday, March 16
  • 8.30am Morning Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 5.00pm Evening Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 6.00pm Choristers Practice, St Mary's K
Saturday, March 17
  • 10-4pm Curates' Baptism Training Day, St Mary's K

Sunday, March 18

Lent 5 (Passion Sunday)

  • 8.00am Holy Communion, St Mary's K
  • 9.30am Parish Communion, St John's
  • 10.00am Open Space, St Mary's K
  • 10.00am Parish Communion, St Mary's HP
  • 5.30pm Passiontide Service, with excerpts from the Messiah, St Mary's K (see notice)
  • 7.00pm TIG, St John's
  • 8.45pm Lenten Compline, St Mary's K
Monday, March 19
  • 8.30am Morning Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 1.00pm Hub: Little Bunnies, St John's
  • 5.00pm Evening Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 6.30pm Meditation, St Mary's Refectory
  • 7.45pm Making Group, St Mary's Refectory
Tuesday, March 20
  • 8.30am Morning Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 10.00am Hub: Little Acorns, St John's
  • 1.00pm Hub: Little Stars, St John's
  • 1.30pm Prayer & Fellowship House Group
  • 5.00pm Evening Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 7.30pm Iona Liturgy, St John's
Wednesday, March 21
  • 10.00am Holy Communion, St Mary's K
  • 10.00am Hub: Bouncing Babies, St Mary's Refectory
  • 1.00pm Hub: Now I am Two, St John's
Thursday, March 22
  • 8.30am Morning Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 9.30am Hub: Mothers & Toddlers, Refectory
  • 10.30am Lent Discussion Group, St John's
  • 1.00pm Funeral, St Mary's K
  • 4.30pm Communion preparation, St Mary's K
  • 5.00pm Evening Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 8.00pm Lent Discussion Group, Refectory
Friday, March 23
  • 8.30am Morning Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 5.00pm Evening Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 6.00pm Choristers Practice, St Mary's K
Saturday, March 24

Sunday, March 25

Palm Sunday

  • 8.00am Holy Communion, St Mary's K
  • 9.30am Parish Communion, St John's
  • 10.00am Parish Communion, St Mary's K (see notice)
  • 7.00pm St Mary's Choir Practice
  • 8.45pm Compline, St Mary's K
Monday, March 26
  • 8.30am Morning Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 9.00am Morning Prayer, St Mary's Kidlington
  • 10.30am Flower Club, Refectory
  • 1.00pm Hub: Little Bunnies, St John's
  • 6.30pm Meditation, St Mary's Refectory
  • 7.30pm Evening Prayer, St John's
  • 9.00pm Compline, St Mary's K
Tuesday, March 27
  • 8.30am Morning Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 9.00am Morning Prayer, St Mary's Kidlington
  • 1.00pm Funeral, St Mary's K
  • 1.30pm Prayer & Fellowship House Group
  • 5.00pm Evening Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 7.30pm Iona Liturgy, St John's
  • 9.00pm Sung Compline, St Mary's K
Wednesday, March 28
  • 8.30am Morning Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 9.00am Morning Prayer, St Mary's Kidlington
  • 10.00am Holy Communion, St Mary's K
  • 11.30am Funeral, St Mary's K
  • 7.30pm Stations of the Cross, St John's
  • 9.00pm Compline, St Mary's K
Maundy Thursday, March 29
  • 8.30am Morning Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 5.00pm Evening Prayer, Lady Chapel, St John's
  • 7.30pm Holy Communion and Washing of feet, St John's
  • 8.00pm Agape Meal and Washing of feet, St Mary's K
Good Friday, March 30
  • 9.45am Good Friday Walk of Witness, from St John's
  • 12-3pm Watching the Cross, St Mary's K
  • 2-3pm Service of the Cross, St John's
  • 4pm Children's service, St John's
Easter Eve, March 31

Sunday, April 1

Easter Day

  • 6.00am Dawn Mass, St Mary's Hampton Poyle
    followed by breakfast at St Mary's Kidlington
  • 8.00am Holy Communion, St Mary's Kidlington
  • 9.30am Easter Communion & Baptism, St John's
  • 10.00am Easter Communion & Baptism, St Mary's K
  • 10.00am Easter Communion, St Mary's Hampton Poyle

Notices


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General Notices

40 Acts for Lent
Are you unsure what to give up for Lent? Why not consider 'giving out' rather than 'giving up'? A growing campaign called '40 acts' is encouraging people to give something to others each day of Lent. You can sign up at www.40acts.org.uk to receive a daily email with a list of suggested acts for that day. It is not too late to join!

RENEWING THE CHURCH ELECTORAL ROLL
There is no membership requirement for the Church of England, but every church does keep a list of people who consider that they belong to this church and who are entitled to vote for appointing church wardens and other things at the annual church meeting. (This electoral roll is not for voting in council elections.) It does not cost you anything to be on our electoral roll, but it is important for church statistics that people who are church attenders do go on the electoral rolls. These are the most important figures that we have and where the church is growing (as we are) it is the best way we have to counter the commonly held view that 'no one goes to church nowadays'. In order to be on the electoral Roll you need EITHER to live in Kidlington or Hampton Poyle, OR to have been attending for the last 5-6 months. If you consider that this is your church, please do fill in the very simple form and go on our electoral roll. Forms are not available this week but will be in church next week. Or else contact the clergy and we will get a form to you. Thank you.

Rota for Summer Sunday Teas
The Rota for Summer Sunday Teas is being compiled for St Mary's (6th May to 16th Sept). I need more volunteers to work in a team to serve teas to the public. If you could do it one or two Sundays in the summer, it would be tremendous. It is an enjoyable and sociable activity. We need bakers for providing cakes as well. Please contact Philippa Burrell if you are interested. Tel 378444.

800 YEARS CELEBRATION EVENTS IN 2020
We are planning a program of events to involve the communities of Kidlington and Hampton Poyle throughout the year. At this stage we have some specific needs:
  • a graphic designer who could make us an 800 years logo (low cost or free)
  • someone to liaise with community groups and individuals for an Open Gardens event
  • a team of people to liaise with community groups for a large scale procession with floats telling the history of 800 years (the zoo, monks, the car employers, airport, Exeter college, WW1 and 2, famous people, peasants ...)
  • a team to find general sponsorship
  • any other offers of organising help
Please tell felicity if you can be involved. THANK YOU in advance.


Dated Notices


WOMEN'S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2nd March
All are invited to share in a special service to celebrate Women's World Day of Prayer at Kidlington Methodist Church on Friday 2nd March, 7.00pm. WWDP is an international and ecumenical day of prayer led by women and 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 Suriname with the theme of All God's Creation is Very Good. 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.

Mothers' Union Diocesan Members & Friends March 2nd
We will meet in the Refectory at 10.00am (coffee) for 10.15 start, on Friday, March 2nd to have a look at the Women's World Day of Prayer service sheets. The actual Service takes place in the evening at the Methodist Church. Hope to see you there whether you can attend the evening service or not! This year's service has been written by women in Suriname and entitled 'All God's Creation is Very Good'. Everyone welcome.

Akeman Benefice Lent Series 2018
Wednesdays 7.30-9.00pm
A series of addresses, with time for discussion and reflection on the subject of PRAYER. We are all invited to attend some or all of these.
  • Mar 7 PRAYING with SILENCE Father John Farrell OP,Blackfriars, Dominican preacher and teacher.
    In Bletchingdon Church
  • Mar 14 PRAYING with MUSIC
    Revd Dr Jonathan Arnold, Dean of Divinity, Magdalen College. Author, "Sacred Music in Secular Society"
    In Kirtlingdon Church
  • Mar 21 Mar PRAYING and PILGRIMAGE
    Revd Dr Sally Welch, Vicar of Charlbury and Area Dean of Chipping Norton
    In Kirtlingdon Church

COFFEE CONCERT Sunday 11th March
At 11.30 in St Mary's K. Dominic Scott (on Piano) and Laura Biron-Scott (Clarinet).

TEA TALK Sunday 11th March
At 3pm in St Mary's Kidlington. David Meara will speak about his new book on Anglo-Scottish Sleeper Trains under the title Anything can happen on a train. The talk will be illustrated with lots of good stories about this service. Offers of help with teas and cakes would be welcome. Please contact Yo Davies for further details.

LENT QUIET DAY: Thursday 15th March
Following on from our Lent Quiet Day last year, the Prayer and Fellowship Group have booked to go to Freeland Convent on Thursday 15th March, from 10am-3pm. There are 7 places available for anyone who would like to join us - please contact Laura (laura.biron@gmail.com, 375805) if you would like to come, or would like to know more.

For everything a season 18th March
Laura's next talk will be on Sunday 18th March at 11.30am. She will be talking about Passiontide and Holy Week.

HANDEL'S MESSIAH 18th March
A special service for Passiontide, with excerpts performed by St Mary's Choir, Choristers and Chamber Orchestra. Sunday 18th March at 5.30pm at St Mary's Kidlington. Free entry. All Welcome.
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PUB FELLOWSHIP: Friday 23 March
8.15pm onwards in the Black Horse pub. All welcome! David Hewett (07724 063194).

COME AND SING March 24th
St Andrew's Church Choir warmly invites singers from Oxford churches to join us as we hold a special Come and Sing Stainer's Crucifixion on Saturday March 24th. Venue: St Andrew's Church, Linton Road, Oxford, OX2 6UG Date: Saturday March 24th. Time: Practice 3pm-5.30, followed by a bring and share tea. Performance 7-8pm Cost: free! with retiring collection at the Music scores provided.

GATEHOUSE DELIVERY Now March 29th
Owing to the recent weather we were unable to make a delivery to the Gatehouse. The next delivery will be on March 29th, so please could we have a tremendous effort from everyone to contribute lots of food items. Remember that they don't have cooking facilities at the Gatehouse, but can make packet soups in mugs and are grateful for sandwich-making items, tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits. The Gatehouse contribution box is on the table in the Refectory, or you can give your gifts to Sarah Karatzios at St Mary's or Margaret Day at St John's. Thank you, Sarah.

PALM SUNDAY at St Mary's K
Our Palm Sunday service will be as last year. We will not split the congregation and process down Church Street. Our service will be wholly within the church so we stay as one congregation. Please bring a single branch from a tree or shrub to wave in the procession if you can. Spares will be available for anyone who hasn't got shrubs to prune. During the service we will read the dramatised passion gospel. If you would like to take a part please tell a Warden.

CHILDREN AND HOLY COMMUNION 25th March
Following a review of our Parish Policy of Admission of Children to Holy Communion, we have children at St Mary's who will be admitted to communion on Sunday 25th March during the 10am service. The preparation sessions, on this occasion, will be on Wednesday 21st March (4.30-5.30) and Thursday 22nd March (4.30-6.30) in the Refectory. The requirements for admission to communion are that the child is baptised, is a regular church attender, and has the permission and support of their parent/guardian. Parents: If your child would like to be admitted to communion please see a member of the clergy to discuss this further. Congregation: Please pray for and talk to our children about this exciting and important step on their ongoing faith journey.

GOOD FRIDAY FOR FAMILIES 30th March
On Good Friday at 4pm we are having a 'family activity hour' at St John's, which is a chance to experience the Easter story through songs, craft and making activities, followed by Easter refreshments. All are very welcome - please do invite any children or families you know to come along.

Holy Week 25th March
to Easter 1st April
Details of services are here.


Looking Ahead

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