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Diary and Notices, March 2018


Thursday, March 1
Friday, March 2
Saturday, March 3

Sunday, March 4

Lent 3

Monday, March 5
Tuesday, March 6
Wednesday, March 7
Thursday, March 8
Friday, March 9
Saturday, March 10

Sunday, March 11

Lent 4 (Mothering)

Monday, March 12
Tuesday, March 13
Wednesday, March 14
Thursday, March 15
Friday, March 16
Saturday, March 17

Sunday, March 18

Lent 5 (Passion Sunday)

Monday, March 19
Tuesday, March 20
Wednesday, March 21
Thursday, March 22
Friday, March 23
Saturday, March 24

Sunday, March 25

Palm Sunday

Monday, March 26
Tuesday, March 27
Wednesday, March 28
Maundy Thursday, March 29
Good Friday, March 30
Easter Eve, March 31

Sunday, April 1

Easter Day


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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!

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.

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: Please tell felicity if you can be involved. THANK YOU in advance.

Dated Notices

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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