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Diary and Notices, October 2018


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General Notices


Our stewardship campaign "Giving to Grow" continues throughout the month and every person on the electoral roll should receive in the next week a "Giving to Grow" pack through the door, in your hand, or in the post. Please prayerfully consider your level and method of regular giving to the church for our mission and ministry in this local community. If you are not already part of our planned giving program please do consider joining -- we need each and every person, however big or small your gift. Do come and talk with Robert Buckeldee, Bridget Fann, Margaret Day, or any of the clergy if you would like to. A HUGE thank you in advance.


The trustees of Lady Ann Morton's Almshouses are looking for a secretary to help us with the organisation of our meetings. This involves attending three trustees meetings a year, taking the minutes and typing them up, and sending out agendas for the meetings. There are no other significant duties. The LAMA almshouses trust exists to provide safe, secure, and low cost housing for the three residents of the almshouses and continues a historic tradition of almshouse accommodation for vulnerable local people. For further information please contact Felicity on felicityscroggie@gmail.com


A huge thanks to all who participated in serving, baking and attending Summer Teas in the Refectory this year. The grand total of £1,589.23 was raised towards church funds.


With the completion of the ground work for our Welcome Area (at the back of church on the main door side), we now need to focus on how we use this space to best effect, both in terms of what/how we communicate and what furniture we want. If you are interested in helping with this, please speak to Robert Buckeldee or Gary Gibbs. We will be convening a meeting in the next few weeks.


A huge thanks to all who participated in serving, baking and attending Summer Teas in the Refectory this year. The grand total of £1,589.23 was raised towards church funds.


Quite a few members of our congregations rely on lifts to get to church, and we do need a few more drivers to help out. If you have a car, and would be able to offer a lift, either occasionally or on a regular basis, please have a word with Anne Handsley or a member of the Clergy. Equally, if you need transport to get to church, please let us know.

Date Ordered Notices

JOYFUL NOISE Friday 5th Oct
GATEHOUSE 11th October
Please note that Gatehouse contributions on October 11th should be taken to 6, Winston Close, just for this month. Back to normal in November. Please look out for any old sleeping bags you may want to get rid of, as the Gatehouse need them. Thank you! Sarah.
MOTHERS' UNION 12th October

As members will have been informed, the Autumn Diocesan Meeting will now take place at Christ Church Abingdon (instead of Benson) on Friday, October 12th at 10.30am (coffee at 10am). Would you let me know, please, if you are able to go, and if you are travelling by car or bus. Remember to take a picnic lunch. Pam.

Autumn Craft Morning! 24th October

At St John's from 10am

Pub Fellowship 19th October

It's that time again - the next Pub Fellowship get-together will be on 19th October at 8 pm in the Black Horse (in the centre of Kidlington). It will be lovely to you there. If you haven't joined us before then do take the plunge and come along. We are a friendly bunch! Join us for a relaxed Friday night get together. See you Friday.

OWNS - Oxford Winter Night Shelter 27th October

As you probably know, rough sleeping in Oxford is increasing. Oxford Winter Night Shelter is an initiative by an inter-denominational group of Oxford Churches to offer night shelter accommodation and a good night's sleep to Oxford's rough sleepers during the coldest part of the year. It will run nightly from January-March, running two venues per night - each venue will accommodate up to 10 guests. Could you help by joining one of our teams of volunteers? The commitment could be as little as one shift per month. Most of the venues are in the City Centre and there are three venues in East Oxford. Interested? If you are at least 18 years old and care about homeless people, come along to one of the OWNS training sessions to find out more.. Training date and venues: 9.30am to 11.30am Saturday, 27 October at St Clement's Centre, Cross Street, Oxford OX4 1DA. To book, please contact the Project Manager, Graham Doel project.manager@ownsoxford.org.uk. For more info, visit our website: https://www.ownsoxford.org.uk

FOLLOW THAT STAR! 15th December

Nativity procession and Tableau with LIVE animals Saturday 15th December 2018 at 4pm. We are planning an exciting event for adults and children, starting in the High Street and finishing at St. Mary's. The logistics are quite complicated so we would like lots of help and involvement. Please let us know if you think you can help in any of the following ways: Help setting up the church, Procession Marshalls, organizing refreshments, making costumes, acting in the Tableau. Contact: David and Rosemary Meara on 01865-803729 or David.meara14@gmail.com

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: 29th June 2019
Please write 'Fete' then you will know what you are doing that day if you are asked about helping. This doesn't have to be all day, or even half a day, perhaps just an hour. The 2018 Fete was such a success AND it made a huge amount of money (over £5k) for the work of the church. Contrary to common belief, the Fete doesn’t just happen. Planning will start in January and the planning group need to know there are people committed to helping on the day and beforehand. Please contact Janet Warren with offers, questions, suggestions. Thank you. Janetwarren99@gmail.com 07884 383644