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Diary and Notices, December 2018


Saturday, December 1

Sunday, December 2

Advent Sunday

Monday, December 3
Tuesday, December 4
Wednesday, December 5
Thursday, December 6
Friday, December 7
Saturday, December 8

Sunday, December 9

Advent 2

Monday, December 10
Tuesday, December 11
Wednesday, December 12
Thursday, December 13
Friday, December 14
Saturday, December 15

Sunday, December 16

Advent 3

Monday, December 17
Tuesday, December 18
Wednesday, December 19
Thursday, December 20
Friday, December 21
Saturday, December 22

Sunday, December 23

Advent 4

Monday, December 24

Christmas Eve

Tuesday, December 25

Christmas Day

Wednesday, December 26
Thursday, December 27
Friday, December 28
Saturday, December 29

Sunday, December 30

1st Sunday of Christmas

Monday, December 31


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General Notices


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.


Many thanks to all who have already responded to the recent Stewardship Campaign and to those who are still thinking about it. If you do have questions then please talk to Felicity, Robert Buckeldee, Margaret Day or Katy Smith. We can already see that we will have a small increase in giving but we do hope it can be more, so all the new initiatives we want to undertake can be properly resourced. It would be a great help if you could return the giving form sent to you, even if you choose not to make any change at this time, so we can review where we are.

Date Ordered Notices


at 5pm in St Mary's Kidlington. An atmospheric service featuring seasonal readings and some fabulous music sung by the choir and choristers. All welcome!


We have been offered the opportunity of a private opening of the wonderful fair-trade shop in Headington- aptly called Headington Fairtrade (previously the Windmill Shop). They have offered to open the venue on Monday December 3rd from 7.00pm. This is very timely in relation to Christmas. They stock a variety of things from clothing to household items, food and drinks as well as a wide range of gifts. The 700 bus stops right outside the shop and for those unable to use the bus the Fair-trade team are happy to offer lifts for this event. Can you please let us know if you are interested in this and whether you would like a lift? (We need a minimum of 10 people for this event but we would like more!) We would love to see you there. For any further information please talk to Jill Buckeldee, Janet Warren, Steve and Anne Handsley or Margaret Day.

ADVENT QUIET DAY: Wednesday December 5th

The Tuesday prayer and fellowship group are planning an Advent Quiet Day at Freeland Convent on Wednesday 5th December. There are spaces available. Please contact Laura if you are interested in coming, or would like to know more.

JOYFUL NOISE: Friday December 5th

We will be making a joyful noise for Christmas on Friday 7th December and Friday 4th January, at 10am in the Lady Chapel, followed by play, craft and refreshments in the Refectory. Please do continue to support and pray for our new service for adults, babies and children.


Gift Sunday: this year instead of collecting gifts for Children (and families) in the Advent Sunday service we will do this on the 2nd Sunday of Advent (9th December). Gifts, wrapped and labelled for age etc will be donated to the Bicester Children's Centre who support families in Kidlington, and Home Start - based in Oxford but also covering Kidlington. We gave to these two groups last year and they were extremely grateful and blessed by our generosity.


We are pleased to confirm that an architect has been selected to work with us on the St Mary's Kidlington 2020 project to build a new office and hall. We will be giving a short update on the St Mary's Kidlington 2020 project followed by a question and answers session. This will take place on Sunday 9th December after the service (approx 11.30 am) in St Mary's Church. Please do come along and find out more about this exciting project!

PRESENCE AND ABSENCE Sunday December 9th

at 5pm at St Mary's Kidlington. This gentle service is a chance for us to remember at Christmas-time those we love who have died. Christmas is, for many of us, a particularly hard time and this service, around the Christmas tree is a chance to remember them, acknowledge their loss, and know again the promise of Emmanuel, "God with Us" in all our situations. Simple carols, candles, poetry, and reflection. All welcome.

FOLLOW THAT STAR! Saturday 15th December 4pm

Our new Live Nativity service telling the Christmas story in drama with live animals. Meet at the Christmas tree in the High Street and walk with the real camel in a candle-lit procession to St Mary's to find a live crib. Carols and refreshments. This is shaping into a big event - please invite your friends and neighbours. Sorry no dogs.

CAROL SERVICE: 15th December 6.30pm

at St John's Kidlington. Traditional carols for all by candlelight.


The 10am service at St Mary's K will be a non Eucharistic exploration of humility in the incarnation and in Christian living. (Reflective and no obligation to be too participative!)

NINE LESSONS & CAROLS: 16th December 5.00pm

Sung by the Choristers and Choir at St Mary's Kidlington. Please invite neighbours and friends. Refreshments afterwards.


Our last meeting before Christmas is on Dec 17th from 2-3pm -- a supportive prayer/Bible study group especially for those who might find other groups hard to join, for whatever reason. Contact Felicity for more info.


All are welcome at this service of carols and readings, followed by festive refreshments. Please note there will be no service on Thursday 13th December.

TWO Christingles on Christmas Eve

This is not a misprint! There are TWO Christingles on Christmas Eve this year 3pm and 5pm, we need volunteers to steward both the services, if you are available please contact Yvonne on yvonne.m.fry@gmail.com or 07742 732628. We will be making the Christingles in the Refectory from 10am on Christmas eve, please come along if you have the time and would like to help. Thank you.


on Christmas Eve 5pm at Hampton Poyle. This beautiful service was packed out last year so get there early if you need a seat!

At St Mary's K. If you/family/friends are coming to the 10am service on Christmas morning and would like to sing with the choir please contact David Hewett (dave_hewett@hotmail.com, 07724 063194) or just turn up at 9.40am for a short rehearsal. All fun and informal, and music will be provided.