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Diary and Notices, December 2019


Sunday, December 1

Advent Sunday

Monday, December 2
Tuesday, December 3
Wednesday, December 4
Thursday, December 5
Friday, December 6
Saturday, December 7

Sunday, December 8

Advent 2

Monday, December 9
Tuesday, December 10
Wednesday, December 11
Thursday, December 12
Friday, December 13
Saturday, December 14

Sunday, December 15

Advent 3

Monday, December 16
Tuesday, December 17
Wednesday, December 18
Thursday, December 19
Friday, December 20
Saturday, December 21

Sunday, December 22

Advent 4

Monday, December 23
Tuesday, December 24

Christmas Eve

Wednesday, December 25

Christmas Day

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

Sunday, December 29

1st Sunday of Christmas

Monday, December 30
Tuesday, December 31


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General Notices

The theme on the 19th January is Br Roger and Taize. We are hoping to sing much of the service using music from Taize with a Eucharist. These are mostly very simple to sing. We don't usually have a choir on Open Space Sundays so we are hoping to gather a group of singers who would like to be involved. Please can you let Jane Hemmings know if you would be interested in singing or helping to plan and lead the service. Jane.hemmings@oxford.anglican.org 07891 977383
Our Christmas cards using images from last years live nativity and camel event are now on sale, with proceeds going to the Kidlington and Hampton Poyle 800 fund. Packs of 5 for £5 or 10 for £8. We would be hugely grateful if lots of people could send these as their family Christmas cards.
will be on sale from December 17th. This is a glossy 32 page book produced to celebrate the octo centenary. It has some accessible history, lots of pictures, and also celebrates life in both villages now, highlighting all that goes on for local residents. It will make an excellent stocking filler or a valued small gift for your friends. At £5 a copy it is a bargain! We take delivery of the books on Dec 16th and are collecting pre-orders from now on. Sign the list at the back of church to order your copies in advance. Thank you.
To kick off the Kidlington 800 year we are holding a Gala Dinner with a Silent Auction and are looking for a range of "lots" for the silent auction. This might include things like offers of time (e.g. some hours of gardening/ironing), items/tickets donated by local businesses or attractions, one off or "things money can't buy" opportunities like signed objects or experiences that are not normally available. We would also like one "big ticket" item, for example the use of a holiday house for a week. Do you know anyone who could offer any of these items? Please get in touch with Meghann if you can help or know people who could!

Date Ordered Notices

Gifts, wrapped and labelled for age etc (Children and Adults) will be donated to the Bicester Children's Centre who support families in Kidlington and beyond, 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.
ADVENT CAROL SERVICE Sunday 1st December
At 5pm at St Mary's Kidlington. An atmospheric service of carols and readings celebrating the season of Advent, led by the choir and choristers.
POSADA 1st December
The Holy Family will be leaving St John's on Advent Sunday 1 December and returning on Christmas Eve. If you would like to have them at your home for a night or two please get in touch with Margaret Dee at dave_marg@btinternet.com or 01865 373436 for further information.
Our next collection is on December 5th. Food donations, as well as Christmas gifts of new clothes- hats, scarves, gloves, socks or underwear, and large bars of chocolate. (Nothing second-hand, please) will be given. All much appreciated! There is also a drive to raise money for the Gatehouse, so if you would prefer to donate money, that would also be fine! Sarah.
At Headington Fairtrade Shop on Thursday 5th December. Once again, the shop will be open for our exclusive opportunity to browse and buy, from 6.00-8.00pm. Lots of lovely Christmas gifts and goodies available. Please let Jill, Tilly, Janet or Anne know if you would like to come.
Joyful Noise, Friday 6th December

At 10am in St Mary's K.

DVD SALE 8th December
It's back! Clare Lobb’s DVD sale. Sunday 8th Dec after the 10am service in St Mary's Refectory. All DVDs £1 each, excellent selection. In aid of the Kidlington 800 project.
PRESENCE AND ABSENCE Sunday December 8th
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. Simple carols, candles, poetry, and reflection. All welcome.
KAOS Christmas Concerts Dec 19th, 20th

There are 2 Christingles on Christmas Eve, 3pm and 5pm, we need volunteers to steward both the services. We also need help making the Christingles in the Refectory from 10am on Christmas eve, please come along if you have the time. If you can help please contact Lesley Heffer on 01865-438731. Thank you.
If you'd like to join the choir for the Christmas morning service please arrive at 9.30am for a short rehearsal. All welcome!
EPIPHANY TEA 8th January
Organised by the Mothers' Union & Friends, and in the Refectory at St Mary's Church, Kidlington on Wed 8th January, 2.30-4.30 pm. All invited to this special tea (transport can be arranged). If you would like to come to the tea, need transport or would like more information, please contact Pam Cooper 01865 372983 or e-mail cooperpm@aol.com or Elaine Marsland 01865 385649 asap. Donations to the Kidlington & Hampton Poyle 800 project
Gala Dinner Feb 1st 2020
Tickets are now on sale for this black tie launch event for the Kidlington and Hampton Poyle 800 celebrations. Tickets are £50 and can be booked by emailing meghann_hewett@hotmail.com. Could this be a Christmas gift for the family member who has everything?! Offers of items or experiences for the Silent Auction are still very welcome. Please contact Meghann on the same email address.