Parish Life

This page describes the activities that embrace the whole Parish.

Activities especially related to our individual churches are described on the Church Pages accessible from the menu above.

 

Kidlington Community Hub

The Community Hub was set up in early 2017 to replace services formerly provided by the Kaleidoscope Children's Centre. See the introduction here and follow the link to their web site.

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TIG Youth Group

The TIG youth group meets most Sundays in term time in St Johns Church for fun, food, friendship and exploring Christianity.

You can see a list of current activities at TIG's main page.

We look forward to seeing you, and please feel free to invite friends who might be interested in joining the group.

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Fair Trade

Our parish has registered as a Fair Trade parish and is committed to using Fair Trade coffee and tea, as well as other products where possible and appropriate. We hold monthly stalls of Traidcraft products at St Mary's and St John's in Kidlington to encourage the buying of these products locally. Other activities include getting involved in local collaborations to highlight Fair Trade issues and to organize events in the village. For further details contact one of the Fair Trade Organizers in the Directory.

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Mothers and Toddlers

A toddler group for parents/carers and children runs on Thursday mornings in St Mary's Refectory between 9.30 and 11.00am. The children are supervised by their own parent or carer as they join in a number of play activities. Refreshments are provided during the session and it provides a warm friendly environment for parents and children to mee new people. So if you are a new parent, or new to the area, or just want to get out with your baby or toddler, pop in on Thursday for a chat.

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Mothers' Union

The Mothers' Union is the largest is the largest Christian women's organisation in the world. We promotes the well-being of families by:
  • Developing prayer & spiritual growth in families
  • Studying and reflecting on family life and marriage and their place in society
  • Resourcing our members to take practical action to improve conditions for families,
  • both nationally and in the communities in which they live.
  • Through our social policy work, we are concerned about building just and compassionate societies. Our Christian beliefs are the context for our thinking about ethical, social and moral issues that affect families. In the UK we work to influence society for the good in two ways: by encouraging individual members to understand the policy issues that are affecting families and to take action for themselves and by gathering the views of members into an organisational position and taking action on a national level. In addition the Mothers' Union expresses its views through its involvement as members of such bodies as the Women's National Commission, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Parenting and the Parenting Education and Support Forum.

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    Fellowship Groups

    A number of house groups meet for fellowship, to study, and for the opportunity to get to know a small number of people better. We may follow a study book or theme, or look at issues facing Christians today, but prayer and support for one another is always part of the group. Please contact Fellowship Groups Rep.

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    Julian Meeting

    This is a small ecumenical group that meets once a fortnight for a time of silent contemplative prayer. This is a way of prayer in which the individual seeks to be aware of the presence of God, and to remain silently, attentively in that presence: to be completely open to God - words taken from Julian Meeting introductory leaflet. There are 400 JM groups in the UK. The meeting lasts about an hour and a half, and includes a short reading, some quiet music to introduce the silence, and a period of silent intercession. It closes with a form of Evening Prayer.
    For more information contact the Julian Meeting Rep.

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    Homelessness

    Our churches together offer support and prayers for the work to alleviate homelessness locally and nationally. In particular, members of the Parish provide sandwiches, cakes and other produce for use by visitors to the Gatehouse in Oxford once every four weeks.
    For more information contact the Parish Office. The monthly Gatehouse collection day is noted in the Diary.

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    Churches Together in Kidlington

    The three churches join with the other churches in the village to promote the work of God locally. Activities include Carol singing for charity; delivery of a Christmas Card to every resident in the village; a annual fellowship meal with a speaker talking about Christian Unity; collaboration to collect throughout the village for Christian Aid; walk and witness through Kidlington on Good Friday; joint services at appropriate seasons; and a holiday club for children in August.
    For more information contact the Churches Together Reps.

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    North Oxfordshire Community Foodbank

    The parish is working with other local Christian churches to develop a community foodbank. Items of food donated by individuals are made up into parcels for distribution to people in emergency need - usually before other social services come into play. For further information, see North Oxfordshire Community Foodbank website http://www.northoxfordshirecommunityfoodbank.org.uk .

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