in the ParishAcorns Under5's
TIG Youth Group
Mothers & Toddlers
Activities especially related to our individual churches are described on the Church Pages accessible from the menu above.
Little Acorns for Under Fives and CarersLittle Acorns is a new parish group for 0-5s and their carers, and is held in St John's on Tuesday mornings from 10am until 11.30am, starting 6th September 2016. Do join us for play, stories, songs and fun!
Little Acorns have their own page [here].
TIG Youth GroupThe 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.
Fair TradeOur 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.
Fair Trade Website
Mothers and ToddlersA 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.
Mothers' UnionThe Mothers' Union is the largest is the largest Christian women's organisation in the world. We promotes the well-being of families by:
Fellowship GroupsA 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.
Julian MeetingThis 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.
HomelessnessOur 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.
Churches Together in KidlingtonThe 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.
North Oxfordshire Community FoodbankThe 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 .