4th August – This Sunday at Church

Where did the Sun go? After a while of glorious sunshine we’re back to watching the skies and packing umbrellas.

During the summer our teaching programme will be exploring prayer.

Throughout the Bible God sets out to speak to his people; whether through the prophets, Scriptures, in the person of Jesus, or by his Spirit, the Bible portrays God as always looking to communicate with us. Unfortunately his appeals often fall upon deaf ears. It is hard sometimes to hear God, or to be sure that it is his voice we have heard (e.g. Samuel). Prayer is a means by which we can tell God what is in our hearts and seek to hear his heart as well – it is not merely telling God what we want but a genuine conversation with the perfect Father who seeks to give us good things (see last week’s reading).

Try to make time to speak to God this week and practise listening to him. Prayer is not just for Sundays or for Church buildings but is for every day and every place.

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Sunday’s Services (4th August)

8am – Holy Communion, All Saints’

9:30am – Family Service, St Peter’s

11am – Sung Eucharist, St Peter’s

11am – Sung Eucharist, All Saints’

4pm – Evensong, St Paul’s

 

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7th July – WHAT’S ON AT CHURCH

We hope you are enjoying the sunshine and the start of Summer, we certainly had a wonderful (if sweltering) time at Feast Day last week.

Thanks to the success of the first Community Meal this week we will be continuing the trial for the rest of July. There are also a handful of spaces left for the Summer Holiday Club. Please sign up below.

Please note that there is no Breakfast Together this Sunday.

Sunday 7th July 2019
8.00am Holy Communion, All Saints’ Church
9.30am Family Service with Communion, St Peter’s Church
11.00am Sung Eucharist, St Peter’s Church
11.00am Sung Eucharist, All Saints’ Church
4.00pm Evensong, St Paul’s Church

23rd June – What’s on at Church

Let’s Build Community

In recent weeks we have spent a lot of time in Acts considering the early church. On of their great gifts was their ability to spend time together and celebrate with one another – churches are supposed to be warm communities of love and care. As a parish we are always seeking to grow our community and get to know one another better. Below you can find 4 fantastic opportunities to do just that!

Sunday 23rd June 2019
8.00am Holy Communion, All Saints’ Church
9.30am Family Service with baptism, St Peter’s Church
11.00am Sung Eucharist with the Baptism, St Peter’s Church
4.00pm Evensong, St Paul’s Church
5.30pm Choral Evensong, All Saints’ Church

9th June – What’s on at Church

Happy Birthday!

It might not be your birthday personally, nor that of this parish specifically, but Sunday is, nonetheless, our birthday. Pentecost marks the beginning of the church where the Spirit was poured out and flames alighted (get it!) on the heads of the disciples like they were a bunch of little candles.

The Spirit is the helper that Jesus promised his friends during his ministry (see John 14) – and as we know, Jesus never breaks a promise. The Spirit fills those who believe in Jesus and empowers us to live for God every day of the week.

So join us this Sunday to celebrate the start of the church, the keeping of Jesus’ promises, and the presence of God with us every day wherever we go.

Don’t forget about the special contemporary Pentecost service at 7:30pm on Sunday 9th (including Prosecco after).

Sunday 9th June 2019
8.00am Holy Communion, All Saints’ Church
9.30am Family Service, St Peter’s Church
11.00am Sung Eucharist, St Peter’s Church
3.00pm Tea and Hymns, Parish Church Hall
4.00pm Holy Communion, St Paul’s Church
7:30pm Contemporary Pentecost Service, St Peter’s Church

19th May – What’s on at church

Good News

This Sunday’s reading should be exciting for anyone who is not an ethnic Jew. Without the events of Acts 10 and Peter’s subsequent report (This Sunday’s reading – Acts 11:1-18) there would be no church in the UK! You would never have been to church and the Gospel would never have spread.

This Sunday we are celebrating the good news that Jesus is for everyone. He does not reject anyone but wants everyone to know him.

This Sunday’s Services – 19th May

8.00am Holy Communion, All Saints’ Church
9.30am Family Communion, St Peter’s Church
11.00am Sung Eucharist, St Peter’s Church
4.00pm Evensong, St Paul’s Church

 

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Ladies' Group

Ladies’ Group
Join us for worship followed by a talk from Jo Hilton of Mercy Ships, who take medical personnel to deprived and remote areas to carry out life changing operations.

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5th May – What’s on at church

Transformational Gospel

Good news changes everything and the good news about Jesus transforms lives. We see this powerfully demonstrated in this Sunday’s reading from Acts 9 which shows Paul’s (then called Saul) radical conversion story.

This Sunday we are welcoming students from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA) to the 9:30 and 11am service at St Peter’s Church

This Sunday’s Services – 5th May

8.00am Holy Communion, All Saints’ Church
9.30am Family Communion, St Peter’s Church
11.00am Sung Eucharist, St Peter’s Church
11.00am Sung Eucharist, All Saints’ Church
4.00pm Evensong, St Paul’s Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Follow this link to find out more about our Bible study groups.

 

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9th Dec – What’s on at Church

How to make the most of my life

One of the greatest complaints against millennials is their perceived laziness. Do any small amount of research and you will find articles full of complaints about the lack of resilience and drive found amongst many 18-35 year olds. There may be some truth to these claims, yet it is also true that many millennials are among the hardest workers when they have found their purpose.

Similarly research (most famously by Simon Sinek) has shown that organisations that understand the deeper purpose behind their business/product are more successful – Sinek refers to it as the ‘golden why’.

As Christians we find our purpose and meaning in Jesus, in his mission and heart for people. Jesus announced his mission statement in Luke 4 by reading from Isaiah 61. He gave his disciples a mission statement in Matthew 28 in the Great Commission.

In an age rhat searches for meaning in everything Christians have a clear identity and mission. We are those who Jesus has healed, set free, given sight to, and comforted. Our mission is to pursue his kingdom and live out his words.


Fun night is tonight! Don’t forget to pop to the St Nicholas fair and Christmas Tree Extravaganza between 6pm and 8:30pm.

Don’t forget to wear your Christmas jumpers to the 9:30 in order to get a chocolate coin!

Find out details of our Christmas activities here!


This Sunday

8.00am Holy Communion, All Saints’ Church
9.30am Family Communion, St Peter’s Parish Church
11.00am Sung Eucharist, St Peter’s Parish Church
3pm Tea and Carols, Parish Church Hall
4.00pm Evensong, St Paul’s Church
6.30pm The Vine, Parish Church Hall

2nd Dec – What’s on at Church

 

Jesus is coming!

More than once I have seen t-shirts which declare “Jesus is coming – look busy!”
While the sentiment to some is amusing, it is actually a truth that Christians should be living out every day. Jesus is returning, Advent serves to remind us of that reality. We should be busy…not just looking busy but actually being busy with the work of the Gospel!


With that in mind we are turning our thinking toward how we tell others about Jesus this Christmas. Each service will be considering how we engage with our friends and neighbours in non-confrontational, welcoming ways to invite them to church and tell them about this baby born in a stable.


To make that even easier we have our annual Christmas cards listing our seasonal specials ready to be distributed. There is also a link below to our website’s Christmas section.


Don’t forget to wear your Christmas jumpers to the 9:30 in order to get a chocolate coin!

Everyone is welcome to Breakfast Together 8:30-9:30am.

Find out details of our Christmas activities here!



This Sunday

8.00am Holy Communion, All Saints’ Church
8:30am Breakfast Together, Parish Church Hall
9.30am Family Communion, St Peter’s Parish Church
11.00am Sung Eucharist, St Peter’s Parish Church
11.00am Sung Eucharist, All Saints’ Church
4.00pm Evensong, St Paul’s Church
6.30pm Taizé Service, St Peter’s Parish Church
6.30pm The Vine, Parish Church Hall

25th Nov – Christ the King

Christ the King

The Bible contains irony in quite impressive quantities, yet perhaps the most ironic moments come in the gospel accounts of the crucifixion of Jesus.

In the Easter story Jesus is subjected to almost relentless mocking. He is ‘crowned’ and ‘robed’, ‘hailed’ and ‘enthroned’ by those who mean to embarrass the claim that he is king. The abuse goes as far as the creation of a famous inscription “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews”. The title is challenged by some who say that the sign should be corrected to read “who called himself ‘King of the Jews’.” The response of the sign’s author is again famous “I have written what I have written.”

The truth, it turns out, is irrepressible. Even if it arises in the form of derision, the truth is declared – Jesus is King.

This Sunday we celebrate the feast of Christ the King by asking ourselves the question – “What is the Gospel?”

The answer, perhaps, is simply this – Jesus is King. In the face of violence, disappointment, loneliness, devastation, and scorn Jesus is King, and there is nothing that can change that.
There are a lot of wonderful events going on in the next few days, including Saturday’s Rethink breakfast and visiting speakers from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics at each of our Sunday services. Please follow the links below to find out more

You can find the full planned teaching programme for the parish here.

This Week’s Pew Sheet

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This Sunday

8am – Holy Communion (All Saints’ Church)
9:30am – Family Service (St Peter’s Church)
11am – Sung Eucharist (St Peter’s Church)
4pm – Holy Communion (St Paul’s Church)
5:30pm – Choral Evensong (All Saints’ Church)
6:30pm – The Vine (Parish Church Hall)