Stuart Brand

April 22nd, 2017

Dear Friends,

On Friday afternoon Stuart Brand died peacefully at home. He has been a wonderful friend and colleague and will be greatly missed by many of us. Please pray for him and remember Sue and her family as well.

With love,

Yours,

Andrew.

Notices for Sunday 23rd April

April 21st, 2017

NOTICES

Sunday 23rd April at St Giles’ (Easter 2): 8:00 am – BCP Holy Communion; 10:30 am – Holy Communion followed by Annual Vestry Meeting and Annual Parochial Church Meeting; 6:30 pm – Evensong.

Sunday 30th April at St Giles’ (Easter 3): 8:00 am – BCP Holy Communion; 10:30 am – Holy Communion; 6:30 pm – Evensong.

Concert at St Giles’: The Titanic House Band: Not Waving but Drowning! On Saturday 6th May at 7:30 pm. The return, by popular demand, of this dynamic big band, who will play music ranging from Vivaldi to Frank Zappa! An exhilarating, joyful evening. Tickets: £10/£8 concessions/£5 students.

Rogation Procession (“Beating the Bounds”): On Sunday 21st May there will be a Rogation Procession around St Giles’ parish. This means there will be a change to the service time on that day. Evensong will begin in church at 4:30 pm and the Procession will then stop at various points in the parish before finishing at St Cross/Pusey House chapel.

Organ Recital at St Giles’: 7:30 pm on Saturday 3rd June. Dr Nicholas Prozzillo will play Widor Symphonie V. Tickets: £10/£8 concessions/£5 students.

Choir Tour: The choir will be visiting Bergamo from 21st-26th July. Further information from Nicholas Prozzillo.

Prayer Requests (Cycle of Prayer: Week 3)

Sick: Andrew McLean, Heather Poole, George Pulford, Stuart Brand

RIP:

Year’s Mind: 25th – Julie Pusey (1999)

29th – Paul Turner (2005)

Yours,

Andrew.

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Annual Report 2016

April 19th, 2017

Attached is the annual report including the accounts.
Regards

Rod N.

SG_AnnualReport2016.pdf

APCM papers

April 17th, 2017

Here are the papers for eh APCM meeting on Sunday 23rd April in St Giles. The meeting will be immediately after the 10:30am service. I will send you the financial report once this has been sent to me.

Many thanks to Sarah-Jane who has brought all these papers together.

Yours,

Andrew.

APCM_mins_2106.docx
AVM_mins_2016.docx
SG_APCM_agenda_2017.doc
SG_AnnualReport2016.docx

Notices for Palm Sunday

April 8th, 2017

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SERVICES AT ST GILES’

Wednesday – 12th April

12:30 pm – Eucharist

MAUNDY THURSDAY – 13th April

12:30 pm – Eucharist

GOOD FRIDAY – 14th April

10:30 am – Matins and Litany

7:00 pm – Mozart Requiem

EASTER DAY – 16th April

5:30 am – Dawn Eucharist

8:00 am – Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

10:30 am – Holy Communion (Preacher: Canon Beau Stevenson)

6:30 pm – Evensong

notices

WW1 Centenary: 6th April, was the anniversary of Victor Jessel’s death. Please remember him in your prayers on Palm Sunday. Victor was born Victor Albert Villiers Zacharias in Oxford on 24th January 1896, the youngest of the three sons of Joel and Rebecca Zacharias. In common with other Jewish families of the time and because of the antisemitism that an obviously Jewish name could attract, the family added the name Jessel to their surname by deed-poll in 1902. A number of references to the family use the hyphenated “Zacharias-Jessel”.

Victor’s father was a well-known Oxford business man, owning the specialised waterproof business, Zacharias & Co, at 26/27 Cornmarket with its advertising slogan ZACS FOR MACS (now Pret A Manger). He was the first Jewish councillor on the Oxford City Council. He died in 1905 when Victor was nine and his widow then moved, with her sons who were still at school, to 38 Banbury Road. This address no doubt explains why Victor, a Jew, is commemorated in St Giles’ – many Anglican parish churches acted as the focus for local commemoration for those who lived within the parish boundaries, even if the person concerned was not a member of the Anglican Church.

Victor was a pupil at the City of Oxford High School for Boys until 1905 (and he is commemorated on the School’s War Memorial). He went on to Magdalen College School in 1906 with an Exhibition. There he had a good academic record and was also an outstanding all round success as a sportsman, as Captain of Boats, a first team player in all the major sports and a supreme athlete in track and field events. He left school in December 1914 and enlisted in the Army as soon as he could in January 1915, joining the Inns of Court Officers Training Corps. In May 1915 he took up a commission of 2nd Lieutenant in the 7th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry and arrived in France on 10 July. On 25 February 1916 he was sent back from the front line suffering from shell shock and, being considered unfit for general service, returned to England and the 3rd Southern General Hospital based in the Oxford Examination Schools. He finally returned to front line duties in September 1916 and was attached to the 15th Battalion of the DLI. He was killed in no-man’s land, leading a reconnaissance patrol, on Good Friday, 6 April 1917. He was the youngest Lieutenant in the battalion and the first Oxford Jew to die in the War.

Victor’s body was never found and his name is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. He is also remembered on his father’s headstone in Wolvercote Cemetery. His mother went on living at 38 Banbury Road until her death in 1934. The house was demolished in the 1950s to accommodate new University buildings on the Keble Road Triangle.

Easter Flowers: Mary Whitlock writes – we will be very grateful forcontributions towards the cost of Easter flowers. Donations can be given to Maureen Chu. If your offering is given in memory of someone, please also give the name(s) to Maureen, for acknowledgment on Easter Day.

Electoral Roll revision: If you would like to be added to the Electoral Roll, please speak to the Vicar or Jim Smith.

Special Holy Week Services at St Margaret’s are listed on the fliers in church.

Mozart Requiem: on Good Friday, 14th April, at St Giles’ at 7:00 pm.

Easter Chess Tuition for Juniors: Free tuition at St Giles’ on Thursday 20th April and Friday 21st April from 10 am to 12 noon.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting: After the 10.30 am service on Sunday 23rd April, St Giles’ will hold its Annual vestry meeting and APCM. At the Vestry meeting the churchwardens for the coming year are elected and PCC members are elected at the APCM. PCC members serve for a period of 3 years so about a third of the elected members are voted onto the PCC in any year. The number of elected members on the PCC is governed by the size of the electoral roll. With over 100 members on our electoral roll, we are entitled to have 12 elected members; this is in addition to the ex-officio members. This year there are more vacancies than usual and the meeting can elect up to six PCC members. Every three years, the APCM also elects Deanery Synod members and 2017 is the year in which Deanery Synod elections are held. There are three representatives on the Deanery Synod. All members of the congregation who are on the electoral roll can attend and vote at the APCM. Members of the electoral roll who are communicant members of the church can stand as PCC and Deanery Synod representatives. The PCC meets six times a year, usually on a Wednesday evening. If you would be interested in finding out more about being a PCC member, please speak to Sarah-Jane White, the Vicar or one of the churchwardens (Maureen Chu or Joanne Russell).

London Marathon 2017: On 23rd April Andy Lewin and John Chelsom will be running the Marathon to raise funds for St Giles’ Project 900. Details of how to donate will be in next week’s pew sheet.

Concert at St Giles’: The Titanic House Band: Not Waving but Drowning! On Saturday 6th May at 7:30 pm. The return, by popular demand, of this dynamic big band, who will play music ranging from Vivaldi to Frank Zappa! An exhilarating, joyful evening. Tickets: £10/£8 concessions/£5 students.

Choir Tour: The choir will be visiting Bergamo from 21st-26th July.

SERVICES AND EVENTS AT ST GILES’ THIS WEEK

Monday 10th April 5:30 pm Evening Prayer

Tuesday 11th April 5:30 pm Evening Prayer

Wednesday 12th April 12:30 pm Eucharist

5:30 pm Evening Prayer

Thursday 13th April 12:30 pm Eucharist

(MAUNDY THURSDAY) 5:30 pm Evening Prayer

Friday 14th April 10:30 am Matins and Litany

(GOOD FRIDAY) 4:30 pm Rehearsal for Mozart Requiem

7:00 pm Mozart Requiem

Saturday 15th April (Easter Eve)

Sunday 16th April 5:30 am Service of Light/First Eucharist

(EASTER DAY) 8:00 am BCP Holy Communion

10:30 am Holy Communion

6:30 pm Evensong

Prayer Requests – Cycle of Prayer: Week 1

Sick: Andrew McLean, Heather Poole, George Pulford

RIP:

Year’s Mind:

Yours,

Andrew.

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Note for Holy Week

April 2nd, 2017

Lent 2017 is rapidly coming to an end and Holy Week is coming onto the horizon.

This year we have planned what we hope to be a great opportunity for us to deepen our understanding of the events of Holy Week and enliven our understanding of our faith. At both St Giles’ and St Margaret’s there is a flyer available with all the services in Holy Week itemised. https://gallery.mailchimp.com/8fbbe73a357ae17432cbe92cc/files/6348de65-c71e-4b5f-a5e2-b334d91af4a6/Holy_Week_Poster_logos.pdf

The sequence of services starts with the Blessing of Palms at St Giles at 9:50am on Sunday 9th April and culminates with the services in both churches on Easter Day. In between there are a host of service which we hope you will get involved with.

Canon Beau Stevenson will be giving the sequence of addresses throughout the Holy Week. His first address in Holy Week will be at the 10:30am service in St Margaret’s on Palm Sunday. This service follow a procession from St Giles’ after the Blessing of Palms. The notes below are given to help indicate the nature of the special services during the week at which Beau will be speaking or giving the address.

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:00pm in St Margaret’s there will be a discussion followed by a short Eucharist. In these discussions, Beau will be encouraging up to deepen our understanding of our faith and how it is integrated with our lives. He will be introducing us to see what might have been going on in the minds and life of faith of the disciples at this stage of the first Holy Week.

On Maundy Thursday at 8:00pm in St Margaret’s, we have a Sung Eucharist to celebrate one of the most important events in the birth of the Christian Faith. At the service there will be a re-enactment of the washing of the disciples feet and we want to encourage all present to get involved with this very moving aspect of the service. At the end of the Eucharist there will be an opportunity to experience something of the dynamic of events that led up to Jesus’ arrest and imprisonment.

On Good Friday at noon in St Margaret’s, Beau will be offering a series of meditations on the crucifixion. This will be followed by the Solemn Liturgy at 1:30pm at which Beau will be preaching.

On Holy Saturday at 9:00pm in St Margaret’s, we have one of the most impressive services of the Christian Year, the Service of Light and First Eucharist of Easter. Beau will be preaching at this service.

On Easter Day at 10:30am at St Giles’, Beau will be preaching, sharing his understanding of the meaning of Easter with us.

Yours,

Andrew.

Notices for 2nd April

March 31st, 2017

HOLY WEEK AT ST GILES’

PALM SUNDAY – 9th APRIL

8:00 am – BCP Holy Communion

9:50 am – Blessing of Palms at St Giles’ and procession to St Margaret’s

10:30 am – Benefice Eucharist at St Margaret’s

6:30 pm – Pergolesi Stabat Mater

Wednesday of Holy Week – 12th April

12:30 pm – Eucharist

MAUNDY THURSDAY – 13th April

12:30 pm – Eucharist

GOOD FRIDAY –

10:15 am – Matins and Litany

7:00 pm – Mozart Requiem

EASTER DAY

5:30 am – Dawn Eucharist

8:00 am – Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

10:30 am – Holy Communion (Preacher: Revd Beau Stevenson)

6:30 pm – Evensong

NOTICES

Pergolesi Stabat Mater at St Giles’: Sun 9th April at 6:30 pm. Anna Shackleton (soprano), Adrian Boorman (countertenor), Jon French (piano).

Mozart Requiem: on Good Friday, 14th April, at St Giles’ at 7:00 pm.

Easter Chess Tuition for Juniors: Free tuition at St Giles’ on Thursday 20th April and Friday 21st April from 10 am to 12 noon. Please note that this is an amendment to the notice in the magazine.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting: After the 10.30 am service on Sunday 23rd April, St Giles’ will hold its Annual vestry meeting and APCM. At the Vestry meeting the churchwardens for the coming year are elected and PCC members are elected at the APCM. PCC members serve for a period of three years so about a third of the elected members are voted onto the PCC in any year. The number of elected members on the PCC is governed by the size of the electoral roll. With over 100 members on our electoral roll, we are entitled to have 12 elected members; this is in addition to the ex-officio members. This year there are more vacancies than usual and the meeting can elect up to six PCC members. Every three years, the APCM also elects Deanery Synod members and 2017 is the year in which Deanery Synod elections are held. There are three representatives on the Deanery Synod. All members of the congregation who are on the electoral roll can attend and vote at the APCM. Members of the electoral roll who are communicant members of the church can stand as PCC and Deanery Synod representatives. If you are unsure if your name is on the electoral roll or want to be added, please speak to Jim Smith. The PCC meets six times a year, usually on a Wednesday evening. If you would be interested in finding out more about being a PCC member, please speak to Sarah-Jane White, the Vicar or one of the churchwardens (Maureen Chu or Joanne Russell).

Prayer Requests – Cycle of Prayer: Week 4

Sick: Andrew McLean, Heather Poole, George Pulford

RIP:

Year’s Mind: 2nd April – Alan Pyburn (Priest) (2014);

5th April – Maureen Owen (2011); Vi Wyatt (2014)

6th April – Christine Martin (2010)

Yours,

Andrew.

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Notices for Mothering Sunday

March 24th, 2017

NOTICES

Mothering Sunday Lunch:There is a Parish lunch after the 10:30 am service on 26th Mar and everyone is warmly invited.The choir are providing the food.

April Parish Magazine is available in church from 26th Mar – do take a copy. We will be very grateful for contributions for the May magazine by 23rd April.

Services next Sunday, 2nd April (Fifth Sunday of Lent): 8:00 – Holy Communion (BCP); 10:30 am – Holy Communion; 6:30 pm – Evensong.

Palm Sunday, 9th April: 9:50 am – Blessing of Palms at St Giles’, followed by Parish Eucharist at St Margaret’s at 10:30 am.

Pergolesi Stabat Mater at St Giles’: Sun 9th April at 6:30 pm. Anna Shackleton (soprano), Adrian Boorman (countertenor), Jon French (piano).

Mozart Requiem: on Good Friday, 14th April, at St Giles’ at 7:00 pm.

Easter Chess Tuition for Juniors: Free tuition at St Giles’ on Thursday 20th April and Friday 21st April from 10 am to 12 noon. Please note that this is an amendment to the notice in the magazine.

Archdeacon’s Visitation: Every year, a formal “Visitation” is held under Canon G5 of the Canons of the Church of England. These events are held at a number of venues throughout the Archdeaconry, and include the Admission of Churchwardens in compliance with the Churchwardens Measure 2001. Clergy and other representatives from the parish are invited to attend and support Churchwardens as they are admitted to office at the Visitation, although they are not required to be present. If you would like to attend the service on Monday 8th May at 7:30 pm at Christ Church Cathedral, please put your name on the list in church by the end of March.

Prayer Requests – Cycle of Prayer: Week 3

Sick: Andrew McLean, Heather Poole, George Pulford

RIP:

Year’s Mind: 26th March – Lucie Carr (2001);

30th March – Marilyn Blackwell (2006);

1st April – Shirley Ward Jones (2001); 2nd April – Alan Pyburn (2014)

Yours,

Andrew.

SG Mothering Sunday Lent 4 Year A 26-03-2017.doc

Notices for 19th March

March 17th, 2017

NOTICES

Congratulations to Benjamin Grønlie, Nicolas Wilkel, Benjamin Woo, Max Gregory, Max Rutterford, and Gus Collier for their successes in recent RSCM examinations. Well done to Benji for winning a prize for his mark. Choristers will be presented with their certificates at a ceremony in Christ Church Cathedral in November.

Chapel Service at OCMS, Woodstock Rd: On Wednesday 22nd March at 9:30am the speaker will be Dr Paul Wood, OCMS Faculty. All welcome.

Lecture: Luther’s Legacy – Speaker: Prof Henrike Laehnemann. At Summertown URC Church, 3 pm on Friday 24th March. £5 at the door.

The Annunciation: Eucharist on Saturday 25th March, at St Margaret’s, at 9:00 am.

Services next Sunday, 26th March (Fourth Sunday of Lent/Mothering Sunday): 8:00 – Holy Communion (BCP); 10:30 am – Holy Communion; 6:30 pm – Evensong.

Calling all bakers: To raise funds for St Giles’ choirs, we are asking for members of the congregation to donate Simnel cakes so people can buy a slice of cake to go with their tea or coffee after the 10:30 am service on Mothering Sunday. (Any left-over cake can be finished up at the Mothering Sunday lunch.)

Mothering Sunday Lunch:There will be a Parish lunch after the 10:30 am service on 26th March and everyone is warmly invited.The choir will provide the food, but will be grateful if members of the congregation would like to donate drinks.

Pergolesi Stabat Mater at St Giles’: Sun 9th April at 6:30 pm (in place of Evensong). Anna Shackleton (soprano), Adrian Boorman (countertenor), Jon French (piano).

Archdeacon’s Visitation: Every year, a formal “Visitation” is held under Canon G5 of the Canons of the Church of England. These events are held at a number of venues throughout the Archdeaconry, and include the Admission of Churchwardens in compliance with the Churchwardens Measure 2001. Clergy and other representatives from the parish are invited to attend and support Churchwardens as they are admitted to office at the Visitation, although they are not required to be present. If you would like to attend the service on Monday 8th May at 7:30 pm at Christ Church Cathedral, please put your name on the list in church.

Prayer Requests – Cycle of Prayer: Week 2

Sick: Andrew McLean, Heather Poole, George Pulford

RIP:

Year’s Mind: 20th March – Jane Brereton (2000); Helen Murray (2003)

22nd March – Pauline Moon (2012);

24th March – Yvonne Simmons (2006); 25th March – Val Sillery (2009)

Yours,

Andrew.

SG Third Sunday of Lent Year A 19-03-2017.doc

Notices for 12th March

March 10th, 2017

NOTICES

Funeral of Ann Taylor: This will take place at St Giles’ at 11:30 am on Wednesday, 15th March.

Chapel Service at OCMS, Woodstock Rd: On Wednesday 15th March at 9:30am the speaker will be Stephen Stringer, OCMS student. All welcome.

Services next Sunday, 19th March (Third Sunday of Lent): 8:00 – Holy Communion (BCP); 10:30 am – Holy Communion; 6:30 pm – Evensong.

Lecture: Luther’s Legacy – Speaker: Prof Henrike Laehnemann. At Summertown URC Church, 3 pm on Friday 24th March. £5 at the door.

Mothering Sunday Lunch:The choir are organising a Parish lunch after the 10:30 am service on 26th March and everyone is warmly invited.They will provide the food, but will be grateful if members of the congregation would like to donate drinks.

Concerts at Queen’s College Chapel: Featuring choral and instrumental music by Taverner, Tye, Vivaldi, Steffani, Cardoso and Leitão de Aviles. The music’s Lenten themes will be illuminated by icons by artists Alison Berrett, Nicholas Mynheer, Tim Steward and Roger Wagner. FREE – with donations from the voluntary retiring collections to go to Christian Aid, Médecins Sans Frontières and The Gatehouse. Tuesdays 4th and 11th April. Doors open at 6 pm; for disabled access telephone the Porters’ Lodge on OX 279120.

Pergolesi Stabat Mater at St Giles’: Sunday 9th April at 6:30 pm (in place of Evensong). Anna Shackleton (soprano), Adrian Boorman (countertenor), Jon French (piano).

SERVICES AND EVENTS AT ST GILES’ THIS WEEK

Monday 13th March 5:30 pm Evening Prayer

Tuesday 14th March5:30 pm Evening Prayer

Wednesday 15th March 11:30 am Funeral of Ann Taylor

12:30 pm Eucharist

5:30 pm Evening Prayer

Thursday 16th March 5:30 pm Evening Prayer

Friday 17th March 1:15 pm Taizé Service

(St Patrick, Patron of Ireland, c 460) 5:30 pm Evening Prayer

Sat 18th March (St Cyril of Jerusalem, 386)5:30 pm Evening Prayer

Sunday 19th March 8:00 am BCP Holy Communion

(the third sunday of lent) 10:30 am Holy Communion

6:30 pm Evensong

Prayer Requests – Cycle of Prayer: Week 1

Sick: Andrew McLean, Heather Poole, George Pulford

RIP: Ann Taylor (23/2/2017)

Year’s Mind: 13th – Barbara Clear (2008)

Yours,

Andrew.

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