Financial giving to St Giles

Dear friends,

I am very pleased to report that donations to Project900 for the roof repair went well in 2017. We are now making applications to charitable trusts for the shortfall, which is around £17,000. Currently, it looks as if we are on track to carry out the repairs this coming summer.

Getting to this point has caused some strain on the general finances of the church, and the as yet unexamined accounts for 2017 show a deficit of £7000. So, this year (2018) we need to shift the focus for our finances from Project900 to covering general expenditure.

The PCC agreed a budget at its meeting in January. There have been increases in various items of our running costs in the last few years. Your generosity made our planned giving campaign several years ago very successful and we raised our income by £15,000. But with our current budget we see now that we need to raise our level of giving by £4000 to remain in a good state of financial health.

So, I write to thank you for your generosity in the recent past and to ask whether you would be willing to review your current level of giving, and help us close our funding gap in 2018?

With very best wishes,

Andrew.

Notices for Sunday 25th February

NOTICES

This Sunday at the Choral Evensong we will be giving thanks for the charitable giving that comes from St Giles, particularly noting the work of the Susan Kidd Charity and the money raised from the Jazz concerts. The recipients of grants from the Susan Kidd charity are invited to attend… it would be lovely if members of the congregation could welcome them at this service. Andrew.

Chorister garden: We have now been given permission to create a rose garden on the south-facing wall of the church. We are therefore asking all choristers, past and present (and their parents) to consider donating a rose (bush, shrub or climber) in shades of white, pink or red. We will then create a small copper sign, to be placed in front of the relevant rose, with the name of the chorister and the years that he or she sang at St Giles’. We are also keen to receive rose plants (or donations) from parishioners, who would likewise have a copper sign with their name. Please give all donations of plants or money to Nicholas Prozzillo by the end of February.

Women’s World Day of Prayer will be held at St Mary Magdalen Church on Friday 2nd March from 12-1 pm. Praying for Suriname. A service for everyone.

Sunday 4th March (Lent 3): 8:00 am – Holy Communion (BCP);10:30 am -Holy Communion, followed by Chorister Concert and choir-led Bring and Share Parish Lunch in the Parish Rooms. All welcome. Please bring some food and drink to share. 6:30 pm – Choral Evensong.

Sunday 11th March: We would like to be able to offer traditional Simnel cake with coffee after the Mothering Sunday service and would welcome offers of cake. As we did last year, we will ask for donations for coffee and cake, with any money raised going to the choir. Mary Whitlock

Saturday 24th March at Corpus Christi College, Oxford: Stanley Spencer’s Christ in the Wilderness – Reflections led by Bishop Stephen Cotterell. 10:00 am-4 pm. £35 including refreshments (concessions may be available). For more information, please contact Revd Georgie Simpson 07803 031977; http://www.ocsg.uk.net or email info@ocsg.uk.net

Prayer Requests – Cycle of Prayer: Week 2

Sick: Heather Poole, George Pulford, Becca Henderson

RIP:

Year’s Mind: 25th February – Olive Sayce (2013); 26th – Adrian Hollis (2013)
27th – Suheil Musallam (2010); 1st March – Marjorie Booth (2000)

Yours,

Andrew.

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Notices for Lent 1

NOTICES

Lent Groups start this week. Come for the weeks you can.

Tuesdays at 8:00pm at the Vicarage, contact Andrew vicar@churchwalk.eclipse.co.uk;

Thursdays contact Tom Albinson for more details –tomalbinson@gmail.com

Chorister garden: we have now been given permission to create a rose garden on the south-facing wall of the church, and the preparation has already begun.  When it is complete, we hope passers-by will stop and look at the garden and then go inside and visit the church.  We are therefore asking all choristers, past and present (and their parents) to consider donating a rose (bush, shrub or climber) in shades of white, pink or red.  We will then create a small copper sign, to be placed in front of the relevant rose, with the name of the chorister and the years that he or she sang at St Giles’.  We are also keen to receive rose plants (or donations for roses) from parishioners, who would likewise have a copper sign with their name.  Please give all donations of plants or money to Nicholas Prozzillo by the end of February.

Sunday 25th February (Second Sunday of Lent): 8:00 am – Holy Communion (BCP); 10:30 am – Holy Communion; 6:30 pm – Evensong.

Saturday 24th March at Corpus Christi College, Oxford: Stanley Spencer’s Christ in the Wilderness – Reflections led by Bishop Stephen Cotterell.  10:00 am-4 pm.  £35 including refreshments (concessions may be available).  For more information, please contact Revd Georgie Simpson 07803 031977;http://www.ocsg.uk.net or email info@ocsg.uk.net

The Gatehouse is celebrating its 30 year anniversary with an event on the 10th Oct 2018, which is World Homelessness Day.  We want to invite all who have been/are a supporter of the project, whether that be through a donation of time, food, clothing, funds or/and you are part of the homeless network.  Please share this invitation with other people that you know, who are also supporters of the Gatehouse.  We are hoping to engage as many of the Gatehouse community as we can. Andrew Bunch (Chair of Gatehouse Trustees)

 

Prayer Requests – Cycle of Prayer: Week 1

Sick:            Heather Poole, George Pulford, Becca Henderson

RIP:

Year’s Mind:    19th – Barbara Chadwick (2003); 23rd – Ann Taylor (2017)
24th – Marguerite Yvonne Offord (1998)

 

Yours,

Andrew.

 

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Plans for Holy Week celebrations

This Holy Week, Angela Tilby will be leading our thoughts at our special services from Palm Sunday (25th March) to Easter Day (1st April). I thought you might like to know the structure of the addresses that she will be taking us on.

If you haven’t come across Angela before here is a short biography. Please note… these services are in addition to our regular pattern of weekday and Sunday services.

‘Angela Tilby is a writer, broadcaster and theological educator. After a career in radio and television production she was ordained in 1997. She taught church history and spirituality for the Cambridge Theological Federation and then became vicar of St Benet’s Church in Cambridge. She came to Oxford in 2011 as Diocesan Canon of Christ Church and as Adviser on Ministerial Development. She is a Canon Emeritus of Christ Church and now lives in Portsmouth’.

HOLY WEEK AT ST GILES and ST MARGARET’S, 2018

THEME: ‘The End of God’ with Angela Tilby

The Christian faith is in decline in Britain. Surveys in recent years have shown that the majority of the population claim to have no religion. During this Holy Week Angela Tilby addresses some of the reasons for this loss of faith and explores what it might mean for those who persist in believing (or at least in trying to believe). The drama of Holy Week is the back drop for a new exploration of the basics of Christian faith, and a new challenge to take up the Christian life in the confidence that it rings true in the depths and heights of our humanity.

Palm Sunday – 10:30am at St Giles, Holy Communion (Joint celebration with St Margaret’s)

Address ‘The end of the road’

Monday – 8:00pm at St Margaret’s, Eucharist

Address: ‘The end of faith’

Tuesday – 8:00pm at St Margaret’s, Eucharist

Address: ‘The end of reason’

Wednesday – 8:00pm at St Margaret’s, Eucharist

Address: ‘The end of freedom’

Maundy Thursday – 8:00pm at St Margaret’s, Sung Eucharist

Address: ‘The end of humanity’

Good Friday – Noon at St Margaret’s, Three Addresses with hymns and readings

  1. The empty cross
  2. The crucifix
  3. The nine pointed cross

At 1:30pm in St Margaret’s, there will be the Solemn Liturgy.

Holy Saturday – 9:00pm, Service of Light and First Eucharist of Easter

Address: ‘The end of time’

Easter Sunday, 10:30am at St Giles, Holy Communion

Address: ‘The end of ends’

Yours,

Andrew.

Notices for 11th February

NOTICES

Chorister garden: we have now been given permission to create a rose garden on the south-facing wall of the church, and the preparation has already begun.  When it is complete, we hope passers-by will stop and look at the garden and then go inside and visit the church.  We are therefore asking all choristers, past and present (and their parents) to consider donating a rose (bush, shrub or climber) in shades of white, pink or red.  We will then create a small copper sign, to be placed in front of the relevant rose, with the name of the chorister and the years that he or she sang at St Giles’.  We are also keen to receive rose plants (or donations for roses) from parishioners, who would likewise have a copper sign with their name.  Please give all donations of plants or money to Nicholas Prozzillo by the end of February.

Wednesday 14th February – Ash Wednesday.  12:30 pm: Eucharist and Ashing at St Giles’; 8:00 pm: Sung Eucharist and Ashing at St Margaret’s.

Organ Recital: Nicholas Prozzillo will give an organ recital at The Queen’s College onWednesday 14th February at 1:10 pm.

Sunday 18th February (First Sunday of Lent): 8:00 am – Holy Communion (BCP); 10:30 am -Holy Communion; 6:30 pm – Evensong.

Holy Week 2018 is going to be a special time for the Benefice, as Angela Tilby is coming to be our guest preacher throughout Holy Week.  So please put 25th March to 1st April in your diary.  There will be our regular pattern of services and this will include a set of meditations on Good Friday.  Angela has chosen the title for this series of talks to be “The death of God.”

The Gatehouse is celebrating its 30 year anniversary with an event on the 10th Oct 2018, which is World Homelessness Day.  We want to invite all who have been/are a supporter of the project, whether that be through a donation of time, food, clothing, funds or/and you are part of the homeless network.  Please share this invitation with other people that you know, who are also supporters of the Gatehouse.  We are hoping to engage as many of the Gatehouse community as we can. Andrew Bunch (Chair of Gatehouse Trustees)

Prayer Requests – Cycle of Prayer: Week 4

Sick:            Heather Poole, George Pulford, Becca Henderson

RIP:

Year’s Mind:    12th – Shan Tyrwhitt (2000); 15th – Grace Miller (2013)
16th – Catherine Barrington-Ward (2012)

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Yours,

Andrew.

Notices for 4th February

A Special Service at St Giles’

On Saturday 10th February our three choirs will be the backbone of a special Choral Evensong at 5:30 pm to celebrate the 20 year anniversary since the Vicar has been at St Giles’. The music will be: Leighton – Collegium Magdalenae Oxoniense; Parry – I was glad; Responses – Rose. Everyone is welcome – do make a note in your diary.

NOTICES

Funeral of Stella Morgenstern: 2:30pm on Friday 9th February in St Giles’.

Chorister garden: we have now been given permission to create a rose garden on the south-facing wall of the church, and the preparation has already begun. When it is complete, we hope passers-by will stop and look at the garden and then go inside and visit the church. We are therefore asking all choristers, past and present (and their parents) to consider donating a rose (bush, shrub or climber) in shades of white, pink or red. We will then create a small copper sign, to be placed in front of the relevant rose, with the name of the chorister and the years that he or she sang at St Giles’. We are also keen to receive rose plants (or donations for roses) from parishioners, who would likewise have a copper sign with their name. Please give all donations of plants or money to Nicholas Prozzillo by the end of February.

Sunday 11th February (Sunday Next Before Lent): 8:00 am – Holy Communion (BCP);10:30 am -Holy Communion; 6:30 pm – Evensong.

Wednesday 14th February – Ash Wednesday. 12:30 pm: Eucharist and Ashing at St Giles’; 8:00 pm: Sung Eucharist and Ashing at St Margaret’s.

Organ Recital: Nicholas Prozzillo will give an organ recital at The Queen’s College on Wednesday 14th February at 1:10 pm.

The Gatehouse is celebrating its 30 year anniversary with an event on the 10th Oct 2018, which is World Homelessness Day. We want to invite all who have been/are a supporter of the project, whether that be through a donation of time, food, clothing, funds or/and you are part of the homeless network. Please share this invite with other people that you know, who are also supporters of the Gatehouse. We are hoping to engage as many of the Gatehouse community as we can. Andrew (Chair of Gatehouse Trustees)

Prayer Requests – Cycle of Prayer: Week 3

Sick: Heather Poole, George Pulford, Becca Henderson

RIP: 11/01/2018 – Stella Morgenstern

Yours,

Andrew.

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Notices for Sunday 28th January, Homelessness Sunday

NOTICES

Revd Prof Bernard Silverman FRS, has been knighted in the New Year Honours List 2018 for public service and services to Science.

Sunday 28th January is Homelessness Sunday. Hannah Smith, who works with homeless guests of The Gatehouse, will be giving a talk at the 10:30 am service. There will then be a Homelessness Trail – a £20 donation from each team taking part will go directly to services supporting rough sleepers. At the end of the Trail, members of the Confluence Collective will be playing at St Giles’ from 3 pm to welcome you back. Please join us for some food and hear from people who have experienced rough sleeping for themselves.

Friday 2nd February: The Presentation of Our Lord (Candlemas) – 8:00 pm Sung Eucharist at St Margaret’s.

Sunday 4th February (Second Sunday before Lent): 8:00 am – Holy Communion (BCP);10:30 am -Holy Communion; 6:30 pm – Choral Evensong.

Stella Morgenstern: The funeral has now been fixed for 2:30pm on Friday 9th February in St Giles’. Please let anyone know that you think might like to attend. Stella’s body is to be buried in Cornwall.

Saturday 10th February: Choral Evensong at 5:30 pm at St Giles’.

Wednesday 14th February – Ash Wednesday. 12:30 pm: Eucharist and Ashing at St Giles’; 8:00 pm: Sung Eucharist and Ashing at St Margaret’s.

Holy Week 2018 is going to be a special time for the Benefice, as Angela Tilby is coming to be our guest preacher throughout Holy Week. So please put 25th March to 1st April in your diary. There will be our regular pattern of services and this will include a set of meditations on Good Friday. Angela has chosen the title for this series of talks to be “The death of God.”

Prayer Requests – Cycle of Prayer: Week 2

Sick: Heather Poole, George Pulford, Becca Henderson

RIP: 11/01/2018 – Stella Morgenstern

Year’s Mind: Bruce Mitchell (30/01/2010)

Yours,

Andrew.

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Notices for Sunday 21st January

NOTICES

The Twelfth Night Feast with auction of promises was a great success and much enjoyed by all who came.  The roof committee thanks the donors and bidders for their generosity and Jane Finnerty and her team for all their hard work.  The Advent Fasters and their sponsors are also thanked.  All these activities, and the jazz concerts, are making a significant contribution to the total.  We continue to receive personal donations, for which we are grateful.  Now that we are able to demonstrate support from the church and the congregation, we are beginning to make applications to outside charitable trusts.Catherine Hilliard

Sunday 28th January (Epiphany 4): 8:00 am – Holy Communion (BCP); 10:30 am – Holy Communion (further details below); 6:30 pm – Choral Evensong.

Sunday 28th January is Homelessness Sunday.  Hannah Smith, who works with homeless guests of The Gatehouse, will be giving a talk at the 10:30 am service.  There will then be a Homelessness Trail – a £20 donation from each team taking part will go directly to services supporting rough sleepers.  At the end of the Trail, members of the Confluence Collective will be playing at St Giles’ from 3 pm to welcome you back.  Please join us for some food and hear from people who have experienced rough sleeping for themselves.

Stella Morgenstern: Stella died in the JR on 11thJanuary.  The funeral has not been fixed as yet, but there will be a service in St Giles’ with a burial in Cornwall to follow.  Please remember Stella’s family in your prayers.

Holy Week 2018 is going to be a special time for the Benefice, as Angela Tilby is coming to be our guest preacher throughout Holy Week.  So please put 25thMarch to 1st April in your diary.  There will be our regular pattern of services and this will include a set of meditations on Good Friday.  Angela has chosen the title for this series of talks to be “The death of God.”

Prayer Requests – Cycle of Prayer: Week 1

Sick:            Heather Poole, George Pulford

RIP:             11/1/2018 – Stella Morgenstern

Year’s Mind:    Stuart Wilkins (21/1/2005)

 

Yours,

Andrew.

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Lent course for 2018

New Life: Introduction to Lent Course 2018

We are constantly confronted by bad news, because …… “That is what sells newspapers!” But newspapers are going out of fashion. Yet we still seem to be stuck in a culture which focuses on what is going wrong in any situation. Yes, this is the result of analytical thinking which has brought tremendous advances in our culture which has a scientific attitude to living. Find the problems in life, work out a solution and then things will constantly improve. The trouble is that the incessant application of this attitude is causing a problem in itself. We are schooled to think of the world around us in a negative way. If you doubt this, look at the people you meet in everyday situations… how many of them have a smile on their face or are laughing with others. By contrast, we frequently hear a huge sigh from people as they relax at the end of a long day?

Is there another way to approach life? What are the causes of our discontent? The aim of this Lent course is to look at the ways in which we can find a new vision for life by challenging our “obsession” with thinking life is a problem. We will be using readings from the Bible to expose where our faith should be challenging us to see things differently and thereby jump out of the box that we have created for ourselves.

In this course, a Bible study is provided on Sunday for five successive weeks. These will be available by e-mail and there will be some hard-copies put out in church. The topics explore some of the ways in which we are hemming ourselves in and restricting our vision of God’s power at work in the world. Each Bible study can be made by yourself, but you may find you get more out of it by looking at the passage with a group of others. For this reason, some Bible study groups will be formed for those who want to take part in a group. If you would like to be part of a group, please can you let one of the clergy know or sign up on the list at the back of church indicating the times in the week that would be suitable to you.

On the weekdays, a thought for the day will be provided (by e-mail) which is connected with the theme of the week’s Bible study. On some days there will be a suggested short video which you might like to watch. Just as a sample… Here is a video related to the theme of this Lent Course. I hope you enjoy it… https://youtu.be/QDmt_t6umoY – Live your dream.

Yours,

Andrew.

Notices for Sunday 14th January

NOTICES

Jazz at St Giles’ – a message from Jean Darke: We have now received letters of thanks from War Child and Save the Children, which are displayed on the notice board by the servery.  The two charities each got £1,500, and the £5,000-odd remainder went to Project900.

Sunday 14th January: There will be a peal attempt by a band of visiting ringers from 1:30 to 4:30 pm approximately.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: 18th-25th January.

Sunday 21st January (The Third Sunday of Epiphany): 8:00 am – Holy Communion (BCP); 10:30 am – Holy Communion; 6:30 pm – Evensong

Sunday 28th January is Homelessness Sunday.  Hannah Smith, who works with homeless guests of The Gatehouse helping them to navigate the local services that are available will be giving a talk at the 10:30 am service at St Giles’.  There will then be a Homelessness Trail – a £20 donation from each team taking part will go directly to services supporting rough sleepers.  At the end of the Trail, members of the Confluence Collective will be playing at St Giles’ from 3 pm to welcome you back.  Please join us for some food and hear from people who have experienced rough sleeping for themselves.

Holy Week 2018 is going to be a special time for the Benefice, as Angela Tilby is coming to be our guest preacher throughout Holy Week.  So please put 25th March to 1st April in your diary.  There will be our regular pattern of services and this will include a set of meditations on Good Friday.  Angela has chosen the title for this series of talks to be “The death of God.”

Prayer Requests – Cycle of Prayer: Week 4

Sick:                 Andrew McLean, Heather Poole, George Pulford

RIP:

Year’s Mind:

 

Yours,

Andrew.

 

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