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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Notice for Homelessness Sunday – January 28th

Sunday 28th January – Homelessness Sunday

Does Oxford have a homeless problem? Or is it becoming a haven for rough sleepers? Ever wondered what help is on offer to those rough sleeping in our beautiful city? If you would like to know more but don’t know where to start… Here’s an answer – join us on Homelessness Sunday and help raise much needed funds by following the Homeless Trail on 28 January!

At the 10:30am service in St Giles Church, Hannah Smith who is the one-to-one worker at the Gatehouse, will be giving a talk. Hannah works with homeless guests of The Gatehouse, helping them to navigate the local services. She will be sharing her knowledge and experience gained through her 7 years’ experience working in Oxford homelessness services.

Following the service, there is a Homelessness Trail being organised so that you can see if you can find all the places which work with homeless people and what they offer. You’ll only need a phone with internet access and be prepared to walk in the chilly January weather. A £20 donation from each team taking part will go directly to services supporting rough sleepers.

At the end of the Homelessness Trail, members of the confluence collective will be playing at St Giles from 3:00pm to welcome you back. Please join us for some food and hear from some who have experienced rough sleeping for themselves.

Our aim with all these arrangements is to:

  1. Help all who participate to come to a deeper appreciation of life of homeless people in Oxford.
  2. Raise some funds for the organisations involved in homelessness that are taking part in the Trail.

Yours,

Andrew.

Notices for Sunday 7th January

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Jazz at St Giles’ – a message from Jean Darke: Series 5 has raised nearly £8,500, divided between War Child, Save the Children and Project 900, the latter receiving the greater sum. Thank you to everyone for their support, ESPECIALLY the band of TERRIFIC HELPERS!!!!

Choral Evensong: St Giles’ Choir will sing Evensong in Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 13th January, at 4:00 pm.

Sunday 14th January (The Second Sunday of Epiphany): 8:00 am – Holy Communion (BCP);10:30 am -Holy Communion; 6:30 pm – Evensong

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

Sunday 28th January: Homelessness Sunday – We will be marking this at our 10:30am service with a talk from Hannah Smith, the one to one worker at the Gatehouse. Following the service there will be a Homelessness trail for those who would like to take part.

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 3

Sick: Andrew McLean, Heather Poole, George Pulford

RIP:

Year’s Mind: 7th – Norma McLintock (1996); Diana Parker (2006)

8th – Ken Davis (2000); Bob Torrence (1999)

11th – Lizzy Edmondson (2016)

Yours,

Andrew.

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