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Notices for Advent 4


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St Giles’ Service of Readings and Carols by Candlelight

TONIGHT at 6:30 pm

Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

CHRISTMAS EVE, 24th December, at 11:30 pm

Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

CHRISTMAS DAY at 8:00 am

Holy Communion

CHRISTMAS DAY at 10:30 am

NOTICES

St Giles’ Christmas services: Christmas Eve, 11:30 pm – Midnight Communion (Book of Common Prayer); Christmas Day, 8:00 am – Holy Communion (said) (Book of Common Prayer); 10:30 am – Holy Communion.

Evening Prayer will be said at 5:30 pm each day except Christmas Day.  There will be no other weekday services.

Sunday 30th December (First Sunday of Christmas): 8:00 am – Holy Communion (BCP); 10:30 am – Holy Communion; 6:30 pm – Evensong (no choir)

St Giles’ Choir: The choir will be singing in Southwark Cathedral on 12th January 2019Coventry Cathedral on 29th June; and Peterborough Cathedral on 6th July.  Contact Nicholas Prozzillo for further information.

Prayer Requests – Cycle of Prayer: Week 1

Sick:            Heather Poole, George Pulford, Becca Henderson, Roy Darke, John Ashton,

                   Andrew McLean

RIP:             Trey Horne (9/12/2018)

Year’s Mind:                  25th – Michael Lennox Brown (2009); 26th – Pat Cotterell (2005); 
28th – Jeanne Forster (2010)

Yours,

Andrew.

Notices for 16th December

JAZZ AT ST GILES AUTUMN SERIES 7: The record sum of £9,416.19 was raised from the latest Jazz series, awarded to the charities listed below.  This is £1,000 more than the sum raised in the 2017 series, and we can congratulate ourselves on the continuing success of the concerts.  Grateful thanks should go to all concerned, especially to choir parents for their invaluable stewarding.  The sums designated are as follows: War Child £1,000; Combat Stress £1,000; Save the Children (a residue from the 2017 series: £48.16; StGiles’ General Fund: £1,000; Project 900 (organ): £6,368.03. Rod Nixon, Treasurer

Sponsored Advent Fast in aid of St Giles’ General Fund: A deficit of over £9,000 is expected.  Please join or sponsor the Advent Fast, which is raising money to reduce the deficit.  Contact Rod Nixon for more information (email: treasurer@st-giles-church.org

Gatehouse Street Choir Concert: Songs for a Winter’s Night atSt Giles’ Church on Monday 17th December at 7:30 pm.  Admission free.

The Gatehouse: The box is now in church, and as usual, we are collecting scarves, gloves, pants, socks and small bars of chocolate for guests of The Gatehouse (90% of whom are male).  Please bring your contributions (unwrapped).  The present-wrapping event is on 19th December from 12 noon to 3:00 pm and all are welcome to come along to this. Margaret Williamson

New Chess Club: St Giles’ Chess Club will meet every Thursday in the Parish Rooms from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm, starting on Thursday 20thDecember

Sunday 23rd December (Fourth Sunday of Advent): 8:00 am – Holy Communion (BCP); 10:30 am –Holy Communion; 6:30 pm – Service of Lessons and Carols by candlelight.

St Giles’ Christmas services: Christmas Eve, 11:30 pm – Midnight Communion (Book of Common Prayer); Christmas Day, 8:00 am – Holy Communion (said) (Book of Common Prayer); 10:30 am – Holy Communion.

Sunday 30th December (First Sunday of Christmas): 8:00 am – Holy Communion (BCP); 10:30 am – Holy Communion; 6:30 pm – Evensong (no choir)

St Giles’ Choir: The choir will be singing in Southwark Cathedral on 12th January 2019Coventry Cathedral on 29th June; and Peterborough Cathedral on 6th July.  Contact Nicholas Prozzillo for further information.

Prayer Requests – Cycle of Prayer: Week 4

Sick:            Heather Poole, George Pulford, Becca Henderson, Roy Darke, John Ashton,  Andrew McLean

RIP:             Margaret Croft (21/11/2018), Trey Horne (10/12/2018)

Year’s Mind:                  16th – John Rose (2004); 19th – Barbara Sanders (2012)

Yours,

Andrew.

Notices for December 9th

Congratulations to Benjamin Grønlie on receiving his RSCM Gold Award with Honours.

Gatehouse cards (blank, for your own message) will be on sale in church after the 10:30 am service, or from mcwilliamson1@btinternet.com – £1 each, or six for £5 Margaret Williamson

Sponsored Advent Fast in aid of St Giles’ General Fund: A deficit of over £9,000 is expected.  Please join or sponsor the Advent Fast, which is raising money to reduce the deficit.  Contact Rod Nixon for more information – treasurer@st-giles-church.org
Decorating the Church:  
St Giles’ will be decorated at 3:30 pm on Wednesday 12th December.  All volunteers will be most welcome.

New Chess Club: St Giles’ Chess Club will meet every Thursday in the Parish Rooms from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm, starting on 20th December.  Parishioners are all invited to the official opening on Thursday 13thDecember from 7:45 pm to 8:45 pm, when there will be wine and nibbles.         Rod Nixon

Carols Round the Christmas Tree – 4:30 pm on Saturday 15th December.

Sunday 16th December (Third Sunday of Advent): 8:00 am – Holy Communion (BCP); 10:30 am – Holy Communion; 6:30 pm – Evensong.

Congregational Photo: Tom Albinson will be leaving at the end of the year and he would like to have a photo of the congregation as a memento of his time here.  We are trying to arrange for this to be taken after the 10:30 am service on Sun 16th Dec.  It would be great if as many people as possible could be here, so that we can get a picture of most of the people associated with St Giles’.

The Gatehouse: The box is now in church, and as usual, we are collecting scarves, gloves, pants, socks and small bars of chocolate for guests of The Gatehouse (90% of whom are male).  Please bring your contributions (unwrapped).  The present-wrapping event is on 19th December from 12 noon to 3:00 pm and all are welcome to come along to this.  Margaret Williamson

St Giles’ Carol Service by Candlelight – Sunday 23rd December at 6:30 pm.

St Giles’ Choir: The choir will be singing in Southwark Cathedral on 12th January 2019Coventry Cathedral on 29th June; and Peterborough Cathedral on 6th July.  Contact Nicholas Prozzillo for further information.

Prayer Requests – Cycle of Prayer: Week 3

Sick:            Heather Poole, George Pulford, Becca Henderson, Roy Darke, John Ashton, Andrew McLean

RIP:             Margaret Croft (21/11/2018) (Funeral at St Giles’ on Tues 18th December at 2 pm)

Year’s Mind:                  9th – Peggy Smith (2011); 10th – Earland Clear (2003); Mary Bloch (2003);

                   13th – Harold Padfield (2014); 14th – Elisabeth Warman (2001);

                   15th – John Wood (2015)

Yours,

Andrew.

Notices for Remembrance Sunday

The flowers in church today carry a special meaning for Armistice Day.  The pink roses symbolise appreciation and gratitude, the white roses symbolise peace and spirituality. Mary Whitlock

On Sunday 11th November, road closures will be in place for: Banbury Road from its junction with Parks Road to its junction with St Giles’; Beaumont Street from its junction with St John Street to its junction with St Giles’; Keble Road; Magdalen Street East and West.  St Giles’ will be closed from 12:01 am to 2 pm on Sunday 11 November 2018.  Parking will be suspended in St Giles’ during the Remembrance Sunday event.

Safeguarding at St Giles’ Church: Please read the information at http://shorturl.at/stJOX and let Siân (contact details overleaf) know if you are able to attend the training.

Lunchtime Talk at St Giles’: On Thurs 15th  Nov at 12:30 pm – Pertinent Questions.  Provocative Answers.  Speaker – Penny Faust.  Everyone welcome!

Jazz at St Giles’: (All concerts start at 7:30 pm).  17th November – Brickwork Lizards; 24th November – Tommaso Starace; 1st December – David Gordon Trio.  Tickets: £15/£12 (concessions)/£8 (students)/£5 (children).

Sunday 18th Nov (Second Sunday before Advent): 8:00 am – Holy Communion (BCP);10:30 am – Holy Communion; 6:30 pm – Choral Evensong.

Creation in Crisis: A Christian response to the environmental issues of today; 6 pm onSunday 18th November at St Andrew’s, Linton Road, Oxford.

Joint Advent Carol Service on Sunday 2nd Dec, 6:00 pm at St Margaret’s.

St Giles’ Churchyard clean-up: This will take place from 10 am-1 pm on Sat 8th Dec.  If you can help, please let me know.  Bring secateurs and shears, and equip yourself with gloves.  It would be great if we could get a team of six to ten people to help with this clean-up for Christmas.          Andrew

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Prayer Requests (Cycle of Prayer: Week 3)

Sick:                 Heather Poole, George Pulford, Becca Henderson, Roy Darke, 
John Ashton, Claire Woods, Andrew McLean

RIP:                 

Year’s Mind:    16th November – Joan Spencer (2005)

Notices for Sunday 4th November

In Memoriam:

Harry William Robinson, Major, Ox & Bucks Light Infantry

Died on active service, 9th November 1918, aged 32

Buried in Botley Cemetery, Oxford

There is a special booklet for this service.

NOTICES

6:30 pm, Sunday 4th November – Faure Requiem Eucharist                      

Temporary closure of Banbury Road: From 03:00 on Sat 3rd November to 23:00 on Sunday 4thNovember Banbury Road will be closed between Parks Road and St Giles to enable crane operation to remove the site tower crane.  Pedestrian access will not be affected but vehicular traffic will be diverted. 

Safeguarding at St Giles’: Please read the information at https://tinyurl.com/ya4jg7fk and let Siân (contact details overleaf) know if you are able to attend the training.

Lunchtime Talks at St Giles’: The series continues on Thursday 8th November – Engaging Emptiness; Speaker: Matthew Steven Carlos, Zen Monk, Oxford Monastic Institute.  Everyone welcome!

Jazz at St Giles’: (All concerts start at 7:30 pm).  10th November – Art Themen Quintet; 17thNovember – Brickwork Lizards; 24th November – Tommaso Starace; 1st December – David Gordon Trio.  Tickets: £15/£12 (concessions)/£8 (students)/£5 (children). 

Services on Sunday 11th November: 8:00 am – Holy Communion (BCP); 10:30 am – Civic Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial, followed at 11:15 am (approx) by shortened service of Holy Communion at St Giles’; 6:30 pm – Evensong (St Giles’ Singers). 

Road closures on Sunday 11th November: Banbury Road from its junction with Parks Road to its junction with St Giles’; Beaumont Street from its junction with St John Street to its junction with St Giles’; Keble Road; Magdalen Street East and West; St Giles’ will be closed from 12.01 am to 2 pm on Sunday 11 November 2018.  Parking will be suspended in St Giles’ during the Remembrance Sunday event. 

St Giles’ Churchyard clean-up on 8th December: The clean-up will be from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. If you are able to help during this time-window, please let me know.  Please bring some garden secateurs and shears and equip yourself with gloves.  It would be great if we could get a team of six to ten people to help with this clean-up for Christmas.  Andrew.

Prayer Requests – Cycle of Prayer: Week 2

Sick:            Heather Poole, George Pulford, Becca Henderson, Roy Darke, Maxine, 
John Ashton, Claire Woods, Andrew McLean

RIP:             Dorothy Metcalf (03/07/2018); Michael Metcalf (25/10/2018)

Year’s Mind:                  4th – Jack McManners (2006); Joan Wheare (2013); 
8th – Geoff Darke (2011); 10th – Margaret Ellis (2006)

Yours,

Andrew.

Churchyard Clean-up

You may remember that a few weeks ago we had a problem with St Giles’ churchyard being used fairly extensively for drug-taking. Following the clean-up by the Council, I met with the Police who cover this area to see what can be done to prevent this situation arising again. They advised that we should clear the ground-cover vegetation in the area. The Police have volunteered to help us achieve this clear up, but have asked me to find people from the parish who are prepared to work with them.

The clean-up will be from 10:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday 8th December. If you are able to spare some time during this time window please let me know. Please bring some garden secateurs and shears and equip yourself with gloves. It would be great if we could get a team of six to ten people to help with this clean-up for Christmas.

Yours,

Andrew.

The 100th anniversary of the ending of “The Great War”

On Sunday 11th November it will be 100 years to the day of the ending of the Great War. We are marking this moment in history in three special ways:

  1. A special edition of the Parish Magazine.
  2. The mounting of a display of the window that Nick Mynheer designed for Sothwell Minster.
  3. A special service of Choral Evensong at 6:30pm.

For the month of November, the magazine is devoted to stories associated with the ending of the Great War. This is a colour edition to mark this occasion.

The window that Nick Mynheer designed for Southwell Minster depicts the crucifixion with a soldier being taken down form the cross. Nick has lent the drawing used for making the window and this full life-sized drawing will be put on display in the chancel behind the nave altar. It will be in place from November 6th to November 17th.

At Evensong on 11 November to the 18 men of St Giles’ who are remembered on our war memorial will be remembered. I hope that many of you would like to make a point of coming to this service, even if you don’t normally come to Evensong. We are looking for some volunteers to take (a small) part in proceedings – nothing arduous or needing rehearsal. Please contact by email or phone myself or Alison Bickmore for more information if you would like to be involved. We are hoping that the book of remembrance that Alison has prepared about the men who died in the Great War will be available for viewing at this service.

Yours,

Andrew.

St Giles, Notices for Sunday 28th October 2018

NOTICES

From Revd Tom Albinson: It is with joy and sadness that I announce that I will be leaving the ministry team at St Giles’ and St Margaret’s at the end of this year. It has been a privilege to be a part of these worshipping communities for nearly three years, sharing our journey of faith together. Anna, Steve and I are emigrating to the USA where I am taking up an Associate Rector role at the Church of St Michael and St George in St Louis, Missouri. Please hold Anna and me in your prayers as we make this transition. You will also continue to be in my prayers.

Safeguarding at St Giles’: Please read the information at https://tinyurl.com/ya4jg7fk and let Siân (contact details overleaf) know if you are able to attend the training.

Services on Sunday 4th November (All Saints’ Sunday): 8:00 am – Holy Communion (BCP);10:30 am –Holy Communion; 6:30 pm – Fauré Requiem Eucharist.

Lunchtime Talks at St Giles’: The series continues on Thursday 1st November at 12:30 pm – Three Thousand Years of Christian Writings. Speaker – Richard J Ounsworth OP, Lecturer in Scripture at Blackfriars. Everyone welcome!

Jazz at St Giles’: (All concerts start at 7:30 pm). 10th November – Art Themen Quintet; 17th November – Brickwork Lizards; 24th November – Tommaso Starace; 1st December – David Gordon Trio. Tickets: £15/£12 (concessions)/£8 (students)/£5 (children).

Temporary closure of Banbury Road: From 03:00 on Sat 3rd November to 23:00on Sunday 4th November Banbury Road will be closed between Parks Road and St Giles to enable crane operation to remove the site tower crane. Pedestrian access will not be affected but vehicular traffic will be diverted.

Come and Sing Fauré Requiem at St Giles’: On Sun 4th Nov. £10 for singers. Scores available to hire.Rehearsal at 4:30 pm. Service at 6:30 pm. All singers welcome. Further details from Nicholas Prozzillo (choir@st-giles-church.org)

All Souls’ Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance at St Giles’: 6:30 pm on Sun 4th Nov. There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the church for you to add the names of anyone you would like to be remembered at this service.

Prayer Requests – Cycle of Prayer: Week 1

Sick: Heather Poole, George Pulford, Becca Henderson, Roy Darke, Maxine,
John Ashton, Claire Woods, Andrew McLean

RIP:

Year’s Mind: 30th Oct – Eleanor Thompson (2014);
1st Nov – Bob Benstead (2012); 2nd – Joyce Head (2000)

Yours,

Andrew.

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Notices for 21st October

From Revd Tom Albinson: It is with joy and sadness that I announce that I will be leaving the ministry team at St Giles’ and St Margaret’s at the end of this year.  It has been a privilege to be a part of these worshipping communities for nearly three years, sharing our journey of faith together.  Anna, Steve and I are emigrating to the USA where I am taking up an Associate Rector role at the Church of St Michael and St George in St Louis, Missouri.  Please hold Anna and me in your prayers as we make this transition.  You will also continue to be in my prayers.

Safeguarding at St Giles’: Please read the information at http://shorturl.at/stJOX and let Siân  know if you are able to attend the training.

Services on Sunday 28th October (The Last Sunday after Trinity): 8:00 am – Holy Communion (BCP);10:30 am – Holy Communion; 6:30 pm – Evensong.

Lunchtime Talks at St Giles’: The series continues on Thursday 25th Oct at 12:30 pm – Understanding China today – can Confucius help?; Speaker – Rana Mitter, Director of the Oxford University China Centre.  Everyone welcome!

Jazz at St Giles’: (All concerts start at 7:30 pm).  27th October – Ben Holder Hot Club de Paris; 10thNovember – Art Themen Quintet; 17th November – Brickwork Lizards; 24th November – Tommaso Starace; 1st December – David Gordon Trio.  Tickets: £15/£12 (concessions)/£8 (students)/£5 (children).

Temporary closure of Banbury Road: From 03:00 on Saturday 3rd November to 23:00 on Sunday 4thNovember Banbury Road will be closed between Parks Road and St Giles to enable crane operation to remove the site tower crane.  Pedestrian access will not be affected but vehicular traffic will be diverted. 

Come and Sing Fauré Requiem at St Giles’: On Sun 4th Nov.  £10 for singers.  Scores available to hire.Rehearsal at 4:30 pm.  Service at 6:30 pm.  All singers welcome.  Further details from Nicholas Prozzillo (choir@st-giles-church.org)

All Souls’ Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance at St Giles’: 6:30 pm on Sunday 4thNovember.  There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the church for you to add the names of anyone you would like to be remembered at this service. 

Prayer Requests – Cycle of Prayer: Week 4

Sick:            Heather Poole, George Pulford, Becca Henderson, Roy Darke, Maxine, John Ashton, Claire Woods, Bernard Masterman, Andrew McLean

Notices for October 14th

Services on Sunday 21st October (Trinity 21): 8:00 am – Holy Communion (BCP); 10:30 am – Holy Communion; 6:30 pm – Evensong (no choir).

Street Choir @ St Giles’: A new choir for people affected by homelessness.  Every Monday afternoon.  3:30 pm – doors open for tea and coffee; 3:45-4:45 – choir.  For more information please contact emformusic@outlook.com

Lunchtime Talks at St Giles’: The series continues on Thursday 18th October at 12:30 pm – My Top Ten Stories Jesus Told; Speaker – Rt Revd Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford.  Everyone welcome!

Homelessness – A response of faith: On Saturday 20th October, 10 am-2 pm at The King’s Centre, Osney Mead.  Tickets: £3.  See posters for full details.

Jazz at St Giles’: (All concerts start at 7:30 pm).  27th October – Ben Holder Hot Club de Paris; 10th November – Art Themen Quintet; 17th November – Brickwork Lizards; 24thNovember – Tommaso Starace; 1st December – David Gordon Trio.  Tickets: £15/£12 (concessions)/£8 (students)/£5 (children).

All Souls’ Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance at St Giles’: 6:30 pm on Sunday 4th Nov.  There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the church for you to add the names of anyone you would like to be remembered at this service. 

Come and Sing Fauré Requiem at St Giles’: On Sunday 4th November.  £10 for singers.  Scores available to hire.  Rehearsal at 4:30 pm.  Service at 6:30 pm.  All singers welcome.  Further details from Nicholas Prozzillo (choir@st-giles-church.org)

Prayer Requests – Cycle of Prayer: Week 3

Sick:            Heather Poole, George Pulford, Becca Henderson, Roy Darke, 
John Ashton, Claire Woods, Bernard Masterman, Andrew McLean

RIP:            

Year’s Mind:    16th – Jeanne Symmons (2003); 17th – Graeme McLimont (2013)

Yours,

Andrew.