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.

Sunday 7th October

NOTICES

In Memoriam: Francis John William Slay – 29th September 1918.  Private, 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles (Saskatchewan Regiment).  Killed in Action 29th September 1918, aged 26.  Buried: Raillencourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France

Half Marathon on Sunday 7th Oct: There will be road closures to allow this to take place.(See https://uk.virginsport.com/event/oxford-2018/faqs)

Priest and Pints: After Evensong on Sunday 7th October at The Royal Oak.

30th Anniversary of the Gatehouse: Wednesday 10th October, 5 pm-8 pm at The King’s Centre, Osney Mead.  All are welcome

Services on Sunday 14th October (Trinity 20): 8:00 am – Holy Communion (BCP);10:30 am –Choral Morning Prayer; 6:30 pm – Choral Evensong.

Lunchtime Talks at St Giles’: The new series begins on Thursday 11th October at 12:30 pm – Auden, the Psalms and Me; Speaker – J Chester Johnson (Poet, Essayist and Translator).  Everyone welcome!

Jazz at St Giles’: (All concerts start at 7:30 pm).  13th October – Trifarious Trio; 27th October – Ben Holder Hot Club de Paris; 10th November – Art Themen Quintet; 17th November – Brickwork Lizards; 24th November – Tommaso Starace; 1st December – David Gordon Trio. 

Prayer Requests – Cycle of Prayer: Week 2

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

Year’s Mind:    29th Sept – Francis John William Slay (1918)

Yours,

Andrew.

Notices for Sunday 30th September

Contactless Offerings: St Giles’ is part of a national trial for collecting
donations via contactless cards. If you wish to give your weekly donation via card, please use the system which is on the coffee bar. If you have any
feedback about using the system, please do let Tom know.

St Giles’ Choir CD: This Sunday sees the launch of the new Choir CD (price
£10), which will be on sale in church after the 10:30 am service.

From Revd Georgie Simpson: On Michaelmas Sunday, 30th Sept, I am officially retiring from my position as Associate Priest in the Benefice. My final service will be the 10.30 am Parish Eucharist at St Margaret’s. Ben and I would like to invite you all to drinks and nibbles after that service and do hope you will be able to join us.

Exodus Exhibition at St Giles’: This runs until 30th Sept and aims to raise funds for supporting three Oxford-based organisations, Sanctuary Hosting, Asylum Welcome and Refugee Resource, through sales and donations – hence, one of our green ‘buckets’ at the back of the church.Half Marathon on Sunday 7th Oct: There will be road closures to allow this to take place.(See https://uk.virginsport.com/event/oxford-2018/faqs)

Services on Sunday 7th October (Trinity 19): 8:00 am – Holy Communion (BCP);10:30 am –Confirmation and Holy Communion;3:00 pm – Animal Service;6:30 pm– Evensong.

Priest and Pints: After Evensong on Sunday 7th October atThe Royal Oak.

Lunchtime Talks at St Giles’: The new series begins on Thursday 11th October at 12:30 pm – Auden, the Psalms and Me; Speaker – J Chester Johnson (Poet, Essayist and Translator). Everyone welcome!

Jazz at St Giles’: (All concerts start at 7:30 pm). 13th October – Trifarious Trio; 27th October – Ben Holder Hot Club de Paris; 10th November – Art Themen Quintet; 17th November – Brickwork Lizards; 24th November – Tommaso Starace; 1st December – David Gordon Trio.

Prayer Requests – Cycle of Prayer: Week 1

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

RIP:

Year’s Mind: 29th – Francis John William Slay (1918)

St Giles – Notices for Sunday 23rd September

NOTICES

Exhibition at St Giles’: Exodus – the exhibition of work by Michele Tallack and Karima Brook – runs until 30th September. Depicting refugees and vulnerability, it aims to raise funds for supporting three Oxford-based organisations, Sanctuary Hosting, Asylum Welcome and Refugee Resource, through sales and donations – hence, one of our green ‘buckets’ at the back of the church. They will be giving a tea-talk at 2 pm on Sunday 23rd and will continue to share stewarding with Ali from 12-5 pm throughout the week.

Jazz at St Giles’: (All concerts start at 7:30 pm). 29th September – Chris Ingham Quartet; 13th October – Trifarious Trio; 27th October – Ben Holder Hot Club de Paris; 10th November – Art Themen Quintet; 17th November – Brickwork Lizards; 24th Nov – Tommaso Starace; 1st Dec – David Gordon Trio.

Services on Sunday 30th Sept (Michaelmas Sunday): 8:00 am – Holy Communion (BCP);10:30 am –Holy Communion;6:30 pm– Evensong.

A message from Revd Georgie Simpson: My dear friends: As some of you may know, on Michaelmas Sunday, 30th September, I am officially retiring from my position as Associate Priest in the Benefice. My final service will be the 10.30 am Parish Eucharist at St Margaret’s. Ben and I would like to invite you all to drinks and nibbles after that service and do hope you will be able to join us. With much love, Georgie.

Confirmation Service: Sunday 7th October, 10:30 am, at St Giles’.

Animal Service: Sunday 7th October, 3:00 pm, at St Giles’.

Thursday Lunchtime Talks at St Giles’: The new series begins on 11th October at 12:30 pm – Auden, the Psalms and Me; Speaker – J Chester Johnson (Poet, Essayist and Translator).

Contactless Offerings:St Giles’ is part of a national trial for collecting donations via contactless cards. If you wish to give your weekly donation via card, please use the system which is on the coffee bar. If you have any feedback about using the system, please do let Tom know.

Flowers:The flowers in church this week are given by Jane Finnerty in memory of her mother, Margaret Holstead, 1943-2003.

Prayer Requests – Cycle of Prayer: Week 4

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

Andrew McLean

Year’s Mind: 23rd – Stephen Sawford (2012);
25th – Ken Matthews (2000); 25th – Charlie Boscott (2010)

Yours,

Andrew.

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Georgie’s future ministry

Dear Friends,

As you may know, Georgie will be retiring as an Associate priest licensed to this Benefice at the end of September. Since her retirement from stipendiary ministry with us ten years ago, Georgie has been developing the life of the Oxford Centre of Spiritual Growth (OSCG). Part of this work with her OSCG was carried out in this benefice. She has organised no less than ten 8 week series of talks on various forms of spirituality together with numerous other talks, Quiet Days, study days on prayer etc. After this September, Georgie will spend more of her time developing the ministry of OSCG further, organising more events, all of which will be designed to make meaningful connections for people, stretch their imaginations and deepen their faith.

Two such events are coming up in October, both of which you may find very appealing.

The first, on Saturday 20th October, at Corpus Christi College, is The Song of Songs: Wisdom’s Song of Love through Word, Music and Silence – a reflective study day led by a well-known author of the Christian mystical tradition. Georgie writes…

“The most mysterious of all the books in Holy Scripture, The Song of Songs has been well-loved and well-known for centuries. To name but a few, In the 8th century, the Venerable Bede wrote a commentary on it; in the 12th century, St Bernard of Clairvaux wrote 86 sermons on it; the 16th century mystics, St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross were profoundly influenced by it. And it has provided much inspiration for classical and popular composers throughout time.

The Song of Songs was described by a significant 2nd century Jewish teacher, Rabbi Akiva, as ‘the holy of the holies’ and is perhaps best seen as the ultimate love poem from God, expressing a passionate yearning for the people of God to return God’s super-abundant love for his entire creation.”

See details http://www.ocsg.uk.net/events/ Telephone Georgie: 07803 031 977

The second event, on Thursday 25th October, at Wolfson College, is An Evening with Laurence Freeman OSB, Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation. The main talk ‘Christian Meditation in a Secular Age: Rediscovering faith and belief’ at 7pm, will be preceded by (optional) informal conversations and discussions from 5.30pm.

See details http://www.ocsg.uk.net/events / 07803 031 977

So, as you see, Georgie’s ministry will continue, but take a different form. I know that she would be delighted to see members of this Benefice at the events she will be organising in the future. We will try to ensure that we keep you informed of what she is organising.

With best wishes,

Yours,

Andrew.

St Giles – Notices for 16th September 2018

We will be celebrating Harvest Thanksgiving on Sun 23rd Sept. As usual our focus for Harvest offerings will be on GIFTS FOR GATEHOUSE. They would welcome: •Instant coffee •Teabags •Cake •Tuna •Blackcurrant squash •Orange squash •Peanut butter •Marmite •Chocolate spread •Jam (esp strawberry) •Mayonnaise •Salad cream •Biscuits •Cuppa soups ·Tinned fruit

NOTICES

Contactless Offerings:St Giles’ is part of a national trial for collecting donations via contactless cards. If you wish to give your weekly donation via card, please use the system which is on the coffee bar. If you have any feedback about using the system, please do let Tom know.

Exodus Exhibition at St Giles’: An exhibition of painting and sculpture about refugees with proceeds to Asylum Welcome, Refugee Resource and Sanctuary Hosting. From 15th-30th September. Open daily from 12 noon-5:00 pm. There will be a talk by the artists at 2 pm on Sunday 23rd September.

Jazz at St Giles’: (All concerts start at 7:30 pm). 22nd Sept – Pete Oxley and Nick Meier; 29th Sept – Chris Ingham Quartet; 13th Oct – Trifarious Trio; 27th Oct – Ben Holder Hot Club de Paris; 10th Nov – Art Themen Quintet; 17th Nov – Brickwork Lizards; 24th Nov – Tommaso Starace; 1st Dec – David Gordon Trio.

Services on Sunday 23rd Sept: 8:00 am – Holy Communion (BCP);10:30 am –Holy Communion (Harvest Thanksgiving);6:30 pm– Choral Evensong.

Harvest Bakes please! On 23rd September there will be Harvest Bakes and coffee or tea after the 10:30 am service – a chance to enjoy fellowship and home-made produce. Please bring either savoury or sweet bakes so that there will be plenty to share with Gatehouse guests too. Thank you! Joanne Russell

Flowers: The flowers in church this Sunday are given in memory of Ernie and Gwen Huckin.

A message from Revd Georgie Simpson:

My dear friends: As some of you may know, on Michaelmas Sunday, 30th September, I am officially retiring from my position as Associate Priest in the Benefice. My final service will be the 10.30 am Parish Eucharist at St Margaret’s. Ben and I would like to invite you all to drinks and nibbles after that service and do hope you will be able to join us. With much love, Georgie

Prayer Requests – Cycle of Prayer: Week 3

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

RIP:

Year’s Mind: 17th – Derek Shaw (2003); 19th – Marcus Saville-Deane (2004);
Andrew Fulkes (2014)

Yours,

Andrew.

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St Giles’ – My Top Ten

My Top Ten – This autumn, and the study material distributed by e-mail and the series of Thursday lunch-time talks at St Giles will have the same focus… writings and books that have inspired people.

From the first week of October, each week, a short review will be sent out by e-mail on a book which has been influential to their life of faith of your clergy. A short daily thought will be sent out from the book in question to supplement the book review. Ten books will be included in this weekly series.

The Thursday lunch-time talks will have a similar theme. Each week a talk will be given in which a speaker will present readings, stories or quotes which they have found to be inspirational to them. The speakers come from a range of different faith backgrounds, We will hear the views from Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish and Confucian perspectives. The series starts on 11th October in St Giles. The details of the talks can be found on posters and handbills in our two churches.

Yours,

Andrew.