Newsletter for January 23rd 2022

This Sunday @ St Michael’s, Cumnor

10:30am Big Story Sunday

Join us at 10:30am on Sunday Morning for the first Big Story Sunday of 2022.

This month we’re exploring how to pray using The Lord’s Prayer.

BSS is an informal service for everyone, from the oldest to the youngest, where we find out together about the Big Story of God’s never stopping, never giving up, unbreaking, always and forever love for us! With songs, simple bible teaching, video and prayer.

This Sunday @ St Andrew’s in Dean Court Community Centre

11:30am Morning Worship

This Sunday @ St Mary’s, Farmoor

3:30pm Hymns and Cake

Online worship

The 10:30am service in St Michael’s will be live-streamed via our website at:

The service will remain available to watch online afterwards at your convenience.

If you experience any problems joining in with online worship then let us know as we may be unaware and might even be able to help!

The sound issues we experienced before Christmas have now all been resolved.

COVID update

Masks are compulsory in church, unless you have a valid exemption, and we ask that you please keep them on when singing too, unless you are in the choir!

If you are feeling unwell or test positive then please stay at home.

Please will all those leading, preaching, taking part or welcoming take a Lateral Flow test before coming along to Church.

These rules will relax again next week as Plan B restrictions come to an end. More details next week.

Let’s keep protecting each other!

Taizé Service

This month’s Taizé songs and readings remain available online at:

The next Taizé service will be held in St Michael’s on Sunday 6th February, again at the earlier time of 4:30pm.

Toddler Group

The St Michael’s Toddler group meets on Wednesdays mornings in the Parish Centre, 1 Abingdon Road.

Each session costs just £1 and runs from 9am-11am during term times. The first session of this term is Wednesday 12th January.

The group is open to everyone.

For more details please contact Dianne Taylor (01865 862165) or Angela Evans (01865 864397).

Choir Practice

St Michael’s Choir practice in Church on Friday evenings at 6:30pm. New members are always welcome. Please contact Andrew Dyer for more details. Tel: 01865 862042 e-mail:


The Bellringers practice on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9pm. Please contact Jenny Dyer for more details. Tel: 01865 862042 e-mail:

The Cumnor Bellringers have put together a great new website at Why not take a look?

Forthcoming Worship Services and Events

St Andrew’s in the Dean Court Community Centre

30/1 11:30am Morning Worship

6/2 11:30am Morning Worship

13/2 11:30am Holy Communion

St Michael’s

30/1 10:30am Morning Worship with speaker Iain Gray from Good News for Everyone (formerly The Gideons)

6/2 10:30am Holy Communion

13/2 10:30am Morning Worship

St Michael’s remains open for private prayer every Monday and Friday, from 9am-5pm.

This Week’s Reading

John 2:1-11

Jesus Changes Water Into Wine

2 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

11 What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

This Week’s Collect

God of all mercy,
your Son proclaimed good news to the poor,
release to the captives,
and freedom to the oppressed:
anoint us with your Holy Spirit
and set all your people free
to praise you in Christ our Lord.

Please Pray For…

  • All those who have been bereaved recently including the families of Basil Wales and Yvonne Ryan.
  • The staff and pupils at our local schools.
  • The PCC Meeting together by Zoom on Wednesday evening.
  • Those affected by COVID and especially those suffering from Long-COVID.
  • Our CMS mission partner Bia.
  • The rebuilding work at St Andrews.
  • Everyone who leads worship, preaches or teaches in our parish.


St Michael’s Parish Office

1, Abingdon Road,

01865 861541

The Parish Office email and answerphone are being checked regularly or please get directly in touch with Jonathan.

Jonathan Widdess

The Vicarage,
1, Abingdon Road

01865 863702

Kate Elliott
Safeguarding Officer

07782 350491