Newsletter for January 9th 2022

This Sunday @ St Michael’s, Cumnor

10:30am Morning Worship

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

11:30am Holy Communion

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.

We want to apologise for the problems you may have been experiencing with the sound quality on the live-stream in the run-up to Christmas. These issues have now been resolved.

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!

COVID update

Masks remain 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.

Let’s keep protecting each other!

Taizé Service

This month’s Taizé songs and readings are 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.

Tony Bradley’s Funeral

Tony’s funeral is in St Michael’s on Monday 10th January at 12:30pm.

We are expecting quite large numbers, so if you are attending in person then please take a lateral flow test before you come and remember to wear a face mask.

It is also being live-streamed at

When you follow the link there is some READ ME text below the photo which it will help to read, especially if you have any problems joining the live-stream.

Please continue to join me in remembering Kathleen and the family in your prayers.

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:

January Worship Services and Events

St Andrews in the Dean Court Community Centre

16/1 11:30am Morning Worship

23/1 11:30am Morning Worship

30/1 11:30am Morning Worship

St Mary’s

23/1 3:30pm Hymns and Cake

St Michael’s

16/1 8am Holy Communion (1662)

10:30am Morning Worship

23/1 10:30am Big Story Sunday

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

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

This Week’s Reading

Luke 3:15-22

The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. 16 John answered them all, “I baptise you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” 18 And with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed the good news to them.

19 But when John rebuked Herod the tetrarch because of his marriage to Herodias, his brother’s wife, and all the other evil things he had done, 20 Herod added this to them all: He locked John up in prison.

The Baptism and Genealogy of Jesus

21 When all the people were being baptised, Jesus was baptised too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”


This Week’s Collect

Eternal Father,
who at the baptism of Jesus
revealed him to be your Son,
anointing him with the Holy Spirit:
grant to us, who are born again by water and the Spirit,
that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Please Pray For…

  • All those who have been bereaved recently including Phil and Sonya Doragh, and the families of Rosemary Spivey, Tony Bradley and Linda Bowers.
  • Our local schools, as staff and pupils who began their Spring term this week.
  • 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