Worship This Week

St Andrew’s in the Dean Court Community Centre

11:30am Holy Communion
Leader and preacher: Jonathan Widdess

St Michael’s, Cumnor

8am Holy Communion (1662)
Leader and preacher: Jonathan Widdess

10:30am Morning Worship
Leader and preacher: Jean Pryce-Williams

St Mary’s, Farmoor

No Service

Online Worship

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

These will remain available to watch online afterwards.

15 Minutes A Day With God

Do you manage to set aside (at least) 15 minutes a day to engage with God through reading the Bible and prayer? Imagine the difference it would make to your life if you did!

There’s a great handout you can download with suggestions and resources to help. It’s available online or you can pick up a printed copy from the back of St Michael’s.

Hot Weather Warning

Here are some tips that from Oxfordshire Age UK that will help us all cope better with the hot weather over the next week or so.

  • Keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. Windows can be opened for ventilation when it’s cooler.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar. Eat cool foods such as salads.
  • Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool.
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  • Use plants and bowls of water to keep rooms cool.
  • Do not do too much exercise.

Remember too that St Michael’s remains cooler than the outdoor temperature, and is open each day from 9am to 5pm, so why not pop in to pray and enjoy some respite from the heat?

Tower Roof Repairs

You may have noticed there is now scaffolding on the south side of the St Michael’s tower. This is to enable work to replace the lead on the roof. Work started on Monday and continues.

All the historic lead is to be preserved, with the most significant parts mounted in the tower itself for visitors to enjoy, and other sections sold to local people. Watch for more news on this in the next few weeks.

Being A Trustee At Oxenford House

Oxenford House provides a home for twenty-five residents with varying levels of care needs including those individuals requiring short periods of respite care and day care. Residents are encouraged and enabled to have active, fulfilled and worthwhile lives by engaging in numerous activities such as musical movements, poetry sessions , visits from entertainers , craft sessions, physiotherapy, aromatherapy, outings ( e.g. to Cotswold Wildlife Park ) and specific activities requested by residents.

Cumnor and the surrounding area can be proud of the support it has given to Oxenford House since it opened in The Glebe in 1990 as a not for profit organisation to provide for the needs of older people Our residents have benefited greatly from the interest displayed by many local people from the early days of raising funds and setting up the organisational structures required to those volunteers who have given freely of their time over the years to engage with our residents.

Oxenford house is managed by a General Manager and a small group of trustees. The latter are volunteers who bring to the house their own varied skills and experience ( e.g. experience of working with older people and other client groups in either a voluntary or professional capacity, nursing, marketing, business, I.T. , human resources etc and also personal experience of the care sector. Our trustees use their many and varied experiences to help ensure the continued smooth- running and excellent reputation of Oxenford House which has received an “ Outstanding “ rating for Care by the Care Quality Commission and has been rated “ Good “ in all other areas.

We are currently seeking another couple of trustees to replace those who are planning to relinquish their roles after many years service. As a trustee you would be expected to attend a bi-monthly meeting of the Executive Committee along with other trustees and the General Manager. There are also bi-monthly meetings of the trustees at present and you would be welcome to join in with an activity of your choice with residents as well as attending the annual barbecue and Christmas party. Training and support are provided both in-house and by the Abbeyfield Society , a national charity of which Oxenford house is a member

If you would like to know more about being a trustee please contact Cath Baldock at e-mail cath.baldock@talktalk.net or tel: 01865 803707.

Hymns and Cake at St Mary’s

Hymns and Cake’ is the new informal cafe type gathering on the fourth Sunday of every month at 3.30 pm St Mary’s Church Farmoor. We would very much welcome some help with refreshments etc on a regular or not so regular basis. Listen to Jean talking about it on Radio Oxford.

Taizé Worship

The next Taizé service is on August 7th at 4:30pm.

The songs and readings for March remain available online at: https://cumnor.org/taize-service-march-2022/ , and all our previous Online Taizé services can be found at https://cumnor.org/taize/

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 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: ajdyer47@hotmail.com


The Bellringers practice on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9pm. Please contact Jenny Dyer for more details. Tel: 01865 862042 e-mail: jadyer55@hotmail.com. Their website is at https://cumnorbellringers.uk.

Ukraine – We Can Do Something


If you would like to use the church for prayer and reflection, a dedicated area is now available in St Michael’s.

We can also pray using Christian Aid’s resources or this prayer for peace from +Steven.

A Prayer for Peace in Ukraine

God of compassion,
Have mercy this day on the people of Ukraine.
Restore to them the gift of peace.
Grant wisdom to the governments of the world.
Bring good in the midst of evil and suffering,
For the sake of Jesus Christ your Son,
Who gave his life to bring peace to your world


Christian Aid are encouraging people to sign a change.org petition launched by Together With Refugees member, Freedom From Torture. It’s calling on the government to provide humanitarian support to the people of Ukraine, and asking for urgent concessions on the Nationality and Borders Bill.


Cash donations to a registered and regulated charity are best at this time. You can donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee Appeal here: DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

Another option is to buy “survival items” from the online aid shop of the charity RefugEase. It sells food parcels, hygiene packs and medical packs.

Don’t Look Away

The Ukrainian Institute has an excellent web site with further information.

Oxford diocese also has a webpage dedicated to a Christian response to the war, which they are keeping updated.


Staying safe online

Getting online can make life easier in many ways, but there is also a risk of scams and fraud.

Age UK has advice on how to stay safe online.

Bible Readings

Acts 10:44-48

Matthew 28:16-20


O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: increase and multiply upon us your mercy;
that with you as our ruler and guide
we may so pass through things temporal
that we lose not our hold on things eternal;
grant this, heavenly Father,
for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Please Pray For…

  • The conflict in the Ukraine.
  • The staff and pupils at our local schools as the end of term approaches.
  • New people to find a living faith in Jesus and join us in church.
  • The families and friends of Peppy Smeaton, and Stella Morris whose funerals are this week, and the family of Margaret Barber whose ashes will be interred this week.
  • Kate and Harry who are getting married in St Michael’s on July 30.
  • Olivia and George Ward who are being baptised during Big Story Sunday on July 24th.
  • The repairs to the tower roof at St Michael’s.
  • Victims of domestic abuse and all those affected by femicide.
  • Those with COVID and especially those suffering from Long-COVID.
  • The work of BeSpace, one of the organisations we support with our mission giving.
  • The ongoing rebuilding work at St Andrews.
  • Everyone who leads worship, preaches or teaches in our parish.

Worship Services in July

Sunday 17th July

St Andrew’s in the Dean Court Community Centre

11:30am Morning Worship
Leader: David Wenham
Preacher: John Chorlton

St Michael’s, Cumnor

10:30am Holy Communion
Leader and preacher: Jonathan Widdess

Sunday 24th July

St Andrew’s in the Dean Court Community Centre

11:30am Morning Worship
Leader: David Wenham
Preacher: Jessica Turner

St Michael’s, Cumnor

8am Holy Communion (1662)
Leader and preacher: Jessica Turner

10:30am Big Story Sunday
Leader: Jonathan Widdess

St Mary’s, Farmoor

3:30pm Hymns and Cake
Led by: Jean Pryce-Williams

Sunday 31st July

St Andrew’s in the Dean Court Community Centre

11:30am Morning Worship
Leader: David Wenham
Preacher: from Christians Against Poverty

St Michael’s, Cumnor

10:30am Morning Worship
Leader and Preacher: Jonathan Widdess


Jonathan Widdess


01865 863702 / vicar@cumnor.org

The Vicarage,
1, Abingdon Road

Kate Elliott

Safeguarding Officer

07782 350491 / KateE@cumnor.org