Worship Services in June

St Andrew’s in the Dean Court Community Centre

Sunday 19th June

11:30am Morning Worship
Leader and preacher: David Wenham

Sunday 26th June

11:30am Morning Worship
Leader and preacher: David Wenham

St Michael’s

Sunday 19th June

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

Sunday 26th June

8am Holy Communion (1662)
Leader and preacher: Jonathan Widdess
10:30am Big Story Sunday
Leader: Jonathan Widdess

St Mary’s, Farmoor

Sunday 26th June

3:30pm Hymns and Cake
Led by: Jonathan Widdess

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

I am challenging each of us to spend (at least) 15 minutes a day engaging with God through reading the Bible and prayer. 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 tables at the back of St Michael’s.

Holy Communion – Common Cup

Thanks so much to everyone who got in touch to share your thoughts about returning to sharing the common cup. There were a wide range of views expressed, as you might expect.

The PCC discussed the issue again on Wednesday evening and have decided to leave things as they are for now. Holy Communion will continue to be available in both kinds, with priestly intinction. If you prefer just to receive the bread or wafer then please indicate this when you come forward. If you don’t feel able to receive either just yet then come for a blessing. We will revisit the issue in the autumn.

PCC Update

At our meeting on Wednesday evening in the Old School we:

  • Discussed the use of the Common Cup at Communion.
  • Reflected on the Jubilee events.
  • Heard about “How to Nurture a Faith Sharing Culture”, a new resource from CPAS, and which the Mission Working Group will be taking forward.
  • Discussed plans for Harvest as we continue to work to encourage people to return to church.
  • Heard about the latest Fabric Committee meeting.
  • Discussed the preservation and sale of the lead that will be removed during the renovation work.
  • Heard about the latest progress on the St Andrew’s rebuilding.

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 starts on Monday and is expected to continue for about 4 weeks. All the historic lead is to be preserved, with the most significant parts mounted in the tower itself for visitors to enjoy, and other areas sold to local people. Watch for more news on this in the next few weeks.

Music for a Summers Evening with Wantage Concert Brass

Join us at 7pm on Saturday 25th June in St Michael’s for a wonderful evening of music for a summer’s evening with Wantage Concert Brass (MD Neil Brownless). Tickets are available online here, from Jonathan or from Cumnor Post Office.

Light refreshments will be served during the interval.

Adults £8, Concessions £6, Family Ticket (2A + 2C) £25.

Would anyone be able to come and help me serve refreshments as we welcome our community into the church? Email Jonathan at vicar@cumnor.org.

Cumnor C.E. School Summer Fête

Cumnor Pre-School Summer Fête

Living in Love and Faith – Deanery Course

The Diocesan LLF Advocates Team are running a one day Living in Love & Faith course for our Deanery at Peachcroft Christian Centre, Abingdon on Saturday, 2 July. The course costs £5 per attendee, starts at 9.45 am for 10.00 am and runs until 4.00 pm. Further details can be found below.

Please let Sharon Derbe, Abingdon Deanery Secretary, know as soon as possible if you would like to attend. Her email address isabingdondeanerysec@gmail.com

Vigil in Botley

On 25th June at 7.30pm St Peter and St. Paul is hosting an evening vigil of remembrance for the 140 women who were killed by men during 2021.  This is combined with an art installation that is going on the front of the church building from this weekend for a week.

Pillow Talk – art installation and protest against femicide.

at the church of St. Peter & St. Paul, West Way

with a vigil of remembrance for all women killed by men

outside the church on Saturday 25th June at 7.30pm.

Did you know that during 2021 at least 140 women were killed by men in the UK?

They ranged in age from teens to nineties and were from all cultural backgrounds.

Violence against women is endemic in the world and since the deaths of sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman in 2020 and Sabina Nessa and Sarah Everard in 2021 voices of women and men have risen in protest against femicide, which is the most extreme form of gender-based violence and is defined as the ‘intentional murder of women because they are women’.

In her installation, Pillow Talk, local artist Alice Brookes gives expression to the pain and outrage experienced by families who experience domestic violence, as well as encouraging us all to speak up for women and children at risk in abusive relationships.

Join us to honour the memories of women who have died in this way, to listen to invited speakers Emily Smith, Cllr for Botley and Sunningwell; Alice Brookes, Artist; The Revd Rachel Cross; (Layla Moran MP will be in attendance) and to share a glass of wine.

Rev Claire Sykes.

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. For more info, please call Jean on 07927 236961.

Listen to Jean talking about it on Radio Oxford.

Taizé Worship

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 8:1 – 25

Matthew 15:21-28


God of truth,
help us to keep your law of love
and to walk in ways of wisdom,
that we may find true life
in Jesus Christ your Son.

Please Pray For…

  • The conflict in the Ukraine.
  • The staff and pupils at our local schools.
  • New people to find a living faith in Jesus and join us in church.
  • Victims of domestic violence and all those affected by femicide.
  • Those affected by COVID and especially those suffering from Long-COVID.
  • Our CMS mission partner Bia.
  • 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.


Jonathan Widdess


01865 863702 / vicar@cumnor.org

The Vicarage,
1, Abingdon Road

Kate Elliott

Safeguarding Officer

07782 350491 / KateE@cumnor.org