Newsletter for June 27th 2021

Here is this weeks news….

This Sunday @ St Michael’s


Join us at 10:30am on Sunday morning in St Michael’s for Big Story Sunday. Jonathan will be leading as we explore the story of “A little girl and a poor frail lady” from Mark 5:21-43. This service will also be live-streamed at

This Sunday @ St Andrew’s


Join us at 10am in St Andrew’s for Morning Worship. David Wenham will be leading and preaching on Galatians 2: 1-10.

Reading and Collect

Mark 5: 21-end

21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. 30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” 32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” 35 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” 36 Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” 37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43 He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.

Collect for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity

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.

Online Worship Survey

During these past months of COVID lockdowns we have provided the opportunity for people to access worship at St Michael’s on line. In order to plan for the future it would be helpful to know your views on how helpful this has been and what form our online worship should take.

The survey only takes 4 minutes to complete and is available here:

The survey will remain available until the end June. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to answer so far, your answers are really helpful!

Worship for Seniors

The June edition of our online series of Worship for Seniors is now available at William Cutting’s theme this month is “Keep moving!”.

Worship for Seniors is a new, monthly series of devotional videos for seniors and those in care homes. Each episode lasts about 15 minutes.

Worship for Seniors is also available by phone on 01865 920993, and then choosing option 2 from the menu.

Taizé Service

The online Taizé service for June is still available. With readings, prayers and meditative sung worship, it’s the perfect way to find some peace and space in the stresses and strains of life. 

Zoom Weekly Prayer Meeting

Our weekly prayer meeting continues every Monday at 10am.

Join us as we gather together online to pray for one another, our families, friends and neighbours, our parish, our nation and the world.

For more details on how to connect, see this web page.

Upcoming Worship Services

St Andrew’s @ 10am

27/6 Morning Worship (Galatians 2:1-10)

4/7 Morning Worship (Mark 5:21-43)

11/7 Holy Communion (Galatians 2:11-21)

18/7 No Service, united Church Outdoors at St Michael’s

25/7 Morning Worship (Galatians 3:1-14)

St Michael’s @ 8am

18/7 Holy Communion (1662) (Galatians 3:15-25)

St Michael’s @ 10.30am

27/6 Big Story Sunday (Mark 5:21-end)

4/7 Holy Communion (Galatians 2:11-21)

11/7 Morning Worship (Galatians 3:1-14)

18/7 Church Outdoors followed by APCM and Churchyard Picnic (Galatians 3:15-25)

25/7 Big Story Sunday (John 6: 1-21)

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

Church Electoral Roll

The revised Electoral Roll will be available for review from Monday 28th June until Sunday 1th July. if you note any errors, please let me know no later than 17th July.

Jan Harris.  (01865 864169)

Future uses of St Andrew’s Church building – ideas please!

With plans for the rebuilding of St Andrew’s Church progressing slowly we are increasingly focusing beyond the building project itself and talking about ways we might use the building to serve the local community, to reach out to those around with the good news of Jesus Christ, and to further his kingdom. A lot to think and pray about!

Please would you let the St Andrew’s Rebuilding Group know of any ideas you have? At the moment we are collecting all ideas, precise or vague, without worrying about things like who would run a suggested activity, for instance – the time for practicalities like that will come in due course but first we would value all your ideas. (In particular if you suggest an activity we will NOT be expecting you necessarily to run it! – so please, be as creative as you would like to be.)

Also, we had earlier thought we might arrange meetings to share ideas but with restrictions as they are we are aiming to talk individually with St Andrew’s people, and everyone else who would like to be included. So if you are able to help with the individual chats and encourage people to bring their ideas forward we would love to hear from you in that case too – do please get in touch. Thank you.

Sue Allwright (01865 864991, 07731 858714,

APCM Vacancies

At the APCM on July 18th, we will have vacancies for Treasurer, Churchwarden, Deanery Synod, and the PCC. Please will you pray about these very important roles and whether God is calling you or someone you know to serve the Parish in these ministries?

The diocese have produced an information leaflet detailing these roles and giving some sense of what they involve. The leaflet can be downloaded from the website here. You might also want to look at the longer leaflet written for churchwardens.

Please Pray For…

  • For David Henderson Slater and his family as he continues to undergo radiotherapy for prostate cancer.
  • A new Parish treasurer and Churchwarden.
  • Our CMS mission partner Bia.
  • The St Andrew’s Rebuilding Project.
  • All those who remain anxious for their jobs or their future.
  • Those who are homeless or struggling with food poverty.
  • People to find a living faith in Jesus.
  • Everyone who leads worship, preaches or teaches in our parish.


Sarah Evans
Parish Administrator

St Michael’s Parish Office
1, Abingdon Road,

01865 861541
Parish Office Hours: Mon-Thurs, 9am-1pm

Jonathan Widdess

The Vicarage,
1, Abingdon Road

01865 861541
Usual day off: Tuesday.