British Summer Time Begins
A reminder that on Sunday the clocks are going forward, and so we need to be up earlier for our Sunday Services!
Sunday 26th March
St Andrew’s, Dean Court
10:30am Morning Worship
Leader and Preacher: David Wenham
St Michael’s, Cumnor
8am Holy Communion (1662)
Leader and Preacher: Jonathan Widdess
10:30am Big Story Sunday
Leader: Jonathan Widdess
7:30pm The Passion
St Mary’s, Farmoor
3:30pm Hymns and Cake
Leader: Jessica Turner
The 10:30am services in St Michael’s are usually live-streamed via our website at: https://cumnor.org/sunday-service-online/
These remain available to watch online afterwards.
Electoral Roll Revision
In accordance with the Church Representation Rules, the Church Electoral Roll must be revised each year. If you are not already on the roll and would like to apply now, please complete a form (to be found at the back of the Church, or online at https://cumnor.org/electoral-roll-forms/) and return to me or put the form in the box (marked Electoral Roll forms) before FRIDAY 31st MARCH. Similarly, if you have changed your address since April 2022 then please complete a new form as well.
Jan Harris (6 Evelyn Close, Botley, Oxford, OX2 9BZ)
For our Lent Course this year we’re studying “How To Hear God” by Pete Greig of 24-7 Prayer and The Prayer Course.
Our fourth session is on Monday 27th March in St Michael’s Church. Each evening begins at 7:30pm, and will last until 9pm.
If you missed the previous weeks, or can’t join us in person you can also follow the course videos and find questions for reflection online at https://cumnor.org/2023-lent-course/
You can buy a copy of the book online at https://cumnor.org/lentbook/ or from all good Christian booksellers.
Sunday 26th March at 7:30pm, St Michael’s, Cumnor
The life, death and resurrection of Jesus are recreated in this moving, memorable and ultimately joyful retelling of the Easter story by LAMPS Collective.
Told from the perspectives of Peter, Mary Magdalene and a Roman centurion named Marcus, this powerful contemporary drama leads us up to and through the events of Holy Week, to the cross and beyond.
Buy tickets online at https://cumnor.org/the-passion/, in person from Cumnor Post Office or ring The Vicarage on 01865 863702. Tickets cost just £10 and the performance lasts 75 minutes followed by light refreshments.
Who is it for?
This event is for adults and older children and would be a wonderful thing to invite your friends, family and neighbours along to. There are postcards available at the back of St Michael’s and St Andrew’s for you to give away.
Praise for The Passion
“A very moving and beautiful portrayal of the most amazing story in history. Phenomenal performers!”
“The story of The Passion as I’d never seen it before. Impacting and memorable”
“The most moving experience I’ve had in this church in 81 years”
“You could hear a pin drop – a hugely talented cast who kept us captivated.”
“Very powerful and very descriptive (really helpful as we’re visually impaired.)”
“Came across as very real – like they’re talking to you!”
“Great performance – simple but profound and beautifully produced.”
“Peter’s expression at the resurrection scene, the angst gone! It was beautiful. And the centurion at the cross, as it went on and on. Superbly done. And the music too. Thank you.”
Who are LAMPS?
LAMPS is a collective of Christian artists that produce fabulous live events and creative resources for the church.
Their aim is to create work that will inspire, challenge, entertain and provoke thought about the nature of God, life and the universe.
LAMPS is an acronym which stands for Love, Action, Music, Poetry and Stories – all things close to their hearts!
“Remember this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
As you may be aware, our Parish finances are at a low ebb. While we know things are difficult for many this winter, we really do need your support. If everyone could give just a little extra every week it would make all the difference.
All your donations to the parish support the church’s ministry, and our mission to reach the wider community with the good news of Jesus.
Apart from the weekly collection, you can also give online. Alternatively, giving regularly by Direct Debit via the Parish Giving Scheme is a brilliant option.
For more information or to give online please visit: https://cumnor.org/giving/
Brian’s funeral is on Wednesday 5th April, at 12pm in St Michael’s. Please join me in remembering Margery and the family in your prayers.
Our next Messy Church is on Good Friday, 7th April, from 2-4pm. It’s at St Andrew’s, Orchard Road, Botley, OX2 6BH. Email us on email@example.com to let us know you’re coming!
The Coffee Pot
EASTER SPECIAL, 30 MARCH
This will be our last Coffee Pot before closing for two weeks over Easter so we thought we’d make it extra special. As proved very popular before Christmas, Rachel, our cake supplier, will have her own stall selling tasty Easter treats, Pam will be selling cards on behalf of Sobell House, Edge Housing will be flagging up their work and selling their apple juice and jams/chutneys will also be on sale. So, plenty on offer. Do come and also encourage others to enjoy the fun. We will be open again on 20 April. Watch this space for further news. Angela Sheppard
Memories Café meets once a fortnight in Cumnor Cricket Club. Our next meeting is Tuesday 28th March 2:30pm until 4pm.
We are a lively bunch who just like to chat, sharing memories, over a cup of tea and cake. We would love to see you. If you would like to know more please contact Jan Harris on 01865 864169.
St Michael’s Toddler Group
The St Michael’s Toddler group meets on Wednesday 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).
St Andrew’s Toddler Group
The St Andrew’s Toddler group meets on Friday mornings in St Andrew’s Church, Orchard Road. Each session has a suggested donation of just £1 and runs from 9:30am-11am during term times. The group is open to everyone.
For more details please contact Sue on 01865 864991
The next Taizé service will be held in St Michael’s on Sunday 2nd April, at 4:30pm.
Online Taizé services can be found at https://cumnor.org/taize/
St Michael’s Choir hold their 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bellringers practice on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9pm. Please contact Jenny Dyer for more details. Tel: 01865 862042 e-mail: email@example.com. Their website is at https://cumnorbellringers.uk
Make a Difference in Ukraine
If you would like to use the church for prayer and reflection, a dedicated area remains available in St Michael’s.
You can find information on Hosting refugees, Supporting refugees, Why we should help, and some Prayers & liturgy on the Oxford Diocese Website.
The Sheep and the Goats
Most merciful God,
who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ
delivered and saved the world:
grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross
we may triumph in the power of his victory;
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.
Worship Services in April
Please Pray For…
- Please keep praying for the staff and pupils at Cumnor C.E. School, and for Voirrey and the governors on the selection panel for a new headteacher.
- The families of Sue Gunn, Brian Dent and Janet Jones as they mourn.
- The ongoing LLF process, for the Bishops, for church unity, for our shared witness as the Church of England, and for the wider unity and witness of the Anglican Communion at this time.
- A good outcome to the process to find new doctors for Botley Medical Centre.
- More new people to find a living faith in Jesus and join us in church.
- The conflict in the Ukraine.
- Everyone who leads worship, preaches or teaches in our parish.
01865 863702 / firstname.lastname@example.org
1, Abingdon Road
01865 861541 / email@example.com
07782 350491 / KateE@cumnor.org