This week‘s contents:

Worship services in May – Christian Aid Week – extended opening hours for St Michaels – Platinum Jubilee news

Worship Services in May

St Andrew’s in the Dean Court Community Centre

Sunday 15th May
11:30am Morning Worship
Leader: David Wenham
Preacher: Chris Scruby

Sunday 22nd May
11:30am Morning Worship
Leader and preacher: David Wenham

Sunday 29th May
11:30am Morning Worship
Leader and preacher: David Wenham

St Michael’s

Sunday 15th May
8am Holy Communion (1662)
Leader and preacher: Jessica Turner

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

Sunday 22nd May
10:30am Big Story Sunday (All-Age Service)
Led by Jonathan Widdess

Ascension Day – Thursday 26th May
7:30pm Holy Communion
Leader and preacher: Jonathan Widdess

Sunday 29th May
10:30am Morning Worship
Leader: Eve Lockett
Preacher: Patrick Gale from BeSpace

St Mary’s, Farmoor

Sunday 22nd May
3:30pm Hymns and Cake
“Stories, Cake and Jesus” led by: Eve Lockett

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.

Christian Aid Week

Christian Aid Week 15-21 May.

In Zimbabwe, the climate crisis is causing aching hunger for families like Jessica’s.

For the first time in a generation, global poverty is rising. The combined effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, conflict, and drought have robbed communities like Jessica’s of the power to provide for their children. It’s unjust.

This Christian Aid Week:

  • We stand with the resilient women – like Jessica – who are determined to lift their families out of hunger
  • We raise our voices to call for climate justice
  • We pray that families will stay strong during times of drought

Together, we hope to restore justice to our world, and protect the future for our children and grandchildren.

Please give to help women grow crops that survive in the drought. You can help turn hunger into hope.

Give online using our parish e-envelope, and please share it with family and friends.

With every gift, every action, every prayer, every one of us can change lives.

St Michael’s Now Open Everyday!

Thanks so much to those who are making it possible to open St Michael’s every day for the first time since the pandemic. St Michael’s will be open to visitors from 9am-5pm on Monday to Saturday and on Sunday till 5pm.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee


On Friday 2nd June the bellringers will ring a full peal in celebration of the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.

On Sunday 5th June, a quarter peal will be rung at 3:30pm. At 4:30pm Cream Teas will be served in the churchyard, with entertainment provided by High Jinks!, Cumnor’s very own ukelele band. Then at 6pm there will be a special Service of Thanksgiving in St Michael’s. You will be very welcome to join us and do please bring along your friends and neighbours.

Dean Court

All are welcome to join St Andrew’s and Dean Court in celebrating the Jubilee on Sunday 5 June: 10.30-11.15am Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving and Prayer for the Queen (at Dean Court Community Centre); 12 noon Bring-your-own Picnic on Pinnocks Green with games for children; 3.00pm Community Tea (with jubilee-themed crafts for children (at DCCC); 6.00pm Barbecue (at DCCC). Offers of cakes or scones and of help with the tea and/or crafts gratefully received! More details later. Mary Smith and Clare Wenham (tea), Sue Allwright (crafts)

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: , and all our previous Online Taizé services can be found at

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:


The Bellringers practice on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9pm. Please contact Jenny Dyer for more details. Tel: 01865 862042 e-mail: Their website is at

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 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.

Fundraising Event – Quiz and Chilli Supper

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.


This Week’s Readings

Acts 11:1-18

John 13:31-38

This Week’s Collect

Almighty God,
who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ
have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:
grant that, as by your grace going before us you put into our minds good desires,
so by your continual help we may bring them to good effect;
through Jesus Christ our risen Lord, 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.
  • The family of the late Richard Cobbold
  • Those affected by COVID and especially those suffering from Long-COVID.
  • Our CMS mission partner Bia.
  • The work of the Bible Society, 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

The Vicarage,
1, Abingdon Road

01865 863702

Kate Elliott
Safeguarding Officer

07782 350491