Newsletter for November 14th 2021

This Sunday @ St Michael’s

10:40am Remembrance Sunday

Join us at 10:40am on Sunday morning at the War Memorial, or in St Michael’s (if you are less mobile) for our Remembrance Sunday commemoration. Everyone is then invited to join us in St Michael’s for the rest of the service.

Jonathan Widdess and Jean Pryce-Williams are leading and Helen Garton will preach.

This Sunday @ Dean Court Community Centre

11:30am Remembrance Sunday

Join us at our new time of 11:30am on Sunday morning for our first service in the Community Centre. David Wenham is leading and Eve Lockett will preach.

Online worship

The service in St Michael’s will be live-streamed via our website at:

The service will remain available to watch online afterwards.

We’re so sorry for the loss of sound on last week’s livestream. The engineers have been on site today and are confident that the issue has now been resolved.

Collect for the Second Sunday before Advent

Heavenly Father,
whose blessed Son was revealed
to destroy the works of the devil
and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life:
grant that we, having this hope,
may purify ourselves even as he is pure;
that when he shall appear in power and great glory
we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom;
where he is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Reading for Sunday

Mark 13:1-8

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times

13:1 As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”

2 “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”

3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are all about to be fulfilled?”

5 Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 6 Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. 7 When you hear of wars and rumours of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 8 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.

Taizé Service November 7th at 6.30pm.

This month’s online Taizé service available at: Taizé Service

Memory Café

Memory Café meets once a fortnight in Cumnor Cricket Club. Our next meeting is Tuesday 23rd November 2:30pm until 4pm.

It consists of 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.

Future dates: 7th December, 21st December.

John Venables

John Venables’ funeral will be at 12pm on Wednesday 17th November in St Michael’s, and will also be live-streamed at

Please remember Tricia and all the family in your prayers.

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).

Bible Club at Matthew Arnold

Volunteers still needed.

Prior to lockdown we were running a successful and growing Bible Club in Matthew Arnold School. The school are keen to have us back, and I want to build a team to restart it as soon as possible.

Would you be able to spare about an 1 hour on a Wednesday lunchtime during term-time to help teenagers learn about the Christian Faith?

Please pray about it and get in touch if you think this might be something for you.

Jonathan. (

Choir Practice

St Michael’s Choir practice in Church on Friday evenings at 6:30pm. New members 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:

Forthcoming Worship Services

St Andrews @ 11:30am in the Dean Court Community Centre

21/11 Service at St Michael’s

28/11 Morning Worship (Helen Azer)

St Michael’s @ 8am

21/11 Holy Communion 1662 (Jonathan Widdess)

St Michael’s @ 10.30am

21/11 Holy Communion (Bishop Gavin)

28/11 Big Story Sunday

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

Please Pray For…

  • The family of John Venables.
  • Anna and Zoe Williamson who are being baptised this Saturday.
  • COP-26 and those affected around the world by the Climate Crisis.
  • Those affected by COVID and especially those suffering from Long-COVID.
  • The PCC who are meeting on Wednesday evening.
  • Our CMS mission partner Bia.
  • The rebuilding work at St Andrews.
  • Everyone who leads worship, preaches or teaches in our parish.


St Michael’s Parish Office

1, Abingdon Road,

01865 861541

The Parish Office email and answerphone are being checked regularly or please get directly in touch with Jonathan.

Jonathan Widdess

The Vicarage,
1, Abingdon Road

01865 863702

Kate Elliott
Safeguarding Officer

07782 350491