Newsletter for November 21st 2021

This Sunday @ St Michael’s

8am Holy Communion (1662)

10:30am Holy Communion

Join us at 10:30am on Sunday morning in St Michael’s for Holy Communion with the Bishop of Dorchester, the Rt Rev’d Gavin Collins.

This Sunday @ Dean Court Community Centre

11:30am No Service

Join us at the main service at St Michael’s with Bishop Gavin.

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.

Readings for Sunday

Daniel 7: 9-14

9 “As I looked,
“thrones were set in place,
and the Ancient of Days took his seat.
His clothing was as white as snow;
the hair of his head was white like wool.
His throne was flaming with fire,
and its wheels were all ablaze.
10 A river of fire was flowing,
coming out from before him.
Thousands upon thousands attended him;
ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him.
The court was seated,
and the books were opened.

11 “Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking. I kept looking until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire. 12 (The other beasts had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time.)

13 “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. 14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.

John 18: 33-37

33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

34 “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?”

35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?”

36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”

37 “You are a king, then!” said Pilate.

Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

Christmas Messy Church

After the Messy Church at Home bags we offered over the last year, we’re really looking forward to the return of in-person Messy Church on Saturday 4th December 2021 at 2:30pm. There will be crafts, stories, drama, snacks and lots and lots of fun, to help everyone get ready for Christmas.

It’s for families with children under 11.

Please let us know if you’re coming, and if you have any special dietary requirements at

See you there!

PCC Update

At this week’s PCC meeting we:

  • Prayed and worshipped together
  • Were updated on the latest progress on the St Andrew’s rebuilding project
  • Agreed the planned Christmas Services and Events. See next week’s newsletter for the full list of what’s on.
  • Discussed Pastoral Care in the Parish and the range of ways we support one another as church.
  • Heard about plans to restart a regular monthly afternoon worship in St Mary’s from January. More information to follow.
  • Heard a Safeguarding Report and the Oxford Diocese Dignity at Work policy.

Thank you from St Andrew’s

A massive thank you to everyone who helped with the clearing of St Andrew’s Church over the past week or two, including lending boxes and trolleys, taking things down, packing things up, moving things… It has been an amazing team effort, by an amazing team! Thank you all very much indeed.

Sue Allwright

November’s Taizé Service

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.

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 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:

Next Week’s Worship Services

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

28/11 Morning Worship (Helen Azer)

St Michael’s @ 10.30am

28/11 Big Story Sunday

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


Collect for Christ the King/The Sunday Before Advent

Stir up, O Lord,
the wills of your faithful
that they,
plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works,
may by you be plenteously rewarded;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Please Pray For…

  • Those affected by COVID and especially those suffering from Long-COVID.
  • Our CMS mission partner Bia.
  • The rebuilding work at St Andrews.
  • Our Christmas outreach plans.
  • 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