Worship Services This Sunday

St Andrew’s, Dean Court

10:30am Morning Worship

Leader: David Wenham

Preacher: Chris Scruby

St Michael’s, Cumnor

8am Holy Communion (1662)

Leader and preacher: Jessica Turner

10:30am Big Story Sunday

Leader: Jonathan Widdess

6pm Advent Sunday Evensong

Leader and Preacher: Jonathan Widdess

St Mary’s, Farmoor

3:30pm Hymns and Cake

Leader: Jessica Turner

Online Worship

The 10:30am services in St Michael’s are usually live-streamed via our website at:

These remain available to watch online afterwards.

Messy Church

Our Christmas Messy Church is on Saturday 3rd December from 2pm-4pm in St Michael’s. Craft, Stories, Drama, Food and Carols for families with children under 11 years. It’s free and everyone is welcome. RSVP if you’re coming to office@cumnor.org

St Andrew’s Day

St Andrew’s day is on November 30th, and St Andrew’s congregation are having a special service of thanksgiving for their wonderful new building the following Sunday December 4th. It will also be a gift day: we plan to close the Rebuilding Fund soon after that, and we would love to raise the remaining funding shortfall (about £12,000) by then, rather than carry the outstanding amount over into the regular parish accounts. We are very thankful to those who have given to the rebuilding. Any further gifts/pledges, however small, will be gratefully received. We will also be grateful for your prayers that the physical rebuilding will be followed by the rebuilding and development of our ministries in Dean Court and the surrounding area. (Details of how to give online are on the St Andrew’s website: www.standrewsdeancourt.org.uk/rebuilding). David Wenham.

Christmas Services

Morningstar – a new film about John Wycliffe

Hello, My name is Murdo Macleod – a Christian filmmaker originally from Scotland. I have just completed a film called “Morningstar” telling the exciting story of John Wycliffe, the Oxford scholar behind the first English Bible. You can see the trailer and further information on our website – www.morningstarfilm.co.uk – and we have also been delighted to get a 4-star review recently from Premier Christianity Magazine.

We are currently on a UK Screening Tour, showing the film in towns and cities across the country. Our Oxford screening will be on Friday 2nd December in Calvary Chapel, Botley, at 7.30pm. The event is unticketed but there will be an opportunity to make a donation.

I would like to extend a special invitation to you all to join us for this screening. Full details can be found here – www.facebook.com/events/674559494115065 – and information on the other screenings can also be found on our website.

Consultation on Botley West Solar Farm


“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, and we expect that the energy price rises will hit the church hard. While we know things will be 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/

Reverse Advent Calendar

As we approach Christmas, the season of giving, we’re inviting you to join in this year with a Reverse Advent Calendar. No one should have to go hungry this Christmas (or any other time!), so we’re asking you to buy items of non-perishable food for the Oxford Food Hub. You can choose whether to buy one item for each of the four Sundays in Advent (4!) or for each day from December 1st to 24th. We know this is a difficult time for many, so please don’t feel any compulsion to give more than you can afford. Even one item will make a difference!
There will be a collection box outside the Vicarage, and another in St Michael’s, and all the gifts will be taken to the food hub after Christmas. Thank you!

The Coffee Pot, 8th December

This is going to be a very special Coffee Pot as it will be our last before Christmas. So, in addition to coffee, cake and chat, we will be having a Christmas Gift Table in aid of Crisis at Christmas with all sorts of goods on offer for you to buy in order to raise money for this cause. Also, our wonderful cake-maker, whose cakes you have been enjoying ever since we opened, will have her own table of festive fare on offer and there will be cards on sale in aid of Sobell House. So, lots going on. Please do come and support the occasion and spread the word. I am also thrilled to announce that, as from Thursday, 12 January, The Coffee Pot will open weekly. My thanks to all those who have come and enabled The Coffee Pot to take off in style. Angela Sheppard

Memories Café

Memories Café meets once a fortnight in Cumnor Cricket Club. Our next meeting is Tuesday 6th December 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.

Future dates: 6th December, 20th December.

Toddler Groups

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 new 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

Taizé Worship

The next Taizé service will be held in St Michael’s on Sunday 5th February, at 4:30pm.

Online Taizé services can be found at https://cumnor.org/taize/

Choir Practice

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: ajdyer47@hotmail.com


The Bellringers practice on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9pm. Please contact Jenny Dyer for more details. Tel: 01865 862042 e-mail: jadyer55@hotmail.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.



This Week’s Bible Readings

Habakkuk 1:1-7; 2:1-4; 3:3b-6, 17-19

Mark 12:28-31

This Week’s Collect

Almighty God,
give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and to put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
that on the last day,
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Worship Services in December

Sunday 4th December

St Andrew’s, Dean Court

10:30am Morning Worship

St Michael’s, Cumnor

10:30am Holy Communion

St Mary’s, Farmoor

No Service

Sunday 11th December

St Andrew’s, Dean Court

10:30am Holy Communion

2pm International Christmas Celebration

St Michael’s, Cumnor

8am Holy Communion (1662)

10:30am Morning Worship

4pm The Darkest Night – Bereavement Carol Service

St Mary’s, Farmoor

No Service

Sunday 18th December

St Andrew’s, Dean Court

10:30am Morning Worship

St Michael’s, Cumnor

10:30am Pop-up Nativity

6pm Carol Service

St Mary’s, Farmoor

3:30pm Carols & Cake

Christmas Eve

St Andrew’s, Dean Court

No Service

St Michael’s, Cumnor

4pm Christingle

11pm Midnight Communion

St Mary’s, Farmoor

No Service

Christmas Day

St Andrew’s, Dean Court

10:30 Christmas Day Communion

St Michael’s, Cumnor

8am Holy Communion

10:30 Christmas Day Service

St Mary’s, Farmoor

No Service

Please Pray For…

  • The Church of England as the Bishops continue to consider the way forward responding to Living in Love and Faith.
  • Messy Church on 3rd December.
  • Our Christmas services and events.
  • Andy and Tess who are getting married in St Michael’s on Friday 2nd December.
  • The PCC meeting on Wednesday evening.
  • The conflict in the Ukraine.
  • More new people to find a living faith in Jesus and join us in church.
  • Everyone who leads worship, preaches or teaches in our parish.


Jonathan Widdess


01865 863702 / vicar@cumnor.org

The Vicarage,
1, Abingdon Road

Kate Elliott

Safeguarding Officer

07782 350491 / KateE@cumnor.org