Newsletter for November 28th 2021

This Sunday @ St Michael’s

10:30am Big Story Sunday

Join us at 10:30am on Sunday Morning for Big Story Sunday. This month we’re looking at how John the Baptist can help us to get ready for Jesus’ coming.

BSS is an informal service for everyone, from the oldest to the youngest, where we find out together about the Big Story of God’s never stopping, never giving up, unbreaking, always and forever love for us! With songs, simple bible teaching, video and prayer.

This Sunday @ Dean Court Community Centre

11:30am Morning Worship

Join us in the Dean Court Community Centre on Pinnocks Way at the new time of 11:30am for Morning Worship.

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.

Reading for Sunday

Luke 21: 25-36

25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.

32 “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

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!

Time to Pray

The next “Time To Pray” for St. Andrews and the rebuild will be on Friday December 3rd, 4 pm till 5, at David and Clare Wenham’s, 66 Pinnocks Way.

Do join us!

Margery Dent

Online 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 7th December 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: 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 Practices for Carol Service

Andrew invites anyone who wants to join the choir for this years Carol Service to join them for rehearsals from this Friday.

The traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols is on Sunday 19th December at 6pm in St Michael’s.

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:

December Worship Services and Events

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

5/12 Morning Worship

12/12 Holy Communion

19/12 Morning Worship

Christmas Day – Christmas Morning Worship

Boxing Day No Service – join with Oxford Diocese Church at Home.

St Mary’s

11/12 4:30pm Carols and Cake (Farmoor Village Hall)

19/12 3:30pm Christmas Communion

St Michael’s

4/12 2:30pm Messy Church

5/12 10:30am Holy Communion

6pm Taizé Service

12/12 10:30am Morning Worship

4pm The Darkest Night – Service for the Bereaved and those who find Christmas difficult

18/12 5pm Community Carols in the Churchyard

19/12 8am Holy Communion (1662)

10:30am Crib Service

6pm Nine Lessons and Carols

Christmas Eve

4pm Christingle

11pm Midnight Communion

Christmas Day

8am Holy Communion (1662)

10:30am Christmas Morning Worship

Boxing Day

No Service – join with Oxford Diocese Church at Home.

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


Collect for Advent Sunday

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.

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