Newsletter for November 7th 2021

This Sunday @ St Michael’s

10:30am Holy Communion

Join us at 10:30am on Sunday morning in St Michael’s for Holy Communion where Jean Pryce-Williams is leading and Eve Lockett preaching.

This Sunday @ St Andrew’s


Join us at 10am on Sunday morning in St Andrew’s for Holy Communion where Jonathan will be leading and preaching.

There will be tea/coffee and cake at 11am, followed by a short closing ceremony at 11.30. You will be very welcome to join us.

During the rebuilding, we are grateful to our friends in the Dean Court Community Centre for welcoming us to their premises for our services, with our regular Sunday service being at 11.30 am.

Online worship

The 10:30am Service in St Michael’s will be live-streamed via our website at:

The service will remain available to watch online afterwards.

Collect for the Third Sunday before Advent

Almighty Father,
whose will is to restore all things
in your beloved Son, the King of all:
govern the hearts and minds of those in authority,
and bring the families of the nations,
divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin,
to be subject to his just and gentle rule;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Reading for Sunday

Mark 1:14-20

Jesus Announces the Good News

14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

Jesus Calls His First Disciples

16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.

19 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20 Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.

Taizé Service November 7th at 6.30pm.

The Taizé team, including harpist Anna Lockett and Cantor Voirrey Carr, is delighted to announce we will be holding our first ‘live’ service at 6.30pm on Sunday 7th November, at St Michael’s. Everyone is welcome to come along to enjoy 45 minutes of simple worship, with beautiful music and song. As this is the week of the feasts of All Souls and All Saints, you may like to come and light a candle in memory of those who have returned to the Lord and entered eternal life.

To keep us all safe, we will encourage social distancing and the wearing of masks. We look forward to welcoming newcomers and to seeing our former regulars!

There is also an online version of this service available at: [Taizé Service

Time To Pray

Meet for prayer on Saturday 6th November from 10-11 am in the STAC.

Please bring a mug if you would like a coffee/tea!

Memory Café

Memory Café has started up again. We meet once a fortnight in a new venue, Cumnor Cricket Club. Our next meeting is Tuesday 9th 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: 23rd November, 7th December, 21st December.

John Venables

We heard the sad news this week that John Venables had passed away. His funeral will be at 12pm on Wednesday 17th November in St Michael’s, and will also be live-streamed. Please remember Patricia and all the family in your prayers.

Job Vacancy – Deanery Secretary

(Self-employed / Freelance)

The Abingdon Deanery is seeking an adaptable person to provide secretarial and administrative support to ensure the smooth running of the Deanery. They will work closely with the Area Dean, the Lay Chair and Deanery Treasurer in leading the work of the Synod, especially by providing information and documents.

The ideal candidate will be computer literate; extremely organised; with a working knowledge of the Church of England and sympathetic to the Christian faith; be flexible and patient with a good sense of humour.

Hours: Flexible (average 18 per month but varies through the year)

Rate of Pay: £12.50-£14.00 per hour depending on qualifications & experience

For a full Job Description please see the Abingdon Deanery Website

Applications to: the Lay Chair, Sue Scott, on email: or telephone: 07779 855615

Closing date: 8th November 2021

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

14/11 Morning Worship (David Wenham / Eve Lockett) in Dean Court Community Centre

21/11 United 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

14/11 Remembrance Sunday (Starts at 10:40am) – Meet at War Memorial or begin in Church (Jonathan Widdess / Jean Pryce-Williams / Helen Garton)

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.
  • Tim Gisevicius and Chloe Hopkins who are getting married 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.
  • 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