Newsletter for October 10th 2021

This Sunday @ St Michael’s


Join us at 10:30am on Sunday morning in St Michael’s for Morning Worship. This Sunday is Safeguarding Sunday. Protecting vulnerable people is at the heart of the Christian message and Safeguarding Sunday is all about the ways in which we take this responsibility seriously.

Jonathan will be leading and Chris Scruby is preaching.

This Sunday @ St Andrew’s


Join us at 10am on Sunday morning in St Andrew’s for Holy Communion.

This Sunday is Safeguarding Sunday. Protecting vulnerable people is at the heart of the Christian message and Safeguarding Sunday is all about the ways in which we take this responsibility seriously.

Helen Azer will be leading and preaching.

Online worship

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

The service will be available to watch online afterwards.

Safeguarding Sunday Prayer

Loving Father God,
We come to you in the knowledge that you hold all your children in unconditional love.
We lift to you those who are vulnerable and in need of protection.
Give them your safety, comfort and peace.
We cry to you for those who are hurting and whose trust has been broken.
Give them your healing, restoration and justice.
We bring to you those who seek to forgive others who have hurt them.
Give them your strength, courage and hope.
For those who by their actions or attitudes have caused hurt and harm to others,
lead them to seek your forgiveness and to enter into true repentance.
Thank you for all who give their time, knowledge, and skills to make our communities safer.
Give them your wisdom, guidance and grace.
For ourselves, we ask you to give us your heart for the vulnerable, the oppressed, the voiceless and the forgotten.
Help us to see them as you see them; to value them as you value them, and to nurture and protect them as you desire.
Help each one of us play our part in creating safer places for all your people.
In your name we pray,

Readings for Sunday

Proverbs 31:8-9

8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,

for the rights of all who are destitute.

9 Speak up and judge fairly;

defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Matthew 18:3-6

3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

Causing to Stumble

6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.

Time To Pray

Meet for prayer this Saturday October 9th from 10 – 11 am in the STAC.

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

Creation Care Course

In the run up to Cop26 in November, we are running a new course exploring Creation Care: A Christian Approach at St Andrews, Dean Court.

You’re welcome to join in at any time! Next Monday 11 Oct we are thinking about Our Human Responsibility – from Genesis to Jesus (with David Wenham and others); 18 Oct Biblical Economics and Climate Change (with Oxford economist Donald Hay and others); 25 Oct Sustainable Lifestyle (with Jessica Turner and others); 1 Nov The Church as Change Maker (with Chris Scruby and others). Videos, Bible teaching, discussion, refreshments (bring a mug if you can). Monday evenings 7.30-9.00pm at St Andrew’s.

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 12th October 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.

News from Kerry & Jon Rass in Albania

On Sunday 17th October, Tek Ura Team Members Kerry, Revi, Matilda, Annie and friends of Tek Ura will be running 10km (some of us 1/2 Marathon) to raise funds towards Tek Ura’s ‘Ambassadors In Trainers’ weekly youth group – A safe, inclusive place to play!

To sponsor the team and help local young people access this free weekly group please visit

Taizé Service

The Taizé service for October is still available.

With readings, prayers and meditative sung worship, it’s still the perfect way to find some peace in the stresses and strains of life. 

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. (

Local Accommodation Wanted

“My name is Agni Dikaiou and I am originally from Greece. I am in my final year of PhD and I am looking for a place to stay in the Cumnor area, in a house share, studio or 1 bed flat.

“Please contact me at or 07521 767434 if you could help me in my search.”

Cumnor Choral Society

CUMNOR CHORAL SOCIETY is restarting this term, in Cumnor Old School, on Friday evenings 8pm to 9.15pm, singing Messiah (the Novello Watkins Shaw edition with copies available to hire for £2).

We would love you to join us. A voice test is not required, just that you are enthusiastic and enjoy the friendly, supportive & happy atmosphere.

We are putting in place Covid mitigation procedures including initially singing in masks, spacing out chairs, opening windows etc.

Please do bring a mask, and also bring your own refreshments if you would like to. (Subs are £45 for the term, but you are welcome to come to two practices free of charge while you see if this is for you.)

For more details please contact John May at or 07795 054142 or go to

Choir Practices

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 Andrew’s @ 10am

17/10 Morning Worship (David Wenham)

24/10 Morning Worship (David Wenham with Chris Scruby preaching)

St Michael’s @ 8am

17/10 Holy Communion (1662)

St Michael’s @ 10.30am

17/10 Morning Worship (Jonathan Widdess with Eve Lockett preaching)

24/10 Big Story Sunday (Jonathan Widdess)

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

Please Pray For…

  • Why not use the Safeguarding Sunday prayer each day this week?
  • 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 St Andrew’s Rebuilding Project.
  • People to find a living faith in Jesus.
  • 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