Newsletter for October 17th 2021

This Sunday @ St Michael’s


Join us at 8am on Sunday morning for Holy Communion from the BCP. Led by Jessica Turner.


Join us at 10:30am on Sunday morning in St Michael’s for Morning Worship.

Jonathan will be leading and Eve Lockett is preaching on Mark 10:35-45.

This Sunday @ St Andrew’s


Join us at 10am on Sunday morning in St Andrew’s for Morning Worship. David Wenham will be leading and preaching on Mark 10:35-45.

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.

Collect for 20th Sunday after Trinity

God, the giver of life,
whose Holy Spirit wells up within your Church:
by the Spirit’s gifts equip us to live the gospel of Christ and make us eager to do your will,
that we may share with the whole creation
the joys of eternal life;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Readings for Sunday

Mark 10:35-45

The Request of James and John

35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”

36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

37 They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”

38 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptised with the baptism I am baptised with?”

39 “We can,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptised with the baptism I am baptised with, 40 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”

41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

St Frideswide Pilgrimage

On Saturday 16th the second St Frideswide Pilgrimage is taking place. Pilgrims are walking from five sites around Oxford to the Cathedral where they will join together for a service. A group of 25 will meet at St Michael’s Cumnor at 12:30pm and be blessed on their way. All tickets have now sold out, but please be praying for all those who will be making the journey.

Harvest Thanks

A big thank-you to everyone who gave so generously to the Harvest Collection of tinned goods, and toiletries. The Cumnor C.E. School community also gave very generously, and all the gifts have now been delivered by David and Clare Wenham to the Oxford Community Emergency Foodbank where they will make a real difference helping local people who are struggling with food poverty.

Creation Care Course

This week, Monday 18th at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s, we are delighted to welcome Donald Hay, of Jesus College. Donald is a knowledgeable but humble Christian Biblical Economist, who among other works is author of ‘Economics today- a Christian critique’ (2004), and we are very fortunate that he has agreed to discuss Creation Care issues with us. I’m sure it will be a hugely helpful but challenging evening, and you are all welcome to attend – do join us!

You’re welcome to join in at any time! Next Monday 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 26th 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.

Future dates: 9th November, 23rd November, 7th December, 21st December.

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

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.”

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

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

31/10 Christians Against Poverty Sunday (David Wenham)

St Michael’s @ 10.30am

24/10 Big Story Sunday (Jonathan Widdess)

31/10 Christians Against Poverty Sunday (Jessica Turner)

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

Please Pray For…

  • The friends and families of Kathleen Rodgers whose funeral was on Friday 11th, Madeleine Lund whose ashes were interred on Thursday, and Anne Davies whose ashes are being interred this Sunday.
  • COP-26 and those affected around the world by the Climate Crisis.
  • The Finance Committee who meet on Monday.
  • The PCC who are meeting on Wednesday at 7:30pm.
  • 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