Newsletter for October 3rd 2021

This Sunday @ St Michael’s


Join us at 10:30am on Sunday morning in St Michael’s for our Harvest Communion. As we approach COP-26 in November, we are also marking this as Climate Sunday. Jean Pryce-Williams will be leading and Jessica Turner preaching.

This Sunday @ St Andrew’s


Join us at 10am on Sunday morning in St Andrew’s for Harvest Festival. As we approach COP-26 in November, we are also marking this as Climate Sunday.

Jonathan will be leading and preaching, and Neil Grady will be interviewing Ebony Holland about how we can respond to the problem of Climate Change.

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.

You can also listen to this service by phoning 01865 920993 – the service will be available by telephone from about 12:30pm on Sunday.

Harvest Festival – Sunday 3rd October

This year we will once again be collecting gifts for the Oxford Community Emergency Foodbank. From Monday 4th to Friday 8th October there will also be a collection box outside the Vicarage.

They are asking for the goods below:

  • Jams/other spreads
  • Sugar
  • Tins Vegetables (not tomatoes or pulses)
  • Tins, Pkt Puddings
  • Tins Meat
  • Tins Fruit
  • Cereal
  • Biscuits
  • Bottled Sauces
  • Coffee/Hot Chocolate
  • Practical Toiletries

Please ensure that items have a ‘sell by date’ of at least 3 months and is clearly marked.


Collect for Climate Sunday

Glorious God,
The whole of creation proclaims your marvellous work:
Increase in us a capacity to wonder and delight in it,
That heaven’s praise may echo in our hearts
And our lives be spent as good stewards of the earth,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord

Readings for Sunday

Psalm 104

1 Praise the Lord, my soul.

Lord my God, you are very great;

you are clothed with splendour and majesty.

2 The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment;

he stretches out the heavens like a tent

3 and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.

He makes the clouds his chariot

and rides on the wings of the wind.

4 He makes winds his messengers,

flames of fire his servants.

5 He set the earth on its foundations;

it can never be moved.

6 You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment;

the waters stood above the mountains.

7 But at your rebuke the waters fled,

at the sound of your thunder they took to flight;

8 they flowed over the mountains,

they went down into the valleys,

to the place you assigned for them.

9 You set a boundary they cannot cross;

never again will they cover the earth.

10 He makes springs pour water into the ravines;

it flows between the mountains.

11 They give water to all the beasts of the field;

the wild donkeys quench their thirst.

12 The birds of the sky nest by the waters;

they sing among the branches.

13 He waters the mountains from his upper chambers;

the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work.

14 He makes grass grow for the cattle,

and plants for people to cultivate—

bringing forth food from the earth:

15 wine that gladdens human hearts,

oil to make their faces shine,

and bread that sustains their hearts.

16 The trees of the Lord are well watered,

the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.

17 There the birds make their nests;

the stork has its home in the junipers.

18 The high mountains belong to the wild goats;

the crags are a refuge for the hyrax.

19 He made the moon to mark the seasons,

and the sun knows when to go down.

20 You bring darkness, it becomes night,

and all the beasts of the forest prowl.

21 The lions roar for their prey

and seek their food from God.

22 The sun rises, and they steal away;

they return and lie down in their dens.

23 Then people go out to their work,

to their labor until evening.

24 How many are your works, Lord!

In wisdom you made them all;

the earth is full of your creatures.

25 There is the sea, vast and spacious,

teeming with creatures beyond number—

living things both large and small.

26 There the ships go to and fro,

and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.

27 All creatures look to you

to give them their food at the proper time.

28 When you give it to them,

they gather it up;

when you open your hand,

they are satisfied with good things.

29 When you hide your face,

they are terrified;

when you take away their breath,

they die and return to the dust.

30 When you send your Spirit,

they are created,

and you renew the face of the ground.

31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;

may the Lord rejoice in his works—

32 he who looks at the earth, and it trembles,

who touches the mountains, and they smoke.

33 I will sing to the Lord all my life;

I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,

as I rejoice in the Lord.

35 But may sinners vanish from the earth

and the wicked be no more.

Praise the Lord, my soul.

Praise the Lord.

Taizé Service

The Taizé service for October is now 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. 

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. It starts on 4th October at 7:30pm. Please bring your own cup if you’d like a hot drink, and a bible. For more details please contact Jessica Turner, 01865 864435

Time To Pray

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

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

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. (

Free to a good home…

A parishioner has a lot of ripe grapes, small sweet and suitable for making wine – would anyone be interested? Also could be used for making juice.

Also available are some wool and some knitted squares – if anyone is making a blanket of knitted squares, or could use some wool in another way, please also get in touch.

For either grapes or wool please contact Sue Allwright ( to be put in touch with the person concerned.

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

Worship for Seniors

The September edition of our online series of Worship for Seniors remains available at William Cutting’s theme this month is “The Heart”.

Worship for Seniors is a monthly series of devotional videos for seniors and those in care homes. Each episode lasts about 15 minutes.

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

10/10 Holy Communion (Helen Azer)

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

10/10 Morning Worship (Jonathan Widdess with Chris Scruby preaching)

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…

  • 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.
  • All those who remain anxious for their jobs or their future.
  • Those who are homeless or struggling with food poverty.
  • 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

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