Newsletter for September 19th 2021

This Sunday @ St Michael’s


Jonathan leads Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer.


Join us at 10:30am on Sunday morning in St Michael’s for Morning Worship. Jonathan is leading and will be preaching from Galatians 6:6-18.

This Sunday @ St Andrew’s


Join us at 10am on Sunday morning in St Andrew’s for Morning Worship. Jessica Turner is leading and preaching from Galatians 5:26-6:5

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.


Collect for Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity

O Lord,
we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers of your people who call upon you;
and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do,
and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil them;
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

Galatians 6:6-18

6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.

7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Not Circumcision but the New Creation

11 See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand!

12 Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 Not even those who are circumcised keep the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your circumcision in the flesh. 14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. 16 Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule—to the Israel of God.

17 From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.

18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.

Toddler Group Restarting

The St Michael’s Toddler group restarts on Wednesday 22nd September, in the Parish Centre, 1 Abingdon Road.

It runs from 9am-11am during term times and is open to everyone.

Each session costs just £1.

For more details please contact Dianne Taylor (01865 862165) or Angela Evans (01865 864397).

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

Bible Club at Matthew Arnold

Volunteers needed.

Prior to lockdown Jez and Jonathan were running a 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 each Wednesday lunchtime during term-time to help teenagers learn about the Christian Faith?

Please pray about it and be in touch if you think this might be something for you.

Jonathan. (

Worship for Seniors

The September edition of our online series of Worship for Seniors is 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.

Faith and Art

David Lockett has released the last in the current season of his Faith and Art series, exploring “Simeon In The Temple With The Christ Child” by Rembrandt. Watch it here:

Taizé Service

The Taizé service for September 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. 

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:

Harvest Festival – Sunday 3rd October

As we celebrate this year’s harvest, with the COP26 meeting this autumn we’ll be thinking about the threat that climate change poses to the harvest, to our farmers and to our world.

Jessica Turner will be speaking at St Michael’s, and Jonathan at St Andrew’s.

We will once again be collecting gifts for the Oxford Community Emergency Foodbank. 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.

Forthcoming Worship Services

St Andrew’s @ 10am

26/9 Morning Worship (Galatians 6:6-18) – David Wenham

3/10 Harvest Festival

St Michael’s @ 8am

17/10 Holy Communion (1662) – Jessica Turner

St Michael’s @ 10.30am

26/9 Big Story Sunday (Matthew 9:1-8) – Jonathan

3/10 Harvest Festival

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

Please Pray For…

  • Pupils, teachers and staff at Cumnor C.E. School as they cope with a significant number of COVID cases at the start of term.
  • 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 by Amanda or please get directly in touch with Jonathan.

Jonathan Widdess

The Vicarage,
1, Abingdon Road

01865 863702

Kate Elliott
Safeguarding Officer

07782 350491