Worship Services

St Andrew’s, Dean Court

10:30am Holy Communion

Leader and preacher: David Wenham

St Michael’s, Cumnor

10:30am Holy Communion

Leader and preacher: Jonathan Widdess

St Mary’s, Farmoor

No Service

Online Worship

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

These will remain available to watch online afterwards.

Please note that there will not be a live-stream on Sunday 11th September due to the United Service for the reopening of St Andrew’s, Dean Court. This will be at 10:30am at St Andrew’s.


“Remember this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

As you may be aware, our Parish finances are already at a very low ebb, and we expect that the energy price rises will hit the church hard. While we know things will be difficult for many this winter, we really do need your support. If everyone could give just a little extra every week it would make all the difference.

All your donations to the parish support the church’s ministry, and our mission to reach the wider community with the good news of Jesus.

Apart from the weekly collection, you can also give online. Alternatively, giving regularly by Direct Debit via the Parish Giving Scheme is a brilliant option.

For more information or to give online please visit: https://cumnor.org/giving/

St Andrew’s Reopening

The new church building for St Andrew’s Dean Court is more or less finished and it’s looking wonderful. It will be a fantastic resource for the church and our community for years to come.

The official opening with Bishop Gavin is at 2pm on Saturday 10th September and then there is a special celebration service for the whole Parish on Sunday 11th September at 10:30am. All are very much welcome!

There will also be an 8am service at St Michael’s on that day.

Cake Needed!

As you all know, we’re busy preparing for our big re-opening weekend, 10/11 September, of which one of the main elements will be the refreshments on both days. Very many thanks to all of you who have offered to bring varying quantities of cake. We certainly need a lot as we are expecting, maybe, 150 on the Saturday (just a guess!) and, of course, our service on Sunday will be a whole-parish affair with probably additional folk who will come to hear our guest preacher, Bishop Sophie Jelley.

All contributions would be very much appreciated, including gluten-free. If you could deliver them to St Andrew’s between, say, 10-11am on Friday, 9th, that would be great so that we have them ready for the following day. (We can arrange a different time if you can’t make that.) We want to make the whole weekend a very memorable occasion and you can’t do that without cake!

Huge thanks,

Angela Sheppard

Quarter Peal in Celebration

On Saturday 10th at 11am, the St Michael’s Bellringers will ring a quarter peal to celebrate the opening of St Andrew’s. Many thanks to Jenny and her dedicated band of ringers!

St Michael’s Patronal Festival

In celebration of St Michael’s Patronal Festival, there will be a service of Evensong at 6pm on Sunday 25th September.

Exhibition of Paintings by David Lockett

David Lockett is holding an exhibition of his recent paintings and prints from 11am to 6pm on Sunday 18th September, Saturday 24th September, Sunday 25th September. Other times by arrangement.The exhibition will be held at Wayside, Eaton, Abingdon OX13 5PT (01865 862395)

Fishing Pole Found!

Thank you so much to the kind and generous donor of the fishing rod. It has been safely delivered and is helping the grateful recipient to improve their mental health.

Tower Roof Repaired!

Work to replace the lead on the tower roof is now complete to a very high standard and the restored roof should last for many more years, God willing!

Holy Communion – Common Cup?

Since the end of the first lockdown we have offered Communion in both kinds (bread and wine) using various forms of intinction by the priest. Earlier in the year the PCC decided to continue as we were, and not return to sharing a common cup. It was also agreed we would revisit the issue in the Autumn.

At our next meeting, we will again be considering whether to resume the sharing of the common cup and it would be helpful to have your feedback when we’re making this decision at our next meeting.
Please email me at vicar@cumnor.org with your views. Jonathan.

Memories Café

Memories Café meets once a fortnight in Cumnor Cricket Club. Our next meeting is Tuesday 13th September 2:30pm until 4pm.

We are 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: 13th September, 27th September, 11th October, 25th October.

Taizé Worship

The Taizé service scheduled for September 4th at 4:30pm has again had to be cancelled at short notice.

The songs and readings from our previous Online Taizé services can be found at https://cumnor.org/taize/

Toddler Groups

St Michael’s Toddler Group

The St Michael’s Toddler group restarts on Wednesday 7th September.

It meets on Wednesday 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).

St Andrew’s Toddler Group

The new St Andrew’s Toddler group starts on Friday 23rd September.

It meets on Friday mornings in St Andrew’s Church, Orchard Road. Each session has a suggested donation of just £1 and runs from 9:30am-11am during term times. The group is open to everyone.

For more details please contact Sue on 01865 864991

Choir Practice

St Michael’s Choir practice in Church on Friday evenings at 6:30pm. New members are always welcome. Please contact Andrew Dyer for more details. Tel: 01865 862042 e-mail: ajdyer47@hotmail.com


The Bellringers practice on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9pm. Please contact Jenny Dyer for more details. Tel: 01865 862042 e-mail: jadyer55@hotmail.com. Their website is at https://cumnorbellringers.uk.

Make a Difference in Ukraine


If you would like to use the church for prayer and reflection, a dedicated area remains available in St Michael’s.

You can find information on Hosting refugees, Supporting refugees, Why we should help, and some Prayers & liturgy on the Oxford Diocese Website.



Staying safe online

Getting online can make life easier in many ways, but there is also a risk of scams and fraud.

Age UK has advice on how to stay safe online.

Bible Readings

September 4th

Acts 28:14-31

Matthew 7:13-14

This Week’s Collect

Almighty and everlasting God,

you are always more ready to hear than we to pray

and to give more than either we desire or deserve:

pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy,

forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid

and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask

but through the merits and mediation

of 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.


Worship Services in September

Sunday 11th September

St Andrew’s, Dean Court

10:30am Rebuilding Thanksgiving (United Parish Service)

Leaders: Jonathan Widdess and David Wenham

Preacher: Rt Rev’d Sophie Jelley, the Bishop of Doncaster

St Michael’s, Cumnor

8am Holy Communion (1662)

Leader and preacher: Jessica Turner

10:30am United Service at St Andrew’s, Dean Court

St Mary’s, Farmoor

No Service

Sunday 18th September

St Andrew’s, Dean Court

10:30am Morning Worship

Leader and preacher: David Wenham

St Michael’s, Cumnor

10:30am Holy Communion

Leader: Jonathan Widdess

Preacher: Chris Scruby

St Mary’s, Farmoor

No Service

Sunday 25th September

St Andrew’s, Dean Court

10:30am Holy Communion

Leader and Preacher: David Wenham

St Michael’s, Cumnor

8am Holy Communion (1662)

Leader and preacher: Jonathan Widdess

10:30am Big Story Sunday

Leader: Jonathan Widdess

6pm Patronal Festival Evensong

Leader: Jonathan Widdess

Preacher: t.b.d.

St Mary’s, Farmoor

3:30pm Hymns and Cake

Leader: Jonathan Widdess

Please Pray For…

  • The conflict in the Ukraine.
  • New people to find a living faith in Jesus and join us in church.
  • Those with COVID and especially those suffering from Long-COVID.
  • The work of BeSpace, one of the organisations we support with our mission giving.
  • The St Andrew’s reopening weekend, that many might be drawn in to hear the Gospel.
  • Everyone who leads worship, preaches or teaches in our parish.


Jonathan Widdess


01865 863702 / vicar@cumnor.org

The Vicarage,
1, Abingdon Road

Kate Elliott

Safeguarding Officer

07782 350491 / KateE@cumnor.org