Lent in the Benefice 05 March 2014
This year we invite you to take part in a ‘Lenten Pilgrimage’ which is being organised in this benefice. This can be undertaken in one of two ways.
- Prayer Stations at St Giles. At the start of next week, a series of six Prayer Stations will be going up in St Giles on the major themes associated with Lent. These are: Temptation, Contempt, Betrayal, Repentance, Forgiveness and Transformation. This sequence of Prayer Stations will be available for all visitors to St Giles and we would like to invite as many people as possible to walk around St Giles and reflect on the themes of each of the Prayer Stations in the Church.
- Individual Bible Studies. Each week of Lent a sheet will be produced to help us reflect on the themes of Prayer Stations in St Giles. The first sheet on Temptation is here and several Bible readings are suggested which you might like to read and reflect on during the course of the week.
We do hope that you will use these resources to deepen your experience of Lent this year. If you want to come in to St Giles, the church is open Monday to Friday from noon to 2:00pm and 5:30pm to 6:00pm. However, you can take part in the Bible studies at any time to suit yourself. I hope that this helps to give you some fresh insights that are particularly relevant to what is happening in your spiritual life. Please share the resources with anyone who you think might be interested.
Rota: appeal for helpers 13 February 2014
The current rota for readings, intercessions and coffee-making runs out at the end of March, so fairly soon Frances Bagnall-Oakeley is starting on the next one. Please can anyone who would like to help out with any of those duties to get in touch with Frances at firstname.lastname@example.org or in person, as it would be very useful to have a few extra people, particularly for the coffee-making which is straightforward but the most time-consuming duty. This doesn’t involve a very frequent commitment and that it is easy to arrange swaps if other commitments come up—no one knows exactly what they will be up to in 6 months’ time but the rota is a useful basis.
We are a traditional, vibrant church. The Eucharist is central to our worship.
If you would like to attend the 10.30 Sunday Eucharist, you can find a short guide here.
We follow the liturgical year, celebrating major festivals and Saints’ Days, enriching and uplifting our worship through colour and sound.
Our aim is to provide a worshipping environment in which people of all ages, both individuals and families, are welcomed as part of a wider family.
Our flourishing choir and fine organ make a major contribution to the strong musical dimension of our services, following the very best choral tradition of English music.
We encourage the development of faith through exploration, learning from each other and supporting each other in our life of faith. The active Sunday school furthers this aim. We aim to encourage one another to a commitment to a life of prayer and in particular to pray regularly for one another.
St Margaret’s is closely involved with the local Church of England Primary School, SS. Philip and James School, and St Margaret’s Institute, our local community centre. In addition we support a number of outreach projects.
The parish War Memorial is situated in the corner of St Margaret’s churchyard.
St Margaret’s is a registered charity. No. 1154947: ‘The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of SS Philip and James with St. Margaret’.
St Margaret’s is part of the Church of England, and is located in the Diocese of Oxford. It forms part of a Joint Benefice uniting the parish of St Giles’ with the parish of St Margaret’s Church and the (now closed) church of St Philip and St James (Phil & Jim).
We believe in God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.