Notices for Sunday, 26 November 2017
Today immediately after the 10:30am service, there will be a cleaning of St. Margaret’s Church. A simple bread, soup and cheese lunch will be provided for those taking part.
Thursday Lunchtime Talks conclude in St Giles’ Church, on Thursday 30 November at 12:30pm. The theme is Building Community. This week’s topic is “Church and community nourishing each other?” with speakers Andrew Bunch, Tom Albinson and Georgie Simpson.
Saturday 2 December, 7:30pm at Harris Manchester College, Mansfield Road: Benefit concert in aid of The Archway Foundation. Moonrakers, an Oxford-based group of four musicians, some from the classical and some from the folk tradition (www.moonrakers.net) will perform a full concert and will be joined by Russian singer Tatiana Soloviova for a short set of Russian folk songs. Tickets £10 on the door or by reservation from 01865 769206. The Archway Foundation is an Oxford-based charity working with lonely, socially isolated and marginalized people.
Saturday 9 December, 7:30pm in St. Giles’: Turko/Arabian/Balkan jazz concert with Brickwork Lizards. Tickets: £15/£12/£5. See leaflets for full details of all the Concerts.
Samantha Schad is organizing a collection of toys for the Salvation Army to give to children who would not otherwise receive any Christmas presents. If you would like to contribute, please bring items to church no later than Sunday 10 December, and put them on the cupboard by the window in the Lady Chapel. The toys should be new and unwrapped. If you are stuck for ideas they have a suggested gift list, by age: www.salvationarmy.org.uk/christmas-present-appeal
Christmas is approaching; there is less than a month to go.So, Andrew would like to invite you to help one another in the process of choosing gifts by offering your views on books that you think others might enjoy reading.
He will be setting up a table at the west end of St Margaret’s on which books will be placed which we have found an enjoyable or informative read. If you are willing to place a book on the table, please write one paragraph as to why you enjoyed the book. The books will be returned to their owners at the end of November.
The Gatehouse is appealing for donations for Christmas presents for the homeless and vulnerably housed again this year. We hope for new donations of underpants, socks, hats, gloves, scarves and bars of chocolate.
The Gatehouse’s community Christmas present wrapping event is due to be held on Wednesday 20 December 11:00am-3:00pm at St Giles Parish Rooms, 10 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT. Everyone is welcome, including children (with a responsible adult). Donations can be delivered to the same address between 4:00-7:00pm Monday-Friday and 3:00-6:00pm on Sunday.
We are considering having St Margaret’s as a venue for Art Weeks next May. The idea would be to have a community event, with people showing their artwork – paintings, pottery, knitting, quilt work – whatever they do – on a non-selling basis. If we did this it is possible that one or two professional artists would join as “add ons” to be main event, and they would make their work available for sale.
Is anyone interested in being part of the community event? The idea is to have an exhibition that we enjoy, professional standards are not required. We would also need some volunteers to be in the Church when the event is on, possibly to serve tea and cakes to visitors.
Sick: Audrey Faber, Christina Dagleish, Margaret Holmes, Polly, Anne Screech, Seth Ward, Tina Milkovic, Beth Fairbairn.
Year’s mind: David Gray (26/11/2002), Maud Evelyn Burbank (26/11/2003), Max Saint (2/12/2007), Ruth Tomkinson (3/12/2010)