Notices for 11th February

Notices for Sunday, 11 February 2018

Start of Lent 2018, Ash Wednesday, 14 February – There are two services in the Benefice on Ash Wednesday to mark the start of Lent. At 12:30pm there is a service at St Giles and at 8:00pm there is a Sung Eucharist at St Margaret’s.

Fun for all the family! Please come to an all-singing, all-dancing Family Ceilidh (that’s a Scottish dancing knees-up) on Sunday 18 February, 3:00-4:45pm. With slap-up tea. Suitable for all ages. No experience or expertise required. More info from Samantha Schad ( or James Fairbairn (, or just turn up!

Lent Groups 2018 – Would you like to take part in a Bible Study group during Lent? The theme of the groups will be “New Life”. If you would like to take part in one of the groups, please sign up on the list at the back of the church or inform Andrew (

Holy Week 2018 is going to be a special time for the Benefice, as Angela Tilby is coming to be our guest preacher throughout Holy Week. So please put 25 March to 1 April in your diary. There will be our regular pattern of services and this will include a set of meditations on Good Friday. Angela has chosen the title for this series of talks to be “The death of God.”

The Gatehouse is celebrating its 30th anniversary with an event on 10 October 2018, which is World Homelessness Day. We want to invite all who have been/are supporters of the project in some way, whether that be through a donation of time, food, clothing, funds or you are part of the homeless network. Please share this invite with other people you know, who are also supporters of the Gatehouse. We are hoping to engage as many of the Gatehouse community as we can.

We are looking for a Children’s Worker – could this be you or someone you know? See for more details.

The number of newly-stitched kneelers for St. Margaret’s is gradually growing. However, we would like to step up our output! We meet monthly to sew together and if you would like to join our group please email

St. Margaret’s has now raised over £1000 from Easyfundraising as a result of purchases made by the members of St. Margaret’s who have registered – thank you! This is a painless way to generate funds for St. Margaret’s when you shop online at a wide range of stores, book flights or holidays or purchase services such as insurance – please consider registering. More details from or take a flyer from the porch.

Daniel and Sandra Howe have been members of St Margaret’s since 1993, living now in Los Angeles, California. They come to Oxford every summer, attend St Margaret’s, and see all their friends. They would like to learn about available housing in Oxford for some or all of the period 1 July16 August 2018. Renting, house-sitting, or house-swapping are all possibilities. Please reply to

Lost property. Time to check the lost property basket in the baptistery again. There are several lovely items of clothing and an almost new rucksack that need reclaiming, and two pairs of toddler mittens/gloves.

There is now a community notice board in the porch for advertising items wanted or for sale, holiday accommodation etc. Items for the notices or pewsheet should be handed to Michael Brooker or emailed to by 12:00 pm on Thursday.

Prayer Requests

Sick: Audrey Faber, Christina Dagleish, Margaret Holmes, Polly, Mike & Anne Screech, Seth Ward, Tina Milkovic, Joan Johnson, Beth Fairbairn.

R.I.P.: Andrea Carroll (28/1/2018)

Year’s mind: Francis Woolley (12/2/2013), Anne Badenoch (13/2/2017), Ellen Tuffrey (15/2/2002), Matthew “Harry” Johnson (16/2/2009).