St Margaret’s – Notices for January 6th

Notices

Tonight at 6pm is our Epiphany Carol Service, please join us. Our own choir will be joined by members of Pro Musica for this service.

At the end of the end of the Epiphany Carol service, there will be the “Blessing of the Chalk” to enable members of the congregation to take part in the Epiphany Blessing of their own home. Homes which were included last year have the 20 + C + M + B + 18 inscribed on them, a mark which was repeated on both St Giles and St Margaret’s churches when Bishop Steven conducted his pilgrimage around the deaneries of Oxford and Cowley. This year homes taking part will have 20 + C + M + B + 19 bringing them up to date with the current year.

Baptism and bring and share lunch on 13th January Ottilie (Kate Kemp’s daughter and the youngest member of the choir) is being baptised in the service on the 13th January. She’s really hoping that as many people as possible are able to join her and her friends and family for a bring and share lunch to celebrate Tillie becoming part of the St Margaret’s family. Please email Michele and Kate (katherineannkemp@hotmail.com and crawford.smith22@btinternet.com) to let them know what you can bring – bottle, sweet or savoury.

North Oxford Action Against Homelessness (NOAAH) Ian and Felicity Blair want to thank you all for the amazing generosity for NOAAH this winter. They write “Over the four weeks of Advent and the services of Midnight Mass and Christmas Day, the parishioners of St Margaret’s raised more than £2,000, through a mixture of cash, cheques, BACS and Standing Orders. There were a number of three figure sums donated but every penny counts. On Christmas Day itself, the collection amounted to an astonishing £476.

This has enabled us to pay for a bus pass, for food and electricity for Danny and Paul over Christmas and New Year and to more than double NOAAH’s existing funds by banking nearly £1,400 just from this church. Thank you all so much. The other churches which support NOAAH have raised £1,400 with more to come, including half of the collection at the homelessness service to be held on 27th January.

This could not have been done without the active support of Andrew Bunch, for which many, many thanks.

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 Cheryl Trafford (cheryltrafford@virginmedia.com).

The Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (OCMS) have announced their Chapel Speakers for January, as follows:

9th, Terry Garde, OCMS Student

16th, Bill Prevette, OCMS Faculty

23rd, Tim Keene, OCMS Faculty

30th Service of prayer and reflection, no speaker

The services start at 9.30am in St. Philip & St. James Church, last about for about an hour and are followed by coffee.

Items for the notices to smnotices by Thursday, 12 noon please.

Prayer Requests

Sick: Audrey Faber, Christina Dagleish, Margaret Holmes, Polly, Anne Screech, Becca Henderson, Joan Johnson, Rodney Brown, Richard Finn, Mary Crawford and Barbara Levick

R.I.P.: Heather Poole (1/1/2019)

Year’s mind: Alec Faulkner (1/1/2006), Marjorie Weiner (4/1/2003),

Bob Torrence (8/1/1999), Margaret Carey (8/1/2011), Graham Brooker (8/1/1999), Ken Davis (8/1/2000), Don Ernsting (8/1/2007), Ian Taylor (8/1/2014) Marjorie Letton (9/1/2011), Jim Gray (10/1/2009)

Yours,

Andrew.

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