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WPCU 2019

posted 10 Jan 2019, 08:46 by CTH Webmaster   [ updated 10 Jan 2019, 08:47 ]

"Only Justice" is the title of this year's ecumenical service to celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  We are fortunate to have as our speaker Pastor Dupe Adefala, Pastor of Word Fountain Christian Ministries and Manager of the Multi-faith Chaplaincy team at Campsfield House (the Immigration Removal Centre at Oxford). She currently serves as President of International Ministers Fellowship (UK) and is an active member of Love Oxford.

She is married to Olabode Adefala and blessed with children - all of whom love and serve the Lord. By God's grace, she has authored a book “The Mystery of Marriage”. She has a great passion for church unity, leadership, family and the next generation.

Her favourite scripture is “Not slothful in business, fervent in the Spirit; serving the Lord!” (Romans 12:11).

Ecumenical Quiet Days 2018 - 2019

posted 6 Oct 2018, 11:51 by CTH Webmaster   [ updated 6 Oct 2018, 11:55 ]

The Ecumenical Quiet Days (EQD) that are organised for Churches Together in Marston and Northway start their third season this month.

They were started as an initiative of the Sisters of the Assumption who were resident in the parish of St Anthony of Padua. Sadly the sisters left Oxford in 2016 and an ecumenical group decided that as a tribute to the sisters they would try to continue the EQDs.

The leader of each quiet day is free to choose their own topics and format, so that people can attend without any preconceived ideas and are prepared to learn or be challenged. In the past there have been days that have focused on prayer, bible topics, music, and art. It has also been a deliberate decision not to make reference to the religious denomination of the leaders when advertising the EQDs.

All are welcome and attendees will find that there is emphasis on fellowship as well as the spiritual.

The quiet days are held at Marston URC Church, 352 Marston Road, Oxford, OX3 0JB, usually on the third Thursday of each month.

Each day starts at 12 noon with a break between 1:00-2:00pm when you can eat the packed lunch you have brought.

Tea is served at 3:00pm and the day concludes by 4:00pm. It is not obligatory but a donation to cover costs would be appreciated.

The church is fitted with a hearing loop and parking is available.

Thursday Lunch Time Talks at St Giles' Michaelmas Term 2018

posted 5 Oct 2018, 07:19 by CTH Webmaster   [ updated 5 Oct 2018, 07:20 ]

The Thursday Lunchtime Talks at St Giles' are starting up again on Thursday 11th October, with an interesting series of talks entitled "My Top Ten : Readings, Stories and Quotes that Inspire".

The eight weeks of lectures feature an eclectic mix of speakers and topics covering points of view from a variety of faiths.  Each talk starts at 12:30pm, admission is free and everyone is welcome.

So if you find yourself with an hour to spare on a Thursday lunchtime these could be well worth investigating. To download a pdf of the poster then please click here.

Creation and the Garden of Eden - The Bible in Art and Music #3

posted 26 Sep 2018, 08:20 by Christine Tucker

Here at St Andrew’s we are offering a series of presentations under the title “The Bible in Art and Music”. The idea is to provide an interesting way-in to the Bible by looking at how some of its themes have been represented over the years in art and music.
Previously in the series we’ve looked at “the book of Revelation” and at the “cross”.

Do join us for our next presentation, which this time will be entitled “Creation and the Garden of Eden”. We’ll be looking at how this core story of the Christian faith has been represented over the years and what this might tell us about its meaning and relevance for today. We’ll be looking at stained glass church windows, Renaissance art, contemporary sculpture, and even tattoo designs!

The event is welcome to all and everyone is welcome to join us, whether you are a member of the church or not. No prior knowledge is required – it’s supposed to be informative and all for fun!

Harvest Activities at Headington Baptist

posted 26 Sep 2018, 07:32 by Christine Tucker   [ updated 26 Sep 2018, 07:42 ]

Harvest Fair
Sat 29 Sep at 10:30 AM

The harvest fair is a great community event for all ages to celebrate the harvest season. We will be running a “swap it’ stall, there will be fair trade goods on sale, a walk through about what Harvest means to us, and all this with crafts, games and the usual quality HBC cafe, with coffee, teas and cakes (donations only).

Wow! Light
Sat 13 Oct, 16:00 - 17:30

Enjoy science and wonder at God’s world. This time we will be looking at Light. Hands-on fun for adults, teens and children 7 years old and older. Chose your level. If you simply like playing and going ‘WOW!’ or ‘I never knew that!’ that’s fine. If you prefer to take some measurements, plot some graphs and do some calculations, then you can do that as well. Professional scientists will be on-hand and willing to answer your questions, whether for exams or for general interest.

All Activities take place at Headington Baptist Church, 78 Old High Street, Headington.

Holy Trinity Autumn Course, "Nothing More and Nothing Less"

posted 21 Jun 2018, 04:27 by CTH Webmaster

An interesting sounding course is being held this Autumn at Holy Trinity, Nothing More and Nothing Less. The course is based on the award-winning film I, Daniel Blake, and each of the six named sessions will include clips from the film.

It will provide an opportunity to question why so many people in our society suffer extreme hardship, and to examine the causes of injustice and oppression– and what we as a church could do in response.
The course will be held over six sessions, at both 2:30 and 7:30pm.

* Tuesday 11: Viewing of the whole film. 

* Tuesday 18: Systems of Oppression 

* Tuesday 25: Staying Human 

*Tuesday 2: Compassion in the Darkness 

* Tuesday 9: Fighting Back or Giving In? 

* Tuesday 16: The Suffering Servant

Family Services at St Andrew's Church, Headington

posted 2 Mar 2018, 03:08 by CTH Webmaster   [ updated 5 Oct 2018, 06:58 ]

Family Services at St Andrew's Church, Headington. 

Getting to church with your children on a Sunday morning isn't always easy! Join us on Sunday afternoons instead at St Andrew's Church, Headington, for our "Family Services". We meet at 3.30 in the church. Children and young people sit on mats at the front and enjoy songs, stories and activities tailored specially for them: there's lots of fun and interaction. We then have a free children's tea at 4.15 pm with sandwiches, fruit and cake. 

Our family services take place monthly: March 18, April 22, May 27, June 17, July 15, Sept 23, Oct 14, Nov 18, Dec 09. Mums, dads, grandparents and carers are all welcome, as are those without children who would like to join in the fun.

For more information contact Tim Howles at

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Priory Prayers 2018

posted 31 Dec 2016, 09:54 by CTH Webmaster   [ updated 19 Jan 2018, 09:17 ]

“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” James 5:16b 

Ecumenical prayers take place on the last Monday in the month at 7.45pm at The Priory, Old High Street (opposite Headington Baptist Church) except when the last Monday falls on a Bank Holiday, in which case the prayer meeting will take place on the Monday before. Each Church takes a turn in leading the prayers. If you are unable to fulfil your designated date then please arrange a swap with one of the Churches on the list. If no swap can be sorted out then please contact Christine (or phone 07941 724326) and Kate (or phone 01865-750915) as soon as possible!

The ecumenical service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) will take place on Sunday 21st January 2018 at 3:00pm at Corpus Christi RC Church, Margaret Road, when the Rev. Chris Band, of Headington Baptist Church, will be our preacher.

Monday 29th January – the WPCU work group

Monday 26th February – Lime Walk Methodist

Monday 26th March (start of Holy Week) – Cornerstone Church

Monday 30th April – Corpus Christi

Monday 21st May (to avoid Spring Bank Holiday) – Oxford Bible Church

Monday 25th June – Headington Baptist

Monday 30th July – St Andrew’s

No Priory Prayers in August

Monday 24th September – All Saints

Monday 29th October – Quakers

Monday 26th November – Holy Trinity

No Priory Prayers in December

New Initiatives @ Lime Walk Methodist Church

posted 10 Oct 2016, 05:06 by Christine Tucker   [ updated 26 Jan 2018, 03:20 by CTH Webmaster ]

Two exciting new activities have started up in Lime Walk Methodist Church Hall in New High Street. Both will be of special interest to those of you of more ‘mature’ years…which means that if you are between 50 and 100+ you’ll fit in just fine!

The first initiative is ‘Feelgood Fitness’ which describes itself as ‘gentle exercise for those who want to go home with a grin…not a grimace!’. So, whether you’d prefer to take your exercise seated in a chair, or up on your toes, this session -- led by an experienced, qualified instructor – is for you! Now meeting on Thursday mornings in the Church Hall. Each session will last approximately 45 minutes leaving us plenty of time for refreshments and a chat. The cost is just £2.50 per person…good company is provided at no extra charge!

The second initiative is our 'New High Street Tuesday Drop-in' which will run weekly from 2pm – 4pm. It may be that you just want to come along to sit quietly and chat with a few friends, or perhaps you’d rather tackle one of our table top games, browse the daily newspapers or pit your wits in a big screen nostalgia quiz. All this…and much more will be available!

For more information on either of these activities, contact Malcolm Bromhall ( Pastoral & Outreach worker) on 07887 947 569, or email him at

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