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Festival Eucharist for the feast of St Andrew

posted 26 Nov 2017, 08:00 by CTH Webmaster   [ updated ]

Festival Eucharist for the Feast of St Andrew

St. Andrew's, Old Headington, is holding a festival eucharist for the Feast of Saint Andrew on Thursday 30th November at 7:30pm.

The preacher will be Father Will Lamb, Vicar of the University Church, and refreshments will be served after the service. Visiting clergy are welcome to robe and sit 'in the choir'.

Faiths Together in One World

posted 2 Oct 2017, 10:07 by CTH Webmaster   [ updated ]

The environment is important to us all, and faith has an impact of how we view it. 

Holy Trinity is holding an evening to explore environmental care with interfaith readings, reflections and prayers. Contributions will be heard from: Rev Jennifer Brown, Imam Ataullah Khan, Adele Moss and Shaunaka Rishi Das.

The event is on Sunday October 15th, from 6.00-7.00pm and will be followed by light refreshments. All are very welcome to attend.

Hymns of Praise with Pam Rhodes, 23rd September at St Andrew's Church, North Oxford

posted 14 Aug 2017, 15:04 by CTH Webmaster   [ updated ]

Music is an important part of the worship in many of our churches and there is a musical event coming up at St. Andrew's, North Oxford, that we are sure many would find to be very interesting.

Pam Rhodes (one of the presenters of BBC Songs of Praise) is coming along on Saturday September 23 at 7pm, 
to talk about a selection of popular hymns  and anyone from the audience will have the chance to sing those hymns alongside the choir, orchestra and organ. 
Tickets for the event are £5 (concessions), available from the church office or on the door at the event. Those 18 and under can attend for free. For more details see the article on the St Andrew's website or contact Daniel Paul (organiser).

Summer Gospel Concert

posted 20 Jul 2017, 10:28 by CTH Webmaster   [ updated ]

Following on from the wonderful Fun Day on the 15th, Headington Churches invite you to a Summer Gospel Concert and International buffet meal (at no charge).
Venue: Cornerstone Church, Quarry High Street, Oxford OX3 8JT

Date: Saturday 5th August 2017

Doors Open: 5:30pm
Concert: 6-7pm
Buffet: 7-8pm

This is a great chance to hear more about knowing Jesus and a wonderful opportunity to invite friends and neighbours to join you.  We look forward to welcoming you then!

All Saints' Summer Festival of Music & the Arts 2017

posted 29 Jun 2017, 13:26 by CTH Webmaster   [ updated ]

Every year, All Saints' Church in Headington plays host to a festival of music and the arts, given for free to the local community. This is a series of free events on Wednesday evenings during the Summer, each starting at 8pm in the church. This year their theme is 'VOICES', and they a diverse line-up of vocal performers with weekly concerts from 26 July until 6 September.

Alongside returning festival favourites Katherine Cooper and Aileen Thomson, they have young vocal talent from Oxford, London, and the USA, and of course a concert from their very own choir.

This year's concerts feature: 
  • 26 July - Katherine Jeffries Harris, mezzo-soprano 
  • 2 August - Olivia Lewis, soprano 
  • 9 August - Katherine Cooper, mezzo-soprano 
  • 16 August - All Saints Choir in concert 
  • 23 August - Aileen Thomson, soprano 
  • 30 August - Alistair Walker, tenor 
  • 6 September - Joshua Copeland, baritone 

All concerts are on Wednesday evenings at 8pm, and wine and soft drinks will be served afterwards. This gives the audiences a chance to meet with the performers and discuss their work. A retiring collection will help cover costs.

For more information, visit the church website here.

General Election Hustings 2017

posted 23 May 2017, 17:10 by CTH Webmaster   [ updated 14 Jun 2017, 07:49 ]

Churches Together in Headington are holding a pre-election hustings for the Oxford East constituency on Thursday 1st June at All Saints Church, Lime Walk from 7:30-9:30pm.  Anyone who lives in the constituency is welcome to come along. (For updates to this event, scroll to the bottom of the page.)
We have invited all five prospective parliamentary candidates (PPCs) to this event, where we hope that the people of Headington will take advantage of the opportunity to pose questions to the PPCs about the matters that concern them, both national and local.  We will give each candidate five minutes at the start to outline their manifesto and will then be putting forward questions received from the public before hand, with questions from the floor where time allows. 

If you intend coming along, please register for free via eventbrite (for stewarding purposes) or email: or call/text: 07941-­724326

The venue is wheelchair accessible and has an induction loop system for the hard of hearing. You can download an A4 pdf for this event here.  

We look forward to meeting you on June 1st!


AGM Results, 10 May 2017

posted 13 May 2017, 14:52 by CTH Webmaster   [ updated 14 Jun 2017, 07:50 ]

We had a well attended Annual General Meeting of Churches Together last Wednesday, where again we failed to elect a chair person.  Bridget Walker continues as Honorary Secretary and Christine Tucker as Honorary Treasurer. 

We had an excellent time of discussing our hopes and fears, admirably facilitated by Rhonda Riachi.  This affirmed the good things we do together such as  
  • the Headington Funday, led by Headington Baptists, is a gift to the community; 
  • the REinspired project is a gift to the schools who are involved; 
  • and the Christmas and Easter cards bear witness to all the churches working together in Headington. 

What can we do today? Well, for one we hope that there is time to organise a hustings before the general election!  If anyone would like to help to organise this, please contact Christine at  

Christine Tucker & Bridget Walker
The whiteboard results of our discussions!

'Faithful Scientists' - a series of talks at St Andrew's, Old Headington

posted 13 May 2017, 12:38 by CTH Webmaster   [ updated 29 Jun 2017, 13:06 ]

St. Andrew's has organised a series of four evening talks in June, when scientists who are members of the Oxford community discuss the intersection of their work with their Christian faith.  All talks start at 7:30pm in the Church Room.

June 7, Professor Stephen Payne, F.R.C.O, Fellow of Keble College, is a biomedical engineer researching strokes and blood flow to the brain, 

June 14, Professor Robin Ian MacDonald Dunbar, Fellow of Magdalen College, is a British anthropologist & evolutionary psychologist, and a specialist in primate behaviour. Author of '150 Friends'.  

June 21, the Rev Professor Robert Gilbert, Fellow of Magdalen College, is a biochemist. The title of his talk is 'Science and the Truthfulness of Beauty'. 

June 28, Professor Jenny Butler, Professor of Occupational Therapy at Oxford Brookes University. The title of her talk is 'Ethics in Practice'.

You can download a pdf poster for this event here.

CTH Annual General Meeting Wednesday 10 May

posted 1 May 2017, 07:26 by CTH Webmaster   [ updated 14 Jun 2017, 07:51 ]

The Annual General Meeting of Churches Together in Headington will take place on 10th May at 7.30 pm in St Andrew's Church, Old Headington. Fr Darren McFarland, vicar of St Andrew's has kindly agreed to chair the meeting. The minutes of last year's AGM can be found here and a draft report for the year just ending can be found here. Our Treasurer, Christine Tucker, is working on the accounts and we shall hope to table a financial report at the meeting. A copy of the constitution, which may be helpful for the discussion, can be found here.

The main work for the evening will be to review the role of Churches Together in Headington. This has been prompted by discussion at the March committee meeting. The relevant minute is reprinted below:

"20. AGM - 10th May at St Andrew’s at 7.30pm

The ongoing lack of a permanent chairperson, and the proposal to reduce the number of meetings, led us to look more deeply at the vision and purpose of CTiH. Should we continue? We noted that work has been managed without a chairperson. Joint activities such as the REInspired project and the Funday run smoothly and fairly independently. The Funday is an important outreach and gift to the community. A number of churches are involved but organisation falls quite heavily on Headington Baptists. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service is usually well attended. At our January meeting we agreed that a small group meet in the autumn to plan the 2018 service."

We have dropped joint activities in Advent and Lent, and there is limited attendance at Priory prayers. We feel that there is a real and current need for Christian unity, to demonstrate that we have more in common and to represent Christianity in the modern age to the world at large.

We agreed
1. To devote the entire AGM to serious, facilitated discussion about the way forward for CTiH
2. Eric will approach Darren and ask him to chair the AGM
3. Beth Crutch will approach a Headington Quaker with a professional background in group facilitation to assist the discussion.
4. Bridget will draft an outline annual report, to be circulated in advance of the AGM

In order to have meaningful discussion we need to have good representation from the churches at the AGM. This will involve communicating both formally through church newsletters and informally by word of mouth to encourage our church members to attend.

The AGM offers us an opportunity to look deeply at how we work together and can be seen to work together as people of faith in the churches in Headington. 

Please, come along and contribute your thoughts and ideas for the way ahead.

Christian Perspectives on Death and Dying.

posted 3 Apr 2017, 05:52 by CTH Webmaster   [ updated 14 Jun 2017, 07:52 ]

Cardiff University has organised a day conference in Oxford as part of a national ecumenical project supporting Christians to engage with issues around death and dying.  The Oxford event is the fifth in a series of six, and they have found that both Clergy and lay Christians have found the events to be informative and thought provoking.

The conference day 'Christian Perspectives on Death and Dying' will focus on the discussion of advance decisions, providing and withholding medical treatments, and the assisted dying debate.  A short summary is below: 

Christian Perspectives on Death and Dying

Saturday 29th April 2017

10:00am – 5:00pm

Quaker Meeting House, St Giles, Oxford

All are welcome to join us at this ecumenical gathering organised by Cardiff University for a day of conversation, reflection and debate addressing:

• Advance decisions (‘Living Wills’)

• Providing/Withdrawing medical treatment

• Assisted dying – legal, social and theological perspectives

Speakers include: 

Lord George Carey, The Right Revd Lee Rayfield - Bishop of Swindon,  Revd Canon Rosie Harper (Diocese of Oxford), Revd Canon Dr Sarah Rowland Jones (Diocese of Llandaff), Professor Jenny Kitzinger (Cardiff University), Usha Grieve (Compassion in Dying), Professor Celia Kitzinger (University of York). Professor Sue Wilkinson (University of York) and Professor Dominic Wilkinson (The Oxford Centre for Neuroethics).

Tickets £20 (includes lunch)

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