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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)

Part-time Children & Families Worker sought.

posted 17 Mar 2017, 12:38 by CTH Webmaster   [ updated 14 Jun 2017, 07:53 ]

We are looking for someone to lead an enthusiastic and able team of volunteers and take forward our children and families work. The applicant needs to be a communicant member of a church and theologically aware. We have an inclusive, open-minded approach and a passion to give children the tools they need for a life-long journey in faith.

The post will be for 12 hrs per week (including holiday) with a pay range of £8.50-£10.50/hour, depending on training and experience. The hours could expand and the PCC have agreed to fund the post for 3 years.

For more information, job description and application form, 
please contact: Susie Stead at or ring 07962 531704.

The closing date for applications is Monday 3rd April 2017.

See our church website: for a flavour of what we’re like.

Click here for an A4 sized poster and there for an A5 one.

Ecumenical Quiet Days

posted 5 Mar 2017, 09:05 by CTH Webmaster   [ updated 29 Jun 2017, 13:08 ]

You are invited to join with Churches Together in Marston and Northway for Prayer, Praise, and Meditation on the third Thursday of the month. The Ecumenical Quiet Days are held at Marston URC Church, 352 Marston Road, Oxford OX3 0JB. 

The days are being led by:

 March 16th 2017

Christine Bainbridge 
 April 20th 2017

Geoff O'Donoghue
 May 18th 2017

Revd. Jean King 
 June 15th 2017

Fr Darren McFarland

Each day will start at 12.00 noon with a break for lunch between 1.00-2.00 pm, please bring your own packed lunch. Tea will be served at 3.00pm and the day will conclude at 4.00pm.  An offering of £5.00 per person, to cover costs, would be appreciated.  

Please note that the premises are fitted with a hearing loop. 

For further details please contact: Kathryn Hopkins on 01865-247864

Lent Talks

posted 28 Feb 2017, 07:49 by CTH Webmaster   [ updated 14 Jun 2017, 07:54 ]

All welcome to a Christian Celebration of Lent. Lent remembers the Forty Days that Yeshua (Jesus) spent in the wilderness preparing for his Earthly teachings. To honour the Lent example, join us for our Lent talks. We are also asking believers to add and subtract something special from their lives in honour of Lent. 

Lent Talks Topic for Discussion 
1: What is the meaning of Easter? REDEMPTION? and the CRUCIFIXION of Yeshua? 
 Wednesday 1st March at 7 pm, Methodist Church, Cowley Road. 

2: At the Heart of Lent is PRAYER. Why is PRAYER so powerful? 
Wednesday 8th March at 7 pm, Methodist Church, Cowley Road. 

3: A look at the Testimonies of those who have had a NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE (NDE). 
Wednesday 15th March, 5-6pm, Upper Hall of East Oxford Community Centre, at the junction of Cowley Road and Princes Street from 5pm to 6pm > 

4: The New World Order; the Illuminati; the mark of the beast; 666; Wars and rumours of wars; the rise of the Anti-Bible & Anti-Christ. What should be the Christian response to realities in our world today? 
 Wednesday 22nd March at 7:30 pm Upper Hall of East Oxford Community Centre, at the junction of Cowley Road and Princes Street from 5pm to 6pm > > 

5: The lesson of Lent is that Yeshua (Jesus) cares for the Human Family. How do we reflect Yeshua message in our world today? 
 Wednesday 29th March at 7.30pm, St. Mary & St. John, Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1UR 

6: Why is the Christian message still so powerful for people today? 
Wednesday 5th April at 7.30pm, St. Mary & St. John, Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1UR 

7: End of Lent Celebration.
East Oxford Community Centre, at the junction of Cowley Road and Princes Street

For more details about any of these events, please contact Art Well or phone 0775 78 12 449.

Churches Together in Headington (CTH) photo competition

posted 15 Feb 2017, 14:31 by CTH Webmaster   [ updated 14 Jun 2017, 07:55 ]

CTH is asking for help with the design of this year's Easter card from members of the congregations that make up CTH. We need a photograph for the front cover!

If you have, or can take, a photograph of a theme/subject appropriate for Easter (just one per person please) and send it to us via email to by Shrove Tuesday, February 28 at 4:30pm GMT it will be entered into a competition to choose the most appropriate one.  The photograph should be of a minimum 300px quality and not have been used in any other promotional work. We are not able to offer any reward other than the honour of having the winner's name listed on the card as the photographer. 

To see the covers of previous year's cards, and perhaps get some inspiration, click here.

Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: 18th-25th January 2017

posted 2 Nov 2016, 13:19 by CTH Webmaster   [ updated 14 Jun 2017, 08:07 ]

There will be an Ecumenical Evensong in All Saints', Lime Walk, Headington on Sunday 22nd January 2017 at 3.30pm when we hope to welcome friends from all the Christian Churches in Headington. 

The preacher will be The Rev. Dr Martin Wellings M.A., D.Phil. (Oxon) and M.A. (Cantab), Chaplain to Methodist Students at Oxford University. Minister of Wesley Memorial Church Oxford and Superintendent Minister of the Oxford Circuit. He is also the Cowley Deanery representative on the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust.

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