All Saints’ Wardens write – November

October was a big month in the life of our church, and a time for looking back in gratitude. October 11th, Charles’s final Sunday, was a wonderful day – hectic but wonderful. All Saints’ was gloriously decorated for Harvest, the combined choir sang the beautiful Irish Blessing, and we said an emotional farewell to the Draper family. Little Coxwell had said their farewells to Charles and Jane the previous week. Then a bring-and-share lunch in the Corn Exchange – a wonderful spread and more farewells. At the 6.30pm service All Saints’ hosted the Deanery Confirmation Service, and this was Charles’s final service as vicar. Bishop Colin gave good value as usual, the combined choir reprised the Irish Blessing, and yet another mouth-watering spread was laid out. Charles also stepped down as Area Dean, so Jeremy Twynam, Deanery Lay Chair, made a presentation. The Wardens would like to extend a huge “thank you” to everyone who helped make the day such a success.

Amid all the excitement, please do continue to pray for the confirmation candidates from All Saints’: Ben and Kathryn Smith, Gloria Zentler-Munro, Helena Cryer, Kitty Marlow and Henry Marlow. This was their day, and a way-marker in their Christian lives.

Now we must look ahead. Our established pattern of services continues, thanks to the good offices of our retired clergy, as do the various house groups, prayer and other meetings listed elsewhere in this magazine. The civic Service of Remembrance takes place on Sunday 8th November (note the earlier start time of 10.00am), followed by the Act of Remembrance around the War Memorial in the Market Place. We barely draw breath before Advent muscles its way into November, marked by the annual Churches Together Advent Carol Service at the Blessed Hugh on the afternoon of Sunday 29th. New things are also starting. A monthly Tuesday evening prayer meeting for Faringdon began in October, while the occasional Barber Rooms Talks get underway on 27th November.

Meanwhile, the PCC is pressing on with the painstaking business of finding a new Vicar. You might like advance warning of an open meeting at 2.00pm on Saturday 5th December about the recruitment, facilitated by the Revd Charles Chadwick, a diocesan Parish Development Adviser, to which both congregations are warmly invited together with civic leaders.

But an interregnum (vacancy) is a time for the church members to grow in confidence. Every member of our church family needs to ask what they can do to build up our common life, no matter how small that contribution may seem. Together, under God’s guiding hand, All Saints’ and St Mary’s can become a stronger and more vibrant witness to our Faith.

Katy Foot & Andrew Sargent

Home Group Meetings in November

New members are always most welcome at all Home Groups – please contact a number listed below for more details or just turn up.

Day and Dates Time Place Contact Subject
9th & 23rd
7.45pm 28 The Pines 240 532 Luke for Everyone
9th & 23rd
7.45pm 1 Haynes Close 241 975 Women of the Old Testament
10th & 24th
2.30pm 2 Leamington Gate 615 009 Studies in 2 Corinthians
11th & 25th
7.45pm 7 Badbury Close 241 860 Studies in Matthew
7.30pm 2 Ferndale Street 241 161 Acts
12th & 26th
8.00pm 10B Coxwell Street 242 753 Studies in John’s Gospel

Meeting for Prayer in November

All Saints’ seeks to have an active and regular prayer ministry with a number of informal meetings during the month to which all are very welcome.

Tuesday 3rd 2.00-3.00pm Julian Meeting (18 Eastfield Court)
Tuesday 3rd 7.15-8.15pm Mission for Faringdon (Barber Rooms)
Thursday 5th 9.00-9.30am Morning Prayer (Lower Asset Room)
Friday 6th 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers (20 Market Place)
Tuesday 10th 8.00-9.00pm Julian Meeting (Call 244 905 for venue)
Thursday 12th 9.00-9.30am Morning Prayer (Lower Asset Room)
Friday 13th 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers (20 Market Place)
Wednesday 18th 10.30-11.30am Prayer for CMS (8 Coach Lane)
Thursday 19th 9.00-9.30am Morning Prayer (Lower Asset Room)
Friday 20th 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers (20 Market Place)
Friday 20th 8.00pm Prayer for the World (Call 240 509 for venue)
Tuesday 24th 8.00-9.00pm Julian Meeting (Call 244 905 for venue)
Thursday 26th 9.00-9.30am Morning Prayer (Lower Asset Room)
Friday 27th 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers (20 Market Place)


For further details contact:

Mission for Faringdon (1st Tuesday evening): 241 975

Julian Meeting (Tuesday afternoon): 01865 820 511

Julian Meeting (Tuesday evening): 244 905

CMS Prayer Group (Wednesday morning): 243 388

Parish Prayers (Friday am) and Prayers for the World (Friday pm): 240 509

Prayer Calendar – November

Please continue to pray for the life and work of our parishes

Sun 1st The baptismal service this morning.
Mon 2nd Revd David Williams as he is licensed as our new Area Dean.
Tues 3rd Mission for the Month – Adventure Plus.
Wed 4th Ministry team: Paul, Max, Barbara, John, Helen & Graham.
Thurs 5th The Wardens and PCCs during the Interregnum.
Fri 6th Festival of Remembrance concert this evening.
Sat 7th David & Liza Cooke, our CMS Link Partners.
Sun 8th Remembrance Sunday services today.
Mon 9th All who help in our Churches.
Tues 10th Continued prayer for the appointment of a new Bishop of Oxford.
Wed 11th The Music Group.
Thurs 12th Continued prayer as we begin looking  for a new Vicar.
Fri 13th Mustard Seed AGM in the Barber Rooms this evening.
Sat 14th Those recently bereaved.
Sun 15th For Sunday Special and Pathfinder leaders and members.
Mon 16th Bellringers as they practise this evening.
Tues 17th All Saints’ PCC this evening.
Wed 18th All who are ill or in any other kind of need.
Thurs 19th Charles’ Institution in Wolvercote & Wytham this evening.
Fri 20th Flower Guild decorating the Church.
Sat 21st Magazine preparation this weekend.
Sun 22nd The baptismal service this morning.
Mon 23rd Community activities in Faringdon and Little Coxwell.
Tues 24th Choir practice this evening.
Wed 25th Our Bishops, Archdeacons and Area Deans.
Thurs 26th The Wisbey family during this time of change for them.
Fri 27th Allsorts this morning.
Sat 28th Advent Fair in Faringdon Market Place today.
Sun 29th CTIF United Advent Service and Messy Church this afternoon.
Mon 30th Work of Churches Together and the Family Centre.

Missions News – November

News from Church Mission Society

From Hopeless to Homeowners

In 12 years, deaf and disabled men and women in Iringa, Tanzania have gone from begging on the streets to building their own homes.

This is thanks to CMS mission partners who pioneered Neema Crafts in 2003 with the diocese of Ruaha and also to the hard work done by the deaf and disabled Neema staff. (this is the project you helped when buying crafts in June).

At a Neema staff meeting in October 2014, mission partner Ben Ray announced that profits from the Neema guest house had been set aside to help Neema staff build their own homes.

“This raised a loud cheer! It is such a gift from God to be able to do this.”

Four Neema staff members helped form a housing committee, which handles the house-building logistics. “In order to fund these houses, staff have to have saved up money to buy land and contribute a percentage,” Ben explained.

“Each beneficiary will personally own a two-room home that has been especially designed for disabled use.”

The first home built was for Mama A, who does beadwork at Neema.

Mama A, a widow, raised four children on her own. She scraped by, selling vegetables and making bricks until 2000, when she was in an accident and had to have her leg amputated. Using heavy crutches and with no prosthesis, she carried vegetables on her head every day into market until in 2007 she found work at Neema Crafts. And now she has her own home.

“Our dream is to see 40 homes built over the coming two years and up to 80 over the next five years,” said Ben.

“Current calculations indicate that we have enough for 30 such homes, so we are working to raise the rest of the projected cost through sales at our shop and other outlets.”

Neema has trained and employed more than 100 deaf and disabled people in a variety of skills and runs a physiotherapy centre and a guest house.

 From Refugee to Top of the Class

A young man in South Sudan has overcome displacement, hunger and loss and become a dynamic student leader.

Rafael’s earliest memories are of fleeing Maridi, South Sudan to a refugee camp in DR Congo during the Sudanese civil war. Rafael recalled, “In 1993, my father took us to Uganda in hopes of better education. We walked 200 miles to another refugee camp in Moyo.”

Rafael attended primary school in the refugee camp, but his world was rocked by his father’s death. This made his financial situation even more unsteady.

Wanting to earn money to pay for his education, Rafael returned to South Sudan. He took whatever jobs he could find, yet there were still days when he went without food.

Rafael managed to earn just enough money for his secondary education, though he says, “I was so hungry I sold my mobile for food. “I wondered if my hardships would ever end. Yet, as a Christian I knew there was hope for the future.” Hope came in the form of a job at the office of the Maridi county commissioner.

“The commissioner saw me as a young man with a lot to offer our country, so he sent me to train at Chaima Christian Institute, which offers quality further education.”

At Chaima, Rafael met Patricia Wick, who was serving as principal and encouraged him in his pursuits. Rafael studied for a certificate in business administration and entrepreneurship, yet his accomplishments haven’t stopped there. “Rafael is a gift from God to the institute,” said Patricia. “He is our highest achieving student, has been elected president of the student council and he motivates and mobilises other students.

“Rafael’s prayer is that in the future he will do great things for his country. May God honour his prayer.”

David and Liza are currently in the UK for their daughter’s wedding. We will get news of them next month, or at the CMS prayer meeting on 18th November.

Visit for their blog and more information

Mission of the Month November – Adventure Plus

Adventure Plus (A+) started from small beginnings as a youth work charity in 1990, to inspire young people to make positive life choices and embrace the adventure of life. A+ helps young people to realise their potential through adventure and education in a positive Christian environment. It has grown significantly (six-fold since 2000) and now provides adventure youthwork to over 6,000 children and young people each year.

They have recently acquired a site at Windmill Farm in Clanfield and are now seeking funding to complete purchase by the end of 2018, They already have planning consent to build an Adventure- Base, where they will create youth accommodation for up to 40 people, and a range of indoor and outdoor facilities.

Among their patrons are Bear Grylls, Bishop Colin Fletcher and Jeremy Vine.

For more information see

Thank You! from Charles and Jane

Just a short note to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for giving us such a marvellous send off – both at the Harvest All Age Service, and at the Harvest Lunch, the Confirmation Service, and the Harvest Supper at Little Coxwell. We are completely overwhelmed by your generosity and your wonderful gifts to us – we will enjoy our wonderful pictures and special treats, and look forward to finally having our own kitchen range cooker, and a brand new bicycle to get around the new parish!

We are especially moved by the way you have taken our whole family to your hearts, and your appreciation and kind words for our boys as well as us. Farewells are very hard, but be sure we will never forget our wonderful friends in Faringdon and Little Coxwell.

It has been a huge privilege to share with you in discovering more of God’s love for us and for all in Faringdon and Little Coxwell – something we know you will continue to do.

We shall miss you very much indeed.

With our love and huge thanks,

Charles and Jane