All Saints’ Wardens Write

Our Advent, Christmas and Epiphany celebrations went wonderfully well, thanks to the very many people who contributed their talents in one way or another. We reprised the successful Mince Pie Tea, following which the Christmas tree was decorated by several of the guests, and had splendid services for Christingle, the Carol Service, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Epiphany.

The Church’s year continues. Churches Together in Faringdon will be running a Lent course on the subject of Pilgrimage. Please see the Upcoming Events page for details of where and when the various ecumenical groups will meet, and contact the hosts as soon as possible to book your place (some venues may have limited space). All Saints’ house groups will not meet during this period so do please join one of the Lent groups.

The search for a new vicar is continuing. The Open Meeting on 5th December, attended by members of both congregations and others from the town and village, was very helpful in focusing our minds on what should be included in the Parish Profile, and we were grateful to David Williams, our Area Dean, and Charles Chadwick for chairing and facilitating it. The PCC Working Group used the findings from that and other meetings and worked very hard on preparing the Profile which has now “gone to print”, following the Section 12 Meeting with Bishop Colin and both PCCs on 20th January. Advertisements for the post of Vicar of All Saints’, Faringdon and St Mary’s, Little Coxwell will be in The Church Times and Church of England Newspaper twice during February and also on the diocesan website, with a closing date for applications of 24th February.

We hope then to be able to shortlist and arrange interviews for mid-March. The Parish Representatives are David Wilson and Avril Coleman for All Saints’ and Gill Hudson and Douglas Lines for St Mary’s. Please do not pester them for information about candidates, however, as it all has to be kept confidential! Just keep praying for them during their deliberations and for the person we believe God has already chosen to come here. There are a number of opportunities to pray together about the appointment.

The Barber Rooms talks continued with a very interesting presentation by John de Wit on Iconography on 15th January, including a description of his recent work, St Andrew, which was commissioned by and presented to St Andrew’s Church, Shrivenham, at their Patronal Festival on 29th November. Peter Foot will give the next talk on Pilgrimage on Friday 26th February (which fits well with the Lent group studies).

With all best wishes,

Katie Foot & Andrew Sargent

Home Group Meetings in February

New members are always most welcome at all Home Groups – please ring a number listed below for more details.

Day and Dates Time Place Contact Subject
Monday

8th

7.45pm 28 The Pines 240 532 Luke for Everyone
Tuesday

9th

2.30pm 2 Leamington Gate 615 009 Psalm 119 contd
Wednesday

3rd

7.45pm 7 Badbury Close 241 860 TBA
Every

Thursday

7.30pm 2 Ferndale Street 241 161 Galatians and TBA

 

During Lent, Churches together in Faringdon is arranging Lent studies see our Upcoming Events page for more details.

Prayer Calendar – February

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

Mon 1st Mission of the Month—Interserve.
Tues 2nd Mission for Faringdon prayer meeting this evening.
Wed 3rd Community activities in Faringdon and Little Coxwell.
Thurs 4th Choir practice this evening.
Fri 5th All who help in our Churches.
Sat 6th Vergers, Welcomers and all involved in the services tomorrow.
Sun 7th Saints Alive this morning.
Mon 8th Mustard Seed and Seekers Light.
Tues 9th The need for an organiser for Christian Aid week this year.
Wed 10th Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.
Thurs 11th Visit of “Open the Book” team to Faringdon primary schools today.
Fri 12th The Wardens and PCCs during the Interregnum.
Sat 13th Visit of Revd John Alderman to All Saints’ & St Mary’s tomorrow.
Sun 14th United Service at Blessed Hugh this evening.
Mon 15th Lent course starts this week.
Tues 16th Interregnum prayer meeting this evening.
Wed 17th School half-term holiday this week.
Thurs 18th All who are ill, recently bereaved or in any other kind of need.
Fri 19th Magazine preparation this weekend.
Sat 20th Sunday Special and Pathfinders leaders preparing for tomorrow.
Sun 21st Ministry team: Paul, Max, Barbara, John, Helen & Graham.
Mon 22nd Bellringers as they practise this evening.
Tues 23rd David & Liza Cooke, CMS Link Partners, preparing to return to the UK.
Wed 24th Closing date for applications for the post of Vicar.
Thurs 25th Continued prayer for the appointment of a new Bishop of Oxford.
Fri 26th Allsorts this morning; Barber Rooms “Pilgrimage” talk this evening.
Sat 27th The Music Group.
Sun 28th Messy Church this afternoon; “Earth & Faith” service this evening.
Mon 29th Work of Churches Together and the Family Centre.

Meetings for Prayer in February

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 2nd 2.00-3.00pm Julian Meeting (18 Eastfield Court)
Tuesday 2nd 7.15-8.15pm Mission for Faringdon (Barber Rooms)
Tuesday 2nd 8.00-9.00pm Julian Meeting (Call 244 905 for venue)
Friday 5th 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers (20 Market Place)
Friday 12th 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers (20 Market Place)
Tuesday 16th 7.00-7.30pm Interregnum Prayers (Lower Asset Room)
Tuesday 16th 8.00-9.00pm Julian Meeting (Call 244 905 for venue)
Wednesday 17th 10.30-11.30am Prayer for CMS (8 Coach Lane)
Friday 19th 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers (20 Market Place)
Friday 19th 8.00pm Prayer for the World (Call 240 509 for venue)
Friday 26th 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 (3rd Wednesday morning): 243 388

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

Interregnum Prayer (3rd Tuesday evening): 358 394

Mission of the Month February – Interserve

Lives and communities transformed through encounter with Jesus Christ

Interserve is an interdenominational and truly international community of Christians, bringing God’s love to the peoples of Asia and the Arab World through word and action.

Wherever we work, we do so in partnership, serving the global church and encouraging newer mission movements. Increasingly our mission Partners are coming from Latin America and Asia, with new sending partnerships in Africa.

For more information contact Janet Deane (241 145), look at the information displayed in Church or visit www.interserve.org

Missions News

The Children’s Society

The Annual Box Opening which took place during November realised the sum of £427.14 collected from Boxholders and a very big Thank You is due to you all for your continued generosity and support. This has been forwarded to The Children’s Society and your kind donations enables it to provide vital help to needy children and young people in this country. If others would like to have a House Collection Box please contact me on 242 355.

The total amount from the Collection and Envelopes received at the Christingle Service  in December was £199.82.  This, together with the Boxholder donations, resulted in a total of £626.96 and this has been forwarded to the Society to assist in its essential work.

Very many thanks to all who have generously contributed.

Hazel Catling


Church Mission Society

Liza and David Cooke write:

We had a restful break over Christmas during which we visited Lake Baringo where we watched the hippos cavorting in the shallows and rushed around with our field guide identifying some stunningly beautiful birds like the Pied Kingfisher and the Monarch Flycatcher.

Then with the arrival of the new year we once again hit the ground running and David in particular hasn’t stopped since- January started with some challenging news from the borderlands where one of our most faithful peace activists has been attacked and injured. He was taken to hospital and is now slowly recovering at home but the incident has shaken things up again- we’d value your prayers for this situation.

The container of wheelchairs for our February distribution at CBR (Community Based Rehabilitation) has just arrived at Mombasa. The revenue authorities have recently changed their requirements and so on top of all the normal challenges at the port, it is now a very complicated process to gain release of goods. Please pray for a speedy release by the port authorities and the safe arrival of the wheelchairs.

We are unbelievably now in the last 12 weeks of our three plus year term of service! We will be arriving back in the UK in early April and will then begin five months of final leave during which we will be visiting churches to talk about our work. As you and your church have been such a support to us during our time here we thought we would let you know now so that if you wanted us to visit we could make a date.

We are happy to visit at a time and date that works well for you and to talk about our work in whatever format you’d prefer and most importantly to thank you all in person for your partnership with us during our mission here in Kenya.

We could not have done this without you.

Joan Plumptre writes:

David and Liza are leaving CMS in April. They will still be helping in the work in Kenya but at their own expense and time, as they will be based in the UK.

We are in the process of finding a new CMS Mission Partner to support, who, we hope, will be able to visit All Saints’ before they leave the UK.

Subject to PCC approval, we expect to support someone who will work in the newly-formed country of South Sudan. The Church is growing strongly in South Sudan but many of the leaders have had little access to training and have asked CMS to help with this. There will be more news of this in the March magazine.

The Good Life is for Living

It’s sometimes said that one of the greatest wishes you can have for someone is that they should meet at least one really good man or woman during their lives.

It’s one thing to have heard or read about goodness, and quite another to have seen it. This is one of those cases where seeing really is believing. You know nothing about it until you have actually seen it.

We Christians believe in the Gospel – the story of what God did when he put on our flesh and became a man. Everything before this, from thinkers and prophets, had just been hearsay. The world waited for the Word made flesh – living and working on this actual earth and in the sight of those around Him. That at last was convincing enough and has haunted the minds of every generation since.

Jesus  wrote no books, and only fragments remain of what must have been His very long sermons. His way of life was proved not by arguing, but by living. That’s what He did.

I think what we want in the Churches today is not more theology. Sometimes, reading theological articles I ask myself whether or not the magic of Christ has slipped between the words and escaped. And the same is true of sermons, as I know only too well. Can you imagine how humiliating it is for me to do my very best and yet feel, at the end of the sermon, that I’ve made the beauty of holiness dull? It’s not always the preacher’s fault. They may have seen the amazing light somewhere, but they can’t bring it home in a net to share.

I imagine that our idea of God is made up from glimpses that we have had of human lives. I don’t mean that those lives were anything like perfect, but we caught a glint of the gold in the mud. That was enough. We can never disbelieve in gold again. Somehow it is there. And somehow it shines.

I have known people who were dead straight. Their eyes were straight, and their lives were straight. I have known others who were merciful – they didn’t add to the burdens of life or spend their time in pointing out my faults, rather they were gentle, forgiving and kind. And there were those who were brave – in an agony they would smile, lighting up the room or ward in which they lay – these unconquered ones did me good, when I wanted so much to do them good. In all of these people I caught a glimpse of that lovely thing that we call goodness.

That’s how, in my life, I’ve learned what goodness is. It’s like one of those composite portraits in which I can still see the individual faces of those who’ve taught me goodness, not by what they said, but by what they were.

Deeds speak louder than words – “What you are speaks so loudly that I can’t hear what you say.” That’s an old saying, but the salty touch in it has preserved it all down the years.

The best legacy that we can leave to our fellow-men, including those whom we love the most, lies not in what we have, but in what we are. By what we are, we make it easier for them to believe in God or harder – sometimes so hard that faith has no chance at all.

Well, we can only do our best and that may not be so bad. But a glimpse or two of unselfishness and sacrifice, of patience and fortitude, of justice and mercy and love will be worth more than we can ever tell to those who know us. May a few of them, as the years carry us all on, remember us for that.

Max Young

Home Group Meetings in January

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
Monday
11th & 25th
7.45pm 28 The Pines 240 532 TBC
Monday
11th & 25th
7.45pm 1 Haynes Close 241 975 TBC
Tuesday
12th & 26th
2.30pm 2 Leamington Gate 615 009 TBC
Wednesday
13th & 27th
7.45pm 7 Badbury Close 241 860 TBC
Every
Thursday
7.30pm 2 Ferndale Street 241 161 Acts
Thursday
14th & 28th
8.00pm 10B Coxwell Street 242 753 TBC

Prayer Calendar – January 2016

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

Fri 1st Pray for God’s support and guidance during the coming year.
Sat 2nd Mission of the Month—WatSan.
Sun 3rd Epiphany Carol Service this evening.
Mon 4th Ministry team: Paul, Max, Barbara, John, Helen & Graham.
Tues 5th Mission for Faringdon Prayer meeting this evening.
Wed 6th The Wardens and PCCs during the Interregnum.
Thurs 7th Our Bishops, Archdeacons and Area Deans.
Fri 8th Flower Guild decorating the Church.
Sat 9th Sunday Special and Pathfinders restarting.
Sun 10th United Service at All Saints’; Plough Sunday Service at St Mary’s.
Mon 11th Home Groups and Prayer Groups.
Tues 12th Continued prayer as we begin looking for a new Vicar.
Wed 13th David & Liza Cooke, our CMS Link Partners.
Thurs 14th Those recently bereaved.
Fri 15th John de Wit’s talk this evening.
Sat 16th Continued prayer for the appointment of a new Bishop of Oxford.
Sun 17th All who are ill or in any other kind of need especially at this time.
Mon 18th Everybody Welcome! training course starting today.
Tues 19th Community activities in Faringdon and Little Coxwell.
Wed 20th Work of Churches Together and the Family Centre.
Thurs 21st All who help in our Churches.
Fri 22nd Magazine preparation this weekend.
Sat 23rd Newcomers Tea this afternoon.
Sun 24th Vergers, Welcomers and all involved in the services today.
Mon 25th Bellringers as they practise this evening.
Tues 26th Mustard Seed and Seekers Light.
Wed 27th The Music Group.
Thurs 28th Choir practice this evening.
Fri 29th Allsorts this morning.
Sat 30th The Wisbey family during this time of change for them.
Sun 31st Messy Church this afternoon.

Meetings for Prayer in January

 

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 5th 2.00-3.00pm Julian Meeting (18 Eastfield Court)
Tuesday 5th 7.15-8.15pm Mission for Faringdon (Barber Rooms)
Tuesday 5th 8.00-9.00pm Julian Meeting (Call 244 905 for venue)
Thursday 7th 9.00-9.30am Morning Prayer (Lower Asset Room)
 Friday 8th  7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers (20 Market Place)
Thursday 14th 9.00-9.30am Morning Prayer (Lower Asset Room)
 Friday 15th 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers (20 Market Place)
Friday 15th 8.00pm Prayer for the World (Call 240 509 for venue)
Tuesday 19th 8.00-9.00pm Julian Meeting (Call 244 905 for venue)
Wednesday 20th 10.30-11.30am Prayer for CMS (8 Coach Lane)
Thursday 21st 9.00-9.30am Morning Prayer (Lower Asset Room)
Friday 22nd 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers (20 Market Place)
Thursday 28th 9.00-9.30am Morning Prayer (Lower Asset Room)
Friday 29th 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