Meetings for Prayer in September

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 1st 2.00-3.00pm Julian Meeting (18 Eastfield Court)
Tuesday 1st 8.00-9.00pm Julian Meeting (10 The Pines)
Friday 4th 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers (20 Market Place)
Friday 11th 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers (20 Market Place)
Tuesday 15th 8.00-9.00pm Julian Meeting (10 The Pines)
Wednesday 16th 10.30-11.30am Prayer for CMS (8 Coach Lane)
Friday 18th 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers (20 Market Place)
Friday 18th 8.00pm Prayer for the World (Call 240 509 for venue)
Friday 25th 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers (20 Market Place)
Tuesday 29th 8.00-9.00pm Julian Meeting (10 The Pines)

 

For further details contact:

Julian Meeting (Tuesday afternoon): 01865 820 511

Julian Meeting (Tuesday evening): 244 905 or 240 712

CMS Prayer Group (Wednesday morning): 243 388

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

Prayer Calendar – September

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

Tues 1st Mission for the Month – Tearfund.
Wed 2nd Continued prayer for the appointment of a new Bishop of Oxford.
Thurs 3rd Schools restarting at this time.
Fri 4th Ministry team: Charles, Paul, Max, Barbara, John, Helen & Graham.
Sat 5th Sunday School and Pathfinder leaders in this new term.
Sun 6th Saints Alive service this morning.
Mon 7th Bell ringers practicing this evening, and for new ringers.
Tues 8th The work of the Mustard Seed and Seekers Light.
Wed 9th The Wisbey family during this time of change for them.
Thurs 10th David & Liza Cooke, our CMS Link Partners.
Fri 11th Flower Guild decorating the Church.
Sat 12th Little Coxwell Dog Show and Car Boot Sale this afternoon.
Sun 13th St Mary’s Patronal Festival today.
Mon 14th The Music Group.
Tues 15th Those recently bereaved.
Wed 16th Churches in Faringdon during this time of leadership changes.
Thurs 17th Our Bishops, Archdeacons and Area Deans.
Fri 18th Magazine production this weekend.
Sat 19th Christian Aid walk today, and Earth & Faith walk tomorrow.
Sun 20th For families bringing children to baptism this morning.
Mon 21st Community activities in Faringdon and Little Coxwell.
Tues 22nd St Mary’s PCC meeting this evening.
Wed 23rd All who are ill or in any other kind of need.
Thurs 24th Choir practice this evening and new members for the choir.
Fri 25th Allsorts this morning in the Barber Rooms.
Sat 26th Wardens, vergers, welcomers, readers and intercessors.
Sun 27th United Morning Service. St Mary’s Harvest Festival. Messy Church this afternoon.
Mon 28th Work of Churches Together and the Family Centre.
Tues 29th Revd Tracey-McLeod’s induction to Cherbury/Gainfield Benefice.
Wed 30th All who help run our Churches.

Missions News – September

Our CMS Link Partners in Eldoret, Kenya  David & Liza Cooke

When you work with marginalised people your heart is touched on a daily basis yet for sanity’s sake you have to choose to do only what you know is possible. Then sometimes somebody gets under your skin to such an extent that you know you must go that proverbial extra mile.

When the team came from the UK for the wheelchair distribution there were two clients who greatly touched their hearts and they went back home wanting to know more about them and to help them if they could.

They asked us to go out into the community and find the elderly man and the young boy. Easier said than done as both clients were not previously known to us. But nothing ventured, nothing gained so we approached our good friend Tarno who had acted as an interpreter for us during the distribution and got him to do some detective work.

Then early one morning we set off deep into the heart of Nandi county to a place called Selia. We called at the Chief’s office as a matter of courtesy and we were so glad that we did.

Chief Sitienei is a remarkable man. He knows his area well and he really cares about his people. He gave us a drink and whilst we sipped our sodas he efficiently mobilised the local community. We then drove up hill and down dale as he took us to visit the people he had identified. We ended up seeing eleven clients in total, one of whom was the boy we had been asked by the team from the UK to search for in the villages.

His smile was as beautiful as ever. His wheelchair continues to delight him. His mother cares for him and his six siblings on her own and life is challenging for the family.

We look forward to bringing him to Eldoret to see a doctor and to giving him and his mother a clear diagnosis about his condition and a plan for his future care.

David and Liza are returning to the UK in the autumn for a short holiday.  Their youngest daughter is getting married and other members of the family who work abroad will be there for the wedding. It is some years since all their children and their families have been together, so they are making it a family time and will not be able to visit their Link Churches.

Do use the Barber Rooms notice board for more information from CMS about their work. This month read of a soldier in the Ukraine whose life was saved by the New Testament, the hundreds who watched Alpha films at the World Cup in Brazil, the girl who was bullied at school and ran away and the Mission Partners who hunted for her until they found her sleeping on a street in the slums. She cried when they woke her up and said that no one had ever looked for her before.

Joan Plumptre

 

A busy summer  Matt and Liz Wisbey

July and August usually mean holidays or a quieter period at work, here in Gloucester it’s been a busy time both at home and work. With the baby due any day now we’ve been trying to see as many friends as possible with trips to Sheffield and Thame. It’s been great to hear people’s news, see (rapidly) growing children, and enjoy time in some places that still mean a lot to us, but it’s been nice to come back from these trips to our current home. Liz and Levi have been making the most of the holidays, doing lots of activities with friends and getting as much fresh air as they can.

Matt has been trying to get as much as possible done ahead of taking a couple of weeks paternity leave. His team’s next event is taking place at the beginning of September and Matt has again been responsible for coordinating preparations. Over 50 participants from across Asia will be meeting in Bangkok to share and learn about ‘Advocating for multilingual education’ and so it should be a really exciting time. Unfortunately Matt won’t be able to be at the event despite it being a topic so close to his heart. Thankfully he has got a great team working together on this and so is confident they’ll do a great job without him! Please do pray for the team as they prepare for and then run this event and for all the participants as they travel from their places of work, learn together, and then return to communities to share and implement their learning.

Aside from looking forward to our new arrival any day now, we are also looking forward to September and a new academic year. Levi will start going to playgroup one full day and three mornings a week, and Matt will be teaching a new group of Wycliffe recruits, helping prepare them for their work with minority communities around the world. It’s always exciting to be part of the beginning of people’s journey as they get ready to serve God and communities in some of the most forgotten parts of the world. Please pray for us as we do our part to prepare them well, both technically and spiritually, and for the students as they take this significant step of faith.

Christian Aid: time for a change

Christian Aid’s work is based on the response from the prophet Micah to the question: “what does the Lord require of us? To act justly, to love kindness, to walk humbly with God. “

All Saints’ has supported the work of Christian Aid for as long as I can remember; well over twenty years. The support has tended to focus on Christian Aid Week with the special service and the House to House collection. In 2015 we raised nearly £4,500 to help some of the poorest communities in the world lift themselves out of poverty.

And the hope is that in 2016 we will improve on that total with special fundraising events and with the support and prayers of the churches in Faringdon. To do that, we need your support.

I shall be stepping down as the Christian Aid organiser for Faringdon churches in September 2015, as I think it would be good to have a fresh approach. The main role of the organiser is administrative i.e. to order materials for Christian Aid Week and coordinate the collectors and other events. It can, of course be quite a lot more than that, but the more people who are involved, the easier it is to share ideas and tasks.

If you think you would like to be involved, do please contact me. I would be happy to take you through the basics of the role.

Julia Burn

You may also find it useful to look at the Christian Aid website:

http://www.christianaid.org.uk/index.aspx

All Saints’ Annual Parochial Church meeting

Tuesday 16th April
7.45pm
All Saints’ Church

Do join us for the election of new Churchwardens, PCC members and Deanery Synod representatives. We will also have our Annual Review, including Annual Accounts and Curate’s Report.

This year we will also be reporting on our Tenders for the Barber Rooms Building Project, which will have just come in.

Don’t miss out on an important and exciting moment in the life of our church!

 

What’s happening in March 2013

Friday 1st: 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers at 20 Market Place . All welcome.
Monday 4th: 7.30-9.00pm Quest Group continues at The Vicarage.
Monday 4th: 7.30-9.00pm Lent Group at Faringdon United Church.
Monday 4th: 7.45-9.00pm St Mary’s Lent Group.
Tuesday 5th: 2.00-3.30pm Lent Group at Faringdon United Church.
Tuesday 5th: 8.00-9.00pm Prayers for Building Appeal at All Saints’. All welcome.
Tuesday 5th: 8.00-9.00pm Julian Meeting for meditation and contemplative prayer at 10 The Pines . Contact  (241 009). All welcome.
Thursday 7th: 7.15pm Alpha Course at the Baptist Church – call 242 769 for details.
Friday 8th: 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers at 20 Market Place . All welcome.
Monday 11th: 7.30-9.00pm Lent Group at Faringdon United Church.
Monday 11th: 7.45-9.00pm St Mary’s Lent Group.
Tuesday 12th: 2.00-3.30pm Lent Group at Faringdon United Church.
Thursday 14th: 7.15pm Alpha Course at the Baptist Church – call 242 769 for details.
Friday 15th: 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers at 20 Market Place . All welcome.
Friday 15th: 8.00pm Prayer for the World—call  (240 509) for venue. All welcome.
Monday 18th: 7.30-9.00pm Lent Group at Faringdon United Church.
Monday 18th: 7.45-9.00pm St Mary’s Lent Group.
Tuesday 19th: 2.00-3.30pm Lent Group at Faringdon United Church.
Tuesday 19th: 8.00-9.00pm Julian Meeting for meditation and contemplative prayer at 10 The Pines . Contact  (241 009). All welcome.
Thursday 21st: 7.15pm Alpha Course at the Baptist Church – call 242 769 for details.
Friday 22nd: 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers at 20 Market Place . All welcome.
Friday 22nd: 10.30am All Sorts at All Saints’. All welcome.
Sunday 24th: 4.00pm Messy Church at the United Church. All welcome.
Monday 25th: 7.30-9.00pm Quest Group continues at The Vicarage.
Tuesday 26th: 7.45pm All Saints’ PCC meeting.

 

What’s happening in February 2013

Friday 1st: 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers at 20 Market Place  All welcome.
Tuesday 5th: 8.00-9.00pm Prayers for Building Appeal at All Saints’. All welcome.
Tuesday 5th: 8.00-9.00pm Julian Meeting for meditation and contemplative prayer at 10 The Pines . Contact  (241 009). All welcome.
Wednesday 6th: 8.00pm Wednesday Group at 33 The Pines – call 244 036 for details.
Thursday 7th: 7.15pm Alpha Course at the United Church – call 242 769 for details.
Friday 8th: 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers at 20 Market Place (. All welcome.
Saturday 9th: 7.30pm “Moonrakers” concert at St Giles’ Church, Great Coxwell.  All welcome.
Wednesday 13th: 7.30pm Ash Wednesday Holy Communion Service.
Thursday 14th: 8.00pm Thursday Group meeting at 10b Coxwell Street. For details contact  (242 753). All welcome.
Friday 15th: 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers at 20 Market Place . All welcome.
Friday 15th: 8.00pm Prayer for the World—call (240 509) for venue. All welcome.
Monday 18th: 7.30-9.00pm Quest Group continues at The Vicarage.
Monday 18th: 7.30-9.30pm Lent Course begins . All welcome.
Tuesday 19th: 2.00-3.30pm Lent Course begins . All welcome.
Thursday 21st: 10.00am-4.00pm Lent Quiet Day. The Vicarage Buckland. tel 870618
Thursday 21st: 7.15pm Alpha Course at the United Church – call 242 769 for details.
Friday 22nd: 7.40-8.30am Parish Prayers at 20 Market Place . All welcome.
Friday 22nd: 10.30am All Sorts at All Saints’. All welcome.
Sunday 24th: 4.00pm Messy Church at the United Church. All welcome.
Monday 25th: 7.45-9.00pm St Mary’s Lent Course begins . All welcome.
Tuesday 26th: 7.45pm All Saints’ PCC meeting.
Thursday 28th: 7.15pm Alpha Course at the United Church – call 242 769 for details.

Lent Course: “Lost for Words” sharing faith naturally

The aim is: To learn to speak about our faith with anyone, in a relaxed, natural, helpful way, so they may discover and respond to God’s love for them.

There are two parallel courses running on Monday evenings (7.30-9.30pm) and Tuesday afternoons (2.00-3.30pm) at the United Church.

The Programme is:

  • Monday 18th / Tuesday 19th February: Getting connected
  • Monday 25th / Tuesday 26th February: Connecting Well
  • Monday 4th / Tuesday 5th March: Telling our story
  • Monday 11th / Tuesday 12th March: Telling God’s story
  • Monday 18th / Tuesday 19th March: Keeping going

You can just turn up if you like, but if you’re planning in advance to come – do let John Seedell know you’re coming (john.seedell@gmail.com or 242 440).

It would be great to see you there – No prior knowledge or expertise required