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The Week Ahead

Sunday 5th December
08:00
- 09:00
Holy Eucharist (traditional language)
10:00
- 11:00
All age Eucharist
18:30
- 19:00
Taize
Monday 6th December
09:00
- 09:45
Morning prayer
Tuesday 7th December
09:00
- 09:45
Morning prayer
10:15
- 11:45
Baby & Toddler Group
Wednesday 8th December
09:00
- 09:45
Morning prayer
Thursday 9th December
09:00
- 09:45
Morning prayer
Friday 10th December
09:00
- 09:45
Morning prayer
Sunday 12th December
08:00
- 09:00
Holy Eucharist (traditional language)
10:00
- 11:00
Parish Eucharist
12:00
- 13:00
Baptism - Christopher Sadler
18:30
- 19:00
Taize

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The Story of Baptism & the Birth of the Christian Faith

Baptism is full of imagery and metaphor. It is the Sacrament by which we are given life in all of its fullness – the life of Christ. At baptism we become co-workers in Christ, members of the Christian community with others throughout the world and throughout time.

Dove cross and water

In Mark's Gospel we hear that Jesus was baptised in the River Jordan by John (his cousin). This was a new religious rite of purification, of cleansing. A way of ridding oneself of all impurity and having a fresh start. St Mark reports that God the Father was close to those being baptised: "Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, 'You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.'"

The dove is the traditional Christian symbol for the Holy Spirit. The cross is also closely associated with baptism because we are called to die to the world and be born again to God. Christ's Easter journey of passion, death and resurrection is lived out in the baptismal rite.

The Church quickly integrated baptism into its theology of initiation. Baptism was a sign of membership. In the early years of the Christian Church after the resurrection appearances of Jesus, Christians began to be persecuted for their belief in Jesus. The early Christian movement was known as "The Way" and its earliest motif or badge was the fish.

This sign alluded to many associated factors:
The waters of baptism
Many of Jesus' disciples were fishermen
Jesus' commission to fish for people
The fish was a famous acrostic consisting of the initial letters of five Greek words forming the Greek word for fish, see below.

Ichthus

In the days of the persecution of the ancient church, the Ichthus (pronounced ikh-thoos) was sketched in the sand or dirt when a believer met a stranger. If the stranger was a believer also, he or she would then respond and the two would know it was safe to discuss the Jesus without fear of harm. Today, the Ichthus is seen frequently to signify a person’s Christian baptismal faith.

Today's Prayers

Morning Prayer
Evening Prayer

From the Church of England web site
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News

Hot drinks at Baby & Toddler Group

From Tuesday 30 November we will be providing refreshments again - there will be hot drinks for adults and biscuits for all available. Come and play!
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The Partnership has new member & new website

All Saints' Wytham have joined the the Summertown, Wolvercote and Wytham Church Partnership. See the new website at https://swwcp.org
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Baby and Toddler Group Come and play!

Baby and Toddler group is open every Tuesday 10:15am - 11:45am. A friendly group welcoming all babies and toddlers including those with special needs.
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Monthly food bank date change!

From now on the food bank collection will take place at St Michael’s on the 1st Wednesday of every month from 11am to 1pm.
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THE MINISTRY OF HEALING AT ST MICHAEL’S

This ministry will cease during the Coronavirus period.
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GLUTEN-FREE COMMUNION WAFERS AVAILABLE

Please indicate to one of the clergy or a member of the welcome team before the service if you would prefer a gluten-free communion wafer.
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