Church Events

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The Week Ahead

Monday 21st September
- 09:30
Morning Prayer
Tuesday 22nd September
- 09:30
Morning Prayer
Wednesday 23rd September
- 09:30
Morning Prayer
Thursday 24th September
- 09:30
Morning Prayer
Friday 25th September
- 09:30
Morning Prayer
Sunday 27th September
- 09:00
Holy Communion
- 11:00
Parish Eucharist
- 19:00
Contemplative Half-hour
Monday 28th September
- 09:30
Morning Prayer


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Church & Community

Who's Who


The Revd Gavin Knight

The Revd Gavin Knight has been the Vicar of St Michael's since September 2011. He and his wife Jo, and their three sons, live in the vicarage near the church in Summertown.

Gavin's contact details here.

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The Revd Clare Leal
The Revd Clare Leal

Clare is married with a teenage son. Originally from South East London, she came to Oxford 25 years ago via Leeds and has spent her working life in social housing organisations in all three places. Clare is an Oblate of the Community of St Mary the Virgin.

Clare's contact details here.

Associate Priests:

The Revd Rodney Hill
The Revd Rodney Hill

Born in Leicestershire Rodney has lived in Summertown since 1981, he originally trained for Ordination with the Community of the Resurrection (Mirfield) in Leeds. Rodney completed his training for Ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon in 2004/5. After Ordination he served in West Oxford licensed to the busy four Church Osney Benefice.

Rodney has been linked with St Michael's since 1981 and has known four incumbents and was also a one-time churchwarden. In 2012 he re-joined St Michael's providing assistance to Gavin. Rodney also helps on the rota at All Saints, Wytham.

Married to Theresa, Rodney is a proud father and grandfather. Interests include reading, music (singing), travel, DIY and Leicester City.

The Revd Dr Nicholas Bradbury
The Revd Dr Nicholas Bradbury

Nicholas is originally from Yorkshire but was a chorister at Christ Church, Oxford. After a year in New Guinea and five at Oxford he was ordained in 1973 as a curate at the Elephant & Castle. His ministry has included three years with the Jesuits in New York, incumbencies in Tottenham, Wiltshire and Bristol and five years as Director of Pastoral Theology at Salisbury and Wells Theological College. In 2002 he became a Senior Fellow of the King's Fund and he has just stepped down as Head of System Leadership for the NHS Leadership Academy to run his own company, Humanum. He has made over 130 BBC broadcasts and written a book on the Inner City and, in 2015, on practical theology and the C of E. His PhD is on the French Dominican, Pierre-André Liégé, a Vatican ll. pioneer.

Nicholas is married and lives in the parish. Music, the Hindu tradition and France are particular passions.

The Revd Dr Susanna Snyder
The Revd Dr Susanna Snyder

Susie took her undergraduate degree at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and trained for ministry at Queen's College, Birmingham. Susie served her title at St Mary, Stoke Newington.

She is presently Assistant Director, Catherine of Siena College, at the University of Roehampton and a Research Associate of the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture at Regent's Park College, Oxford. She teaches and writes on Christian theology, ethics, migration, and social action.

She enjoys singing, running, baking, getting involved in the community, and spending time with her husband, Michael, and children Linus and Eliana.

The Revd Alyson Peberdy
The Revd Alyson Peberdy

Alyson recently retired from 17 years as vicar of St Saviour, Brockley Hill, Lewisham, following a curacy in Windsor Team Ministry.

Before studying on the Oxford Ministry Course her academic background was in Sociology and Anthropology (Durham, Reading and St Antony’s Oxford) and she was for ten years research fellow and lecturer in Health and Social Welfare at the Open University. She has also taught in Nigeria, and in Papua New Guinea researched the relationship between indigenous and western medicine. More recently she studied Systematic Theology at King’s London, writing her M.A. dissertation on "Trinity and Inter-faith Encounter".

She has a strong interest in social justice and Community Organising, is a volunteer with Refugee Resource, an honorary Chaplain at Ripon College Cuddesdon and chair of the MB Reckitt Trust. She enjoys walking, poetry, exploring new ideas and being with husband Max, children Morag and Conrad and grandsons Alexander and Felix.

The Revd Katie Jones


Doreen Barrett
Doreen Barrett

After teaching at high school in Vancouver for over thirty years, I came back to the UK following my daughters, one of whom eventually moved to Sydney, Australia, while the other settled in Oxford. I soon found the church hall on Banbury Road, but it took me a little longer to discover St Michael's Church on Lonsdale Road. The first time I entered the church, the then incumbent, Jan Rushton, immediately introduced me to two neighbours and the rest is history. I have been an active member of the church now for ten happy years.

Contact Doreen by email: .

Doreen Barrett
Irim Sarwar

Irim Sarwar is an American of IndoPak ancestry now living in the UK who was born Muslim and became Catholic via teaching at a Modern Orthodox Jewish school. Biology degree, Education Masters, but has catalogued books in a Dominican priory, and now works in quality assurance at an evangelical mission institution that offers research degrees. Definite mongrel. Believes in hybrid vigour in all things, especially journeys of faith.

Contact Irim by email: .

PCC, Management and Administration:

David Smith - Chair of the Buildings Team

A life long member of the church, David sang in the choir as a boy and is now working hard on 'finishing off the church' for more people to enjoy the beautiful space.

Leah Mattinson - Operations Manager, Church & Halls Bookings

Telephone: 01865 552738, email: .


Steve Allen
Steve Allen - Director of Music

Steve has been Director of Music at St Michael's since 2012.
He has been involved in music since he was 8 years old and is keen that everybody, of any age, should be given the opportunity to sing. He is a firm believer in the health benefits derived from participating in music, in particular, singing. Steve is also owner and director of a local IT Services company. Telephone: 07717 852020, email: .

Duncan Angwin
Duncan Angwin - Organist

Duncan has been organist at St Michael's since 1998.
When not playing the organ he is Professor of Strategic Management at Lancaster University.

Simon Neal
Simon Neal - Assistant Organist

Simon has been helping out at St Michael's since 2002.
When not playing the organ his day-jobs consist of hiring out and tuning harpsichords and fortepianos for orchestras and soloists worldwide, as well as being the personal assistant to harpsichordist and conductor Trevor Pinnock.
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Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist

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New church open hours

The church will remain open on Saturdays and Monday - Wednesday between 10am and 12noon.
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Ordination Service

Live-streaming - this link will take you to the recording live!
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Our choir returns!

Our choir will be returning to sing in public worship from Sunday 11th October.
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Craft & Cake stalk raised £1000!

The Craft and Cake sale total has now reached £1,000...
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OHCT Ride and Stride

Thank you to all who gave generously in sponsorship and to all those who took part.
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We are putting into place a continuity plan which aims to offer mission and ministry throughout the crisis period.
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This ministry will cease during the Coronavirus period.
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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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This is an all-the-year-round collection which is blessed each month before it is taken to the Community Emergency Foodbank.
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The Eco Team have confirmed our silver award from A Rocha.
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