Church Events

September 2021
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The Week Ahead

Sunday 26th September
08:00
- 09:00
Holy Eucharist (traditional language)
10:00
- 11:00
Parish Eucharist
18:30
- 19:00
Taize
Monday 27th September
09:00
- 09:45
Morning prayer
Tuesday 28th September
09:00
- 09:45
Morning prayer
10:15
- 11:45
Baby & Toddler Group
Wednesday 29th September
09:00
- 09:45
Morning prayer
Thursday 30th September
09:00
- 09:45
Morning prayer
Friday 1st October
09:00
- 09:45
Morning prayer
Sunday 3rd October
08:00
- 09:00
Holy Eucharist (traditional language)
10:00
- 11:00
All age Eucharist
18:30
- 19:00
Taize

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St Michael's is an Eco Church

Community & Global

We are engaging with, and participating in, local networks and events:

Fairplay Climate Justice work
Trap Grounds Springwatch
OxClean
RSPB birdwatch
Cutteslowe Park walk
Low Carbon Oxford North
"Cool It" Initiative (see below)






"Cool It" Initiative

The Tower being blessed and on display

Blessing the Cool It tower Discussing the Cool It tower

Carbon Footprint Advisory Leaflets


The Good Fill Market where "Cool It" Family Quiz is being Completed

Completing the quiz at the Good Fill The Good Fill
Badlands
WWF Earth Hour

Switch off for our world!. In the UK every year millions take part in Earth Hour to help protect our planet. To learn more, go to:
https://www.earthhour.org/what-is-earth-hour


Swift Boxes
Arrivals for our swift boxes!

Predicted date for the swift arrival from Africa to Summertown is May 8th - 20th; they are very precise in their behaviour!

As soon as you spot any nosey swifts investigating our boxes way above the bike racks, please email OxfordSwiftCity@rspb.org.uk citing ST MICHAEL'S SWIFTWATCH Many thanks!

One member of our congregation, Suzanne Dalton, helped to paint the swift boxes erected on this superb new sculpture in the University Park.


Insect House
Our new Insect house

Is now becoming a cosy home for all bugs and later, hopefully the frogs and newts will enjoy the cool damp spaces between the stones.


Crosuses
Crocuses in Bloom

Many hands planted these crocuses now in bloom given by Rotary Spires in aid of their End Polio Now campaign.


March Spring Clean
Spring Clean 1 Spring Clean 2


Congratulaions to Oxclean for attracting 84 groups to register for litter collection in Oxford this year! St Michael's folk joined people in Waterways, Alexandra Park and around the shops. More of us (pictured) also collected from the top of the Banbury Rd, north of the Banbury Rd roundabout and from the walkway behind Cherwell School.


Toilet Twinning display
We raised £405.85 for Toilet Twinning.

Six of our new toilets in church are now twinned with toilets in other parts of the world.

The Toilet twinning organisation fundraises with Tearfund to provide water and sanitation solutions for (and with) people living in poverty; including those in refugee camps.

Read more here …


Wild Christian
Are you a Wild Christian?

Join the Wild Christian community to explore the connections between faith, nature and big environmental issues like climate change.

Each month, we'll send you something to think about and a practical action that you can take in your own home to help nature along. We can all then share our efforts on social media to get a wider conversation going.

More details here …


Swifts in Oxford
Our Swift response

In response to the RSPB "giving nature a home" initiative and the local project "Introducing swifts to Oxford", we have the go ahead to apply for swift boxes. They will be attached to the North East wall of the church (just above the new bike rack area).

Swifts love a long tunnel-like approach to the nest; they are communal birds and are happy to nest alongside other swift families. They are also very good housekeepers - there is no mess below the nests and no need to clean out the nests after use.

Did you know … Swifts can do everything on the wing? They can eat, drink, sleep and even mate in the air. They only land to visit their nest sites.

Watch this space for more swift news … we hope to see swifts nesting in our church grounds next year.

See for more information and to become a swift fan.


Today's Prayers

Morning Prayer
Evening Prayer

From the Church of England web site
© The Archbishops' Council

News

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.
Read more …

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.
Read more …

THE MINISTRY OF HEALING AT ST MICHAEL’S

This ministry will cease during the Coronavirus period.
Read more …

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.
Read more …
 
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