“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ well in you richly”
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Lent is a special time for Christians because it invites us to journey deeper into the riches of our tradition and to live more intensely for Christ that we might flourish as disciples. Lent invites us to engage with our faith in a fresh way. Some may wish to make a commitment to a particular time of prayer, some might think about reading a particular book or listening to a particular piece of music. Devotional practices like the stations of the cross can aid us in our journey through lent. Lent might also be a time to make your confession or just to come for a chat about your Christian life with me or one of the ministry team. We say morning and evening prayer in Mary and John church Monday to Friday. Several people already make a commitment to come to one of those prayer times. On Tuesday evening at 5pm or Thursday morning at 10.30 there is a chance to share the Eucharist together. Think a bit about what you might like to do that we might, in head and heart, draw closer to the love that God has revealed to us in his son. We are often so busy that we find it hard to make space for God so Lent is like a gift, a springtime for the soul.
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Bishop Steven has written this short three session course on the book of Colossians. The booklets will be available in time for Lent and cost £2.50.
GROUP Awill be meeting at the vicarage on Tuesdays at 11am. 276A Cowley Rd. Phil Ritchie. Starting on 12thMarch
GROUP Bwill be meeting at the home of Janet McCrae at 7.30pm on Wednesday 20th, 27thand 3rd
GROUP Cwill be meeting at St Alban’s church after the Sunday Eucharist. David Gimson is facilitating this group.
CONFIRMATION CATCH UP! ALL WELCOME
Three follow up sessions after the recent Confirmation at St Albans.
Sundays at 4pm:
10thMarch, The Church
24thMarch, The Bible
31stMarch, The Eucharist and prayer.
All three sessions at St Albans church, Charles Street.
IONA/TAIZE EVENING AT BARTLEMAS CHAPEL
Come and join us on Wednesday 17thApril at 7pm for an evening of singing, prayer and silence.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS WITH THE GILL STATIONS
Friday 12 noon, 29thMarch, 5thApril and 12thApril. This will last for under an hour. A beautiful way to pray.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS AT ST MARY AND ST JOHN
We will pray three stations during the first half of the Eucharist in Lent on Thursday mornings at 10.30am.
After the 10.30am Thursday morning Eucharist at St Mary and St John we will be choosing a poem from Mark Oakley’s book ‘The Splash of Words’ and discussing it together.
FILM NIGHT AT THE VICARAGE
There will be a film night at the vicarage on Tuesday 2ndApril at 7pm. This year the film is Michael Sheen’s The Gospel of Us. The film is a 2012 Welsh drama based on the Owen Sheers novel of the same name and the three-day Passion play that Michael Sheen acted in at his home town of Port Talbot in April 2011
MORNING AND EVENING PRAYER AT SS MARY & JOHN
You are welcome to join us Monday to Friday 8am and 5pm for 20 minutes of prayer (Moring prayer begins at 8.15am after 15 minutes of silent prayer). On Tuesday evenings at 5pm Evening Prayer is combined with a short Eucharist which ends at 5.30pm.
STILLNESS AND SILENCE
Wednesdays in March, 12 noon for an hour in the Bethlehem Chapel. Pop in for a few minutes or stay for the whole hour. All welcome.
INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION
The Christian Church has a long tradition of meditation. These four sessions offer a practical guide about how to “come home to ourselves” in the here and now, inviting the rhythm of our breathing and awareness of our senses to settle our thoughts and relax our bodies. Please bring 2 cushions. Sessions led by Gentian Rahtz.
We will meet in St Mary and St John Church 12 noon on 13thMarch, 27thMarch, 3rdApril and 10thApril.
HEALING OF BODY AND MIND: CALLING ON THE HOLY SPIRIT AND PRAYER
Erik Keeney and John Hammock are planning two sessions at the Old School on Friday March 29th and Saturday March 30th. Erik has been a monk living and working closely with Father Thomas Keating, who was known as one of the principal developers of Centering Prayer, a contemporary method of contemplative prayer. I have been studying and practicing Healing Qi Gong and adapting it to Christian teachings. Come to either or both.
On Friday evening from 7-9PM we will introduce these two topics and lead the group in initial practice.
On Saturday from 10-4PM we will go deeper with meditation, healing qi gong practice and group practice. For this session we will ask for a donation if at all possible to cover costs.
ENCOUNTERING THE CROSS
An exhibition of art by Nick Mynheer, Roger Wagner, Robert Wright, Romola Parish and Eularia Clarke. 3rd March to 14th April St Giles’ Church, Oxford, OX2 6HT. Weekdays: Noon to 2:00pm Saturdays: 2:00pm to 5:00pm Sundays: Noon to 4:00pm. http://www.st-giles-church.org.
Associated talk : Appreciating the Cross
St Giles’s Church, Oxford April 4th “An artist’s representation of the Cross”. Canon Robert Wright & Fleur Dorrell. The talks are scheduled to be at 12:30pm on the Thursdays of Lent 2019 in St Giles Church