christmas services at st andrew's 2017

Christmas card

We warmly invite you to celebrate with us over the Christmas season.

Sunday 17th December

8am Holy Communion
10am Family Carols
5pm & 7.30pm Carols by Candlelight
(two identical services followed by mulled wine and mince pies)


Sunday 24th December

8am Holy Communion
10am Family Worship with Christingle
4pm Crib Service
(children are invited to dress up as a character from the nativity and help tell the Christmas story)
11.30pm Holy Commuion
by candlelight with carols (preceded by carols and coffee from 11pm)

Christmas Day

8am Holy Communion
9.30am Family Communion
11.15am Holy Communion

New Year's Eve

8am Holy Communion
10am Family Worship
11pm Watchnight Service
(with drinks and nibbles from 10pm)

COLLECTIONS AT CHRISTMAS SERVICES

“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”
(Matt 25:35-36)
Pray for all those ministering to the poor and needy in the Oxford area, particularly for the work of charities in which
St Andrew’s members are involved. Give thanks for all the volunteers.

Asylum Welcome
providing advice, food, job training, and English instruction for asylum seekers and refugees in Oxford; assisting unaccompanied children; visiting detainees at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre.
(See www.asylum-welcome.org or talk to Rob Heimburger)

Community Emergency Foodbank
helping people through a crisis – referred by GPs, Health Visitors, CAB, clergy, Community Workers and providing an opportunity to talk. (www.cefoxford.co.uk; Jane Benyon)

Emmaus
providing a home for people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion for as long as they need it and giving them meaningful work in a social enterprise.
(www.emmaus.org.uk/oxford; Dianne Bayfield)

Gatehouse
started by the churches of central Oxford as a Christmas emergency shelter in 1988, it is now based in St Giles’ Parish rooms, offering simple free food to those who need it most, six days a week. Most are homeless or badly housed.
(www.oxfordgatehouse.org; Sue Gibbons)

Oxford Winter Night Shelter
an initiative of Churches Together in Central Oxford to offer emergency night shelter accommodation and breakfast for the homeless in Oxford.

The Porch Steppin' Stone Centre
providing support, nurture and challenge for homeless, recently re-housed homeless or vulnerably housed people: healthy food, practical help, companionship, learning skills, work-related skills, and development opportunities.
(www.theporch.org.uk; Anne Allen)

North Oxford Action against Homelessness
an initiative of Churches Together in North Oxford supporting people locally moving out of homelessness, for example by providing rental deposits for accommodation (David Cundy).

Street Pastors
trained volunteers from local churches on patrol in the town centre from 10.30pm until 4am on Friday nights and some Saturday nights; there to care for, listen to, and help people who are out on the streets.
https://streetpastors.org/locations/oxford/; Shelley Salisbury)
 

 

Sunday Services

Regular Services

0800 Holy Communion
This is a contemplative, spoken service of Holy Communion, following either Common Worship (1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays) or the Book of Common Prayer (2nd and 4th Sundays), and includes a short sermon based on the lectionary readings. Coffee and croissants are served after the service.
 

0930 Family Service
This is a time for the whole family to come to church for worship, teaching and fellowship. Each Sunday, we gather in church for 15 minutes together before the 0-14s go to their groups, apart from the 1st Sunday of each month when we stay in church for All Age Worship. We share communion on the 4th Sunday of the month. The style of worship is mainly contemporary, although we do enjoy singing a hymn with the organ on most Sundays! There is a Fair Trade stall after the service on the 2nd Sunday in the month.
 

1115 Service
This is a more formal service following Common Worship liturgy with robed clergy, which alternates between Holy Communion on the 1st and 3rd Sundays, and Morning Prayer of the 2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays. The music is led by a small choir, an organist/pianist, and occasionally other instrumentalists, and generally comprises congregational hymns, lyrical worship songs and other liturgical music. There is a Fair Trade stall after the service on the 2nd Sunday in the month.

6pm Service
This is an informal service with lively sung worship led by a band, vibrant teaching, and space for prayer ministry during or after the service. We share communion on the 2nd and 5th Sundays.

8pm Taizé Service
Taizé services usually take place on the last Sunday of the month. Following its characteristic pattern, services are an informal gathering with a simple liturgy of songs, readings, prayers and silence, and last under an hour.  All are welcome.