Worship at Home

We are delighted that we are now able to open St Mary's for private prayer following the guidance from the Government and Diocese, see our homepage for opening days and times.

There will still be a service streamed live from the Oxford Diocese every Sunday at 10am, click here for the link to it.  Also,  join us on Facebook on Wednesday evenings and Thursday mornings for our own live services,  click here for the our Facebook Page

Our ministry team will also continue to be writing blogs, our pew sheet is still being published weekly and music is also being provided.

 

Worship at Home - Blogs

© Sarah Bourne
Published by Sarah Bourne on Wed, 15 Jul 2020 00:00
Sarah's blog

This is a significant week! We are looking forward to welcoming the Reverend Serena Tajima as our new vicar, and she will be collated (that’s the technical term, if anyone was...

Published by Stephen Birch on Sun, 12 Jul 2020 08:34
Pew Sheets

Click here for this week's Pew Sheet for 12th July, 5th Sunday of Trinity.

This is our online version an...

© photo by Louise Adey Huish
Published by Louise Adey Huish on Thu, 9 Jul 2020 18:13
Louise's blog

Set in the Great Plague year of 1665-66, Year of Wonders (2001) offers some thought-provoking reflections on the current ...

© Sarah Bourne
Published by Sarah Bourne on Wed, 8 Jul 2020 00:00
Sarah's blog

Last Sunday we clapped again for the NHS.  We celebrated the 72nd anniversary of a wonderful organisation which ...

© photo by Louise Adey Huish
Published by Louise Adey Huish on Fri, 3 Jul 2020 09:51
Louise's blog

As any toddler will tell you, it takes a lot of effort to be Good. And we have been Good for such a long time now: for over a hundred days of lockdown we’ve done as we’re to...

© Sarah Bourne
Published by Sarah Bourne on Wed, 1 Jul 2020 00:00
Sarah's blog

In last week’s live-streamed Compline from St Mary’s community in Banbury, we prayed for the world to be healed from all malice and hatred, and that we might root out the evil of...

© Sarah Bourne
Published by Sarah Bourne on Wed, 24 Jun 2020 00:00
Sarah's blog

I expect we can all remember a significant teacher, or indeed several of them, from our own school days.  The fact that I can still recall the names of most of my teachers from ...

© Sarah Bourne
Published by Sarah Bourne on Wed, 17 Jun 2020 00:00
Sarah's blog

Is anyone else feeling withdrawal symptoms at the end of Springwatch, the nature series on BBC television?  For three glorious weeks, our weekday evenings have been enlivened by...

Published by Louise Adey Huish on Mon, 15 Jun 2020 21:24
Louise's blog

In Westport, Co. Mayo, on the west coast of Ireland, there is a remarkable piece of public sculpture. The stark and striking monument is an appropriate commemoration of the mill...

© Sarah Bourne
Published by Sarah Bourne on Wed, 10 Jun 2020 00:00
Sarah's blog

A month ago, our white wisteria was looking spectacular.  It had over 150 flower racemes starting to open as they poured down from the branches and I sent daily photo updates to my f...

© Photo by Louise Adey Huish
Published by Louise Adey Huish on Mon, 8 Jun 2020 18:42
Louise's blog

Five years ago in 2015 my Mum died, unexpectedly, on Trinity Sunday. Her sister died a few months later, just short of her 100...

© Sarah Bourne
Published by Sarah Bourne on Wed, 3 Jun 2020 00:00
Sarah's blog

You may have come across the Gaelic prayer of protection (or lorica) attributed to St Patrick and possibly dat...

© photo by Louise Adey Huish
Published by Louise Adey Huish on Mon, 1 Jun 2020 18:39
Louise's blog

The gifts of Pentecost – the first fruits of the Holy Spirit – were beautifully invoked during yesterday’s Diocesan online service. Encouragement. Inspiration. Enthusiasm....

© Sarah Bourne
Published by Sarah Bourne on Wed, 27 May 2020 00:00
Sarah's blog

We have been privileged to “attend” on-line Church at Home every Sunday since the middle of March, which is provided by the considerable efforts of our Oxford diocesan brothers a...

© photo by Louise Adey Huish
Published by Louise Adey Huish on Sun, 24 May 2020 18:31
Louise's blog

On Friday I saw my brother for the first time in nine weeks. We met in a car park in Stratford, and went for a walk together along the River Avon and the Stratford Greenway in...

© Sarah Bourne
Published by Sarah Bourne on Wed, 20 May 2020 00:00
Sarah's blog

I have had an earworm ever since writing last week’s blog when I referred to the song “...

© Sarah Bourne
Published by Sarah Bourne on Wed, 13 May 2020 00:00
Sarah's blog

On the 75th anniversary of VE Day last Friday, we were treated on television to some poignant moments and uplifting messages from people across the country.  We saw P...

© Sarah Bourne
Published by Sarah Bourne on Wed, 6 May 2020 00:00
Sarah's blog

St Benedict came up in Zoom conversation last Wednesday evening after our weekly live-streamed Compline.  Our discussion was to do with the importance of looking for Christ in...

© Sarah Bourne
Published by Sarah Bourne on Wed, 29 Apr 2020 00:00
Sarah's blog

Catherine of Siena (1347 -1380) was an Italian 14th century mystic and teacher of the faith, and today (29...

© Sarah Bourne
Published by Sarah Bourne on Wed, 22 Apr 2020 00:00
Sarah's blog

I was uplifted by watching BBC 1’s Together at Home concert on Sunday evening.  And it wasn’t only because of the contri...

© Sarah Bourne
Published by Sarah Bourne on Wed, 15 Apr 2020 00:00
Sarah's blog

It’s been a very different Holy Week and Easter Day this year!  The Easter narrative is the same; we have shared in the joy of Jesus Christ’s Resurrection with equal awe a...

© Sarah Bourne
Published by Sarah Bourne on Wed, 8 Apr 2020 00:00
Sarah's blog

As we move through our Holy Week observances, we prepare for the most important days in the Christian year: Maundy Thursday when Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with his discip...

© Sarah Bourne
Published by Sarah Bourne on Wed, 1 Apr 2020 00:00
Sarah's blog

Yesterday (31st March) was the day in the church calendar when we commemorate John Donne, priest, poet and former Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral in London from 162...

Published by Jeff West on Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:54
Jeff's blog

Today, 31 March, the Church of England commemorates John Donne, priest and poet, who died on this day in 1631.  I must admit he's not my favourite 17th-century Anglican poet - I...

© Sarah Bourne
Published by Sarah Bourne on Thu, 26 Mar 2020 15:08
Sarah's blog

Those of you who enjoyed my choice of sonnet last week about the gift of carers might find sustenance in another poem by Malcolm Guite.  In this poem we are first brought face t...

© Sarah Bourne
Published by Sarah Bourne on Thu, 19 Mar 2020 15:06
Sarah's blog

As we enter this hugely challenging time where people are heavily reliant on others to offer support and perhaps deliver food, essential supplies and medication to those who are...

Weekly Music & Worship Blog

Published by Sarah Bourne on Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:12
Weekly Music & Worship Blog

During the current pandemic situation, St Mary’s Church will provide music links for your individual use at home alongside the weekly Pew Sheet.  We hope that this will aid your worship and ...

Published by Sarah Bourne on Fri, 3 Jul 2020 12:05
Weekly Music & Worship Blog

During the current pandemic situation, St Mary’s Church will provide music links for your individual use at home alongside the weekly Pew Sheet.  We hope that this will aid your worship and ...

Published by Sarah Bourne on Fri, 26 Jun 2020 11:19
Weekly Music & Worship Blog

During the current pandemic situation, St Mary’s Church will provide music links for your individual use at home alongside the weekly Pew Sheet.  We hope that this will aid your worship and ...

Published by Sarah Bourne on Fri, 19 Jun 2020 11:20
Weekly Music & Worship Blog

During the current pandemic situation, St Mary’s Church will provide music links for your individual use at home alongside the weekly Pew Sheet.  We hope that this will aid your worship and ...

Published by Sarah Bourne on Fri, 12 Jun 2020 15:07
Weekly Music & Worship Blog

During the current pandemic situation, St Mary’s Church will provide music links for your individual use at home alongside the weekly Pew Sheet.  We hope that this will aid your worship and ...

Published by Sarah Bourne on Fri, 5 Jun 2020 14:10
Weekly Music & Worship Blog

During the current pandemic situation, St Mary’s Church will provide music links for your individual use at home alongside the weekly Pew Sheet.  We hope that this will aid your worship and ...

Published by Sarah Bourne on Fri, 29 May 2020 11:31
Weekly Music & Worship Blog

During the current pandemic situation, St Mary’s Church will provide music links for your individual use at home alongside the weekly Pew Sheet.  We hope that this will aid your worship and ...

Published by Sarah Bourne on Sat, 23 May 2020 15:31
Weekly Music & Worship Blog

During the current pandemic situation, St Mary’s Church will provide music links for your individual use at home alongside the weekly Pew Sheet.  We hope that this will aid your worship and ...

Published by Sarah Bourne on Fri, 15 May 2020 16:21
Weekly Music & Worship Blog

During the current pandemic situation, St Mary’s Church will provide music links for your individual use at home alongside the weekly Pew Sheet.  We hope that this will aid your worship and ...

Published by Sarah Bourne on Sat, 9 May 2020 11:47
Weekly Music & Worship Blog

During the current pandemic situation, St Mary’s Church will provide music links for your individual use at home alongside the weekly Pew Sheet.  We hope that this will aid your worship and ...

Published by Sarah Bourne on Fri, 1 May 2020 11:38
Weekly Music & Worship Blog

During the current pandemic situation, St Mary’s Church will provide music links for your individual use at home alongside the weekly Pew Sheet.  We hope that this will aid your worship and ...

Published by Sarah Bourne on Fri, 24 Apr 2020 14:22
Weekly Music & Worship Blog

Hymns:

507 We have a gospel to proclaim

221 Ye choirs of new Jerusalem  (6 verses)  htt...

Published by Sarah Bourne on Wed, 22 Apr 2020 11:17
Weekly Music & Worship Blog
Published by Sarah Bourne on Fri, 17 Apr 2020 12:29
Weekly Music & Worship Blog

During the current pandemic situation, St Mary’s Church will provide music links for your individual use at home alongside the weekly Pew Sheet.  We hope that this will aid your worship and ...

Published by Sarah Bourne on Fri, 10 Apr 2020 12:09
Weekly Music & Worship Blog

During the current pandemic situation, St Mary’s Church will provide music links for your individual use at home alongside the weekly Pew Sheet.  We hope that this will aid your worship and ...

Published by Sarah Bourne on Fri, 3 Apr 2020 17:07
Weekly Music & Worship Blog

Weekly Music Provision

During the current pandemic situation, St Mary’s Church will provide music links for your individual use at home alongside the weekly Pew Sheet.&nb...

An Introduction to the Bible

Published by Jeff West on Tue, 7 Apr 2020 16:31
An Introduction to the Bible

The first three sessions in this introductory course covered broadly factual questions – how the Bible is arranged, when it was written and put together in its present form, ...

Published by Jeff West on Sat, 4 Apr 2020 13:35
An Introduction to the Bible

In introducing the Old Testament in Week 1, we said that it had only been put together in its present form in the last three or four centuries before Christ. This is relevant, ...

Published by Jeff West on Wed, 1 Apr 2020 17:25
An Introduction to the Bible

Ways of reading the Bible

In the ancient world, important literature (religious or secular) was written on scrolls made from animal skins, while less im...

Published by Jeff West on Wed, 1 Apr 2020 16:59
An Introduction to the Bible

Word-for-word translation

Some translations try to get as close as possible to the original, without attempting to modernise the ideas and images, even i...

Published by Jeff West on Wed, 1 Apr 2020 16:53
An Introduction to the Bible

The Old Testament

The Old Testament is the name given by Christians to the Jewish scriptures known and used by Jesus during his earthly life. T...

Published by Jeff West on Wed, 1 Apr 2020 16:41
An Introduction to the Bible

When we were "locked down" on 23 March we had already held the first three sessions of a five-session Lent Course "introducing the Bible".  We don't want it to stop there, so I'...

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