Mission and Outreach

The mission of the benefice of Garsington, Cuddesdon and Horspath is:

To be an energetic and attractive Christian witness in our communities and encourage lay ministry.To serve our semi-rural communitiesTo have inspired worship and present the Gospel to all

To engage with faith in a relevant and intellectually stimulating way

To reach out to age-groups under-represented in our current congregations especially to the young

To be a welcoming church to the staff and students of Ripon college Cuddesdon

Below is just some of the services and events we hold to live out and further our mission to share God’s love in Cuddesdon:

We continue to accomplish our Mission Action Plan priority to reach out to college families and visitors and a very successful tea party in the Parish Hall was held in September for newly arrived college families. Thanks to Waveney and Jean and all who helped organise it. Thanks also for a fine summer tea party to thank outgoing and to welcome incoming sacristans hosted by Euan and Jean Mackintosh. The regular monthly coffee mornings in the Village Hall, particularly for elderly or isolated parishioners, continued most successfully. The Vicar’s Notes, regularly appearing in the Parish Magazine, continue as a much-appreciated outreach into the wider community of the parish. Messy Church continued to meet every second Sunday in the Village Hall and brings together families from across Cuddesdon in fun, faith centred activities.

The fete held in the grounds of Ripon College raised yet again a good sum: £5,621 was deposited in the Fabric Account and General Fund. Our grateful thanks go to members of the Fete Committee for all their hard work in its organisation, to all who helped on the day and to students and staff of the college. This is a significant community effort that brings together villagers, members of the college and church members for a hugely enjoyable and successful occasion. Thanks too to the villagers who responded to Robert’s appeal in the November Newsletter for contributions towards the cost of lighting the tower over Christmas. It was very good to see the tower lit throughout the dark months of December and January and to raise a sum for the church that, with Gift Aid, amounted to around £500. We have indeed cause to be thankful for the support that comes to our church from various sources.

The monthly pattern of church services has remained the same as in the previous year, with Benefice Services on the first Sunday of the month rotating in the three parishes.  The Agape Supper was held in the Hub at Horspath on Maundy Thursday. We enjoyed a Benefice Celebration during the summer and a harvest weekend with a fine Harvest Supper in the Village Hall followed on the Sunday by a Harvest Festival for which the church had been very well decorated. Donations went to CEF (Community Emergency Foodbank). From late October onwards, all our services have been held in the Edward King Chapel as noted above and we are very grateful to the Sisters and to the college for enabling us to escape the dust and cold of the church during restoration works. We were, however, able to clean the church and makes things ready for two funerals towards the end of the year and thank all who worked so hard and effectively to make this possible. The Advent Service was beautifully mounted in the Edward King Chapel by members of the college with readings from parishioners and there were well-attended and much enjoyed Christingle and Crib services. Many thanks to the sacristans, Jean Macintosh and others who prepared for and organised these services. Carol singing in the village took place before Christmas.

The church was packed in early July for the BRF and Oxford Diocese Festival of Prayer, in the organisation of which Emma takes a leading role.  In our desire to be a church which promotes prayer the Julian contemplative prayer group continued to meet on every second Thursday in the month at 2 pm in the Edward King Chapel. The Monday evening Bible Study continued to meet regularly in the college, concluding its study of Kings and commencing a study of Revelations.

Mission Action Plan form – Cuddesdon 17