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 communities.

To 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 Garsington in

2015

Church Attendance
There are 59 parishioners on the Electoral Roll, with 6 new members and the sad loss of one longstanding member since the last APCM. The average Sunday attendance (based on attendance in October) is 16. Attendance at the Easter Day service was 39. The combined attendance at the two main Christmas services was 75 (45 at the Christmas Eve midnight service and 30 at the Christmas Day service) and attendance at the Carol Service was 160.

Worship and Education
The number and times of Sunday services at St Mary’s is as follows:

• 9:30 am Parish Communion, with Family Communion on the 3rd Sunday.
• 9:30 am Morning Prayer with Discussion on the 4th Sunday.
• 10:00 am Benefice Service alternating amongst the parishes on the 1st Sunday.

Summer 2015 Canon 239Special services included a “Celebration of Love” service in February, which attracted many couples who had got married at St. Mary’s, a “Come to Church” service in September to which congregation members invited friends and neighbours, a Harvest Service in October, a service with a guest speaker from Us in November which was followed by an international lunch and auction of promises, a Service of Light for All Souls’ and a Christingle Service. The Carol Service was particularly popular and featured the School Choir and the Village Choir. Christmas Summer 2015 Canon 241collections were shared between the Children’s Society, Christian Aid and the church funds respectively.  For the first time we celebrated our benefice in September with services at each of the churches to which we walked.

A PCC Away Day for reflection and planning was held at Ripon College, Cuddesdon.
Lent studies focussed on Desmond Tutu’s book In God’s Hands. There is a very popular St. Mary’s book discussion group which arose out of the Lent Study Group and has attracted people outside the regular congregation.

A Fair Trade stall was present in Church after several morning services, selling a range of delicious items.

During the year we welcomed four ordinands in total from Ripon College Cuddesdon to share worship with us on Sunday mornings and to participate when appropriate in the service. We have also been fortunate in gaining a reader, Phil Benner.

Music for the services every Sunday is provided by a small roster of very capable organists. We are very grateful to them all. Our team of ringers continues to make steady progress under the guidance of Mark Hunter.

During the year there were 4 baptisms, 4 weddings, 8 funerals at St Mary’s and 3 funerals for Garsington parishioners at the Crematorium, and 1 interment of ashes.
School & Youth Work
The Stepping Stones programme continued to run under the guidance of a steering committee. Very successful workshops were held at the school for Easter and Christingle, attended by 14 youngsters aged between 5 and 11. Their work was exhibited in the church.

The valuable team of young servers’ are present at every Eucharistic service. The ‘Children’s Corner’ is kept fresh as an area which is attractive and interesting for children. Children enjoy using the area.

Small amounts were available from the Bathurst Charity for educational bursaries

The vicar continued to visit Garsington C.E. Primary School regularly to take assemblies and lead prayer walks. The School came to Church for special services including Harvest, Christmas and the Leavers’ Service, when the children were presented with Bibles on behalf of the Church and the School; individual classes visited for class work. The three Foundation Governors were the Vicar, Eddy McDowell (Chair of Governors) and Liz Dain.

Outreach
The annual Church Fete was held at the Rectory in June by kind permission of the Vicar and Mr Arnold. June 2015 Garsington fete 028This highly enjoyable event raised a net sum of £2,700 for church general funds. The PCC is most grateful for all the imagination and hard work which goes into the organising and running of this and other successful events, particularly by Sue Leahy as chair of the committee.

In October some 36 parishioners and friends enjoyed a memorable “Safari Supper”, roaming the village to eat different courses of a dinner at different homes, organised by Angharad Jeffery, which raised money for SUDEP and Christian Aid. The church continues to support Us. There was a soup lunch for Homestart and the church at Robin and Eileen Frazer’s house in February.

The church continues to benefit from the new servery and there is a highly popular Friday café on 3rd Friday of each month, run by Eileen Frazer and Sue Leahy with helpers. The church has also encouraged the building to be used as a facility for village functions.

The PCC under the charge of Eileen once again organised the distribution gifts of plants, biscuits and baskets to elderly, housebound and bereaved parishioners at Christmas time; these are always most canon Jan to April 2015 137gratefully received.

Our team of flower arrangers continues to make the church look splendid and give pleasure to all with their beautiful displays.

 

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The number and times of Sunday services at St Mary’s is as follows:

  •  9.30 am Parish Communion, with Family Communion on the 3rd Sunday.
  • 9.30 am Morning Prayer with Discussion on the 4th Sunday.
  • 10 am Benefice Service alternating amongst the parishes on the 1st Sunday.

Special services included: Harvest with Year 1’s Harvest loaf and Vigil service to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. There was a confirmation service with Bishop Colin Fletcher on 2nd March when we were joined by the congregation of St Mary’s, Wheatley.  The Act of Remembrance was well attended with contributions from the school and a bugler to play the last post.  Coffee and tea was laid on at the Village Hall afterwards.  The Christingle Service was unfortunately affected by Norovirus at the school and there was a memorable Carol Service with the school choir attending.  Christmas collections were shared between the Children’s Society, Christian Aid and the church funds respectively.

A PCC Away Day for reflection and planning was Ripon College, Cuddesdon and a Sermon Series on Genesis with speakers from the Oxford Theology Faculty. Topics at the Fourth Sunday service included Women and Headship, Euthanasia and Synods and facilitating discussions over the issue of sexuality in the church. Lent studies focussed on the book “Looking through the Cross”.

A Fair Trade stall was present in Church after several morning services, selling a range of delicious items.

During the year we welcomed four ordinands in total from Ripon College Cuddesdon to share worship with us on Sunday mornings and to participate when appropriate in the service.

Music for the services, Sunday by Sunday, is provided by a small roster of very capable organists. We are very grateful to them all. Our team of trainee ringers continues to make steady progress under the tutelage of Mark Hunter.

During the year at St Mary’s there were 11 Baptisms, 6 Weddings, 7 Funerals in Church and 4 Funerals for Garsington parishioners at the Crematorium, and 4 interments of ashes.

School & Youth Work

The Stepping Stones programme continued to run under the guidance of a steering committee.  Very successful workshops were held at the school for Easter and Christingle, attended by over 20 youngsters aged between 5 and 11.  Their work was exhibited in the church.

The valuable team of servers’ are present at every Eucharistic service.

The ‘Children’s Corner’ is kept fresh as an area which is attractive and interesting for children.  Children enjoy using the area.

The vicar continued to visit Garsington C.E. Primary School on a regular basis to take assemblies.  The Harvest presentation 14School came to Church for special services including Harvest, Christmas and the Leavers’ Service, at which the children are presented with Bibles on behalf of the Church and the School; individual classes visited for class work.

The three Foundation Governors were the Vicar and Eddy McDowell (Chair of Governors).

 Outreach

The PCC and those who support St Mary’s enjoyed a tea in the church put on by Emma and Jonathan.

The bi-annual Rectory fete was held in June by kind permission of the Vicar and Dr Arnold.  This highly enjoyable event raised a net sum of £2,368 for church general funds.

The PCC is most grateful for all the imagination and hard work which goes into the organising and running of this and other successful events, particularly by Sue Leahy as chair of the committee.

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In October some 30 parishioners and friends enjoyed a memorable “Safari Supper”, roaming the village to eat different courses of a dinner at different homes, organised by Angharad Jeffery. The church continues to support Us and enjoyed a soup lunch at John and Ruth Buckley’s in March.

The church continues to benefit from the new servery and there is a highly popular Friday café on 3rd Friday of each month, run by Eileen Frazer and Sue Leahy with helpers. The church has also encouraged the building to be used as a facility for village functions, with a folk concert by Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston in December, which was organised by Angharad Jeffery and attended by 80 people.

The PCC under the charge of Eileen once again organised the distribution gifts of plants, biscuits and baskets to elderly, housebound and bereaved parishioners at Christmas time; these are always most gratefully received.

Our team of flower arrangers continues to make the church look splendid and give pleasure to all with their beautiful displays.

2013

The bi-annual Rectory fete was held in June. This highly enjoyable event raised a net sum of £2,114 for church general funds.  The PCC is most grateful for all the imagination and hard work which goes into the organising and running of this and other successful events, particularly John Hall as he retired from chair of the committee.  There were a variety of new sections to the fete this year, including: a textile exhibition in the church, the school choir performance and falconry display outside the church.  The rain just about held off and it was enjoyed by all who came.

 

 

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The return of the bells and erection of a new servery were celebrated with a concert given by the school choir and musical event in July at which Peter Lynan played and Jonathan Arnold and John Buckley sang.  Mike Rothery also gave a talk about the bells and their restoration.

There was also a fellowship walk along the Thames in September.

In October some 24 parishioners and friends enjoyed a memorable “Safari Supper”, roaming the village to eat different courses of a dinner at different homes. The church continues to support USPG now Us and enjoyed a soup lunch at John and Tina’s which raised £626.

The PCC under the charge of Eileen once again organised the distribution gifts of plants, biscuits and baskets to elderly, housebound and bereaved parishioners at Christmas time; these are always most gratefully received.

Our team of flower arrangers continues to make the church look beautiful and welcoming to our visitors. Special thanks go to Jenny and the team of cleaners and flower arrangers who make this possible.

St Mary’s café has recently been established in the church on the second Friday of the month and has proved very successful in drawing people together for fellowship.

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A Quiet Day was held at Freelands Priory and a Sermon Series on Galatians during June 2013 which was opened by the New Testament tutor at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Michael Lakey.  This year the series was on Genesis and speakers from the Theology Faculty preached at the Cluster services over the summer.

Speakers at the fourth Sunday included: Shaz Ajmal, Emma Percy, Mary Stephens and Edgar Ruddock from Us. Topics ranged from the Reformation to Living Islam. A Lent course was run by Emma on Faith and film.

A Fair Trade stall was present in Church after several morning services, selling a range of delicious items.

During the year we welcomed  four ordinands on placement from Ripon College Cuddesdon to share worship with us on Sunday mornings and to participate when appropriate in the service.

The Stepping Stones programme continues to run under the guidance of a steering committee. Very successful workshops were held at the school for Easter and Christingle, attended by over 20 youngsters aged between 5 and 11.  Their work was exhibited in the church, especially the stunning altar frontal designed by Emma Stevenson.  Thanks go to everyone who enable this work of outreach to the school to take place.

Young Explorers is held monthly at the Rectory and enables the younger members of our congregation to explore their faith through the medium of film. This has grown to a membership of 11 in the past year.

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