Mission and Outreach

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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 some of the services and events which were held over the last year through which we live out God’s mission of love and generosity in Horspath

2015

Church Attendance
There are 30 parishioners on the Electoral Roll. The average Sunday attendance is 23. Attendance at festivals is higher: the combined attendance for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day was 62, Easter 26, Carol Service 100, Christingle 43 and Harvest 29. Total annual adult attendance fell from 1248 to 1181.

Review of the Year: The PCC met 5 times during the year. The January meeting was a planning meeting in which we formulated our Mission Action Plan for the year (see attached). The PCC finalised statutory policies and procedures for: asbestos management, health and safety and fire safety, thanks to the hard and thorough work of Chris Drew. We also reviewed the burial policy and decided to begin procedures for the closure of the churchyard. In March the PCC sent out a survey in across the village asking parishioners what they valued about the church and possible new ventures. Forty two people replied and gave valuable insight into how St Giles’ can serve the community. From figures collated by Charles over the last four years, we also reviewed our annual attendance figures, identifying on those services which were growing. This led to a development of the Crib service to include the children more and use carols from school and to shift the emphasis of the Christingle service from Christmas to Advent. The outcomes of both were successful and increased in attendance.

Worship and Education

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

• 11.00 am Parish Communion, with Family Service on the 3rd Sunday.
• 11.00 am Morning Prayer
• 10 am Benefice Service alternating amongst the parishes on the 1st Sunday
• 5.30 pm Taizé Evening Prayer in the Hub

canon Jan to April 2015 099IMG_4821Special services included: Harvest with buffet lunch, Reflection time at St Giles for Good Friday, an Agape supper in the Hub for Maundy Thursday and Easter and Advent service with the staff and children of the Nursery attending and Back to Church Sunday was kept. The Advent service trialed a new format for the Family Service beginning with coffee and cake, only two songs the children know, a child reading a scripture passage, and a themed talk with prayers. It was very successful and will be taken forward into 2016 as Family Time at St Giles. The Christmas tree on the village green had generously been donated to the village, and was blessed following the Christingle service which raised £152.36 for the Children’s Society. Barbara Lewis again organized a collection throughout the village and cards in memory of loved ones were hung on the Christmas tree, donations were given to the Churchill branch of Cancer Research UK and will be used onsite. Village carol singing was held on the green. The collection of £137.36 went to Alzheimer’s Society. The carol service held in St Giles, was as usual, very well attended, with the hand bell ringers and choir, kindly led by Gill Gray. We are grateful to Gill and all who contributed to the success of the service. The Collection of £224.87 went to Christian Aid. For the third year a Crib service was held on 24th December at 4pm and has grown considerably over the year.

The popular Lent York course took place Muriel’s and was run by different members of the group. A series of displays telling the story of Easter, called Easter Experience, was held in the church during Holy Week and enjoyed by a number of people, including the school.

Summer 2015 Canon 271The Taizé evening prayer service continues in the Hub on the first Sunday of the month at 5.30 pm with a small but regular congregation. The Benefice service, also on the first Sunday, circulates round the benefice of Garsington, Cuddesdon and Horspath. This year, to celebrate the formation of the Benefice, we held a Benefice Celebration Day with the 10 am service at Cuddesdon and the new Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon, Bishop Humphrey Southern, preaching, walk to Garsington for a picnic lunch and midday prayer, then walk to Horspath for tea and Taizé. There was a great mix of people and dogs, making it a wonderful day which will be repeated annually.

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.

Music for the services, Sunday by Sunday, is provided by a small roster of music operators. We are very grateful to them all and especially to David who oversees the computer and prepares it for worship. The church bells are rung regularly on Tuesday evenings for practice, by a dedicated team comprising some young people, and on Sunday morning prior to the 10am and 11am services under the guidance of the team captain Brian Lowe. They also ring for weddings and when, requested, half muffled for funerals. The Hand Bells were rung, with much acclaim at the Carol and Crib service.Canon winter 15 119

During the year at St Giles’ there were: 7 Baptisms, 1 Weddings, 5 Funerals in Church and 6 Funerals for Horspath parishioners at the Crematorium, and 3 interments of ashes.

Outreach

In February a tea was held in the Hub to thank all those who handed out the magazine. It was a lovely event and a good opportunity to bring together all those who support St Giles in different ways. Our thanks to Charles and Julie who orchestrated the event.

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In July there was a very successful jazz concert held in the church raising £1,116. Thanks go to David for organising the event. We also held an Open Gardens event in May, thanks go to Shelia and everyone who opened their gardens and to Barbara and the team of flower arrangers who decorated the church. £1,204 was raised for the church.

St Giles supports Fair Trade and uses fair trade products. Mary Biggs again organised Operation Christmas Child and members of St Giles filled shoe boxes with goodies which were taken to children in Africa, central Asia and Eastern Europe. 50 boxes were despatched in November. Mary Biggs also takes the donations of food which are left in St Giles Church to the CEF Food Bank in St Francis Church, Cowley where it is welcomed and distributed to recipients recommended by social workers and doctors.

The Friends of Horspath Churches, previously the Mothers’ Union, continue to play an important role within the parish. They make posies for Mothering Sunday, prepare oranges for Christingle, and address letters and envelopes to send to families who have lost a loved one and to invite them to the Service of Light on All Souls Sunday. They continue with welcoming duties at Christ Church Cathedral and also with sending cards for 5 years to children on the anniversary of their baptism.

The Horspath Hub continues to be really successful with a weekly coffee morning and Post Office. This year there has been considerable work done on the fabric of the Hub with renovation of the roof, electrical and energy saving projects and redecoration. The work has been sponsored by Wren, Toe2 and the Parish Council. The work disrupted classes which consist of painting and drawing, play table tennis and have a weekly chat over coffee and cake. The Hub has had talks, quizzes, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, produce markets and many different organizations hold meetings there. The project is drawing the community together and the trustees are certainly pleased with the progress and small grants have helped with maintenance but we still need to raise money cover the initial costs of purchasing the building. Most of the work was completed by local skilled workmen and it is now far more energy efficient (we are having a survey done next week and we should then be able to report the result we have reached now since the first survey was done 3years ago) The Hub has been used for many and varied events from numerous children’s parties, to dancing practice, massage, wildlife lectures and many group meetings.

The garden club has had another busy year with talks on trees, antique garden implements, illustrating botanical books for Kew Gardens and Oxford plant sciences as well as the delights of dragonflies. The day is changing though to a Wednesday evening for next year.

Sheila Frankum and her helpers, Gill and Donald Gray, Carol and John Cuthbert and others so capably care for the conservation area around the church and the wild flora and fauna, including the rare Cordydallis. Peter Ewart mows the grass in the area north of the church where snowdrops, daffodils, crocus and blue bells are well established.

School and Youth Work

The Revd Emma Pennington now leads collective worship on a weekly basis at the school, as well as working with the children. The Easter and Harvest services are held in the school in order to accommodate parents and friends. Acorn have their Nativity in the church.

Members of St Giles assist with the growing of vegetables and flowers in the school garden and teach the basics of horticulture, they also go into school to assist with music and reading.

Barbara Lewis serves as Foundation Governor and Gillian Nightall as community Governor.

Before the summer holidays the PCC again contributed £100 towards the purchase of Bibles for Horspath Primary School children who are moving on to their new senior schools.

Following Diocesan guidelines, Becky Madden-Waite will continue as St Giles Children’s Protection Officer, a notice in the porch confirms this.

We are indebted and fortunate that so many give of their time and talents so willingly and without payment, as everything that is done in St Giles is done voluntarily and often at a cost to the individual. Special thanks go to those who help prepare for services, the sacristans, the sidespersons, readers, those who lead the intercessions and those who make coffee and supply cakes. Especially to Mark Chapman and all the clergy who lead our worship and to the bell ringers who week by week call all the pray. Special thanks goes to Brian for all the often hidden ways in which he cares for the building and ensures everything runs smoothly.

Thanks to Gill Gray, the organist, who willingly plays at least once a month but is unable to commit playing regularly. Thanks go to regular team of music operators and to David Rule for setting up the rotas. To Barbara Lewis for all that she contributes to the life of the church in so many ways and all the flower arrangers who supply and regularly arrange flowers in the church and who also clean the church are very much appreciated for the unseen work that they do.

Special thanks again to Rosemary Goss who stepped down from her role as editor of the magazine, and to all the Magazine distributors, who continue to deliver the magazines each month and also collect the subscription and who are often called upon when help is required. Brian Lowe takes up the role of editor after Christmas.

Sheila Dandridge locks and unlocks the church each day and also keeps a watchful eye upon it. The open church is much appreciated by those wishing to spend time in quietness in this sacred space. We are indebted to Sheila for this dedication and commitment.

The generosity and goodwill of them all is appreciated and essential to the successful running of the church.

2014

Special services included: Harvest with buffet lunch and Pentecost with the Nursery attending and the Service of Light for All Souls’.   Songs of Praise service on 31st August on ‘The Feast of St Giles’ and welcomed back those who had been married or baptized in the church. The Christmas tree on the village green had generously been donated to the village, and was blessed following the Christingle service.  Barbara Lewis again organized a collection throughout the village and cards in memory of loved ones were hung on the Christmas tree, donations were given to the Churchill branch of Cancer Research UK and will be used onsite.  Village carol singing was held on the green.  The collection of £122.20 went to Seesaw.  The carol service held in St Giles, was as usual, very well attended, and the young people from the primary school who sang in the choir much appreciated. For the second year a Crib service was held on 24th December at 4pm.

To mark the 100th commemoration of the start of the First World War the bells were pealed at 12 noon and Brian Lowe gave a talk on Horspath & Oxford during that war.

A Sermon Series on Genesis ran during the summer at the Cluster services. The popular Lent York course took place Muriel’s and was run by different members of the group.

During the year at St Giles’ there were 6 Baptisms, 3 Weddings, 2 Funerals in Church and 4 Funerals for Horspath parishioners at the Crematorium, and 3 interments of ashes.

In June there was a concert given by Jonathan Arnold and Nicholas Asbury, ‘Shakespeare for a Summer’s Evening’ which consisted of poems and songs focussed on the Bard and the first World War.  It was a lovely evening.  Barbara Lewis also put on lunch in her house on 28th June which, despite the weather was enjoyed by all present.

Jonathan Arnold (Emma’s husband) again very kindly undertook a cycle ride in aid of St Giles.   This time leaving from St Giles Horspath and cycling 92 miles via the picturesque route to Warwick and back.

Fairtrade fortnightSt Giles supports Fair Trade and uses fair trade products.  Mary Biggs again organised Operation Christmas Child and members of St Giles filled shoe boxes with goodies which were taken to children in Africa, central Asia and Eastern Europe.    50 boxes were despatched in November.  Mary Biggs also takes the donations of food which are left in St Giles Church to the CEF Food Bank in St Francis Church, Cowley where it is welcomed and distributed to recipients recommended by social workers and doctors.  The project ‘Loving Hands Baby Jumpers’ for new born babies in Africa to go home in continues.

The Friends of Horspath Churches, previously the Mothers’ Union, continue to play an important role within the parish.    They make posies for Mothering Sunday, prepare oranges for Christingle, address letters and envelopes to send to families who have lost a loved one and to invite them to the Service of Light on All Souls Sunday.   They continue with welcoming duties at Christ Church Cathedral and also with sending cards for 5 years to children on the anniversary of their baptism.

Hub coffee morningThe first year of the Horspath Hub being open has been really successful with the opening of the Post Office, the building of bridge to link the centre of the village with the other facilities, as well as  many different exercise classes starting. There is also an opportunity to learn painting and drawing, play table tennis and have a weekly chat over coffee and cake. The Hub has had  talks, quizzes, birthday, parties, anniversary celebrations, produce markets and many  different organisations to hold meetings. The project  is beginning  to draw the community together and the trustees  are certainly pleased with the progress and small grants  have helped with maintenance but we still need to raise money cover the initial costs of purchasing the building.

After our first Horspath Garden’s Open event we started a garden club for all those who had taken part to get together and share a common interest.  It all started in 2008 and during the following years we have had talks from many eminent people from the Oxford Botanic and  Waterperry Gardens as well as many experts in vegetable and plant growing, looking after and encouraging wild life into our gardens and how to use what has been grown in many creative and healthy ways. We have been lucky enough to have had  delightful visits to local gardens as well as many of the Oxford Colleges  and of course our visit to Highgrove was a highlight thanks to Enid Gomm. Each year we think what can we do that is different, but each year more ideas crop up just like our visit this April to Queens College library to view original botanical drawings and paintings that are not on show to the general public. All are welcome.

Sheila Frankum and her helpers, Gill and Donald Gray, Carol and John Cuthbert and others so capably care for the conservation area around the church and the wild flora and fauna, including the rare Cordydallis.  Peter Ewart mows the grass in the area north of the church where snowdrops, daffodils, crocus and blue bells are well established.

 

Below is just some of the services and events we held to live out and further our mission to share God’s love in Horspath in 2013:

In June a Flower Festival was held with the theme ‘Flowers of the Holy Land’ when the church looked beautiful, some of the arrangements being done by visiting friends.    In conjunction with this, teas were served at The Manor where a Band entertained, which was generously sponsored. Stalls selling cakes, produce, books etc were on the village green. £1,216 was raised.   On the Sunday of the Flower Festival in June a Songs of Praise service was held when some of the arrangers were ‘interviewed ‘ by Revd Emma and spoke on their arrangements and their love of flowers and nature.

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At the end of June the Church joined with the Primary and Nursery Schools at a Fete in the Village Hall and grounds.   The church organised the teas and also the cake and plant stalls, and received £559, a third of the takings.

In September David Rule organised a Clarinet Quartet Concert played by the Glasshouse String Quartet who played both Mozart and Brahms clarinet quintets. It was very much enjoyed by a full church and £937 was raised.

Paul and Rachel Mullins kindly opened their garden for a coffee morning to raise funds to replace the white altar frontal, which through age had split beyond repair.   £428 was raised on the day and subsequent donations increased it to £483. The new white altar frontal was made by Taylor’s the Oxford Robemakers and was used over the Christmas period 2013.

Jonathan Arnold (Emma’s husband) again very kindly undertook a cycle ride in aid of St Giles.   This time leaving from St Giles Horspath and cycling 56 miles via the picturesque route to Gloucester Cathedral in time for Evensong, the sponsorship money totalled  a much appreciated £470.

In Lent a series of meetings was held to study the York course ‘Glimpses of God’ at the home of Bob and Muriel Walker.    These courses are popular attracting up to 15 people.  Also in Lent a group met at Garsington Rectory to ‘Explore Faith through Film’ to think about some of the issues that really matter in relation to ourselves and to faith.  A further course ‘Expecting Christ’ was held for 4 weeks in Advent. This was the first York advent course and was not considered as good as the Lent courses.

On Ash Wednesday a Eucharist with Ashing was held at 10am.

An Agape supper was held on Maundy Thursday, this year at Garsington Village Hall.

On Good Friday the Gospel of St Luke was read, the readers having been organised by Anna Radcliffe.

Invitations were extended to attend Back to Church Sunday on 29th September.   These had a

good response and in some cases resulted in continuing attendance.

In October the staff and children of the Nursery School attended the Harvest Festival which resulted in a full church and also enhanced contributions to the Food Bank. Following the service a ploughman’s lunch was held.

Horspath NativityAt the end on November the Nursery School held their Christmas service in St Giles.

The traditional service of Remembrance was held at 11am on Sunday 11th November and the collection of £147 in aid of the Royal British Legion.  Another Songs of Praise service was held in the afternoon of Sunday 11th November when John West spoke of his experiences on board a minesweeper mostly in the Mediterranian the collection of £117 was donated to ‘Help for Heroes’ Charity.

The Christingle service was held on 15th December and £125.25 was donated to the Children’s Society.     The many generous donations received by Father Christmas on his visit to Horspath on Christmas Eve  amounted to £130 and were also donated to the Children’s Society, by Muriel Walker.

The Christmas tree on the village green had generously been donated to the village, and was blessed following the Christingle service.. Barbara Lewis again organized a collection throughout the village and cards in memory of loved ones were hung on the Christmas tree, donations amounting to a splendid total £1,381 were given to the Churchill branch of Cancer Research UK and will be used onsite.

Village carol singing was again held in the church due to the forecast of rough wind and rain. The collection  of £180.65 was given to Sobell House.

The carol service held in St Giles, was as usual, very well attended, and the young people from the primary school who sang in the choir much appreciated. The collection of £268.86 was donated to Christian Aid.

For the second year a Crib service was held on 24th December at 4pm.

In June 2014 Barbara held a luncheon at her house which was enjoyed by many despite the heavy downpour.

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Mission Action Plan form – Horspath

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