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Paradise Lost  Tues. 17th Oct. 2017 at 7.30pm

In 2017 we celebrate the 350th anniversary of the publication of Milton's great epic poem Paradise Lost. This staged performance provides a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with this neglected masterpiece, built around the temptation of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis, chapter 3).

Milton Mummers, an Oxford-based professional theatre group, under the direction of Thomas Bewley, have prepared an exciting hour-long programme to introduce audiences to the crafty plotting of the likes of Belial, Moloch and Beelzebub. At the same time providing a backdrop to the creation of Milton's masterpiece in the turbulent 17th century.

St Helen's will be hosting a staged introduction to the epic poem on Tuesday 17th October at 7.30 pm in the church.

Tickets are £10 (£5 for those in full-time education) from the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or on the door (cash only).

St. Helen's Christmas Market, 25th Nov. 2017

A great opportunity to do your Christmas shopping with gifts, books, jewellery, pictures, toys, homemade cakes and preserves for sale. There will be a raffle, refreshments and seasonal music to listen to while you have a cup of coffee.

Entrance free.

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Magnitude of Meekness

The Magnitude of Meekness – Christmas for Twelve Days

by Charles Miller

‘Every season of the Christian year is special. The reflections that make up this book are meant to help the reader use the twelve days of Christmas to appreciate the meaning of Christmas more fully.’ Charles Miller, the Team Rector of Abingdon-on-Thames, sums up in his own words The Magnitude of Meekness: a compilation bringing together his many years of preaching in a wide variety of settings including Oxford colleges, central New York and suburban Oxfordshire, at the Christmas season. Twelve sermons, one for each of the Twelve Days of Christmas, make up a short but no means lightweight volume. Charles Miller weaves together the personal experiences of those in the Christmas stories, and his own experiences, with deeper theological reflections.

earth in our hands

First Sundays in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec 2017    Care for the Earth

Ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you.  Which of these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?  In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. (Job 12:7-10)

As Christians we live in a covenant relationship with God and creation.  Care for the environment and its living creatures is simply care for our neighbour writ large, and thus an integral part of our Christian discipleship and witness.  This autumn and winter we will take four sessions to stop and consider our God-given imperative to care for the earth, and some particular ways that we may show that care. See HERE

 

Letter to the Parish Autumn 2017Letter to the Parish from The Team Rector

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,  August 28th 2017

As many of you know, I suffered cardiac arrest on the morning of July 5th while cycling along Audlett Drive to Radley Station. I was saved only by the quick and effective performance of CPR by a succession of passers-by, policemen, an air-ambulance medic, and an ambulance team. I was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital where a cardiac surgeon inserted numerous stents in the rear lower descending artery of my heart. I remember nothing of the event or of the succeeding days in Intensive Care. Thank God, there seems to have been only a small amount of damage to the heart, and I was sent home four days later with an expectation and regimen for well-nigh full recovery over a somewhat indeterminate period. I had the pleasure of seeing and talking with some of you in those weeks of July. I felt blessed by the huge number of cards, with prayers and messages which many of you sent or dropped through the letterbox.