After the success of the first Charlbury Christmas Tree Festival last year, plans are underway for this year’s festival which will take place from Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th December.
Obviously we are unsure exactly what will be possible by then but we are determined to bring some seasonal cheer to our town and we will work with the local groups to do so in a way that is safe. Look out for our regular updates as the situation develops.
You will be able to buy your tree in the autumn but, for now, put the date in your diaries and put your thinking caps on. Maybe you can use some of the time in lockdown to start planning your tree decorations to make them even more creative than last year?
All profits will go to St Mary’s Church.
Here is the link for a short video of reflections, music and readings along the journey from Charlbury to Shorthampton. I hope it communicates something of the nature of the journey, and the opportunities for reflection it brings.
There will be a service of Morning Prayer for VE day at 9am on Friday 8th May. You can view this live on You Tube using the link
The service booklet can be downloaded here
This week: Joseph
A bag of Bible-based craft activities will be available for collection on Sunday morning 3rd May, from 9am from a table in St Mary’s church porch. Hope you enjoy them.
In parallel with the work of Charlbury Museum in ‘recording the lockdown’, St Mary’s would like to host some pictures of ‘Faith in Lockdown’. If you have any photographs that would be happy to share on the St Mary’s website, please email the parish office. These may be pictures of your prayer space at home, something that speaks to you of God, a view that encourages you – anything that deepens or resonates with your faith.
We believe in the power of prayer to support, comfort and heal. If you have worries or concerns, for yourself or others, do email us – we would love to be praying for you.
There are also prayer resources which you may find helpful for your own prayers. Here are some useful links:
Time To Pray is an app which allows you to follow a pattern of daily prayer, with readings and intercessions. It is a free app, available to download.
Prayer for the Day is audio and text from the Church of England https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer/todays-prayer
24/7 offers ideas on different ways to pray https://www.24-7prayer.com/helpmepray
Daily Hope is a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers 0800 804 8044
This week: Noah
A bag of Bible-based craft activities will be available for collection on Sunday morning from 9am from a table in St Mary’s church porch. Suitable for KS1 children and families.