St Mary's Church Charlbury with Shorthampton

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Service of thanksgiving for the departed

All welcome to come and light a candle and remember a loved one. St Mary’s Church. Sunday 3rd November at 4pm.

Grief Encounters

A monthly bereavement support group at Charlbury Community Centre continues on the last Tuesday of each month from 2pm – 3pm, October 29th and November 26th.  No matter how long ago you have lost a loved one, this is an opportunity to meet over a cup of tea with others in a friendly and supportive environment, to share experiences and advice.

Christmas Tree Festival

We are inviting all Charlbury organisations and charities to take part in the St Mary’s Church Christmas Tree Festival 2019.

The Festival will run from Thursday 5th December to Sunday 8th December 2019. (Set up on Wednesday 4th December & take down on Monday 9th December)

It will be the first time St Mary’s Charlbury has run a Christmas Tree Festival. We are aiming to make the most of the vibrancy and diversity in our very special Charlbury Community. With the decoration of over 35 trees, a jazzy opening party, Christmas market, festive concert and singing from the school choir, we will create a magical atmosphere for the visiting public.  It will be a wonderful way to support the St Mary’s roof fund appeal, and provide publicity for your organisation.

We are aiming to write to all the organisations and charities individually. However if you have not yet received a letter, this is another way to get involved.

If you and your organisation are interested in applying to decorate a tree, support the festival with sponsorship, volunteer over the four days, or would like any more information, please get in touch with Hilli Waller at hilli.waller@gmail.com.  Hilli will then email you an invitation letter, a booking form, and instructions on how to take part. The latest date for applications is Tuesday 5th November.

We do hope you feel able to take part or come and support this special event.

Hilli Waller

St Birinus Fellowship

On Sunday 15th September, Leah Fowler and David Nicholls became members of the Fellowship of St Birinus, awarded to ‘people who have given exceptional service in some way or other to their church and community over a number of years.’  The award was presented by Bishop Colin at a service in Dorchester Abbey.  Our congratulations, and thanks for all their hard work!

Choir and Bellringers’ BBQ

Wall to wall sunshine, as Maureen’s garden filled with singers, ringers and other halves.

Children’s Pilgrimage to Shorthampton

Members of Sunday Club and their parents enjoyed a gloriously sunny walk to Shorthampton on Sunday 8th September.  We looked for small objects, thought about medieval pilgrims and thanked God for the beauty of his creation.  We were greeted at Shorthampton by Rev Mike Williams, who took the service, then a wonderful lunch was enjoyed by all.  Thanks to David, Christine and Mike.

Pilgrim Path Bank Holiday weekend pilgrimage

Despite the high temperatures, over 25 people joined the Chipping Norton Deanery Bank Holiday Pilgrimage.  Over four days, we walked 40 miles and visited 20 churches, journeying through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country.  Many thanks to all who joined us, particularly John Marshall, who led the walks.

Stay and Play

Every Friday during term time from 13th September. For parents, carers and children 0-2 years. At Charlbury bowls club.

CTC Holiday Club

We had an amazing week last week with over 55 children attending a joint church holiday club held at St Mary’s. The children spent the morning singing, doing craft, playing games outside and watching the entertaining drama of the Watt family. 25 children then carried on in the afternoons with a sports session at the Community centre run by Jason and Michelle. Many families were also able to attend the Holiday Club service on Sunday to see a great photo montage and hear about what had happened during the week. 

Thank you very much to everyone that helped and to the Community Centre for working with us. Holiday club next year will during the same week of the school holidays – Tuesday 28th July – Friday 31st July with a Holiday club service on Sunday 2nd August at 9.45am.

Owl at All Saints

Thanks to the team at Chrissie’s Owls, this owl was rescued yesterday from All Saints Shorthampton.  She was ringed and released. Please remember to close the door after your visit to this wonderful church.