St Mary's Church Charlbury with Shorthampton

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Christmas Services

Sunday 22nd December

3pm Traditional Carol Service at Shorthampton

Christmas Eve

5.30pm Carols by Candlelight

            11.30pm Midnight Communion

Christmas Day

            8am Holy Communion

            9am Holy Communion at Shorthampton

            10.30am Christmas Day Parish Communion

Christmas Tree Winners

The results of the voting for the best Christmas tree sponsored and decorated by societies and organisations in the community was announced at the Songs of Praise service.

First Place – The Shed, Banbury Hill Farm

Second Place – CRAG 

Third Place – Charlbury Tennis Club

Many thanks to everyone who took part in support of St Mary’s Roof Fund.

Silent Auction for beautiful wooden Christmas Trees

The Christmas Tree Festival has had on display in the town 2 beautiful hand made wooden Christmas trees and will be auctioning them over the next week in a silent auction.

Why not make a bid, enter the silent auction and support the Church roof appeal at the same time? Bids will start at £55.00 per tree.

Please email Hilli Waller on hilli.waller@gmail.com with your bid offer, name and contact details and we will put your bid in the auction.

The lucky bidder will be contacted by email or phone on Monday 9th December.

Good luck!

Silent Auction for Wilderness 2020

The Christmas Tree Festival has very generously been given 2 camping tickets for Wilderness 2020 and will be auctioning them over the next week in a silent auction.

Why not make a bid, enter the silent auction and support the Church roof appeal at the same time!? These tickets are valued at £175 each per adult.

Please email Hilli Waller on hilli.waller@gmail..com with your bid offer, name and contact details and we will put your bid in the auction.

The lucky bidder will be contacted by email or phone on Monday 9th December.

Good luck!

Songs of Praise

As part of the Christmas Tree festival, St Mary’s Church is hosting an extra special Songs of Praise on Sunday 8th December.

The community have voted for their favourite hymn or song, do join us for a lovely evening of music and community singing among the many beautifully decorated Christmas trees.

We will look forward to seeing you at 6.00pm on Sunday 8th December to sing your choices.

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!