This year we are collecting for TOOLS WITH A MISSION and we are collecting Tools and Scholar Packs.
Tools: They can be old tools but not broken tools. They can be agricultural, horticultural, builders, plumbing, electrical, engineering, automotive tools or knitting needles and sewing machines. The charity refurbishes these tools then sends them to wherever they are needed in the world … or supplies them to those in need in the UK but who cannot afford to buy their own.
Scholar Packs: For many years TWAM has sent out Scholar Packs for children in mainly poor rural schools. Scholar Packs aim to give each child everything they need for their early education, all put together in a colourful A4 folder. St Mary’s and the Baptist Church want to send 50 Scholar Packs.
Please can you bring to church one or all of the following items of stationery:
A4 Writing Pad
Pack of Pencils and Biro Pens
Pack of Colouring Pencils, (not felt tip)
Rubber, Pencil Sharpener
Geometry Set. i.e. ruler, protractor and square
Small Solar-powered Calculator
The MACH 1 Choir starts again on Friday 14th September. 5pm for pizza and singing. Open to children in school years 3 – 7. Hope you can join the fun.
For those of you who have been following the saga of the church clock chimes, there is good news. We think we have solved the problem of the missing or out of synch quarters. For those of a technical bent, we have fitted a new capacitor in the control mechanism and so far it seems to be working. Keep monitoring and hopefully we will soon be back to normal.
A recording of the Messy Church on Sept 9th, which includes the wonderful medly of songs by the school choir is now available here. It was a joyful and inspiring service so you might want to listen to all 45 minutes but if you’re only interested in the choir you will need to skip through to find them – around 15 mins.
Most of you will be aware that the Western Red Cedar has had a significant fall of branches from its south side. TreeTech are now on site. Provision has been made for an alternative route through the churchyard as the footpath is unsafe. Holiday Club is happening, with additional adults supervising outdoor activities and the entrance into the church.
This is a great sadness for St Marys and for Charlbury – the tree is a landmark and climbing its branches has been a rite of passage for many of the community. However, if the stability of the tree is deemed to be compromised we have no alternative but to remove it.
Those of you with sharp ears will have noticed that the quarter chimes have stopped. The hour strike is there but not preceded by the Westminster chimes. We are having problems with the winding mechanism at the moment (hot weather??) and have switched them off while we repair them. Sorry for any inconvenience, but hopefully they will be back soon.
Tuesday 31st July – Friday 3rd August, 10am – 12.30pm in St Mary’s Church. For children aged 4 – 11. Booking forms from the Parish Office. Optional sports afternoons each day till 4pm at the Community Centre.
Thank you to everyone for a great traditional church fete on Saturday 23rd June. Fun was had with all the stalls, games and tea and cake. Thank to all who came and to all who helped.
Safe Guarding Training – Foundation Course C1
This training module is required for anyone who has safeguarding responsibilities or who has contact with children or adults who may be vulnerable through their role within the Church. The training will take place in St Mary’s Charlbury on Monday 11th June and Thursday 21st June 7pm– 9.30pm. To book a place on one of the evenings please contact the Parish Office by email or leaving a message giving your name, contact number and date of the course.
Prior to the course you will need to complete a short piece of online learning – details will be provided when you book. Many thanks. Jo Paton