At present all church group physical meetings are suspended because of the Coronavirus. However there is a variety of online groups and activities - see below.

For church matters, contact David, our Vicar.
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or practical help, eg with shopping or collecting prescriptions etc, contact Peter on 01865 820805
For administrative help (eg receiving Pews News), contact commssjbchurch@gmail.com

Upcoming Events

Last update - 23 October 2020.

Note: David and Rebecca are away from 16th to 25th.
 

Sunday 25 October at 9.30am
Zoom service, followed by coffee & chat. Connection details from Pews News, or ask David.
 
Remembrance Day – Sun 8 Nov - Advanced notice
  09.30  Zoom Church
  10.30  Remembrance on Millennium Green
                Short Service & Act of Remembrance on the Millennium Green
                All welcome, bring a chair/rug. 10.30am start, please arrive between 10.00am and 10.30am as it takes some time to arrange socially distanced seating.         
                The (shortened) service leads up to the Act of Remembrance at 11.00am.
                After the Act of Remembrance, the wreath-layers and the military representatives will lead a procession past the War Memorial.
                (Please note: this, like all plans at present, is subject to changes in government Covid regulation; if government rules change and it becomes impossible to hold such a service, there will be an update on the church website.)
 

Other Activities and Resources  

Daily Morning Prayer Service

A small group of us meet each weekday morning at 8am to follow the Church of England service of Morning Prayer.
If you would like to participate in our group, please contact Fizz via commssjbchurch@gmail.com

You can follow the liturgy for the service or pick up the app for your phone from the CofE Daily Prayer page.
 

Parish Prayer Meeting
No dates set for next meeting, yet.

Christianity Explored
Got questions about life? Join a Zoom meeting for a short, interesting video, followed by a lively discussion. Everyone has the chance to share their views, doesn’t matter what you do or don’t believe. Come and explore! The first course is already up and running and we are fully booked, so sign up quickly for the next course. Email David for details or ring 01865-820451.
 

KBS Café

As the café cannot be held, Jenny Bone is hosting a virtual Zoom Coffee Morning on Thursdays at 9.30am. Please find Zoom log-in details in Pews News.
 

Felicity's Coffee Morning

At 10.30 every Friday, several of us get together and discuss the theme for the week (communicated in advance). Details from Fizz or Stephen; Zoom info in Pews News.
 

Church Groups

We normally have a range of groups for adults and children. Being a member of a weekly housegroup can be a rewarding way to deepen your faith and get to know some people better. Several Zoom and WhatsApp Church Groups for adults have already started to keep people in touch and for social support.
Contact David for more information.

 

Personal Discipleship Plan

Our supportive new Personal Discipleship Plan (PDP) initiative links you up with David (our Vicar) for two or three chats over a few months. During these conversations, you will be able to discuss your spiritual journey and your gifting, and you will be encouraged in your development of your inner spiritual life in Christ Jesus.
Contact David for more information. These meetings can be done online.

Abingdon Food Bank
If you would like to contribute, please leave non-perishable food items with Jenny Weaving, Hazel Brennan or Susan Green. You can leave these items in the box outside their front doors. Jenny will then transport these items to the Food Bank.
If you would prefer to donate money instead, then follow this link:
https://cca.churchsuite.co.uk/donate
 

Administrative Matters 

Giving during Coronavirus Restrictions
For those of you who would normally give on a Sunday through the green envelope schemes and have been unable to do so since the church closed in March but wish to continue to donate, you may do so by
a) Setting up a direct on-line payment:
Account Name: Kingston Bagpuize Parochial Church Council 
Sort Code: 60-01-01
Account Number: 61590193
Charity Name: Kingston Bagpuize Parochial Church Council
b) Continuing to use the Gift Aid envelopes - a supply is available at the West Door of the Church. You can post your current and outstanding donations through Hazel Brennan’s letter box.
 

Consent Forms

There are a range of options available.

  • Monthly Church e-Newsletters are available if that is all that you would like from us.

  • Your Consent is required under GDPR for Church Members.

  • You also can give Consent or opt out from our Fundraising requests.

Follow this link to find full details and to complete your Consent Form, if you have not completed one already.
If you have any questions about this, please speak to the Vicar or email commssjbchurch@gmail.com


Electoral Roll

Please join the Roll if you are a regular worshipper. Forms are available from Andre, who is the Electoral Roll Officer, or ask any PCC member.
If you feel God might be calling you to join the PCC or become a Churchwarden in the future, please see David, speak to our current Churchwardens or a current PCC member.

Safeguarding Training
A reminder for Church Officers who need to renew their safeguarding training:
If you have not previously completed courses C0 & C1 you must now complete "Basic Awareness" and "Foundation" safeguarding training before attending a Leadership session. These online modules can be accessed at:
https://www.oxford.anglican.org/safeguarding/safeguarding-training/#tab-id-1
As Safeguarding Officer, Susan Green would be grateful if everyone she has asked to undertake an on-line Safeguarding course would let her know when this has been completed.
 

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Suspended Activities

Sadly the following activities are currently suspended - but do contact the various leaders for the latest updates on the situation

 

Kids Club

Under review, in the light of Gary's departure.

  • Ignite

  • Golden Eagles

Petypher House Group 

First Tuesday of the month at 3pm. Open to anyone, not only Petypher House residents. Speak to David or Pat for more details. #
 

Prayer & Praise

Contemporary sung worship, with a short talk and prayer. Fourth Sunday of the month at 7.15pm in Church Room. Come at 7pm for coffee. Does not run in July and August. 
 

Film Club
First Friday of the month at 7.15pm in the Church Room. Free popcorn, hot drink and chocolates passed round. No children under 16. Contact Margo or Corrinna for more details.

 

Food Bank Box 

This is at the back of the church - please bring donations of tinned food, pasta and dried food to church with you. Our donations go to the Abingdon Food Bank. (But see above.)
 

Confirmation Classes

Please speak to David if you are interested.
 

Technical Team needs Helpers

Please speak to David if you would like to learn how to:

  • Set up and take down the projectors and run the service PowerPoints, and/or

  • Operate the Music Box, a digital hymnal which is set up before the service - no musical ability required!

Training can be given and it's fun to be involved.
 

"Open the Book" seeks more Volunteers

A team from the congregation visits John Blandy School once every half term to read and act-out a Bible story at a morning assembly. We try and involve a small number of children each time and have great fun dressing up. The whole assembly takes about an hour (20 mins preparation, 20 mins to tell the story and 20 mins to clear away) and we have two very short rehearsals the week before. You don’t need to be an Oscar-winning actor to take part and most roles are non-speaking. We really need to expand the team and would love some of you to join us. If you would like to know a little more please speak to Margo, Hazel or Peter
 

 

 

 

 


 

Stephen Haywood, 26/04/2020