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.
or practical help, eg with shopping or collecting prescriptions etc, contact Peter on 01865 820805
For administrative help (eg receiving Pews News), contact

Also see our Facebook page.

Upcoming Events

Last update - 17 Sep 2021

Saturday 18th September Open Doors Day at St John the Baptist Church 10am to 4pm
We have been missing live contact with many of our neighbours, and especially newcomers to the community during lockdown and would love to see you. You are warmly invited to drop-in to the Church to see what we have been doing during the last year and what we have planned. We will be screening the "Lockdown" and "Open the Book" videos and offering coffee and tea.

Sunday Services - 19 & 26 Sep
9.00 am Zoom Service
10.30am Service in Church

Michaelmas Walk - Sat 9 Oct, meet at 11am
Following the successful St Birinus Walk we are planning our next walk. We will meet at the Great Coxwell Barn SN7 7LZ before starting the walk over Badbury Hill and through the woods, taking in the iron age hill fort before returning to the barn for a well-deserved BYO picnic. Non walkers are welcome to join us for the picnic at around 12.30. To book a place contact Chris or Julie on 01865 820885

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 Susan or Stephen via

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
Next will be in May - details from David.

Christianity Explored - in Jan/Feb
From the past, to may be repeated ...
What’s it all about, then? If you have questions about life’s big issues, explore life and the Christian faith at Christianity Explored, from the comfort of your own home, via Zoom: a short, interesting video, a lively discussion, everyone has the chance to share their views, it doesn’t matter what you do or do not believe, come and explore! Seven Thursday evenings, 7.00-8.00pm, starting Thursday 21st January, book in with David, 820451, or
Sign up now, it will brighten up the evenings in lockdown.

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.

Fizzy Coffee 

At 10.30 every Friday, several of us get together on Zoom with a cup of coffee and discuss the theme for the week (communicated in advance). Details from 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:

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 through the Parish Giving Scheme
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

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:
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.

External Links


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