Past Events

(Events are listed in date order, the more recent the event the higher up the list.)

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Cutteslowe Pavilion Services

These are generally held on the first Sunday of the month. They are all held in the Pavilion in Cutteslowe Park and normally include a Carol Service on the first Sunday in December. Services are from 3.30 – 4.00 pm and are followed by tea and an opportunity to chat until 5.00 pm. There is no service in August and the last few services were held on the following dates:-

  • Sunday 5th March – Theme Passion Sunday
  • Sunday 2nd April – Theme Lent
  • Sunday 7th May – Theme Easter Season
  • Sunday 4th June – Theme Pentecost
  • Sunday 2nd July – Theme Summer Holy Days

  • Lent and Easter 2017

    Details of special services and opportunities for study and reflection in our Partnership Churches during Lent may be seen by going to Lent 2017

    Details of services in our Partnership Churches on Palm Sunday and during Holy Week may be seen by going to Palm Sunday and Holy Week 2017

    Annual Partnership Service and Renewal of 2007 Partnership Covenant

    Wolvercote Baptist Church, 6.00pm, Sunday 17th May, 2015

    A Celebration and Renewal of our 2007 Partnership Covenant in the presence of leading denominational representatives, the Archdeacon of Oxford, the Ven Martin Gorick, the Moderator of the URC Wessex Synod, the Revd Clare Downing, and the Regional Minister of the Southern Counties Baptist Association, the Revd Colin Norris, along with leaders of Churches Together in Oxfordshire. Preacher: the Rev’d Professor Paul Fiddes. ‘Pop-up and Sing’ African choir led the worship. The renewed covenant was signed during the Service which concluded as we shared together in the Lord’s Supper. After the service there were refreshments and an exhibition displaying some of the joint activities in which our churches have shared over the years.

    To see the text of the Service and the details of the Covenant to which we were renewing our commitment go to: Covenant Renewal Service

    Living a Blessed Life

    Partnership Course on the Beatitudes
    A course of six 2 hour sessions on Tuesday evenings starting at 7.00pm – 4 sessions during Lent and two just after Easter, 2015, looking at the sayings of Jesus in the Beatitudes.
    For full details go to Living a Blessed Life or to the Course Poster at Course Poster.

    Partnership Service of Confirmation and Reception into Church Membership

    Summertown URC, 6.30 pm, Sunday 18th May 2014

    This service was led by Bishop John and the Rev’d Pauline Main. Nine candidates were presented for Confirmation from St Peter’s, St Michael’s and the URC, one of these will be received into membership of Summertown URC and one further candidate will be received into membership of Summertown URC by transfer of membership from her previous church.

    Exploring Christianity

    Monday evenings in January and February 2014

    As a follow up to the very successful course Living Love, Loving Life in October and November 2013 the Partnership churches jointly organised a 4-session course to run on Monday evenings starting on Monday 20th January 2014. The course was designed to nurture Christian faith, based on questions arising from feedback to the earlier course. It attracted a regular attendance of between 30 and 35 members of our 4 churches and was most successful. For more details see the Exploring Christianity Course Poster.

    Christmas Celebration

    Cutteslowe Community Centre
    Thursday 13th December, 2012, 6.30 pm – 9.00 pm

    Organised by the Cutteslowe Church Partnership (St Andrew’s, St Michael’s, St Peter’s and Summertown URC) this event included a Christmas Meal along with Carols and Readings. The aim was to bring together people from across the local community. Since space was limited it was necessary to apply for a ticket (no charge) by getting in touch with Jon Holder on 01865 314860. It was a very successful and most enjoyable occasion.

    Partnership Advent Carol Service

    St Peter’s Church, Sunday 2nd December 2012, 6.30pm

    A candlelit service with the theme “light out of darkness” taking the form of an extended meditation in scripture, poetry, song and prayer. The service was led by Clergy of the Partnership churches. The singing was led by a Partnership Choir with support and special items from the Duomo Singers conducted by David Bannister. The service was followed by a glass of mulled wine in the new Parish Room.

    Confirmation and Reception into Church Membership

    Sunday 20th May, 2012, 6.00pm at St Michael’s Church

    A joint service of Confirmation and Reception into Church Membership, at which Bishop John presided, for members of our four Partnership Churches was held at St Michael’s Church at 6.00pm on May 20th 2012. There were nine candidates for confirmation, one of whom was received into membership of Summertown United Reformed Church. Three others were received into membership of Summertown URC by transfer from membership of previous congregations.

    Sue recycling bathwater

    Sue recycling bathwater

    One World Week Event – Living for the Planet

    Oxford Centre for Mission Studies
    6.00 – 8.00pm, Thursday 27th October, 2011

    This year, the Make Poverty History Group joined with Churches Together in North Oxford (CTNO) in planning a ‘Drop-In’ celebration event for One World Week. The event was designed to help busy people, families, schoolchildren and visitors to come and celebrate, and find out more about, how people in our area are working to save the planet. Amongst the 17 displays were those from educational establishments, Cutteslowe Primary School, The Cherwell School and the University Engineering Department, and those from community groups, including the Cutteslowe Allotments Group and the Cutteslowe Seniors Group, the Wolvercote Apple Orchard, Low Carbon Oxford North and the Oxford Food Bank. A striking feature as you entered was the sight of Sue Smith and her bath demonstrating how to recycle your bath water for garden use.

    Lewis Polley of Cutteslowe school with his painting of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

    Lewis Polley of Cutteslowe school with his painting of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

    Cutteslowe Primary School Display

    Cutteslowe Primary School Display

    Councillor Jean Fooks, Sheriff of Oxford, spoke on the City Council’s support for these activites and their work encouraging the recycling of all possible items of waste and two Council empoyees brought displays and answered questions on their activities in support of the theme of ‘Living for the Planet’. The Revd. Mary Gurr, Chaplain to the Homeless, spoke on the contribution homeless people were able to make in growing food.

    During the evening drinks and nibbles were available in the Free Café called ‘Sustainable Bites’. These were provided by the Mid-Counties Cooperative Society, a leader in the promotion of fairly traded goods.

    The evening in full swing

    The evening in full swing

    The overall aim of the event was to draw together initiatives from within the community, to celebrate what is already happening, to promote new ideas and different initiatives and to use our networks to encourage cooperation, awareness and commitment to this cause. To see the poster advertising this event go to OWW Poster

    This was a very interesting evening, very well supported with an attendance of over 80 during the 2 hour ‘drop-in’ period, and very many good contacts were made.

    Books for the little ones

    Bega kwa Bega

    Summertown Church Hall, 7.00 – 9.00pm, Friday 23rd September, 2011
    Speaker: Camilla Broadbent, UK Coordinator of Bega kwa Bega

    BEGA KWA BEGA (‘Shoulder to Shoulder’) is a charity working with orphans in Uganda. It is one of the two charities for which we shall be selling Gift Cards this coming Christmas. Camilla is ideally qualified to tell us about what they do and we were very interested in what she had to say. There was wine and nibbles and a chance to speak to Camilla during the course of the evening. Specimen Gift Cards were available for inspection and order forms for these cards will be available in our churches from Sunday 20th November. This event is part of the programme of the Make Poverty History Group.

    Visitors from Taung

    For details of this visit go to Taung Visit.

    Partnership Service for Christian Aid Week

    “Seeing the bigger picture”

    A service with this theme was held at Summertown United Reformed Church, 6.30pm on Sunday 15th May, the start of Christian Aid Week 2011. The service was led by Pauline Main and Mark Butchers and the sermon was given by Abigail Knowles from the Christian Aid Area Office in Oxford. She spoke of the work of Christian Aid’s partners in Kenya and Nicaragua. Music was provided by a joint choir from our Partnership Churches. A collection raised £206-70 in support of Christian Aid. Details of the service may be seen at Christian Aid Service.

    SuperSoup Supper

    SuperSoup Supper

    SuperSoup Evening

    Friday 25th March, 2011, 7.00pm at St Michael’s Church, Summertown.

    As a precursor to Christian Aid Week 2011 a SuperSoup Evening was organised by members of our Partnership Churches, led by Helen Dodd, at which a wide variety of delicious soups were served along with bread and cheese, with cakes and fruit to follow. After the meal Imogen Davies from the Oxford Christian Aid Office spoke of her recent visit to Cambodia where she saw the work of Christian Aid Partners in protection and community development for vulnerable women and street children. We understood the great value of and the desperate need for the work being done and donations to the work of Christian Aid from the 45 or so people present exceeded £500 (including that recoverable by Gift Aid).

    The Triptych

    The Triptych

    Launch of Bible Panels Triptych

    This amazing work of art was was first displayed to a packed congregation at a Service of Dedication on Thursday 24th March 2011, 5.00pm at Summertown URC. On the Triptych there are 66 panels each representing one of the books of the Old and New Testaments. The project has taken two years to complete and has attracted 26 embroiderers, not only from Summertown URC, but also from our partnership congregations of St Peter’s, Wolvercote, St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, and Wolvercote Baptist church, as well as friends from St Aldate’s Anglican Church, Cowley Road Methodist Church and St Aloysius RC Church.

    Full details of the Triptych may be seen at Triptych and in the Triptych Pamphlet

    Safari Supper

    Saturday 24th July 2010

    An evening to raise funds in support of our link with St Chad’s, Taung, in the diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman. During the evening we enjoyed different courses of our supper with different hosts in our Church Partnership.

    Confirmation and Reception into Church Membership

    Sunday 16th May 2010, 6.30pm at St Peter’s Church

    There will be a joint service of Confirmation and Reception into Church Membership, at which Bishop John will preside, for members of our four Partnership Churches. The service will be at St Peter’s Church at 6.30pm.

    Lenten Talks 2010

    Arranged by the Church Partnership on behalf of our four churches these talks will take place at St Peter’s Church, from 7.45pm to 9.00pm on Wednesday evenings during lent. There will be a 45 minute talk followed by 30 minutes for discussion. The programme is as follows:

    • Wednesday 24th February, the Revd Professor Chris Rowland (Professor of New Testament at the University of Oxford) on Reading the Gospels through Art
    • Wednesday 3rd March, the Revd Dr Andrew Teal (Chaplain, Pembroke College) on Early Christian Spirituality
    • Wednesday 10th March, the Revd Jo Coney (Minister Provincial for the Fransican Tertiaries) on St Francis of Assisi – a fool for Christ
    • Wednesday 17th March, the Revd Dr Donald Norwood (Ecumenical Research Oxford, formerly Minister in the Ecumenical Parish 1974-1995) on Reformed Spirituality from Geneva to Taize and Iona
    • Wednesday 24th March, the Revd Dr Martin Wellings (Minister of Wesley Memorial Church) on “Finish then thy new creation” – the spirituality of the Wesleys

    For full details of Lenten activities in the Church Partnership go to Lenten Activities 2010

    Taung Presentation

    Saturday 14th November 2009, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
    Venue: Summertown Church Hall

    This was an opportunity to see and hear the latest news from our Link Church of St
    Chads, Taung, in the Diocese of Kimberley & Kuruman, South Africa, following the recent visit by Margaret Broadbent and Sue Smith. The presentation was accompanied by drinks and a light supper.

    The well in the gardens

    The well in the gardens

    Visit to Wells Cathedral

    Saturday 17th October 2009

    Organised by Bill Clarke of St Peter’s, over 40 members from our four churches plus a small contingent from All Saints, Wytham, enjoyed this all-day coach trip to visit Wells Cathedral. The weather was ideal for wandering in the gardens and sitting by the Well, see the photograph. There was ample time to explore the Cathedral, enjoy refreshments in the excellent restaurant and spend time in the Bishop’s Palace. There, beneath the painting of Bishop Peter, we found the inspiring and challenging prayer shown below.

    Prayer below Bishop Peter's painting

    Prayer below Bishop Peter's painting

    The visit to the Cathedral culminated with the service of Evensong in which the Girl’s Choir, who were celebrating the 15th anniversary of their formation, played a very significant part.

    David Field holds the Cross

    David Field holds the Cross

    Good Friday Open Air Service 2009

    Friday 10th April

    Organised by Churches Together in North Oxford, this Service took place in Summertown Parade at 10.45am and was preceeded by a procession following the Cross from Summertown URC and by processions carrying banners from churches throughout our area. Music was provided by members of the Oxford and District Brass Band Association, conductor Dave Martin. Hot-cross buns and Diocesan cards about Easter were handed out to passers by. The photograph shows David Field holding the Cross and parts of the assembled congregation with some of the church banners.

    Preacher: Fr Richard Duffield

    Celebration of the Centenary of St Michael and All Angels

    The year 2009 saw the 100th anniversary of the opening of the new Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels in Summertown. A series of events was arranged to celebrate this anniversary.

    Foundation Service
    7.30 pm, Wednesday 11th, February

    This service marked the 100th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone. During the service the new West doors were dedicated.

    Foundation Dinner
    After-dinner Speaker: The Right Revd. David Conner, Dean of Windsor
    7.00 pm, Friday 20th, February

    David, at one time a curate at St Michaels, is an old friend of the churches of our Partnership.

    And All Angels Art Workshops

    Three professional artists invited members of the community to join them in a series of workshops for the creation of an angel leading to an installation in church of 100 angels.

    Partnership Service for the Installation of the Angels
    St Michaels Church, 6.00 pm, Sunday 17th, May

    A service at which the churches of the Summertown-Wolvercote Partnership celebrated the installation of the Angels and the third anniversary of the inauguration of the Partnership.

    Travelling with God

    A family experience of South Africa, challenged by issues of poverty and aids
    Thursday 29th January 2009, 7.45 pm, in St Michaels Church

    A talk by the Rev. Charlotte Bannister-Parker, HIV/AIDS co-ordinator in the Diocesan link with K & K, who was sent by the Bishop on a three month mission to our linked diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman, South Africa. There was news of a new diocesan AIDS centre in Taung (our Parish Link).

    United Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2009

    18th January, 4.00pm at The Oxford Centre for Mission Studies
    (St Philip & St James Church, Woodstock Road)
    Preacher: Dr Wonsuk Ma, Executive Director of OCMS
    Theme: Reconcile Your People
    (chosen by the churches in Korea)
    This service was organised by Churches Together in North Oxford (CTNO) and involved the Oxford Korean Church and OCMS students. There were refreshments afterwards and an opportunity to sample some Korean food.

    Christingle Celebration

    Cuttesdlowe Community Centre
    3.00 – 4.00pm, Sunday, 14th December 2008

    About 50 children and adults attended this Celebration which was organised by the Church Partnership. The service was led by Pauline Main, Jan Rushton led the prayers and Mark Butchers told the Nativity story. The Christingles were made by the children and the adults during the service and at the end the candles were lit and everyone joined in singing the Christingle song. The celebration was followed by a party tea and games, which were organised by Mark. All were welcome and a collection raised £74.01 for the Childrens Society.

    For more details click on poster.

    One World Week Event 2008

    Wychwood School Hall, Banbury Road
    Thursday 23rd October, 6.30pm – 10.00pm
    A Celebration for One World Week 2008, planned by members of the Church Partnership under the aegis of Churches Together in North Oxford, on the theme of

    Growing Together

    During the evening we

    • Shared food
    • Shared concerns
    • Sought to build hope

    The evening included supper and an Any Questions session with an impressive team of panelists from different faiths.

    All faiths and all ages were welcomed. Admission was free but there was a retiring collection to cover expenses.

    Taung Link Safari Supper

    Saturday 21st June, from 6.30pm

    This was a most successful evening during which nearly 50 of us enjoyed supper with each course at a different venue and with a different host, all of us ending up at the home of Clive and Rosemary Williams for coffee. An evening when we enjoyed good food, met more people in our four congregations and raised over £400 to support our Taung Link.