Past Events

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Spring Lectures 2017

A series of three lectures, followed by discussion and tea, was held in the back hall from 3.00 – 4.30 pm on the following Friday afternoons: January 20th, February 24th and March 24th. For full details go to:- Spring Lectures 2017



Dusseldorf Concert

Sunday 9th October, 2016, 4.00pm to 5.30pm

A choral and organ recital in St Michael’s and All Angels Church in aid of Building Projects at St Michael’s and Summertown URC. Refreshments were available from 3.30pm
For more details see Dusseldorf Concert



Church Away Day 2016

Saturday 6th August, 2016, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Stanton House, Stanton St John
Theme: Spiritual Landscape
Images of the Christian Life in the Gospel of Luke
For more details see Away day flier 2016



Spring Lectures 2016

A series of three lectures, to be followed by discussion and tea, have been arranged. They will be held in the back hall from 3.00 – 4.30 pm on the following dates:

  • Friday, 22nd January
    Dr Jeff Crisp will speak on the subject – Forced to Flee: Syria, Europe and the Global Refugee Crisis
  • Friday, 19th February
    The Rev’d Dr Carla Grosch-Miller will speak on – Pressures, Pace and Peace
  • Friday, 18th March
    Mrs Daphne Jefferis will speak on – Silk, Squalor and Scandal: the life, work and times of Hogarth
  • For more details go to spring lectures 2016



    Festive Christmas Lunch

    There was a Festive Christmas Lunch in the back hall at 12noon for 12.30pm on Wednesday 16th December 2015. Tickets at £13 (in aid of our Building Fund) were available from mid-November from Barbara Ashdown and Beryl Knotts.

    At the Lunch there was a Bring & Buy Gift Stall in aid of Christian Aid’s work with refugees and donations of good quality items for sale on this stall were invited. The sum raised was £83.50 – many thanks to all those who contributed.



    Autumn Lectures 2015

    A series of three lectures, followed by discussion and tea, were held in the back hall from 3.00 – 4.30 pm on the following dates:

  • Thursday, 1st October
    The Rev’d Pauline Main will speak on the subject – Castles, Crusades and Heretics
  • Friday, 16th October
    Dr Richard Jones, Met Office Science Fellow, will speak on – Managing risks from Climate Change and Extreme Weather: How to increase Resilience
  • Friday, 20th November
    Katrina Horne, Project Director of the Gatehouse, will speak on – Homelessness in Oxford
  • Full details are given on the poster at autumn lectures 2015



    Harvest Open Door Coffee

    There was a special Open Door Coffee Morning to celebrate Harvest. This was held in the small hall from 10.30am – 12noon on Wednesday 14th October, 2015. Donations of food items for distribution to Asylum Welcome were invited. Suggested items included:-

  • Basmati rice
  • tins of chick peas and red kidney beans
  • tinned fruit
  • cooking oil
  • soap and shampoo (but not pasta at present)

  • Young people's lucky dip stall

    Young people’s lucky dip stall


    Summer Fair 2015

    Saturday 11th July, 2015, 10.00 am to 2.00 pm

    Main Stalls on Church Forecourt

    Sale of Plants, books, cakes, gifts/toys, competitions.
    Proceeds were in aid of the Building Restoration and Improvement Project for which the excellent sum of £689.96 was raised.

      • Coffee: 10.00am-12.00 noon
      • Richard and Lynn on the Household Stall

        Richard and Lynn on the Household Stall

      • Ploughman’s Lunches: 12.00 noon-2.00pm.

      Associated Stalls – Large Hall

      Our Japanese friends and members of the Nepalese community in Oxford also had stalls in the large hall in aid of the tsunami and earthquake victims.

          Concert and illustrated talk in church: 2.15 – 4.00pm.

          Music was provided by our Japanese instrumentalists and a Gospel Choir from Abingdon. A talk was given which included an update on the ongoing restoration work in the affected areas of Japan.



    Spring Lecture Series 2015

    A series of three lectures was held on Friday afternoons during spring 2015. For full details go to:- Spring Lecture Series 2015



    Partnership Course on the Beatitudes

    Six sessions, organised jointly by our four Partnership churches, in which we explored together how the sayings of Jesus known as the Beatitudes can be a guide and an inspiration for our lives. Meetings were held on Tuesdays at 7.00pm and began with a simple meal together. Four sessions were held during Lent, as follows:

    At St Peter’s Tuesdays 24th February and 3rd March

    At Summertown URC Tuesdays 17th and 24th March

    and two sessions after Easter, as follows

    At St Michael’s Tuesdays 14th and 21st April

    Further details at Pilgrim_poster



    Farmer Gow’s
    Tuesday 19th August 2014

    A Family Day at Farmer Gow’s, arranged by Cumnor URC, to fund-raise for the Hope nad Faith School, Zambia. For full details go to:- Farmer Gow’s Family Day


    Wednesday Open Door
    August Programme 2014

    During August 2014 the Wednesday Open Door Coffee Mornings will be held in the homes and/or gardens of four of our members. For full details go to:- August 2014 Programme



    Summer Fair 2014

    Church Forecourt, Saturday 31st May, 2014, 10.00 am to 2.00 pm

    Sale of Plants, books, cakes, gifts/toys, competitions.
    Proceeds in aid of the Building Project.

    • Coffee: 10.00am-12.00 noon
    • Ploughman’s Lunches: 12.00 noon-2.00pm.

      Japanese Sale – Rear Hall
      In aid of the Tsunami victims they continue to support. Stalls and calligraphy; selling sushi food;

      • Concert in church: 2.30pm.

      • The Church at Aston Tirrold

        The Church at Aston Tirrold



        Church Away Day

        Saturday 12th April, 2014, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
        The Centre for Reflection, Aston Tirrold
        Theme: Easter People

        This was a time for fellowship and reflection on an Easter Theme and a chance to talk together about our faith and its implications for the way we live. This has become a regular event in the life of our church and our sister church in Marston. For more information about the Away Day go to: Away day flier 2014

        Members of churches in our Summertown-Wolvercote Church Partnership were also very welcome. For a report on the 2013 Away Day see below.



        Lent Quiet Day 2014

        Saturday 8th March, 2014, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
        The Cherwell Centre, Norham Gardens

        A day spent basically in silence but with three talks spaced throughout the day. For details of this Partnership event go to:- Lent Quiet Day



        Spring Lecture Series

        A series of 3 lectures on Friday afternoons, from 3.00 to 4.30 pm, in the small hall at the back of church.

        January 24th
        Alan Reed on ‘The Wanderings of a Water Engineer’
        February 21st
        Jonathan Scheele on ‘A referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union’
        March 21st
        John Ashdown on ‘An Oxford Miscellany’

        Full details are given on the Spring Lecture Flier 2014



        Summer Fair 2013

        Saturday 4th May, 2013, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

        This was held as part of the Summertown Festival and Arts Week and was in aid of our Building Project. There was a variety of stalls including competitions and children’s activities. Coffee was served during the morning followed by Ploughman’s lunches and Cream teas during the afternoon. During the afternoon our organist, Peter Lynan, gave a most enjoyable and varied recital. Despite the inclement weather the whole event proved very successful and the magnificent sum of £1,100 was raised for the building fund.


        The Church at Aston Tirrold

        The Church at Aston Tirrold



        Church Away Day

        Saturday 27th April, 2013, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
        The Centre for Reflection, Aston Tirrold
        Theme: “Who are we? – Christian Identity”

        This was a time for fellowship and reflection and a chance to talk together about our faith and its implications for the way we live. This has become a regular event in the life of our church and for a report on the 2011 Away Day see below.

        Full details of this year’s Away Day may be seen at Away_day_flier_2013


        Oxford Skyline


        Celebrating Oxford’s Historic Buildings

        Two series, each of five illustrated talks, were given by John Ashdown, City Conservation Officer 1972 – 2000, in our rear hall in aid of our Building Fund.

        The first series, given in the spring of 2012, had the titles:-

        • January 13th, 2012 ….Introduction to the historic Buildings of Oxford
        • February 10th, 2012 …The historic City from above
        • March 9th, 2012 ……..The Libraries of Oxford
        • April 13th, 2012 ………College Chapels and coloured glass
        • May 11th, 2012 ………Zac’s for Mac’s and the Golden Cross Inn

        The second series, given in the autumn of 2012 and the early months of 2013, had the titles:-

        • October 5th, 2012 ………Coats of arms and colourful folk in the Bodleian Library
        • November 9th, 2012 …….Oxford rivers and green setting
        • January 11th, 2013 ……..Gone before us – sculpture and people down the ages
        • February 8th, 2013 ………Villages and suburbs outside the historic city
        • March 8th, 2013 …………Projects and change, the conservation and repair of historic buildings

        The talks were given to a large and appreciative audience and raised a large sum for the Building Project.



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