News from the Archbishop of Canterbury

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Not the Beaujolais Nouveau

In its 25th anniversary year, you are invited to another official not the Beaujolais Nouveau evening on Friday 15 November at 8pm at the Village Hall, Church Lane, Islip. This year’s extravangza will include Levity and ????!! Continue reading

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Café Church on Sunday 24 November

Café Church again takes place on Sunday 24 November at 10.30am in Islip Village Hall with coffee, newspapers and conversation.

Often described as ‘church but not as you know it’, Café Church is the name coined some 15-20 years ago to describe a new and different Continue reading

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Saturday 30 November – 3 Parishes Fair

The poster for the annual 3 Parishes Fair gives details of the myriad of activities – from meeting Father Christmas, to the ever-popular tombola.  This year there will be plants, cakes, cards, sweets, crafts, quality bric-a-brac, teas, mulled wine, & gift tags. Join us in the Village Hall, Islip from 2-4pm.

Last year’s fair  a great afternoon with lots to buy!

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This month’s ABC is on Friday 15 November at 9.30am

Ready, steady, go for ABC - warm church, coffee and conversation - welcome all!

Ready, steady, go for ABC – warm church, coffee and conversation – welcome all!

Another ABC time for children (a very informal and sometimes slightly chaotic (!) opportunity for little ones to experience church and be introduced to Bible stories and worship together. The 20 minute session is followed by refreshments and a chance to chat and play.

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St Frideswide’s Day on Saturday 19 October

Advance notice of a walking pilgrimage from Islip to Christ Church Cathedral (8 miles—one of five routes all ending at the cathedral) for St Frideswide’s Day on Saturday 19 October. Pilgrims are invited to tea in the Great Hall at 3pm before an act of worship in the cathedral at 4pm. Please let Rev Lucy know if you are planning to take part.

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Stainer’s Crucifixion – 14 March

MUSIC in ISLIP invites all singers to STAINER’S CRUCIFIXION from scratch

Please register in advance by contacting Annette Mountford: annettemountford@hotmail.com

  • 2.30pm  Registration
  • 3 – 5pm Rehearsal
  • 5 – 6pm Tea

Singers’ tickets £10 on the day, to include tea

Bring your own music or hire on the day.

Directed by James Morley Potter

Concert performance: 6pm. All welcome.

Retiring collection for Islip Church expenses

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Carol service – Sunday 22 December

The order of service for the Carol Service will be shown here.

Choir17_LIThis year, the carol service is on Sunday, 22nd December at 6pm and it would be good if we could once again form a full choir to sing some items and lead the congregational carols.

 

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Harvest service 10.30am Sunday 22 September

Harvest decoration 2018

This year we are inviting everyone, who can, to bring an offering for display either of something home grown (flowers, fruit, vegetables) or something home made (cake, bread, jam, etc) for display in the service and auction afterwards.

Otherwise, non-perishable items for the Bicester Foodbank are also welcome.

We are following the Family Harvest Service with a harvest lunch in the Village Hall.

Harvest decoration 2018

Harvest decoration 2018

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Churchyard clearing party!

There will be another day of clearing ivy/ pruning on Saturday 7 September 10-12pm. Come, if you can, then – last year’s helpers are pictured below!

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Music in Islip – Saturday 21 September – Handel’s Coronation Anthems

Come to hear Jubilate! in Islip!

Handel’s Coronation Anthems

Sung by Jubilate Chamber Choir directed by James Morley Potter

The choir will rehearse in Islip during the day and will give a short ‘Workshop’ Concert in church at 5pm. Entrance Free. Retiring collection in aid of St Nicholas.

 

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Open air service in St Nicholas Churchyard – Saturday 20 July

On Saturday 20 July at 3pm, St Nicholas Islip is holding a short open air service in the churchyard giving an opportunity especially for those with loved ones buried there to give thanks for this place of peace, remembering and hope. Followed by tea and cake.

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Pets’ Blessing Service – Sunday 23 June

Bring your pet to Cross Tree Green at 10.30am on Sunday 23 June for a blessing! All humans welcome too.

 

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Corpus Christi back in Islip – Sunday 30 June

On Sunday 30 June Corpus Christi Chapel Choir, with Stephen Darlington, recently retired organist of Christ Church Cathedral,  will be singing at Evensong – 5pm on Sunday 30 June. They will be raising funds for a forthcoming trip to Barcelona.

Magnificat and Nunc dimittis – Stanford in C; Anthem: My soul there is a country – Parry;  Introit: God be in my head – Rutter

All welcome – no parking fees, journey into Oxford etc!

Corpus Christi 2018

The choir – taken in May 2018 outside St Nicholas, Islip
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Music in Islip – Summer Evening Madrigals

Music at Islip Madrigal Concert

Come to St Nicholas, Islip to hear St Andrews University Madrigal Group on Monday 3 June 7.30 – 8.30pm. Retiring collection in aid of Music in Islip and the church.

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Christian Aid week 12-18 May

Christian Aid‘s  film shows how over 70 years ago, British and Irish church organisations set up what’s now known as Christian Aid. Today, Christian Aid works globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and justice for all, regardless of faith, race or nationality. Urgent, practical and effective assistance is provided where need is greatest, tackling the effects of poverty, as well as its root causes.

In Islip we will be taking part in the nationwide house-to-house collection for this charity. Additionally Mick Dell kindly hosted a ‘bacon in a bap’ breakfast on Tuesday 14 May which included a short talk about the work of Christian Aid and raised £52. Thank you Mick!

Stop press! Between Islip, Noke and Woodeaton we raised (with Gift Aid) £1,654.41 – about £50 more than last year!

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May Market – Saturday 18 May

This afternoon’s May Market raised over £700 in aid of the church lighting! And the rain held off until the last ten minutes….

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Big Bike Ride Sunday 12th May

Book your place now for the Big Bike Ride!

Select your route, there is something here for everybody!

For 2019 four routes of varying lengths are offered, starting in London (Westminster Abbey), Great Missenden, Thame, and Islip (children only). And of course, we must not forget the ever-popular Tykes-and-Trikes dash!

Details of the ride two years ago are given on The Bicester Advertiser.

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Ride and Stride – launch in Wolvercote on Friday 31 May

NATIONAL LAUNCH OF RIDE AND STRIDE 2019 Friday 31 May 10.00am-1.00pm, Wolvercote Primary School car park.
Vicars will be taught to ride penny farthings by experts from the Penny Farthing Club!
Please come along and support the brave clergy taking part.
Date for September Ride and Stride (Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust) is Saturday 14 September.

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Questions of belief in a secular age – Brian Mountford

Do come if you can to hear, and take part, in Canon Mountford’s talk during Christian Aid week.

Brian Mountford

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Holy Week and Easter Services

Sunday 14 April Palm Sunday

10.30am starting at Cross Tree Green …………………………………………From the 2018 service

Wednesday 17 April

7pm Evening Reflection for Holy Week

Thursday 18 April

7pm Maundy Thursday Communion ending with stripping of the church and quiet vigil

Friday 19 April

Good Friday 2pm Procession from Cross Tree Green to Millennium Wood and outside service ending at 3pm

EASTER SUNDAY 21 April

10.30 Family Communion – all very welcome

 

 

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Café Church on Sunday 31 March

Café Church again takes place on Sunday 31 March at 10.30am in Islip Village Hall with coffee, newspapers and conversation.

Often described as ‘church but not as you know it’, Café Church is the name coined some 15-20 years ago to describe a new and different Continue reading

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Corpus Christi back in Islip – Sunday 17 February

On Sunday 17 February Corpus Christi Chapel Choir, with their chaplain Revd Canon Professor Judith Maltby, sang at the well-attended 10.30am Parish Communion service and the preacher was the Revd Canon Brian Mountford. They sang Byrd’s Mass for 4 voices and Ave Verum and were much appreciated by all. We’re already looking forward to welcoming them again!

Corpus Christi 2018

The choir – taken in May 2018 outside St Nicholas, Islip
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Safari supper – Saturday 2 February

Safari through Islip in the winter – start with pre-dinner drinks and nibbles in St Nicholas at 7.30pm, before feasting at Confessor’s Gate and partying on at Lower Farm House, Lower Street. £25, including wine, in aid of the church fabric and lighting fund. Tickets from Johanna Stephenson, Jane Currie or Village Shop.

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Carol service – Sunday 16 December

The order of service for the Carol Service will be shown here shortly.

Choir17_LIThis year, the carol service is on Sunday, 16th December at 6pm and it would be good if we could once again form a full choir to sing some items and lead the congregational carols. The next practice is Tuesday 4th December at 7.30pm.

via St Nicholas’ Carol Service — Angels & Saints

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Children’s choir for Carol Service

Anyone aged between 7-18 is invited to join to sign at the carol service on Sunday 16 December at 6pm.  Five practices will be held at 4-4.45pm on Sundays 11, 18, and 25 November and 2 and 9 December. Do come and join us!

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Christmas cards! Sold out!

Thanks to a specially commissioned painting, by Colin Tuffrey, we have Christmas cards (10 for £5) available for sale in aid of St Nicholas. They are 132x192mm and have the wording ‘With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year’ inside.
Card proof

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Not the Beaujolais Nouveau

You are invited to another official not the Beaujolais Nouveau evening on Friday 16 November at 8pm at the Village Hall, Church Lane, Islip. This year’s extravangza will include the Reelpot Band and ????!! Continue reading

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Saturday 1 December – 3 Parishes Fair

Last year’s fair  a great afternoon with lots to buy!

 

The poster for the annual 3 Parishes Fair gives details of the myriad of activities – from meeting Father Christmas, to the ever-popular tombola.  This year there will be plants, cakes, cards, sweets, crafts, quality bric-a-brac, teas, mulled wine, & gift tags. Join us in the Village Hall, Islip from 2-4pm.

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Concert – Saturday 24 November

Pavlova

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Remembrance at Islip – 11 November

On Sunday 11 November there will be an Act of Remembrance at Islip War Memorial at 10.55am followed by the Remembrance Sunday Service at 11.10am in church. We will be welcoming members of the 241 Signal Squadron based in Ambrosden at the service which will be followed by refreshments provided by members of the local branch of the Royal British Legion.

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Islip Remembers 1-14 November

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In the 1911 census the population of Islip was 561 (283 men/ 278 women) of whom 77 went to fight in WW1 including 25 who were killed (and one who is also commemorated in Noke).

We are marking the 100th anniversary of the ending of WW1 with an exhibition in St Nicholas, Islip from 1 – 14 November (and a tea party from 3-5pm on Sunday 4 November) showing details of those men and women with their photographs, newspaper cuttings and brief biographies. The church will be open during the day from 11-5pm.

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Steve Murray at Islip Village Hall – Friday 12 October, 7 – 8.30pm

Live family entertainment from an international mime artist. Suitable for Year 6 upwards – Steve performs to contemporary music exploring a wide variety of topics. Thought-provoking and entertaining.
Adults £6 Children £4 Concessions £5

All welcome. Refreshments provided.

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Harvest service – Sunday 7 October

Harvest decoration 2018

This year we are inviting everyone, who can, to bring an offering for display either of something home grown (flowers, fruit, vegetables) or something home made (cake, bread, jam, etc) for display in the service and auction afterwards.

Otherwise, non-perishable items for the Bicester Foodbank are also welcome.

Harvest decoration 2018

Harvest decoration 2018

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Music in Islip – Saturday 29 September

Come to hear Jubilate! in Islip!Jubilate 2

 

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Café Church on Sunday 23 September

Cafe church Sept 18Cafe churchCafé Church again took place on Sunday 23 September at 10.30am in Islip Village Hall with coffee, newspapers and conversation.

The theme behind this week’s  – and rosettes depicting attributes – was qualities of strength and who are the real heroes (culminating in edible ones on leaving!). Thank you to all who provided a buzzy hour with coffee, singing, talking, newspapers and things to do/ make.

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Teas on the Green – Saturday 18 August

From 2-4pm this Saturday we’re holding an afternoon on Cross Tree Green (at the east end of the church). Strawberries and scones available in aid of Church Funds. Plus live music! Come if you can.
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Interfaith Walk 2018

This year’s Interfaith Friendship Walk was fun and fine – it started at the Oxford Synagogue Continue reading

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Sunday 17 June at 10.30am Parish Communion

Dr Elizabeth Taylor, USPG Representative for the Diocese of Oxford, is coming to St Nicholas on Sunday 17 June to give a presentation on this organization which we have regularly supported over many years. We will hear how this long-established mission agency has adapted to meet the changing realities of our global church but is still able to support the poorer parts of our world with particular focus on some projects in Tanzania.

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The Life of Christ – Saturday 23 June 2018

Come to the open-air play on the Wintershall Estate, Surrey – the Life of Christ, performed each year by local villagers. Continue reading

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Festival Evensong at 6pm Sunday 3 June

Festival Evensong with the Jubilate Chamber Choir – following Islip Open Gardens 2-6pm with 8 gardens to visit.

 

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Christian Aid week 13 – 19 May

Christian Aid week 13-19 May – house-to-house collection in Islip, Noke and Woodeaton culminating with a ‘Breakfast fit for a Prince’ on Saturday 19 May at 10am, Church Key Cottage in The Walk. Tickets £7 for adults and £3 for children.
Thanks to the generosity of those from Islip, Noke and Woodeaton, £1,603.68 was raised from the house-to-collections and the breakfast.collecting-2017

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Ascension Day service

Come, if you can, on Thursday 10 May to the 7pm Communion service. This will be followed by Village Drinks at St Nicholas Church at 8pm. Whether you are new to the village or simply want to meet with friends and neighbours, then you are warmly invited to meet and chat over a glass of wine and a few nibbles. Attendance at the Communion service is not required nor any church affiliation expected for those who wish to come simply to the more sociable event. All welcome.

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Churchyard clearing party!

After three days’ work there will be another day of clearing ivy/ pruning on Saturday 12 May 10-12pm. Come, if you can, then – and thank you to all who have already helped.

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Music in Islip – Sunday 6 May

On Sunday 6 May Corpus Christi Chapel Choir sang at the 10.30am Parish Communion service and the preacher was the Revd Canon Brian Mountford.Corpus Christi 2018

The regular congregation enjoyed the uplifting singing enormously – thank you, as the Revd Lucy Thirtle said, to those who gave so generously of their time in the midst of the exam season. We all appreciated it.

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United Benefice Service – Sunday 29 April

On Sunday 29 April 2018 we welcomed all congregations from the Ray Valley Benefice to Parish Communion in St Nicholas at 10.30am – for the United Benefice Service.

Family service

Recent family service

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Easter at St Nicholas

From Palm Sunday to the joy of Easter Day – contributions from all members of the congregation.

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Services in Holy Week and Easter Day

Holy Week Meditations – Monday at Ambrosden, 7pm; Tuesday Holy Communion at 4 Hilltop Gardens, Islip, 9.30am, Dr South’s Easter service at St Nicholas, 2pm and at Charlton, 7pm; Wednesday at St Nicholas, 7pm; Thursday and Friday at St Nicholas, 9am Morning Prayer. Thursday at St Nicholas, 9pm Stripping the Church and Vigil after the Seder Meal at Islip Village Hall, 6pm.

Good Friday noon – Easter Garden making — meet at the church.
1.30 pm Procession with the cross from Cross Tree Green for Good Friday Worship at the Millennium Wood (2pm) followed by Hot Cross Buns at 3 The Rise,  Church Lane, Islip.

Sunday 1st April – Easter Day -—10.30 am —Easter Family Communion.

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Café Church on Sunday 22 April

Cafe churchCafé Church will again take place on Sunday 22 April at 10.30am in Islip Village Hall with coffee, newspapers and conversation.

Often described as ‘church but not as you know it’, Café Church is the name coined some 15-20 years ago to describe a new and different Continue reading

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Contemplative prayer during Lent

There are two more times for contemplative prayer (30-45 minutes) in St Nicholas on Monday 12 March at 8pm and/ or Saturday 24 March at 6pm. There’s a large print of Rembrandt’s picture beneath the St Christopher’s window to aid reflection. Come and see!

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Godspell at Oxford Playhouse

Musically directed by Islip’s Dr Tranter, award-winning Musical Youth Company of Oxford (MYCO) present the groundbreaking rock opera Godspell at the Oxford Playhouse from 4-7 April.

Based on the Gospel of St Matthew, and featuring music by three-times Grammy and Academy Award winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin), Godspell took the theatre world by storm when it opened to rave reviews in 1971. It tells a compelling tale of friendship, loyalty and love.

Enjoy a host of high-energy hits including ‘Day by Day’, ‘Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord’, ‘By my Side’, ‘Save the People’ and ‘All for the Best’. Tickets from the Oxford Playhouse or phone 01865 305305.

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