Report received 12 August
This week I went to church for the first time in nearly five months. St Mary’s Kidlington has been standing for 800 years, so it wasn’t surprising to find the building still there, waiting for us on a beautiful summer’s afternoon. Just like visiting Blenheim Palace or the Ashmolean Museum, there is a restriction on numbers at present, so pre-booking is required and face masks must be worn. The service was a said communion, rather like a Wednesday morning service in “normal” times, except that instead of being in the Lady Chapel we sat in spaced out “bubbles” in the main part of the church. Had the service been on a Sunday morning, it would indeed have seemed strange, with so few people, no music and no coffee and chat afterwards, but as a “special” service it was peaceful and quite moving, as we signed the Peace to each other and went up individually to receive Communion.
We are now holding these quiet “in person” services at St Mary’s, St John’s and St Mary’s Hampton Poyle on an occasional basis. This month the times, dates and locations are as follows:
Sunday 16th August
|3pm||St Mary’s Hampton Poyle|
|Thursday 20th August||11am||St Mary’s Kidlington|
|Sunday 23rd August||3pm||St John’s Kidlington|
|Monday 24th August||8pm||St Mary’s Kidlington|
|Sunday 30th August||3pm||St Mary’s Kidlington|
You are of course very welcome to join us, although remember that numbers are limited and pre-booking is required, using the ticket site above.
Our main service remains the one live streamed on Sunday mornings. We are aware that not everyone can access these – we estimate that about 25% of our regular congregations do not have internet access – but we know that there are a significant number of visitors to the site who live outside the area or who are unable to get to church on Sunday mornings. We can’t take communion, of course, but the experience can be quite interactive, with the service sheet available to download from the website, and of course there is the opportunity to meet afterwards over coffee via Zoom.
We are also continuing with Pause for Prayer at 10.00am each weekday, and there is an Iona service at 7.30pm on Tuesdays. All of this is possible thanks to the continuing hard work and imagination of our clergy team, including our new curate, Suzy, together with support from lay members of the congregations. Further details of what’s happening, including how to access online services, can be found on the website at www.parishofkidlington.org.uk
For last month’s report, see here