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Good Friday 2021

posted 20 Mar 2021, 08:48 by R. Christine Tucker   [ updated 18 Apr 2021, 09:13 by All Saints' Highfield ]

It has been the tradition of this church to have a three-hour service on Good Friday from 12 noon till 3 pm. This is something we also offer to other churches in Headington. Obviously, this could not happen last year due to the lockdown. However, it will happen this year, and we have arranged, as usual, for a very eminent priest to lead us. This will be the Rev Canon Dr. Alvyn Pettersen, currently Honorary Chaplain of the University Church and Canon Theologian Emeritus of Worcester Cathedral.

As in previous years, the service lasts for three hours, and social distancing and hygiene guidelines will apply. The congregation is invited to stay for as long as they feel comfortable, and to enter or leave on the hour or half hour during the singing of a hymn. Further details about the service later.

Janet Marx

Christmas 2020

posted 20 Dec 2020, 05:07 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 18 Apr 2021, 09:13 ]

This year brings a special challenge on how we can celebrate Christ's birth without the glorious music and carols that we all enjoy singing.  However, we have put some thought into it and have come up with solutions that we hope all will find acceptable.

Sunday 20 December at 6pm - Service of Lessons and Carols - where the singing will be performed by a group of four professional singers, augmented by prechosen volunteers from the congregation.  No mulled wine and mince pies (sorry!). 

Thursday 24 December at 4pm - Outdoor Carol Service - where ALL can sing followed by a procession into church to build up a crib scene.  The forecast is fine, but wrap up warm. 
The details are as follows:  
• The service will be done at the West end of the church, on the car park, and the grass behind the war memorial, and if necessary, on the grass along the South side. A PA system will be used, and there will be people leading the singing.

• There will be at least four marshals wearing high viz, to be on the edge and slow the traffic, and also watch out for wandering children.

• The service will have some “warming up” carols such as Jingle Bells as people arrive, before moving into the service proper. The Christmas story will be told, and the carols “Once in Royal David’s City”, “While shepherds watched”, “Silent Night” and “Oh come all ye faithful” sung.

• At this point people will be invited to make a procession through the church. At the bottom of the steps any who want to can pick up a candle. As people go into the church they will light the candle. Family groups will process down the church, and as they go children will be able to pick up a Crib figure, handing over the candle to an adult. They will then place the crib figure into the crib scene, which will be created at the top of the chancel steps. They will then go out through the South door. As this process will be slow, there will never be too many in the church.

• There will be some solo or small group carol singing in the church during this process, to keep the Christmas atmosphere.

• Anyone who placed an early figure can go round again and look at the complete scene!


Harvest Time 2020

posted 1 Oct 2020, 10:57 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 18 Apr 2021, 09:14 ]

On the first Sunday of October, we will be able to thank God for all the blessings of the Harvest. In these strange times, I hope many of us will be comforted by the Harvest Festival service and the sense it brings of the enduring cycle of the seasons and of God’s bounteous gifts.

When a small group of us discussed what to do for the Festival, we felt it important to try to replicate our longstanding traditions, so the service will reflect those. We also decided to continue with the custom of decorating the church with the fruit and vegetables and then distributing them to the housebound members of the congregation. Because of the COVID-19 situation, we have to take stringent hygiene precautions and below is the programme we have worked out.

Saturday 3rd October
  • The church will be open from 10.00 am to 11.30 am for members to bring their gifts. 
  • Please bring the gifts in plastic bags (which you have left empty for a few days) and leave them in the South Porch. 
  •  A group of helpers will bring them into the main church and arrange them. We will all be wearing gloves to reduce any risk of infection. 
  •  Please give as generously as you can and please don’t bring things on Sunday morning as this will cause congestion and mean we cannot fulfil the 2 metre distancing requirement.
If Saturday morning is difficult for you, please ring me (07852 338852) and we can try to make some other arrangement.

Monday 5th October
  • The church will again be open from 10.00 am to 11.30 am. 
  • A group of helpers will fill bags ready for distribution in the parish. 
  • The group working on this will again be limited to six to comply with government guidelines. 
  • If you are able to help deliver items, please let me know.
You may feel that these arrangements are over-elaborate but, as the latest guidelines from the Diocese reminds us, ‘Safe practice is not optional. It is crucial that every parish follows the spirit as well as the letter of the regulations and guidance now in place’. Please help us to do this.

Catherine Hodgkinson 

Holy Week

posted 5 Apr 2020, 02:23 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 20 Mar 2021, 09:06 by R. Christine Tucker ]

The Diocese of Oxford have organised live streaming of services for Holy Week. You can find a pdf version of this here

Headington Singers Spring Concert 2020

posted 29 Feb 2020, 12:17 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 23 Mar 2020, 12:45 ]

The Headington Singers and Orchestra, regret to announce that their Spring Concert has been cancelled so as not to expose anyone to potential Coronavirus infection. 

A Service of Thanksgiving for the Ministry of the Rev J Cocke

posted 13 Jan 2020, 13:29 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 23 Mar 2020, 12:45 ]

The Churchwardens of All Saints', Highfield, send the following news:
You may have already heard that our Vicar, James Cocke, has decided to take his much deserved retirement. He has served All Saints’ with remarkable dedication for 63 years. His outstanding record will be celebrated at a special service of thanksgiving beginning at 11.00 am on Sunday 26th January. It will be followed by refreshments, in the course of which a presentation will be made of a silver salver engraved to convey the church’s thanks for his ministry.
We are hoping that many former members of our congregation and friends will join with present members and Jim’s family in this service. You may also like to contribute to the retirement gift; if so, please send a cheque (payable to ‘All Saints’ Highfield PCC) to Catherine Hodgkinson, 51, Demesne Furze, Headington, OX3 7XG. Any money received in excess of the cost of the presentation will be given as a cheque.
We hope very much to see you on the 26th January; if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us."

Open Day and Gift Day 2019

posted 27 Sept 2019, 04:29 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 12 Oct 2019, 09:54 ]

Open Day
You may be one of the hundreds of people who pass our lovely church every day, between the hospitals, going to and from the shops, to and from school, just rushing about as we live our busy lives. However, the church building stands there, an imposing and permanent presence, watching over all. It is open for a variety of events, as well as Church services every Sunday. Sadly, there are many who have never been inside.

On Saturday 28th September we are having an open day, when everyone is particularly invited and encouraged to come in and have a look around. There will be music going on most of the day, children’s activities, tea and coffee. There will be guides to tell you about the features of the building (if you wish). There are lovely windows, a World War One memorial with an interesting and rare feature, a Titanic connection, and a supremely impressive interior.

Gift Day
We all know it is essential to keep a building in good condition. Unfortunately, a recent inspection has shown that some essential repairs must be carried out to the church, mainly on the roof, and some are quite expensive.

For over 100 years All Saints church has stood at the centre of our patch of Oxford. It provides a place of peaceful worship and prayer, a venue for a wide range of musical events, and a garden which is a place of relaxation and reflection easily accessible to everyone.

Church House in New High Street is also part of what we offer to the community, and is used by about 350 people each week, for a huge range of activities. A substantial sum has recently been spent upgrading the toilets to provide for wheelchair users.

Because our buildings are so widely used, we would be most grateful if you would support our annual Gift Day Appeal by bringing your donation to the Church on 28th September. Your donation will make all the difference, and you will know that it will help to keep this beautiful church building at the centre of our community in good repair.

Our Sunday Services every week:
8.00 a.m. Holy Communion BCP
10.00 a.m. Sung Eucharist CW or Matins BCP (2nd Sunday)
3.00 p.m. Choral Evensong BCP (October to March)
6.00 p.m. Choral Evensong BCP (April to September)

All Saints' Choir is looking for ...

posted 26 Sept 2019, 15:40 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 24 Oct 2019, 10:10 ]

The Church of All Saints, Headington (OX3 7AF) is looking to appoint a Bass Lay Clerk. This position would last for a year, and is paid £1200. It involves singing Sunday mornings throughout the year and 4 special evening services per year, with rehearsals on Sundays before the service. The choir is a very friendly, one-to-a-part ensemble, and sings to a high professional standard.  
To read a copy of the fuller job description, please click here.

To apply, please send a CV to and, by 16th October.

Proposed Visit to Arundel Cathedral 20 June 2019

posted 14 Apr 2019, 13:34 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 9 Jul 2019, 11:28 ]

Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry are organizing a visit to Arundel Cathedral to see “The Carpet of Flowers” celebrating the feast of Corpus Christi. They then plan to visit Chichester Cathedral. The cost of the coach will be £16.50 and there is no charge for the Cathedral visits. If you would like to go on this trip, please contact Margaret Taylor on 01865 765051.

Headington Singers Summer Concert 2019

posted 14 Apr 2019, 13:34 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 9 Jul 2019, 14:50 ]

The Headington Singers are holding their Summer Concert on Friday the 5th of July at All Saints' Church.  Entitled " My spirit sang all day" it features music by Holst, Finzi, and Vaughan Williams along with the debut performance of "Cantico" by contemporary composer Jill Elliot.  The soloists Dexter Drown (baritone) and Megan Hooper (soprano) are joined by Maureen Cooper on the piano, conducted by Sally Mears.

The concert starts at 7:30pm, tickets are £12/£10 and children can enter free. 

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