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Open Day and Gift Day 2019

posted 27 Sep 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 Sep 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. 

Passiontide, Holy Week, and Easter Services 2019

posted 8 Apr 2019, 04:45 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 13 May 2019, 05:39 ]

The Fifth Sunday of Lent - Passion Sunday 7th April
10am    Sung Eucharist: preacher the Rev. P. J. Boulton-Lea.
6pm      Choral Evensong: preacher the Vicar.

Palm Sunday - Sunday 14th April
10am    Sung Eucharist (not Matins): preacher the Vicar.
6pm      Choral Evensong: preacher the Bishop of Oxford

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday in Holy Week - 15. 16. & 17th April
10am   The Holy Communion (daily)
8pm     Short Evening Service (daily)

Maundy Thursday - 18th April
8pm     The Holy Communion with hymns & address, preacher Miss Eve Vause.
The service includes the ministry of the laying on of hands for healing for those who wish it.

Good Friday - 19th April
12-3pm  The Three Hours devotion, led by the Rt. Rev.  David Jennings, formerly Bishop of Warrington in the diocese of Liverpool.

Easter Eve - Saturday 20th April
Decoration of the church for Easter - please bring or send some flowers.

Easter Day - Sunday 21st April
8am       The Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
10am     Sung Eucharist (Common Worship), Procession and Blessing of the
                Easter Garden, preacher the Vicar.
12 noon  
The Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
6pm       Easter Carol Service - A Service of Easter Carols, Anthems, Readings,
                and Prayers.  No Sermon.

Sunday after Easter - Sunday 28th April
10am    Sung Eucharist, preacher the Rev. Leon Cattallo
6pm      Choral Evensong, preacher the Vicar.
updated 8th April 

Evensong Sunday 14 April, 2019

posted 8 Apr 2019, 04:01 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 13 May 2019, 05:38 ]

This coming Sunday we are looking forward to a special Evensong, when our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Steven Croft, will be our preacher. He will also be awarding the title of Reader Emeritus to Eve Vause, to mark her long and distinguished service and retirement as a Licensed Lay Minister.

All very welcome to join us, the service will be followed by refreshments.

Mothering Sunday 31 March 2019

posted 22 Mar 2019, 15:49 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 8 Apr 2019, 04:06 ]

This coming Mothering Sunday we are having a special Family Communion Service, along with the blessing and distribution of flowers.  However as the clocks go forward an hour on the Saturday night, the 10am service may feel like 9am!

All very welcome to join us, the service will be followed by refreshments.

Elijah, Friday 29th March at 7:30pm

posted 16 Mar 2019, 14:08 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 8 Apr 2019, 04:07 ]

This spring's concert by the Headington Singers and Orchestra is a performance of "Elijah" by Felix Mendelssohn. With conductor Sally Mears and leader Janet Froomes, the soloists will be Georgie Malcolm (Soprano), Serena Wagner (Alto), Peter Willis (Tenor), and Will Orr (Bass).  

Tickets are available on the door, £12 (£10 concessions, children free)

Mendelssohn's Elijah is justly popular. It has good tunes and beautiful harmonies, and the story it tells of the life of this Old Testament prophet is highly dramatic.  Elijah's extraordinary life included a famine, a battle with priests of the god Baal, a miracle healing, a vengeful queen, a howling mob, an earthquake, much fire, and a manifestation of god as a "still, small voice".  Truly this storypromises to be an exciting evening.

St John Passion, April 6 2019 at 7:30pm

posted 6 Feb 2019, 13:26 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 8 Apr 2019, 04:09 ]

The Choir of All Saints, Headington, directed by Rory Moules, will be holding a performance of the St John Passion by JS Bach on Saturday 6th April 2019 at 7:30pm.  This ever-popular masterpiece narrates Christ’s Passion as related in St John’s Gospel and was composed during Bach’s first year at Leipzig.   The John Passion was first performed liturgically as part of the Lutheran Vesper Liturgy at the Nikolaikirche on Good Friday of 1724.

Soprano – Eleanor Bray

Alto – Stephanie Franklin

Tenor – Alistair Walker

Bass – Thomas Lowen

Evangelist – Charlie Hodgkiss

Christ – Robert Holbrook

Director – Rory Moules

This performance is in aid of the All Saint’s Choir.  The Choir of All Saints' sings at the two principal Sunday services throughout the year.  Comprised of semi-professional Lay Clerks and auditioned volunteers, the Choir performs a wide variety of liturgical music to a very high standard.

Tickets are available online here at a cost of £15 adults, £5 unwaged/ students/children.

Tickets will also be on sale after the 10am Church service from 17th March onwards, payment accepted by cash or cheque made payable to 'All Saints' Highfield PCC'.

Tickets can also be reserved by emailing  

Christmas Services at All Saints

posted 25 Nov 2018, 12:14 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 29 Dec 2018, 13:17 ]

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Christmas Eve - Monday 24 December - Christmas Day - Tuesday 25 December

Sunday 2 December        6pm    Advent Carol Service

Our Festival Service of Nine Lessons and Carols will be on Sunday 16th December. An ideal way to have a bit of space to relax and reflect in this season of preparation.  Come and listen to some beautiful seasonal music then join us for mulled wine and mince pies afterwards.  

Everyone is warmly invited to start the Christmas Festival with our Christmas Crib & Christingle Service on Monday 24th December. Featuring Carols and the Christmas Story this is a simple service for all ages that lasts for about 40 minutes.

Coffee, tea, soft drinks, and biscuits will be served afterwards - an opportunity to chat with friends and neighbours in a relaxed way before the family celebrations the following day. 

Later at 11.30pm Midnight Mass will bring in Christmas Day.

Tuesday 25 December    8am & 12 noon      The Holy Communion (BCP) said
                                               10am                          Sung Eucharist (Common Worship)

The music list for the month of December is here.

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