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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.

Thursday Lunchtime Talks at St Giles', Michaelmas Term 2018

posted 5 Oct 2018, 04:59 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 24 Jan 2019, 13:35 ]

The Thursday Lunchtime talks at St Giles' start up again for Michaelmas Term on Thursday 11th October.  This term's series of talks is called "My Top Ten : Readings, Stories and Quotes that Inspire" with an interesting and eclectic mixture of speakers. 

All events start at 12:30pm in St Giles' Church, admission is free, and everyone is welcome.  

Headington Singers' Summer Concert Friday 6 July

posted 15 Jun 2018, 09:22 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 27 Jul 2018, 04:06 ]

Tudor Anthems ... and all that jazz

All Saints' Church is delighted that the Headington Singers are once more entertaining us this Summer with an eclectic program of Tudor anthems and Jazz blues.  It features as its main work Will Todd’s Mass in Blue, they have sung some of Will’s gorgeous carols before but this is in jazz blues style!  Then there are some well known Anthems by Byrd, Tallis, and Farrant ... it promises to be an evening of glorious music.  For more details about the music and performers, click here

The concert on Friday 6 July starts at 7:30pm, tickets are available on the door at a reasonable price of £12/ £10 concessions/ children free. You can download an A4 poster for the event here.

Great Get Together 24 June 2018

posted 14 May 2018, 14:44 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 27 Jul 2018, 04:05 ]

Great Get Together 24 June 2018

Highfield Residents Association and All Saints' Church combined their resources to celebrate the Great Get Together, inspired by the late Jo Cox MP, with a Street Party on Sunday 24th June from 11am to 5pm.  All Saints Road was closed to traffic.

Lots of fun filled activities were planned along with morning coffee, a bring and share lunch, live music, street games, teas, and later a pub supper.  It promised to be a day of fun for all ages!

The programme included:
  • 11.30 Street Café – coffee/biscuits
  • 13.00 Celebration Lunch - bring ‘n’ share, we provide drinks
  • 14.30 Street Games - full programme of fun till 5pm
  • 14.30 Open Gardens – visit residents’ gardens
  • 15.00 Afternoon Tea – Teas/cakes in the church gardens
  • 15.00 Mad Marston Hares – great traditional music/song
  • 16.30 Tug of War – kids vs. grown ups!
  • From 18.30 Supper in Butchers Arms – tasty buffet food
We are very happy to report that the Afternoon teas produced the sum of £130 for the Jo Cox foundation. 


posted 25 Apr 2018, 08:59 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 25 May 2018, 09:08 ]

Press release issued by All Saints’ Church, Lime Walk, Headington on 23 April 2018

On Saturday 28th April, the Akureyri Church Choir will be performing a range of music at All Saints’ Church, Lime Walk, in Headington. Akureyri, which is the commercial and educational centre of Northern Iceland, has an abundant cultural life with its own symphony orchestra and professional theatre. It is a very popular stop for many cruise ships during the summer months.

The choir, which has some 70-80 members, was founded in 1945 to sing at services in the church and, over the past 25 years, has also given an increasing number of concerts, featuring great choral works such as the ‘Requiems’ of Mozart and Faure, Brahms’ ‘German Requiem’ and JS Bach’s ‘Magnificat’. The choir has toured extensively in Denmark, Germany, France, Slovenia, Canada, Finland and Russia, and is currently touring in the UK. Saturday’s concert includes excerpts from Rossini’s ‘Petite Messe Solennelle’, Samuel Wesley’s ‘Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace’, the African American Spiritual ‘Deep River’ and a selection of music by Icelandic composers.

Michael Jon Clarke, the choir’s conductor, was born in Nottingham and graduated from London’s Trinity College of Music in 1971; in the same year he moved to Akureyri. Since then, he has graduated from Southern Illinois University as Suzuki Pedagogue under John Kendall and from The Royal Northern College of Music in Opera Studies under Ryland Davies. He has had a long and diverse music career as a violinist, opera singer, conductor and composer. His emphasis in later years has been on composing and his composition for organ ‘Sally Piper’s Big Tootle Day’ was performed very successfully in St Paul’s Cathedral last autumn with the organist Gudny Einarsdottir, who wrote the story. This Saturday’s programme includes a composition by Michael Jon.

The concert, which will commence at 6.30 pm, is free with a retiring collection for the Footsteps Foundation, based in Dorchester-on-Thames, which provides support for disabled children. Refreshments will be served at the end of the concert providing an opportunity to talk to members of the choir.

The Vicar of All Saints’, the Reverend James Cocke, said ‘the church is really looking forward to welcoming the Akureyri Choir and hearing their programme. We are indebted to Headington Singers, who perform regularly at All Saints’, for suggesting All Saints’ as a suitable venue and for their help with the concert preparations. We hope everyone will enjoy this feast of music and give generously to the very worthwhile cause of the Footsteps Foundation’.

For further information ring Catherine Hodgkinson, Churchwarden: All Saints’, on 01865 741116/ 07852 338852 or email

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