Notice Board

Notes on forthcoming events not mentioned elsewhere on the site!  Past events can be read about on the Past Events page.

Good Friday 2021

posted 20 Mar 2021, 08:48 by R. Christine Tucker   [ updated 21 Mar 2021, 08:49 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 20 Dec 2020, 05:18 ]

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

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 

Social Events

posted 26 Feb 2017, 10:16 by All Saints' Highfield   [ updated 23 Mar 2020, 12:48 ]

We regret that our informal mid week lunch is cancelled until further notice due to the closure of The Britannia Inn, on the corner of Lime Walk and London Road, during the Coronavirus pandemic.  We will keep you informed as to when these enjoyable social events resume. 
Our monthly coffee morning and book sale has been cancelled unto further notice for the same reason. 

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