Photo of us doing sparklers

November 2016: Sing to the Lord a new song

Photo of us doing sparklers

This month we're looking at singing, music and rhythm.

  • 5pm Saturday 5 Nov. Fire, prayers, sparklers and spuds (not necessarily in that order) at the Stricklands.
  • 8pm MONDAY 7 Nov. Come round the Lotts' for a community meal and a catch up with Ian Adams who'll be joining us for the evening.
  • 1pm Friday 18 November. Soup n Soul lunch - come for soup and simple spiritual practices.
  • 25 - 27 November it's the annual community weekend away.

Our retreat

We had a lovely weekend at the Courthill Centre near Wantage. We had one of mayBe's founders, Ian Adams with us to lead some contemplative sessions and to celebrate eucharist with us. It was great to have Ian with us (though we all missed Gail too!), and to catch up. It was also great to be joined by various forever mayBe people who we've not seen for a while.

On the Saturday the kids went into the woods to find sounds. They got pretty inventive with leaves, twigs, scratching seed pods, banging branches, and we recorded them all. There were also some children-made sounds that included dinosaurs, owls and ... well I'm not sure what. Then we mixed the sounds into a drum beat and sung Siyahamba over it. The kids really loved this and got really into singing.

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We also learnt new songs; Andrea silenced the kids with a thoughtful and ponderous enactment of the angel Gabriel visiting Mary and her singing the magnificat; Ian led a Lecto Divina also on Mary's song; our voices blended and twisted in harmonies around chants as warmed ourselves by a campfire; we cooked and cleaned together in community; we told our story (since 2004!); Sam led us in a song and craft session on acceptance and a few other things!

Find us

We meet in Oxford's parks and cafés, our own homes and borrowed chapels. You'd be really welcome to join us at any of our getting togethers.

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mayBe is made up of a couple of dozen people in and around Oxford reaching for community through sharing meals, prayers, thoughts, Eucharists and creative acts.

We have a monthly cycle of events, starting with a Soup and Soul lunch (Fridays) and including a couple of Sunday worship gatherings, and a community meal and faith discussion (Thurs eve). See what we do for deets and just drop us a line/call/tweet if you'd like to come along to anything. See our story for more on who we are and our ten year journey so far.

Recently we have been...

  • Thursday 20 October: community evening meal with some spiritual nourishment too at Tilly and Richard's
  • Thursday 27 October 1:30pm (in half term) some of us are planning to join with Dorchester Abbey's interactive all-age Narnia exhibition with craft activities, café and a walk (if weather's nice).
  • Monday 7 November, community evening meal at the Lotts' with Ian Adams joining us.



Photo from Northumbria Community chappel at Bridge House

Welcome back after the long holidays!

  • Sunday 11th @10.30 - Wee worship in Florence Park, meet at the bandstand.
  • Thursday 22nd @ 8pm - Community meal at the Kentishs'
  • Saturday 24th 10.30am - 1.30pm - Community gathering including lunch (venue tbc)  
artwork depicting sheep divided

La famille Robineau are doing July. Our theme, "Solidarity" - in part thinking about standing side by side with affected peoples post referendum - but also thinking about great and moving acts of Solidarity past and present.

Raven? at Bridge House

We're joining in with 30 Days Wild by the Wildlife Trusts encouraging us to do something to connect us to the wonderful wild world that God created us to be part of.

Here's a diary of events for the month: