Community Gossip

Gossip? In Old English, a “godsibb” was a godmother or godfather, from “god” plus “sib,” meaning “relative” (related to our modern “sibling”). It was later used to refer to companions in childbirth – people from the community who were there in difficult and celebratory times.

Here you'll find a list of things we've been doing/thinking/reading.

Kite making

This month we're thinking about Jesus' appearances and making kites to remember his ascension - a mayBe tradition!

Photo of our Good Friday improvisation

We met on Good Friday at the Kidneys nature reserve in Oxford and as we walked we found spots to stop to read from the stations of the cross texts and do some singing. As an improvisation to engage with Jesus crucified we each took a flower to represent the beauty of Jesus the person and destroyed it. We dropped the petal remnants on the ground, and it fell in the dirt and some charcoal from a long-cold fire. Before we left we kneeled around it, like the women at the cross reaching up in sorrow.

Photo of some of mayBe

The theme will be HABITUS - the idea of lived theology embodied in our habits. We will consider our existing habits, good and bad, and consider cultivating new habits collectively and individually. A sort of new year's resolution for the soul!

Photos of our angels with music in their wings made at our retreat this year.

Dates in December:

  • Thurs 8th Dec - Les Robineau's house  - community meal 8pm - Area Dean, Rev Tim Stead is joining us. He would like to catchup with us regarding the future and aspirations of mayBe.
  • Sun 11th Dec - we joined in with St. James' Christingle
  • Sun 18th Dec - afternoon walk, beverages and carols at Debs' and Ali's
conkers!
  • 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:

Walls for division or protection?
  • Sunday 10th April. 11am. Little Sunday. Oatlands park off Botley road.
  • Sunday 24th April. 11am. Big Sunday. Venue TBC.
  • Thursday 28th April. 8pm. Communtiy meal at Tillly & Richard's.

To find out more about Christian Peacemaking, check out the charity called CHIPS

Us at sunrise atop Shotover!
  • Thursday 10th. Community meal at Tom and Abbie's. We'll be talking about areas in our life where we have gone stale. 
  • Sunday 13th we went to the lambing at the Earth Trust.
  • Saturday 19th 2pm: Rosa's Christening New LIFE!  Cowley St James Church. MayBe type service but with more friends. Then afternoon tea at Norham gardens till 5pm. Please say if you're okay to bring some food.

 

Here's our pencilled in dates for Feb. Will update with details as soon as they're set. Please do get in touch if you'd like to come along.

  • Friday 5 Feb TBC - Soup and Soul
  • Sunday 14 Feb - BIG Sunday, venue TBC
  • Thursday 25 February - Community meal, 8pm, chez John n Emma's
  • Sunday 28 February, 8pm - Little Sunday  at Bethlehem Chapel (venue TBC).
Photo of Ari holding the star

"What good is it to me If Mary gave birth To the Son of God, And I do not also give birth to him In my time and culture?" Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)

Photo of our meet up on All Saints Day in Florence Park

This month's theme is How did we get here? and we'll be looking at the history of those of us following "The Way" (as early Christians were called).

This month Abbie and Tom are inviting us to consider abundance.

Soup n Soul

We shared Soup n Soul lunch @ Kentish's in Cowley on 2nd. This was a shared lunch with simple spiritual practices, breaking bread, giving thanks and sharing concerns.

photo of 1 Corinthians 13 verses written on rainbow ribbons

September's meetings were organised by the Robineaus and the theme was Amazing Saints.

People from mayBe say: Refugees Welcome!

We met for our little sunday on 6 Sep in South Park for a simple worship, and improvisation around a saint who could not sing until blessed by an angel!

Photo of boy climbing tree

As a community-organised church with lots of families, organising gets tough over the summer and many people are away, so we usually take a break in August.

But join us in July for some simple gatherings as follows:

  • Thursday 9 July, 8pm, come for a simple community meal at the Lotts', in Cowley.
  • Sunday 12 July, 10:30 South Park for a wee worship, followed by picnic.
  • Weds 22 July, 8pm, Guardians meet, including starting off Dave in post as our new Sacristan.
  • Thurs 30 July, Pints n Prattle at the Marsh Harrier pub, from 9pm.
photo of our kite workshop

Freedom and hope: Flying kites to celebrate Palestinian culture

mayBe community contributed to the Palestine Unlocked festival; a celebration of Palestinian culture. We ran a family kite making workshop at the Oxford Story Museum. Palestinian children hold the world record for the number of kites flown at the same time (12,350!); kites are symbols of freedom, hope, peace.

Photo from recent eclipse

Sunday 10 May: We joined in with the Christian Aid All Age service at St Francis Church, Hollow Way, followed by bring n share lunch.

Thurs 21 May: Community Meal at Skye n Joel's. We had an interesting discussion on how God is described and where that's led to mistaking metaphors for God ("God is light") for literal facts; - perhaps God is also found in darkness. Here's Joel's text (he says it's a work in progress):

photo of loaf we shared

On Good Friday, we met at the Lotts' at 11:30 for godly play, some creative 'stations' and homemade bread n soup. This will be our main Easter meet up because so many of us are away in the holls, so we celebrated the full Easter story, not just the events of Good Friday.

Anjali and Asher were baptised.

Photo of Sam

We joined in Sam's 50th celebrations with a family friendly celidh.

Happy birthday, Sam!

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