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.

photoo of spinners we made for pentecost

In attempt to re-establish a ryhthm, mayBe aim to meet up monthly at Florence Park (near band stand) 10.30am every 3rd Sunday of the month. You, yes you, inquisitive website stumbler, would be very welcome to come along to any of our inclusive gatherings - please get in touch just in case plans change at the last minute. The default plan will be to use a liturgy from the Iona community's Wee Worship books and then have a play/coffee in the park, but we hope to embellish this structure as anyone is able to offer something more; we encourage eachother to bring what they can.

colourful windmill

We met for our annual camping weekend at Bridge House just outside of Shillingford 14 - 16 June. We had a great turnout and some descent weather. Bridge House is part of the Northumbira Community and they have built a tiny chapel from an old shed where we joined them for some of their regular prayers, summoned by a bell. I love the chapel, it has only a few windows so it's dark and coloured by candles and the light that comes through the single stained glass window. It's a hidden place, a place of safety.

Photo of kids on a walk

Here's what we have planned so far in 2019

  • Not a meet up, but Sam shared a link to 99 good news stories you didn't hear in 2018 to fight off the chill of winter!

  • Sunday 6 Jan - we met up in Botley park for epiphany.

  • Sun 24 Feb 10:30am - Meet in Botley Park for one of our small and short informal gatherings including some songs, prayers, thoughts, playing and café visit. Thanks Sophie for organising!

We're not managing to meet much at the moment. But here's what we know:

Light and Love

Not much scheduled at the mo!

  • 8-10 June Camping at Bridge House
  • 21 June night prayer at Bethlehem chapel
  • 12 July night prayer at Bethlehem chapel
mayBe at North Hinksey park Jan 2018

We're small and feeling it at the moment. We hope that the list below will grow and blossom with Spring's warmth, but here's the things we have planned so far...

  • 15 Feb night prayer at Bethlehem chapel, All Saints Convent, St.  Mary's Rd in East Ox.

  • Sunday 25 Feb, 10:30am - lunch. Get together for little worship then a bring n shared lunch and community convo.

  • 25 March (Palm Sunday) indoor gathering at Tilly & Richard's

  • Sunday 4 March, meet for worship in Florence Park by bandstand.

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.

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