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.

This is from our service at Greenbelt 2012. We were looking to challenge our consumer culture; looking for nourishment; looking towards transformation. It was a family service (it's the only kind we know!) that also included a reading of the Very Hungry Caterpillar, sharing discussions, and both origami and real butterflies. 

The Very Hungry Consumer

In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf. Then one day, out popped a small and very hungry consumer

Week1: Storm and tempest

thurs 7th june - 7pm -  community meal - Ali & Debs, resource Ali sun 10th june -  10:30am - gathering: Rock Edge, Headington, Ali facilitating

Week 2: Wind

thurs 14th june - 7pm - community meal: hosting and resource by Ginny sun 17th june - to be confirmed

Week 3:

no thursday gathering Camping weekend: 22nd - 24th june

Week 4: Rain and Flood

thursday 28th june - 7pm - community meal: hosting and resource by Famille de Robineau
A  prayer from our last Sunday in South Park... The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, It is even beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work. Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying That the kingdom always lies beyond us. No statement says all that could be said. No prayer fully expresses our faith, No confession brings perfection. No pastoral visit brings wholeness, No programme accomplishes the church’s mission.

week 1 - serve

thursday 19 april - 7pm - community meal: Sam & Dave's sunday 24 april - 10.30am - gathering: Florence Park, Family Robineau

week 2 - care

thursday 26 april - 7pm - community meal: Maison de Lott (R&T's!)
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...the Spirit drove him out into the wilderness...

and us in to Brasenose woods, well-managed to encourage the wilds of life.

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thursday 5 january - 7pm - community meal: Toby's, resource: tbc sunday 7 january - 10.30am - gathering: South Park, John

week 2

thursday 12 january - 7pm - community meal: Ginny's, resource: Ginny sunday 15 january - 10.30am - gathering: Florence Park bandstand, Toby

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sunday 18 december - 2.30pm - christingle service, Bethlehem Chapel followed by refreshments in the Upton Room we will begin a new cycle in the New Year
IMG_2939 A great Advent retreat at Offa House led by Ian Adams. Some words on what went on... Lighting the way
  • Annunciation: Do not be afraid. God is with us. Missio Dei. Perplexing.
  • Baptism: Venerating fish.
IMG_1932 this cycle we will be looking together at Brian McLaren's book 'Naked Spirituality: a life with God in twelve simple words'. mayBe has lots of copies so if you need a copy get in touch:

week 1

thursday 27 october - 7pm - community meal: John & Emma's, resource: Sam sunday 30 october - 10.30am - gathering: South Park

week 2

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sunday 11 september - 10.30am - gathering, South Park monday 12 september - guardians meeting

week 2

thursday 15 september - 7pm - community meal: Ali and Debs', resource: Jim sunday 18 september - 2pm - outdoor Eucharist, Bury Knowle Park

week 3

We are looking for a Chaplain to journey alongside us, provide spiritual direction and pastoral support, and to celebrate the Eucharist on a regular basis with the community.

IMG_1932 The Chaplain would join us often (but not always); help us with prayer and prayerfulness; and help us to interact with the wider Church.


week 1

sunday 17 july - gathering, time and venue tbc

week 2

sunday 24 july - 10.30am - Eucharist - venue TBC

week 3

thursday 28 july - 7pm - community meal: Cara's, resource: Sam

week 4

thursday 4 august - 7pm - community meal: Sam and Dave's in Chalgrove, resource: Andrea

week 5


Ingredients (serves 6 approx)

3 potatoes

2 sweet potatoes

can chickpeas

spinach (fresh/canned)

2 onions

2 tbsp sunflower oil

sunset.jpg week 1

thursday 16 june - 7pm - community meal: Toby's, resource: Anita sunday 19 june - 10.30am til 1pm with bring and share lunch - all community conversation @ the Mish

week 2

thursday 23 june - 7pm - community meal: Kate's, resource: Andrea
IMG_2123 Notes on our discussion of the Greenbelt theme, "Dreams of Home". Reflections on Home
  • not just nuclear family, think of community as home.
  • home sicknesses - when stuff is rubbish, familiarity takes you home.

Great to have David back with usWeek 1

thursday 28 april - 7pm - community meal: Toby's, resource: Toby saturday 30 april - 10am-4pm - Cave, Refectory, Road day, tickets from:

Week 2

IMG_1897 Our own piece of Desert in South Park. Complete with tempting snake. Sun 13th March 2011.
IMG_1822 It was a huge privilege to join with many others from his very rich life to date to celebrate this landmark birthday at St Michael's, Marston.  A fine lunch and fun party followed a very moving and inspiring mass for the unity of all creation, which ended with these words, summing up Fr David's approach to life and calling us all to spen
road 1 We gathered at Toby's for an Indian feast and a return to Ian Adams' book.  By popular demand we went back to chapter 5: the road.  As we shared how we happened to be where we currently were, we heard tantalising snippets of each other's earlier lives.  We thought about our encounters on the road and what the road had taught each of us.  We
holy ground 5We were given a lovely warm welcome by the prior and brothers at the Carmelite Priory on Boars Hill, and made the most of the beautiful setting with some great woodland walks and a very mayBe-style open-air eucharist overlooking the city.

Palm Sunday

sunday 17 april - 10:30am-3:30pm - all age mini-retreat Upton Room, All Saints Convent Finding Treasure in a Bright Field 1.JPG

Good Friday

friday 22 april - time and place tbc - walk and then hot cross buns