Community Gossip from 2015

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.

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!

photo of eggs!

This month's dates:

  • Sunday 15 March - South Park 10:30am
  • Thursday 26 March - Pints and Prattle 9pm, Marsh Harrier pub
  • Sunday 29 March - Big Sunday, at the Robineaus'.

We had a lovely time on the big Sunday. We all brought toppings for a baked spud lunch.

Photo of cracked pottery!

This month Tom and Abbie are organising our gatherings. We're exploring vulnerability.

The final 'February' meeting is 1st March (hey, it's nearly Feb) which will be our big Sunday. We're meeting up at the Cherwell Centre, starting with a shared lunch at 12:30.

Photo of kids wrapping up the present

Happy new year!

We began the year with a lunch gathering and conversation based around chapter 19 of Brian McLaren's We Make the Road by Walking book.