Community Gossip from 2019

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.

Enneagram diagram

Facilitated by Tilly, Some of us have been meeting each month to explore the Enneagram together.

We have worked our way through a book, agreeing to read a few chapters between each meeting, with some supplementing this with podcasts, webs searches or other books on the subject. We gather together to share our thoughts, and try to discover kernels of truth that speak to us, challenge us, and need further chewing over.

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!