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.


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
Ali holds his leaf An evening community meal in our poetry cycle we explored our hopes in God through poetry. Conversations were shared, and the output ranged from beautiful to barmy!

If God is Love then maybe...

My four grandchildren will grow and grow and reach their full potential with great joy
IMG_1574 Had a fun time on Saturday painting Bethlehem Chapel. Worked through the day fueled by tea, biscuits and enthusiasm. Thanks everyone. Sister Jean was really appreciative!
Prayers we've written for the Chalgrove Taize service, 5:30pm, Sun 26th Sept 2010. 1.  Blessed are the poor in spirit or blessed are those who realise their need. When we think we are strong are we really strong?  Sometimes at our lowest we confront our vulnerability and the vulnerability of others is revealed to us.  There can be a clarity that is lacking when all is going well and we are being carried along by a busy life.