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.

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

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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.
mayBe outsider improvisation 13 This cycle we're planning to use poetry and poems as the focus of our discussions, always aiming to build each other up in faith, and support each other in creating community.

Week 1

thurs 16th sept Cara hosting - bring your favourite Peoms!
IMG_1458 This Thursday we ate our meal in silence before moving onto our night prayer. It was a tranquil and reflective experience. So amazing watching how peaceful the children could be. Thanks to everyone for going along with it. Here are some comments from the evening...
  • in peace we are allowed to be

praying through bubbles


Then the lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.

Genesis 2:7


Make space To hear an ancient rhythm Learn a well loved dance Sing a cherished song Make space Discover a wisdom filled story Entertain generation old tales Illuminate neglected images. Make space Explore the mysterious familiar Study the hazel nut lines Stare in disbelief at natures intricacy Make space
Candles This seven-week cycle we're looking at various monastic practices. How can they shape us as a very different type of community? Throughout the cycle we'll be keeping Saturdays free for Greenbelt preparation.

Week 1

Thurs 22 July. Kate/Andrea hosting community meal in Thame. Resource by Cara.
GB Saturday thinking This is my attempt to summarise our Greenbelt conversations on Thursday and Saturday. Please let me know if i've missed anything you felt I should have included! The bible readings we looked at were Genesis 16, Genesis 21 and Mark 5:1-20