We are at the final stages of raising funds to cover the cost of repairs to the west side of the tower, which dates from the 1650s. We need a boost to get work under way in 2019. Do help if you can with a donation via JustGiving. Any amount is much appreciated. Thank you.
As you may know, our Director of Music (Dr Sue Huntingford Ledger) will be retiring at the end of 2018. Sue has given us many years of musical pleasure and the parish will be holding an event on Friday, December 21st, 19:30 – 21:30, to say ‘Thank You’. If you would like to attend, please register for the event with Eventbrite by clicking here to book your place. This is so that we can estimate the amount of food and drink required and there is no charge!
We shall also be making a presentation to Sue on that evening as a sign of our appreciation and if you would like to contribute to this please let Revd David Rice or Wendy Muggeridge have any contributions (please make any cheques payable to Wallingford PCC) in an envelope marked ‘Sue Huntingford-Ledger presentation’. Thank you.
Autumn Talks 2018 – Cherishing God’s Earth
We were saddened earlier in the year by the death of John Gordon. John felt passionately about a number of issues but especially about the damage we are doing at present to the environment. He was always keen to encourage people from any background to think about this issue and what it might mean to take greater care of the environment. So this year we have decided to devote our autumn talks to this important issue and the series will be in memory of John. Christian faith offers a number of insights, others also hold some important perspectives. So we hope that this series of three talks & meetings will bring together people from any background or group who want to think about this important issue. All events are on Sundays and start at 15:30 in St Mary’s Church, Wallingford
28thOctober – The Revd. Margot Hodson ‘Cherishing God’s Earth: where to begin?’
Margot is Rector of Wychert Vale Benefice in Buckinghamshire, she is on the management boards of both JRI and A Rocha UK and has written a number of books, looking at the Christian faith and environmental issues.
18 November: The Revd. Jen Brown ‘Cherishing God’s Earth: putting it into practice’
Jennifer is a priest in the Church of England and is currently Science Missioner in the Churn Benefice group of churches in South Oxfordshire. Jennifer has a long-standing interest in Christian care for the environment and animal welfare and is an Associate Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.
25 November: Dr Martin Hodson ‘Cherishing God’s Earth: what about plastic?’
Martin is a plant scientist and environmental biologist he is Operations Director for the John Ray Initiative (JRI).
You can download the poster with all of the details here.
We are planning a service of confirmation for our Team Ministry on 20th January 2019 at St Mary’s, Wallingford. If you are interested in being confirmed— finding out what it means, or what is involved —please do contact our Rector, Revd David Rice, tel: 01491 202188 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. To take part you do not have to have been baptised. There is a minimum age of 10 but no upper age limit! Preparation meetings will take place on Thursday evenings at 18:45 in St Mary’s, Wallingford. They will be led by the team ministry clergy and the first one is on 18th October.
This year we opened up the toddler group for five weeks during the summer break. The attendance was really good, and the sessions very much appreciated. We started back on 12th September with a new vision and under a new name of ‘Tiny Toes at St Mary’s’. Our hope and prayers are that toddlers can continue to grow and thrive, and during that time we can help be a link to the church, as well as provide opportunities for the parents, carers, grandparents etc. to discover more of the Christian Faith.
Maren & Rhonda are looking forward to heading up the group this year but as always, they are looking to grow the team. If you feel this is something you could contribute to or would like to find out more, please contact/speak to them.
Starting on the 16thof September, we will be continuing our JAM sessions for children aged 2 to 8 during our morning services on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of each month. Together we will be exploring Bible stories and the Christian faith through games, drama, songs, crafts and much more. Feel free to join us.