March 25th, 2018
Blessed by a warmer and dry day, our parish procession started off at St Alban’s this morning and went around the local streets to get to St Mary and St John church on the Cowley Road. Just caught Sr Frances as she turned into Magdalen Road.
Thanks to all who joined us including the local band in which our Companion, Paula Ritchie plays.
February 4th, 2018
On Sunday 4th February we celebrated Candlemas in St Mary and John church. Candlemas celebrates the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple forty days after his birth and candles are blessed that day.
Our preacher was Br James Koestler from the Society of St John the Evangelist, and whose founder, Fr Benson, was also responsible for the building of the church.
Following a truly splendid service , we then gathered in the Richard Benson Hall for a very tasty lunch prepared by members of the ministry team and including our new Companion, John Hammock!
January 29, 2018
On Monday 29th January, we were delighted to join members of the Porch and volunteers celebrating the receiving of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The Lord Lieutenant, Tim Stevenson came to present the award in the Richard Benson Hall belonging to the parish church of Cowley St John and with whom there are very close links.
Aren’t the cakes brilliant, the way they show the Porch’s logo – and people enjoyed eating them too!
Jan 1st, 2018
At Christmas, we admitted Janet Collins, pictured in the garden, and at Epiphany, Paula Ritchie, a teacher at East Oxford Primary School and her husband Phil, our parish priest and with them, John Hammock who is working with us as we start to use the renovated Old School building.
It is great to have them alongside us living out our charism and joining us when possible in Chapel.