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This Sunday is Advent Sunday and it marks the beginning of the Christian Year.  Each year we mark this new beginning with the lighting of the Advent wreath at our 10.30 Choral Eucharist and a wonderful Advent Carol service at 18.00, when we join with the German Lutheran congregation. 

Please come and join us - everyone is welcome.

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. 

Revd Dr William Lamb

The Week Ahead

This Sunday: 29 November  
The First Sunday of Advent  

10.30  Choral Eucharist - Nave
12.00  Faith in Action - Old Library
18.00  International Advent Carol Service
(with the German Lutheran Congregation) 

Weekday Services

9.00    Morning Prayer - Chancel
12.15  Eucharist - Chancel 

Tuesday Francis Xavier, 1552
9.00    Morning Prayer - Chancel
12.15  Eucharist - Chancel 
18.40  PCC Meeting - Old Library

Wednesday John of Damascus c.749
9.00    Morning Prayer - Chancel
12.15  Eucharist - Chancel 
17.30  Poetry Workshop - Old Library

9.00    Morning Prayer - Chancel
12.15  Eucharist - Chancel 
12.45  Bible Study - Old Library

Friday  Nicholas, 326
9.00    Morning Prayer - Chancel
12.15  Eucharist - Chancel 

Saturday  Ambrose, 397 

For full listings of weekly evening services across the University, see our website.

Next Sunday
Sunday 9 December  The Second Sunday of Advent    

10.30   Sung Eucharist 
            Preacher:  The Rev'd Charlotte Bannister-Parker  
15.30   Organ Vespers  

International Advent Carols
This evening, Sunday 1 December at 18.00, we join with the German Lutheran Congregation for our annual Advent Carol service, with readings, hymns and prayers in English and German, and music from the University Church Choir.  Traditional German winter refreshments will be served afterwards! 
The Infant - A Jazz Suite for Christmas
Tim Boniface Quartet

Saturday 30 November, 7.30pm

Following the success of THE EIGHT WORDS (2016), The Tim Boniface Quarter present THE INFANT. A deep, moving and joyful jazz suite based on the characters in Luke’s Christmas story, performed by this dynamic exciting UK based jazz quartet.
Alongside Tim Boniface on saxophones, THE INFANT features the exceptional Phil Merriman (piano) Ed Babar (bass) and Jon Ormston (drums).
During the first hour the band will play the jazz suite, and after an intermission they will play some Christmas favourites/ There will be a complimentary drink during the intermission.

All proceeds from this performance will benefit Oxford Winter Night Shelter.

“I’ve had a such a blast listening to Tim Boniface’s The Infant. The playing is full of energy when required, gorgeously intimate at other points, and always bursting with invention and passion. Beautiful and uplifting.” Will Todd
“Tuneful, sincere and exciting. And it swings! …Fine music. Good news of great joy for all the people, indeed!” Brian Case

Tickets (£12/£6, including a complimentary drink) available below from the Tickets Oxford website or by phoning 01865 305 305.

The Oxford Winter Night Shelter 

We are recruiting volunteers for January-March 2020, when once again churches will offer beds to up to 20 rough sleepers a night. Last year 300 people volunteered for evening, night and early morning shifts. Of the guests who made use of the shelters, over half did not return to rough sleeping. To volunteer this year, visit, and register for a training/refresher session.
Faith in Action
How can SMV play its role in transforming our city, country and world to better reflect the Kingdom of God? 
The PCC is setting up a new Faith in Action committee, spanning social justice concerns, charitable giving and volunteering. On Sunday 1 December at 12.00 there will be a meeting in the Old Library to discuss how to go about this. We need everyone’s ideas, so please come! (Or email

Tuesdays 15 October - 4 December
6 - 7pm
Keepers, 73 High Street, Oxford

Flannery O’Connor’s short stories evoke heat and dust, family and feuding, God and grace, where unmitigated violence gives way to spiritual change and the myth of the deep South permeates the fabric of reality.

Each week, someone introduces a discussion on one of the stories.

3 December - Revd Canon Robert Wright,  Judgment Day

For more details, contact Ana-Maria Niculcea (
Lunchtime Bible Study
On Thursday, 12.45 - 1.30pm in the Old Library, the Bible Study continues to explore Mark's gospel.  This week we will be thinking about the tricky passage in Mark 13.  Hot drinks provided. 
Advent Quiet Morning: Preparing for the Unexpected
On Saturday 14 December, there will be an Advent Quiet Morning led by the Revd Canon Robert Wright at the Cherwell Centre from 9.30am - 2.00pm (including lunch).  Join us for a day of reflection and contemplation through prayer, poetry and art.  Please email to sign up.  There is a suggested donation of £10.  
Parochial Church Council
There will be a meeting of the Parochial Church Council in the Old Library on Tuesday 3 December, at 18.40.
St Mary's Church, High Street, OX1 4BJ, Oxford, United Kingdom
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