In pre-COVID times, every November saw the annual service when members of the homeless community and their friends and supporters came together to remember those living on the street who had died in the past year. In a moving celebration Mary Gurr, chaplain to the homeless community, read out their names and a candle wasContinue reading “Prayers for the homeless 16th-20th November”
For the period of lockdown starting on 5th November, 43 St Giles will be closed for in-person Meetings for Worship. All our regular Meetings for Worship will be continuing as usual via Zoom. For times and information on accessing Zoom, please visit Meetings for Worship During the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Local faith groups have prepared videos for Oxford’s Remembrance Day service on Sunday 8th November. The videos include one produced by our own Meeting, featuring one of the children talking about Quakers and war. We understand from the Oxford City Council civic office that the videos will be broadcast at 11am on the City Council website.Continue reading “Quaker contribution to Oxford’s Remembrance Day commemoration 2020”
Friends may be interested to learn of some new acquisitions by the Meeting House library, a number of which are particularly timely in Black History Month. The full list is: Christianity: Bayfield, Tony: Deep calls to deep: transforming conversations between Jews and Christians Quaker History: Pares, Susan: Displaced by war: Gertrude Powicke Pearce, Cyril: CommunitiesContinue reading “New additions to the Library”
Friends will be pleased to learn that, as a place of worship, the Meeting House is exempt from the Government’s new ‘rule of six.’ Our recently reinstated in-house meetings can therefore continue. Also on the ‘good news’ theme, we now have technology installed in the Meeting House to enable Friends attending in person to worshipContinue reading “Introducing ‘blended’ Meetings for Worship”
On 20th August St Hilda’s College announced that Suzan Meryem Rosita Kalayci, a member of Oxford Meeting, has been appointed as College Chaplain and the inaugural Director of the College multi-faith space. Earlier this year the College’s Governing Body took the decision to move from providing a specifically Christian chapel to creating a multi-faith room,Continue reading “A Quaker Chaplain at St Hilda’s College”
Deb recently recorded a short (3 minutes) introductory talk about Quakers and silence for Radio Oxford. It offers thoughtful listening even if you are a longstanding Friend. When you click the ‘Listen…’ link below, a new tab will open in your browser. If the talk doesn’t start automatically, click the ‘play’ icon. When the talkContinue reading “Quakers and silence: a short talk by Deb Arrowsmith”
If you are new to Oxford Quaker Meeting for the first time, and your first meeting will be via Zoom, we invite you to read our page First Time at Meeting via Zoom?. You will find out what happens when you enter the Zoom meeting, and how the meeting will unfold (it’s very much likeContinue reading “Attending a Meeting via Zoom: information for newcomers”
In-house Meetings for Worship have restarted alongside our Zoom meetings, with both Sunday meetings and weekday meetings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. For further information, please visit Meetings for Worship During the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Quaker bookworms will be pleased to learn that it is once again possible to borrow books and pamphlets from the Library at no. 43. It will not be possible for you to go in and browse, so we have published the ‘handlists’ – categorised lists of the holdings – online on the Using our LibraryContinue reading “Meeting House Library re-opens for borrowing”