As part of the Cowley Christian community we are here to serve the community as a whole - children and older people, students and workers, believers and those who are searching. We would love to meet you and hear how your journey in life might meet ours. You can meet us for worship, at a lunch club, in a home group, at the Community Food Bank or just drop in for a chat. Use the links below to learn more.
Regular Worship Services Social Events Festivals and Fun Days
“To live out God’s purposes for us, make Christ known in Cowley and to raise up a new generation to love and serve the Lord."
Easter in Cowley
Sunday 5 April 2015
At St. Francis Church, St. James Church and the Anglican Asian Living Church there will be many special services including: Experience Easter (for our schools and everyone in the parish); The Maunday Supper (2 April); Good Friday Services (3 April); Holy Saturday 'Service of Light' (4 April) and Easter Day Celebrations (5 April).
For full details of all services click here.
Friday 10 April 2015 at 6.30pm.
St. James Church Centre, Beauchamp Lane
Film of the Month "West Side Story"
This is a PRIVATE film club showing excellent films. If you would like to join the club so you can attend sessions please contact Rosanne Butler 01865 453257
An Evening of Music and Poetry
Friday 10 April 2015 at 6.30-9.30pm.
St. Andrews Church, Linton Rd., Oxford, OX3 9DL
with the Oxford Gospel Events Choir on the theme of "Hunger and Justice" in support of the Community Emergency Foodbank
Tickets £12 (children under 10 yrs. free) from : CEF PO Box 41, Woodstock, OX20 1WN
Information at www.cefoxford.co.uk
Parish Sunday Lunch
Sunday 12 April at 12.30pm.
at St. James Church Centre
Come and enjoy a full cooked Sunday lunch with other members of the parish for a very reasonable price. Open to all but ... Please book in advance (by Wednesday 8 April) by calling the Parish office (01865) 747 680
Peace Tree Planting
Sunday 12 April 2015 at 2.00pm.
The planting of a Kaki tree from Nagasaki (a survivor of the nuclear bomb) at Barracks Lane Community Garden, Barracks Lane, OX4 2AP (www.barrackslanegarden.org.uk) with special guests; Hiroko Kato (Tokyo National Museum) and Joy Hendry (Professor of Anthropology, Oxford Brookes University).
Sunday 12 April at 6.00pm
Cowley United Reformed Church, Oxford Rd., Cowley
Come and discover what policies the different political parties have as you prepare to vote in the forthcoming General Election. All parties fielding local candidates will be represented.
Meeting organised by Churches Together in Cowley.
Annual Parochial Church Meeting
Sunday 19 April at 12.15pm.
St. James Church Centre
An important occasion for all church members as we reflect on our past year together as a parish and plan for the future. (Meeting open to all but only those on the Electoral role can vote.)
To be preceded by a Christian Aid Super Soup Lunch
Coffee, Cake and Communion
Tuesday 21 April at 10.30am.
The Vicarage, 27 Dom Bosco Close (Tel: 01865 434160)
An informal time of fellowship, prayer and communion with great refreshments.
St. James Café
Saturday 25 April
10.00am. - 1.00pm
Join us for a coffee and a chat and take the chance to browse the stalls : books, cards, preserves, bric a brac and more. Great cakes and now with bacon butties!
Saturday 25 April 9.30am. onwards
at St. James Church Centre.
Come and have fun, fresh air and exercise as we prepare the St. James Church Centre garden for another beautiful spring and summer showing. If possible bring your own tools but some will be available. Both heavy and light work available plus coffee and cake.
VE Day Tea Party
Saturday 9 May 2015
A special commemorative tea party to mark the 70th Anniversary of VE Day. Bring your 1940s food, clothes, games and memories.
Details of times etc. to follow
Christian Aid Week
10 - 16 May 2015
Join us to collect from homes in the parish to support the excellent work that Christian Aid is doing amongst the 'poorest of the poor' around the world.
Watch this stace for announcements of other events this week.
Saturday 16 May 10.00am. - 2.00pm.
St. James Church, Beauchamp Lane
The long awaited parish plant sale. Stock up on bedding plants, vegetables, herbs, shrubs and everything you need for the garden. Also other stalls and refreshments.
Seaside trip to Southsea
Saturday 30 May 2015
Leaving Cowley at 9.00am and returning by 9.00pm.
Join others from the parish for a great day out by the sea. Travel in your own car, ask for a lift or book a mini-bus seat for £10. Time to see the many attractions of the town as well as a short service at St. Simon's Church and Fish & Chip supper on the beach.
Sign up on the list at St. Francis or St. James churches.
Friday 5 June 2015
Join the parish outing to see the West End musical Godspell when it visits the New Theatre, Oxford. A 'one of a kind' production with a brand new rock score featuring many of the well known tunes such as 'Light of the World' and 'Day by Day'.
To book a place contact: Lesley Williams 01865 779562.
Christian Aid Quiz Night
Friday 26 June (time to be announced)
Come as a team or as an individual as there will be others wanting to team up with you. Questions can be just as much fun to get wrong as right! Refreshments available.
All proceeds to Christian Aid.
The post of Rector has been advertised with a closing date of 7 April 2015. Interviews will take place on 29 and 30 April 2015.
The full PARISH PROFILE can be downloaded here.
Palm Sunday Ecumenical Procession 2015
During the past five weeks of Lent most of the Home groups in our parish met weekly and used the Pilgrim Course on "The Creeds". The home groups now continue to meet regularly, mostly every two weeks. Some are using other modules of the Pilgrim Course whilst others will follow different study series. All of our home groups provide time for sharing, discussion and prayer for each other. For more details of the Pilgrim Course see below.
All home groups welcome new members at any time. For full details of all home groups and contact numbers go to our Home Group page.
As a first stage we offer the world-class Alpha Course which has now helped millions of people in over 150 different countries to discover what God means for them and to begin following Jesus in their daily lives. We normally have a course running somewhere in the parish so do please contact Ed for details on 01865 778243.
Alpha is a series of conversations around food which cover all the basics of the Christian faith with plenty of opportunity for you to ask your own questions. Read more here.
As stage two we now other the new and exciting Pilgrim Course which was launched in 2013 with the final sections due to be published in 2015. This course is hosted by one of our regular parish home groups so you will get the change to meet with others who have been 'on the road' as Christians a little longer - but we are all learners together. The group meets just twice a month and different people lead each session with video resources etc. For more details please contact Mark on 07985 631816.
Pilgrim is a series of discussions based on such things as The Lord's Prayer, The Beatitudes, and Holy Communion but very focused on what these mean for our normal life in the family or at work.
You can watch an introduction to Alpha here and find their YouTube channel here.
You can watch an introduction to Pilgrim here with more information here.
St. James Church Centre,
13 Beauchamp Lane, Oxford,
OX4 3LF, UK