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The COMBINED NOTICE BOARDS for parishes of the Thames Isis Pastoral Area

Browse through forthcoming activities taking place in your Parish and across the whole pastoral area.

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Pastoral Area Youth Activities

Epiphany Party and Mass
Come and celebrate the Epiphany with us at our pastoral area Youth Mass & Epiphany Party! The event will be at St Mary’s in East Hendred on Friday 6th January from 7-9:30pm.  You will need a torch, comfortable shoes and a warm coat (Preferably waterproof if possible).  For more information or to confirm your attendance, please contact Melanie at leader.tipa@gmail.com.  
 
St Edmund’s Youth Group
The Youth Group at St Edmund’s will have its first sessions of 2017 on Saturday 7th January at the Parish Centre and thereafter will be held on the first Saturday of each month.  The session for 8-10 year old youngsters will be from 1:30-2:30pm.  The session for 11-12 & 13-14 year olds will be held from 3-4:30pm.  The session for teenagers 15+ will be held from 5:30-7:30pm and will include variety of activities at the Parish Centre and other venues in Abingdon (including local pubs).  Please contact Melanie at leader.tipa@gmail.com for more information.


A Perfect family Christmas

 The familiar image of Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus is recreated in countless nativity scenes at this time of year.  While focusing on the serene faces of the angels and shepherds, it can be easy to overlook some of the more mundane details of the scene: the hay, the bleating sheep, the stench of cows, and the cold... It is far from the 'perfect Christmas'. And yet it is the image of hope that is recreated every year. 
 
The pressure to experience the 'perfect' festive season means that we place additional pressure on ourselves in the lead-up to Christmas. As the year draws to a close, we look back on all we have achieved - but also, inevitably on what we what we haven't, and on what we see as the faults in our lives. These may be minor details that have not gone to plan, or they can be major life transitions. Big or small, these difficulties impact our relationships, with others, and it is our relationships, in the long run, which affect the quality of our lives the most.
 
At Marriage Care, we provide counselling services to couples experience any kind of difficulties on their journey together. Often the greatest hurdle is admitting that all has not gone to plan - yet relationships, like life, are rarely perfect. The work that a couple does in counselling can have a ripple effect, spreading joy and healing into their whole family, children, relatives, friends and acquaintances, and on wider society. And that could be the greatest gift of all. 
 
If you would like to speak confidentially to one of our professional counsellors please email appointment@marriagecare.org.uk or ring 0800 389 3801 to arrange a local appointment. There is no set fee, we appreciate a donation to support our service


Lectio Divina has been used by the church for centuries as a tool for deepening prayer life.  Meaning 'Spiritual Reading' it is a way of reading the bible, making your reading a prayer.  It helps you to see how the Holy Spirit , speaking to you through the bible, has something to say about your life.

Click here for guide to Lectio Divina for individuals

and here for guide for leaders


 

 

 

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Benediction and Exposition
of the Blessed Sacrament

Wednesdays after
9.30am Mass
English Martyrs Church, Didcot

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament also at St Amand's Chapel, Hendred House, every Friday 2-4pm.

Rosary St Armands Chapel - 1st Tuesday of month - 7.00pm

Vincentian Volunteers

A positive opportunity for young people to have a challenging experience in serving vulnerable people, and living in a community with other like-minded volunteers. Accommodation and living expense provided.

For more information please visit the website:

vincentianvolunteers.org