Special services are used to celebrate events in the church year.
Advent Sunday is the start of the church's year. Advent means 'coming' and in Advent we get ready for the birth of Jesus at Christmas. In 2018 Advent Sunday is 2nd December.
Christmas - 25th December
"to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord." Luke 2:11 (NRSV)
We celebrate the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. We remember God's gift to us of Jesus when we give each other presents.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - 18th-25th January
Holy Week and Easter
Rogation Sunday - May
Rogation comes from the Latin, rogare meaning to ask and reflects two ancient traditions, the ''beating of the bounds'' and the blessing of the crops. Renewal and resurrection are underlying themes of this occasion when we meet on a local farm.
St. Mary's Patronal Festival
Harvest festival is an annual celebration that occurs around the time of the main harvest. For Christians it has roots in the Old Testament and provides us with a focus for giving thanks for all God's generous provision.
is decorated with fruit, vegetables and flowers and we bring gifts from
the 'harvest', which these days may not be directly the fruit of our own
hands but food suitable for donation to the local Food Bank or Banbury
Young Homelessness Project.