Other News

LLM Licensing (Nov. 2019)

It was with great joy that Abingdon Deanery's Dr. Shirley Northover (former Lay Chair) was licensed as a
Lay Minister at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford on
Saturday 2nd November 2019. Congratulations!

(for more pictures and reporting on this event see:  https://www.oxford.anglican.org/meet-our-new-licensed-lay-ministers/)

LLM Licensing, Dr. Shirley Northover, Nov. 2019

Dr. Shirley Northover with Revd. Jon Williams (left) and Revd. Craig Philbrick (right) 

Prayer and Party Open Synod Evening (May 2019)

On 2nd May 2019, Abingdon Deanery held it's first
'Prayer and Party' Open Synod evening at St. Blaise Church,
Milton. Prayer stations focussed on the Deanery's five
Mission Action priorities and the people of the deanery:
  • developing our work with children & young people
  • engaging with people in new housing developments
  • offering new ways for communities to experience church
  • developing our work with elderly people & vulnerable adults
  • deepening our life with God

Prayers were followed by a time of socialising and getting
to know one another over drinks and snacks. The evening
was well received and a similar evening may be planned
annually going forward.

Refreshments followed prayer

New Housing - one of the 5 Mission Action Plan priorities

Abingdon Deanery prayer station

Story of the Cracked Pot

The love of God

Creative Prayers

At a previous Deanery Synod at St Laurence's Appleton,
we were led in creative prayers by Rev Katie Windle,
then Chaplain to St Helen & St Katharine School, Abingdon. 

In the prayers, we were asked to consider Jesus' upside-down
understanding of greatness. 
She then asked us the question:
'What would success look like for us as a group of churches?’

We were asked to write down a word in response to this
question on a piece of paper in the shape of a leaf and
put it on a tree at the front. 

prayer tree

The picture below is of all the words that people wrote down
on the leaves.....

deanery wordle

Verse of the day