Posts by JohnM

The bean lady has been….

Yesterday afteroon there was a very special gathering at the 35 Ock Street cafe…. The Coffee Bean Lady came to visit to advise on how to get the best from our coffee machine, and she brought a wide selection of coffees for a taste test with a cross section of people from the Church.

When the service was over… the horses went round and round….

On Sunday evening at 8pm, members of the various churches across the town gathered in the market square, along with the Abingdon Town Band and the dignitaries of the local council. We were led in a short service and encouraged to consider the joy in the faces of young people at the fair – and how we should aspire to the same level of joyfulness in our knowledge of the promise of Christ. After that, the galloping horses ride was…

Cake. Very good cake.

Yesterday at the 35 Ock Street café, I had this cake as a splendid dessert after a most warming bowl of mixed vegetable soup. Clearly the country’s best bakers are not part of the Great British Bake Off, but are actually supplying the cakes to the café. Brilliant!

35 Ock St – 20 years.

This coming Saturday, we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the opening of 35 Ock Street, our volunteer-run community meeting place and café. From 10.30am to 4pm there will be refreshments and a soup lunch to enjoy, people to meet, and displays about the centre’s work to browse. At 4.15 pm a celebration service, lasting 45 minutes, will take place in the main church building. All are welcome! (Please note that the church car park will be closed for the…

Riding or Striding… on a very wet day.

As part of the nationwide heritage weekend, the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust organised a “Ride and Stride” event encouraging participants to visit as many of the county’s Churches as possible during the day. This is an annual activity, but despite the decidedly wet weather this year, our Church was visited by a good number of hardy cyclists. All visitors were given a warm welcome, refreshments, and there was a small display of the Church’s history for those with time to…