THE CHAPEL

MICHAELMAS 2016

FROM THE CHAPLAIN

Welcome (back) to Jesus College this Michaelmas Term for the new academic year.

The College Chapel and Chaplain are, by our founding statute, Church of England. 

Our founder Queen Elizabeth I not only caused the building of our own College, but 

she was integral to the building up of the established church of this country and the 

grounding of the Anglican Church. The Elizabethan Settlement established that the 

Church of England was to be both catholic and reformed: catholic insofar as it is part 

of the universal Church, and reformed insofar as it was shaped by the 16th-century 

Protestant Reformation.

Today’s monarch remains the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, and our 

College Chapel upholds the faith expressed by this “catholic and reformed” Church. 

We do so with a particular Welsh nuance, shaped by the college’s Co-Founder, Huw Ap 

Rhys, a clergyman of the Cathedral and Diocese of St. David’s in Pembrokeshire. 

Our College Chapel evolves and continues to be shaped both by our traditions and 

our contemporary life here together as a College. Our College community today is 

increasingly international and a place where people of all faiths and no faith are 

welcomed alike. So therefore is our Chapel. 

Authentic Christianity is about hospitality and engagement with our world. In Chapel 

we strive to live out the love of God in our particular collegiate setting. We are 

committed to valuing those who are different to ourselves, to working for the flourishing 

of authentic faith, and to building up a society of peace and justice. Our inspiration for 

this comes from the life, work, and teaching of Jesus Christ, knowing that we cannot 

make God in our own image but we can dare to encounter the divine in the Other. Our 

College context gives us not only the benefit of an amazing academic education but 

also the possibility of true learning about our shared humanity, learning of such breadth, 

depth, and beautiful colour that we cannot help but enlarge our hearts.

All are welcome in this place. Meeting and talking, eating and walking, let us learn 

together: that is our calling.

WEEK BY WEEK OVERVIEW

Sunday 

4.00-5.15pm   

Choir Practice 

Chapel

 

5.45-6.50pm   

Choral Evensong 

Chapel

Monday - Friday   9.00-9.20am   

Morning Prayer 

Chapel

Monday 

12.10pm-12.30pm 

Franciscan Midday Prayer 

Chapel

 

1.10pm-1.45pm 

Music on Mondays / CHARTS  Chapel

Tuesday 

5.00pm-6.00pm 

Oxford Meditative Groups 

Habakkuk Room

Wednesday 

1.00pm-2.00pm 

Scriptural Reasoning 

Harold Wilson Room

 

6.30pm 

(weeks 1,3,5,7)

  College Christian Union  

Chapel

 

8.00pm 

(weeks 2,4,6,8)

  OICCU Central 

Wes Mem

Thursday 

4.30-6.00pm   

Choir Practice 

Chapel 

 

6.15-7.00pm   

Holy Communion Service 

Chapel 

Friday 

5.30pm-6.00pm 

College Prayers 

Chapel

Sunday Evensong is the main Chapel service of the week for the whole College, with beautiful music 
and excellent speakers. You are all very welcome, whether you are a Christian, exploring your faith, 
or simply want to come to hear the speakers and the music. See opposite page for speakers and 
subjects. The service starts at 5.45pm unless otherwise specified. 
Morning  Prayer  is  a  time  when  the  Chapel  is  booked  for  quiet  prayer. When  a  student  or  the 
Chaplain is present to lead it, we follow a modern Church of England service, praying for all members 
of College and the wider world. Otherwise all are welcome to make the most of this meditative time 
in their own ways, using the resources available, as a way to start the day well.
Franciscan Midday Prayer on Mondays is part of the Young Franciscans movement. A simple time of 
prayer lasting 20 minutes, it offers a pause for spirituality in the middle of the day.
Music on Mondays / CHARTS is a weekly slot for a short concert or to celebrate the arts in Chapel 
more broadly. See below for more information.
The Christian Union meets on Wednesdays. Weeks 1,3,5,7 are in Chapel at 6.30pm; weeks 2,4,6,8 
at Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union at Wesley Memorial Church at 8.00pm.  
Oxford Meditative Groups (also known as OMG) is a new opportunity for students to experience 
meditative  practices  influenced  by  different  faith  traditions.  If  you  are  hurrying  from  academic 
commitments finishing at 5pm you will be able to slip in quietly. The various traditions and the dates 
their groups are attending are listed below. There will always be a number of people there so rest 
assured it will not be intimidatingly intimate.
Scriptural Reasoning is a practice of inter-faith reading. See below for more information. 
Students often speak at Thursday Holy Communion; this Christian service is a popular gathering 
which combines sociable joy with a reflective peace. Sherry follows, before Formal. 
College Prayers on Fridays are led by students, organised by the Prayer Rep.

SUNDAY CHORAL EVENSONG 

MISSION

9 October 

FRESHERS’ EVENSONG 

 

 

The Chaplain

16 October 

Anointed for Mission

 

The Reverend Canon Philip Mountstephen

 

Executive Leader, Church Mission Society

23 October 

Social Justice and the Mission of the Church

 

Ms Alison Webster 

 

Social Responsibility Adviser, Diocese of Oxford

30 October 

UNIVERSITY SERMON - THE RAMSDEN SERMON: 

 

The Extension of the Church within the British Commonwealth

 

The Reverend Dr Sam Wells 

 

Vicar, St Martin-in-the-Fields; Visiting Professor of Christian Ethics, Kings College London

6 November 

Does Size Really Matter? Small Church, Big Vision

 

The Reverend Dr Vicky Johnson

 

Canon Residentiary, Ely Cathedral

13 November 

REMEMBRANCE EVENSONG: Vulnerable Mission

 

The Reverend Canon Paul Wright

 

Sub-Dean of the Chapels Royal; formerly long-serving military chaplain

20 November 

CU EVENSONG

 

It takes the whole world to understand the whole Gospel

 

The Right Reverend Dr Graham Kings

 

Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion

27 November 

CAROL SERVICE

5.30pm 

The Chaplain 

On Sunday of 4

th

 week (30 October) we host the University Sermon at our regular Sunday Evensong. 

This sermon, endowed in 1847, traditionally moves around a number of colleges. It is our turn to 
welcome  the  University  Party  and  Select  Preacher,  so  do  come  along  to  meet  senior  University 
Officers and Bedels. 

On  Sunday  of  6

th

  week  (13  November)  we  observe  Remembrance  Sunday  with  an  Act  of 

Remembrance at the beginning of the service. 

The Carol Service on Sunday of 8

th

 week (27 November) starts at the earlier time of 5.30pm. This 

will be a moving service with candles, evocative music, and lots of rousing carols. Everyone is very 
welcome: do come at least once in your time at Jesus!

OXFORD MEDITATIVE GROUPS (OMG) 

Oxford Meditative Groups (OMG) is a new opportunity for students to participate in meditation 
sessions hosted by Jesus College in the Habakkuk Room and led by different faith groups on Tuesdays 
at 5.00pm as follows:

 

11 October 

Buddhist Meditation 

The Ven Dr Khammai Dhammasami &  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oxford University Buddhist Chaplaincy

 

18 October 

Sufi Meditation   

Mrs Siobhan Bygate & 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bridging Spiritual Cultures

 

25 October 

Christian Meditation 

Mrs Ginny Ross & The Third Order of the  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Society of St. Francis 

 

1 November 

Mindfulness 

 

Olivier Bazin &   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oxford Mindfulness Centre

 

8 November 

Buddhist Meditation 

The Ven Dr Khammai Dhammasami &  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oxford University Buddhist Chaplaincy

 

15 November 

Sufi Meditation   

Mrs Siobhan Bygate & 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bridging Spiritual Cultures

 

22 November 

Christian Meditation 

Mrs Ginny Ross & The Third Order of the  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Society of St. Francis 

 

29 November 

Mindfulness 

 

Olivier Bazin &   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oxford Mindfulness Centre

SCRIPTURAL REASONING (SR) 

Scriptural Reasoning is a practice of inter-faith reading where people of all faiths gather and reflect on 
short passages from their scriptures together. It is a worldwide movement www.scripturalreasoning.
org just beginning to develop in Oxford. There is sometimes overlap between texts where different 
faiths share their Scriptures. We will be meeting in the Harold Wilson Room on Wednesdays 1.00-
2.00pm.  The texts given here are listed as Jewish; Christian; Muslim. 

 

12 October 

Encountering God 

Exodus 3:1-8; Acts 9:1-9; Ta Ha 20:9-23

 

19 October 

Wisdom  

 

Deuteronomy 4:5-9; James 3:13-18;   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luqman 31:12-19

 

26 October 

Beginnings 

 

Genesis 1:1-5; John 1:1-5; Fussilat    

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Elaborated) 41:9-12 

 

2 November 

Human Beginnings 

Genesis 1:26-29; Genesis 2:4-9;  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Al-Baqara (The Cow) 2:29-33

 

9 November 

Tree and Fruit 

 

Genesis 3:6; John 15:16; Abraham 14:24

 

16 November 

Going the Extra Mile 

Genesis 24:10-20; Luke 10:25-37; al-Qasas  

 

 

 

 

 

 

(The Story) 28:23-28

 

23 November 

Education and Knowledge  Deuteronomy 11:16-21; 2 Tim 3:13-17;  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Al-Alaq (The Clot, clinging mass) 96 

 

30 November 

Using God’s Gifts   

Exodus 31:1-11; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15;  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saba 34:10-13

CHAPLAIN’S COLLOQUIA

Monday 31 October  

5pm 

Tolerance 

Caroline Warman and Stuart White

Tuesday 22 November 

6pm 

Faithful Ecology  Sidra Malik and Ray Pierrehumbert 

The first Chaplain’s Colloquium this term considers Tolerance. It will take place on Monday of 4

th

 

week (31 October). We hear our own Caroline Warman (Tutorial Fellow in French) and Stuart 

White (Tutorial Fellow in Politics) discussing issues surrounding tolerance and freedom from the 

background of their own research and publications on the subject area. They will lead discussion for 

half an hour, then there will be further informal conversation for all over cheese and wine.  Anyone 

interested in the theme or speaker is warmly invited and faith of any kind is definitely not a pre-

requisite. It will begin at 5.00pm, in the Ship Street Centre, and last until around 6.30pm.

The second Chaplain’s Colloquium this term is on the subject Faithful Ecologies. It will take place 

on Tuesday of 7

th

 week (22 November). Speakers include Sidra Malik (a Muslim volunteer teacher 

in Oxford who specializes in “Green Islam”) and Ray Pierrehumbert (Halley Professor of Physics at 

Jesus College, whose specialisms cover Environmental Science). They will lead discussion for half an 

hour, then as usual informal conversation will follow, over a simple vegetarian meal and non-alcoholic 

drinks.  It will begin at 6.00pm, in the Ship Street Centre, and last until around 8.15pm.

OTHER EVENTS THIS TERM 

The Roman Catholic Chaplaincy have a lunchtime Mass in Jesus Chapel on Thursday of 1

st

 week 

(13 October) at 12.15pm.

The Start of  Year Social follows the evening service on Thursday of 1

st

 week (13 October) this 

term. After the usual 6.15pm start we then go out and eat together (Noodle Nation). 

Agape is a special evening of informal worship and Communion followed by a meal. One of the 

highlights of the term, it is a great opportunity for all the Christians in the College to meet and share 

hospitality. It is on Monday of 3

rd

 week (24 October), at Stevens, at 7.00pm.

The Oxford Young Franciscans group meets on Wednesday of 3

rd

 week (26 October), at St. Hugh’s 

College. This is a Film Night, “Finding St. Francis”. Pizza and liquid refreshment will be provided. The 

event begins at 6.30pm.

On Wednesday of 5

th

 week (9 November), at 6.00pm, the recently-founded Girls’ Choral Foundation 

Frideswide Voices  come  to  sing  Choral  Evensong  as  part  of  the  University’s  Organ  Scholarship 

Outreach work.

The  College  Roman  Catholic  Mass  will  be  celebrated  in  Chapel  on  Tuesday  of  6

th

  week  (15 

November) at 6.00pm, followed by drinks and formal hall together. 

The Turl Street Vocations Network Lunch will be at Jesus College on Tuesday of 7

th

 week (22 

November). Beginning with a Eucharist at 12.30 pm in Jesus Chapel, we share a sandwich lunch and 

conversation led by guest speaker, The Revd Caroline Windley, Diocesan Director of Ordinands in 

Oxford. Explore ministry and your own calling. 

The Cymdeithas y Dafydd ap Gwilym Annual Welsh Carol Service takes place on Tuesday of 8

th

 

week (1 December) at 5.00pm. 

FOODS FOR FAITHS AND CULTURES

 

Sunday 23 October 

Sukkot   

 

Jewish Festival of Booths

 

Sunday 30 October 

Divali 

 

 

Hindu Festival of Lights

 

Monday 14 November 

Guru Nanak’s Birthday 

Sikh Festival

 

Thursday 24 November  Thanksgiving 

National (traditionally Harvest Festival) in  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canada and the United States of America.

Each term, to complement our International Dinners in Hall, we will take account of a few religious 

or cultural festivals in our dining. These events may either be reflected in a single item of food, or 

an entire menu. Information will be available on these foods for all those who dine in Hall on the 

occasion. It’s a chance to learn about a range of religious and cultural festivals and celebrate our 

diversity. Sign-up happens in the usual way, and the food will be at the same costs as normal. Come, 

learn, and eat! 

INTERFAITH RESOURCES 

Small items and books for a range of religious rites are available in the cupboard in the Nurse’s 

waiting room. Do borrow them for your own personal prayer and meditation whether in the Chapel 

or elsewhere, but please return them after use.  If you have suggestions for inclusion in the collection 

please ask the Chaplain. The Chaplain will also be very pleased to help any student of any faith find 

a place to worship or connect with a faith community in Oxford.

CHAPEL AND THE ARTS 

The College Chapel Choir sings at Sunday Evensong. It rehearses 4.30pm-6.00pm on Thursdays 

and 4.00pm-5.15pm on Sundays. All members of the choir are offered choir tour opportunities, free 

singing lessons, and free dinner after Evensong. New members are welcome. It is non-auditioning 

but attendance at rehearsals is required unless by arrangement. If you would like to join, or find out 

more, please contact Alix Middleditch, alexandra.middleditch@jesus.ox.ac.uk.
On Wednesday of 5

th

 week (9 November), at 1.10pm, we have the Freshers’ Concert. Everyone 

is welcome to come and listen; if you are a Fresher and want to perform something, please get in 

touch with Clare McEvoy, clare.mcevoy@jesus.ox.ac.uk.
Every Monday during Full Term we have Music on Mondays / CHARTS. This lunchtime slot is a series 

either for music recitals or other artistic input, from poetry readings and talks to drama or any other 

idea you come up with. It runs 1.10pm-1.45pm. Anyone is welcome to perform or come and listen. 

You can bring your lunch if you haven’t already managed to eat. 
If you want to take one of the performance slots, please contact Clare McEvoy clare.mcevoy@jesus.

ox.ac.uk (music) or John Goodacre, john-francis.goodacre@jesus.ox.ac.uk (general arts).
If you have other ideas for performances in Chapel or bookings for the arts, please get in touch with 

the Chaplain.

The  painting  on  the  front  of  the  term  card  is “Rockpool,  Hosta  Beach,  North  Uist”  by  Jonathan 

Pocock. The image depicts the boundary between land and sea; it invites the viewer to look, even 

dare to step beyond our terra firma. It also evokes the scene for Biblical stories of fishermen. With 

thanks to Iona House Gallery, Woodstock.

PEOPLE

The Chaplain (The Reverend Dr Megan Daffern) is glad to meet with students, regardless of religious 

affiliation, to offer pastoral support and welfare. If you want to see her, do contact her via pigeonhole, 

email (chaplain@jesus.ox.ac.uk) or telephone (2)79757. Her office is XIV.2. Further details of the 

whole Welfare Team are on the Welfare Leaflet.

Chapel Clerks 

 

 

Thomas Cotterill, Ben Naylor, Imogen Rhodes

Chapel Clerks Emeriti 

 

Clem Faux, Luke Green,  Sophie-Ann Rebbettes, Mark Smith,  

 

 

 

 

Mia Talfourd-Cook

Chapel Publicity   

 

George Berry

Christian Union and i-Reps  

Oli Whitaker, Josh Newell, Elhana Sugiaman

Choir Social and Hospitality Team  George Berry, Bronny Harbinson
Interfaith Rep 

 

 

Faisal Ebrahim

Keepers of the Sherry 

 

Oli Whitaker, Josh Newell

MCR Chapel Rep  

 

Karan Nagpal, Maxi Strobl

Ordinands on Placement   

Shahriar Ashrafkhorasani (Wycliffe Hall) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Levanway (St. Stephen’s House)

Organ Scholars    

 

Alix Middleditch, Edward Buxton

Prayer Rep 

 

 

Anna East

Roman Catholic Chaplaincy Reps  Clare McEvoy, Katie Harrison

The Christian Union welcomes all Christian students across the College, regardless of denomination, 

and those who want to learn more about Jesus Christ and Christianity. To find out more, please 

contact  oliver.whitaker@jesus.ox.ac.uk. The  College  Christian  Union  is  part  of  the  Oxford  Inter-

Collegiate Christian Union: see www.oiccu.org. 

OICCU is running a range of events in Freshers’ Week: do contact Oli to learn more.

On Wednesday of 8

th

 week in the evening there is the OICCU Carol Service at the Sheldonian 

Theatre: everyone is very welcome.

Graduates may also appreciate the Graduate Christian Forum. For more information, see www.

graduatechristianforum.org.

If you are looking for a church of any denomination, the Chaplain will be glad to help.

Jesus College has a diverse but very united community of Christians, and a broad range of students

from many different faith and cultural backgrounds. Whether you are new to College or have been

here a while everyone is always welcome to any event in Chapel or organised by the Chaplain. 

Chapel Charity collections this term are going to WaterAid www.wateraid.org/uk. If you want to 

donate or find out more, please ask the Chaplain or one of her team.