On Thursday morning residents of Barton and Sandhills will awake to find over 500 knitted and wooden angels have visited the neighbourhood. As people leave to go to work and as children walk to school, they will find on their doorsteps, garden gates, street signs and fences, a Christmas gift in the shape of a small angel decoration.
For the past few months, members of St Mary’s Church and others too have been busy planning for this Christmas surprise that seeks to bless the local community, create some festive spirit and share a message of God’s love. The young people have been busy decorating the wooden ones and the older ladies in the church have been busy knitting, one particular hero knitting 75 herself! Each angel has attached a label with a link to www.angelsinbarton.com, where intrigued recipients will find a video with members of the church explaining what it’s all about. They say they are giving away these free gifts because they love Barton and because they believe God loves Barton too.
In the Christmas story, angels appeared proclaiming good news of great joy, they proclaimed the birth of Jesus Christ! It is hoped that this angelic visitation will also be good news to the local community, declaring that there is a God who loves them and a church throwing open its doors to welcome the community and wish them a Happy Christmas.
Revd. Ben Baker
Curate at St Mary’s Headington, Practicing the way of Jesus in Barton, Sandhills and Barton Park
BBC Oxford have been following the project and have captured the excitemnet of the local residents in a video https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-oxfordshire-50689195/what-s-behind-mystery-angels-appearing-in-oxford-streets.