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The Parish Church of St James has been part of the community in Cowley for nearly 850 years.

The congregation is made of people from many backgrounds and you can be assured of a warm welcome

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Revd Howard Thornton
Cowley Rectory
Beauchamp Lane
Tel: (01865) 747680 (Parish Office)
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Holy Communion - Common Worship
Traditional language Communion Service with sermon
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for ¾ hour
Common Worship
Sung Eucharist
A friendly Sunday morning Communion service.
Every Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Family Friendly Sunday School Coffee
Church in the Centre
A friendly, informal service in the parish centre with songs and a talk. Runs in parallel with the regular service in the church
Every fourth Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Coffee
Sunday Lunch
Every third Sunday at 12:30 PM for 1½ hours


Morning Prayer
follows the Franciscan "Celebrating Common Prayer"
Every Monday at 8:15 AM for ½ hour
Mothers' Union
A friendly women's fellowship meeting on the 3rd Monday of each month in our new Church Centre in Beauchamp Lane
Monthly every third Monday at 2:30 PM for 1½ hours


Morning Prayer
follows the Franciscan "Celebrating Common Prayer"
Every Tuesday at 8:15 AM for ½ hour
Seashells : Baby and Toddler Group
Seashells, a friendly new baby and toddler group in St James Church Centre, Beauchamp Lane, Cowley on Tuesday mornings (10.00-11.30 am)
During term time every Tuesday at 10:00 AM for 1½ hours
Family Friendly creche Coffee
Holy Communion - Common Worship
A friendly mid-week Eucharist followed by a lunch in the church centre
Every Tuesday at 12:00 PM for ½ hour
Common Worship
Lunch Club
A drop-in Lunch - soup, sandwiches, cakes and hot drinks at modest prices
Every Tuesday at 12:30 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly


Morning Prayer
follows the Franciscan "Celebrating Common Prayer"
Every Wednesday at 8:15 AM for ½ hour


Morning Prayer
follows the Franciscan "Celebrating Common Prayer"
Every Thursday at 8:15 AM for ½ hour
Healing Service
The venue alternates between St Francis' Headington and St James Cowley every first Thursday at 7:30 PM


Morning Prayer
follows the Franciscan "Celebrating Common Prayer"
Every Friday at 8:15 AM for ½ hour
Bingo Club
A friendly senior citizens' Bingo Club with small prizes. Great fun!
Every Friday at 2:00 PM for 2 hours
Evening Prayer
follows the Franciscan "Celebrating Common Prayer"
Every Friday at 5:00 PM for 20 minutes
Sunday School Bell Ringing Grade 2 Listed Building Conservation Area Supports Fairtrade goods Tower Wall paintings / art Stained glass Organ Hall for hire Church Open Nurture Courses Wheelchair Access / Ramp Wheelchair accessible toilets Accessible Car parking Hearing / Induction Loop Large Print Hymnbooks / Orders of Service Assistance Dogs Toilets Baby Changing Facilities Visitor Parking Available Pilgrim Discipleship Course

St James Church Centre is available for hire, contact us for details

Visit our Church

The church is open on special occasions such as our popular snowdrop weekends in February.

Nurture Courses

Alpha Courses



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The Revd Howard Deyes THORNTON
Cowley Rectory
11 Beauchamp Lane
(01865) 747680
A Church Near You ID: 271
Archdeaconry: OXFORD (271)
Deanery: COWLEY (27107)
Benefice: Cowley St James (27/136 L)
Parish Legal Name: Cowley (270190 27/190)
CofE Church Info: (627190 27/190)
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