Parish Church of St Mary and St John, Oxford

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St Mary & St John is the parish church of Cowley St John, a vibrant, diverse community in the heart of East Oxford on the Cowley Road. The worship is in the liberal Catholic Anglican tradition, having a strong liturgical and musical tradition, as well as a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

Our core values are community, spirituality and justice. Through our worship, ecological activities based around our Churchyard, and via proactive engagement in the community, St Mary & St John still seeks to unlock authentic spiritual community, and to gather together a people of prayer and action. None being perfect, all can and do contribute.

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Fr Phil Ritchie
The Vicarage
271 Cowley Rd
(01865) 242396 (Vicarage number.) or (01865) 792717 (Parish office. 9.30am-2.30pm Tuesday – Thursday)

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Said Eucharist
Common Worship Eucharist, with reflective prayers.
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for ½ hour
Sung Eucharist
Sung Eucharist (CW Rite 1).
Every Sunday at 10:45 AM for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Refreshments Incense
Reflective Eucharist
Said celebration in simple, reflective style, with meditative prayers.
Every Sunday at 6:15 PM for 40 minutes


Stained Glass

Hall for Hire Large and small rooms in Richard Benson Hall for hire. Contact Alan Baker at Parish Office: 01865 792717, 9.30am-2.30pm Tuesday – Thursday. Find out more here:
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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 87
Built: 1883
Style of worship: Modern Catholic
Our Patron: St Stephen's House
Archdeaconry: OXFORD (271)
Deanery: COWLEY (27107)
Benefice: Cowley St John (27/137 H)
Parish Legal Name: St. John, Cowley (270195 )
CofE Church Info: (627195 27/195)
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This page was last updated on Wednesday 7th December 2016
Parish Church of St Mary and St John : Cowley Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX4 1UR

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