Garsington: St Mary, Garsington

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St Mary’s in the village of Garsington is an historic (1180) church just outside Oxford. It stands on a raised hilltop site commanding fine views across the Thames Valley towards Didcot and the Wittenham Clumps; this has been described as “the finest view in Oxfordshire.”

The church has a service most weeks, and the regular congregation averages 20-30 people. Many other people from the village are involved in associated activities such as bell ringing and flower arranging while the annual Fête brings a large number of people working together. Although the core congregation is mostly retired they are not exclusively so and the regular members have a spread of ages from the newly born upwards. Some people have moved in recently, while others have lived in Garsington for decades.

A monthly family communion service is especially oriented towards children and younger families, and the church has strong links with the local church school. St Mary's has three capable organists, so the organ is used on most Sundays.

Visitors often remark about the friendliness of St Mary’s, and people of all faiths and none will find a welcome here.

We try to keep the church unlocked between at least 10am and 4pm every day, and many visitors and locals alike enjoy the peace of this special place.

The wedding scene in "Amazing Grace" was filmed at St Mary’s.

This page updated August 27th 2014

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Reverend Emma Pennington
The Rectory
17 Southend
OX44 9DH
(01865) 361381

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Parish Communion (5th Sunday)
Sunday 31st August 2014 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Coffee Common Worship
Parish Communion (1st Sunday)
Note time 10 am. Cluster service at GARSINGTON
Sunday 7th September 2014 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Coffee Common Worship
Parish Communion (2nd Sunday)
Sunday 14th September 2014 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Coffee Common Worship
Family communion (3rd Sunday)
Sunday 21st September 2014 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Morning Worship with discussion (4th Sunday)
"What's so special about the Eucharist?"
Sunday 28th September 2014 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
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Our church is normally open to visitors from at least 10 am - 4 pm weekdays and on Sunday after the 9:30 am service. Please bear with us if we occasionally leave it closed because someone is away or ill.

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A Church Near You ID: 5869
Built: Around 1180 (oldest part)
Style of worship: Central
Our Patron: Trinity College Oxford and Diocese of Oxford
Archdeaconry: Dorchester (274)
Deanery: ASTON & CUDDESDON (27402)
Benefice: Wheatley (27/562CT)
Parish Legal Name: Garsington (270112 27/112)
CofE Church Info: (627112 27/112)
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The current editor is: John Buckley

Garsington: St Mary : Southend, Garsington, Oxfordshire, OX44 9DJ

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