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Welcome to the St Mary's, Garsington, pages on “A church near you”. For up-to-date details of our services, news and other events, please follow the links "Church services" and "Church events" to the right. (They may be below on smart phones and on some browsers.) You will also find links to pages about our building, our history and church life.
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. Visitors often remark about the friendliness of St Mary’s, and people of all faiths and none will find a welcome here.
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.
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. Occasionally, this may not be possible due to sickness or special events, so please bear with us and accept our apologies should you find the church locked.
The wedding scene in "Amazing Grace" was filmed at St Mary’s.
This page updated January 10th, 2015
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