Garsington: St Mary, Garsington

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Welcome to the St Mary's, Garsington, pages on “A church near you”. The Benefice of St Mary's Garsington, All Saints Cuddesdon and St Giles Horspath now has a website which contains details of services, events and much more, so do please browse this for full details of the life of our church - the link is to the right. For quick access to information about St Mary's monthly service pattern, follow the link "Church services". You will also find links to pages about our building, our history and church life. (The links may be further down the page on smart phones and some web browsers.) 

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 May 5th 2015

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

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Church Open 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 (venue number): 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)
Parish Legal Name: Garsington (270112 )
CofE Church Info: (627112 27/112)
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The current editor is: John Buckley

This page was last updated on Sunday 20th November 2016
Garsington: St Mary : Southend, Garsington, Oxfordshire, OX44 9DJ

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