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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. 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.

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

This page updated October 2nd, 2014

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

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Midnight mass
Communion service
Wednesday 24th December 2014 at 11:30 PM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Common Worship
Christmas Parish Communion
 
Thursday 25th December 2014 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Coffee Common Worship
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Midnight mass
Communion service
Wednesday 24th December 2014 at 11:30 PM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Common Worship
Christmas Parish Communion
 
Thursday 25th December 2014 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Coffee Common Worship
Parish Communion (4th Sunday)
Sunday 28th December 2014 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Coffee Common Worship
Cluster service AT CUDDESDON
Sunday 4th January 2015 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Coffee Common Worship
Parish Communion (2nd Sunday)
Sunday 11th January 2015 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Coffee Common Worship
Family communion (3rd Sunday)
Sunday 18th January 2015 at 9:30 AM
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Morning Worship with discussion (4th Sunday)
Subject to be confirmed
Sunday 25th January 2015 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Coffee
Cluster service AT HORSPATH
Sunday 1st February 2015 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Coffee Common Worship
Parish Communion (2nd Sunday)
Sunday 8th February 2015 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Coffee Common Worship
Family communion (3rd Sunday)
Sunday 15th February 2015 at 9:30 AM
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Morning Worship with discussion (4th Sunday)
Subject to be confirmed
Sunday 22nd February 2015 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Coffee
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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 (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 27/112)
CofE Church Info: (627112 27/112)
Short URL: acny.uk/5869/
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Garsington: St Mary : Southend, Garsington, Oxfordshire, OX44 9DJ

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