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NEWSFLASH 2nd December 2013.
Service times in "services and events" are included up to Sunday, January 19th, 2014. NEXT SERVICES: Parish Communion on Sundays 8th and 15th December at 9:30 am; Christingle Service 15th December at 3:15 pm. NOTE: the morning service on December 15th is NOT a Family Communion, but a normal Parish Communion; for children on that Sunday we have the afternoon Christingle service.
Did you know that the Patron of St Mary's is Trinity College, Oxford? But, what are these links with the college? Do they matter, or are they just another piece of Anglican historical quaintness? At the Morning Worship with discussion on November 24th at 9:30 am, we explored our rich historical heritage with Emma Percy, Chapain of the college. This was fascinating: if you missed this, you missed something really worthwhile.
PREPARING for CHRISTMAS? We have now released details of our Christmas events at St Mary's.
ADVENT CAROL SERVICE at Cuddesdon at 6 pm on Sunday, December 1st. This is a very atmospheric event in that ancient church.
STEPPING STONES WORKSHOP for children - Saturday, December 14th, 10 am - 12 pm. You don't have to go to Garsington School, but you MUST pre-register. Forms are at the church.
CHRISTINGLE SERVICE - Sunday, December 15th at 3:15 pm
CAROL SINGING AROUND GARSINGTON 6-7 pm. We start in the shops in Elm Drive and finish at "The Three Horseshoes". Contact the vicar if you you like to join in.
There is no morning service on Sunday, December 22nd, the day of the carol service.
CAROL SERVICE - Sunday, December 22nd at 6 pm, featuring the School Choir
MIDNIGHT MASS - Tuesday, December 24th at 11:30 pm
CHRISTMAS FAMILY COMMUNION - Wednesday, December 25th at 9:30 am
The next Cluster services of the three parishes together, all at 10 am, will be at Cuddesdon on Sunday January 5th, 2014 and at Horspath on February 2nd, 2014.
St Mary’s Church, Garsington, stands on a raised hilltop site commanding fine views across the Thames Valley towards the Wittenham Clumps.
The wedding scene in "Amazing Grace" was filmed at this church.
The present church has weekly services with regular attendance averaging 30 people. Many more take part in activities such as bell ringing and flower arranging, while the biannual Fête (the last was in June 2012) brings a large number of people working together. Our congregation contains a good spread of ages, ranging from people newly moved in to others who have lived in Garsington for many years. A monthly family communion service is especially oriented towards children and younger families, and the church has strong links with the local church school. Visitors often remark about the friendliness of St Mary’s.
St Mary's has embarked on further development, thanks to a generous parishoner's legacy. The work includes an overhaul of the bells and the installation of a small serving area in the church. A repair on the organ pedal-board has already been carried out. In autumn 2010 the interior was redecorated and further restoration of decayed stonework around our windows was completed this summer (2012).
St Mary’s completed in 2007 a buildings restoration project costing over £200,000.
Our Sunday morning service is at 9:30 am and is normally a Parish or Family Communion. The Family Communion is normally on the third Sunday of the month but always check for variations around Christmas, Easter, in August and this year at harvest time in October. On the first Sunday in the month, we meet for a joint service at Garsington or one of our cluster partner churches of Cuddesdon and Horspath, so you should check locally (or above) which one is hosting the service. Cluster services normally start at 10 am.
St Mary's has a rota of three capable organists, so the organ is used for music on most Sundays.
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