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NEWSFLASH 19th April 2014. 

PLEASE NOTE that owing to the indispoisition of the vicar, Emma, the previously advetised DAWN service for 5:30 or 6 am on Easter Sunday morning will NOT NOW TAKE PLACE. This service is CANCELLED.

Details of all our EASTER services, and service times up to Sunday, June 1st, are included in "Services and events" . Next services:   Easter Day Communion with Easter Egg Hunt, on Sunday, 20th April at 9:30 am, and Morning Worship with discussion on Sunday, 27th April at 9:30 am. The discussion subject is "Is euthanasia ever justified?" and will be led by the vicar.

The next Cluster services of the three parishes together will be at Horspath on Sunday 4th May and back here at Garsington on Sunday 1st June.

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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Reverend Emma Pennington
The Rectory
17 Southend
OX44 9DH
Tel: (01865) 361381
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Morning Worship with discussion
Is Euthanasia ever justifiable?- Emma Pennington, vicar
Sunday 27th April 2014 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Cluster service AT HORSPATH
Preacher Professor John Barton, begins sermon series on Genesis
Sunday 4th May 2014 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Coffee Common Worship
Parish Communion (2nd Sunday)
Sunday 11th May 2014 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Coffee Common Worship
Family communion (3rd Sunday)
Sunday 18th May 2014 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Morning Worship with discussion (4th Sunday)
Women's leadership in the church: Masquerading as Men, or fulfilling the feminine? (Emma Pennington, vicar)
Sunday 25th May 2014 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Parish Communion (1st Sunday)
Note time 10 am. Cluster service at GARSINGTON
Sunday 1st June 2014 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Coffee Common Worship
Bell Ringing Live Music / Concerts Grade 2* Listed Building Supports Fairtrade goods Tower Floodlighting Stained glass Guidebooks / notes Organ Church Open Wheelchair Access / Ramp Toilets

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The Revd Andrew James Dunn PRITCHARD-KEENS
The New Vicarage, Cox Lane
Stanton St John
(01865) 358340 Mobile 07944-522098
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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