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NEWSFLASH 7th July 2014 (next update 28th July).
Details of all our services and service times up to Sunday, August 10th are included in "Services and events" . Next services: Parish Communion on Sunday 13th July at 9:30 am; Family Communion on Sunday, 20th July at 09:30; Morning Worship with discussion on Sunday 27th July at 9:30am; Cluster Communion at St Giles Horspath on Sunday 3rd August at 10 am.
MARY's CAFE meets monthly on a Friday morning: coffee and cake and a chance to chat! The next are on July 18th and August 15th. Time: Ten 'till 12 midday.
MORNING WORSHIP WITH DISCUSSION. The next discussion on July 27th will be led by Mark Chapman, on "What's the point of Synods?".
The Horspath Cluster service on August 3rd will have the last of four sermons on the book of Genesis. This will be by Dr John Jarrick on "The Patriarchs". These are worth hearing; the July 6th sermon on "Promise and Covenant" at St Edward's Chapel Cuddesdon was memorable.
WORLD WAR I MEMORY. There will be a Vigil service to commemorate the beginning of the First World War on Monday 4th August at 7:30 pm.
YOUNG EXPLORERS - meet at the Rectory on Sunday afternoons from 3:30 - 4:30 pm; the next is on 24th August. For further details, contact the Vicar.
The next Cluster services of the three parishes together will be: at Horspath on Sundays August 3rd and November 2nd; here at Garsington on Sunday September 7th; and at All Saints Cuddesdon on October 5th.
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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