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. However, for quick access to information about St Mary's services, events and history, you can also follow the links "Church services" and "Church events" on this website to the right. (They may be further down the page on smart phones and some web browsers.) You will also find links to pages about our building, our history and church life.

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 February 11th 2015

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

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Printer friendly list of events
Printer friendly list of events
Stepping Stones workshop in Garsington School
For children with activities, in Garsington School. Must apply in advance to take part: forms at church, to hand into the school or the vicar.
Saturday 4th April 2015 at 10:30 AM for 2 hours
Easter Family Communion
Sunday 5th April 2015 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Family Friendly creche Coffee Common Worship
Cluster service AT CUDDESDON
Sunday 12th April 2015 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Coffee Common Worship
Parish Communion (3rd Sunday)
Sunday 19th April 2015 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Coffee Common Worship
Parish Communion (4th Sunday) with APCM
Followed by Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)
Sunday 26th April 2015 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Coffee Common Worship
Cluster service AT HORSPATH
Sunday 3rd May 2015 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Coffee Common Worship
Parish Communion (2nd Sunday)
Sunday 10th May 2015 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Coffee Common Worship
Family communion (3rd Sunday)
Sunday 17th May 2015 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Morning Worship with discussion (4th Sunday)
Subject to be confirmed
Sunday 24th May 2015 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Coffee
Parish Communion (5th Sunday)
Sunday 31st May 2015 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Coffee Common Worship
Parish Communion (1st Sunday)
Note time 10 am. Cluster service at GARSINGTON
Sunday 7th June 2015 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Coffee Common Worship
Parish Communion (2nd Sunday)
Sunday 14th June 2015 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Coffee Common Worship
Family communion (3rd Sunday)
Sunday 21st June 2015 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Morning Worship with discussion (4th Sunday)
Subject to be confirmed
Sunday 28th June 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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The current editor is: John Buckley

 
 
Garsington: St Mary : Southend, Garsington, Oxfordshire, OX44 9DJ

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