Merton: St Swithun, Merton

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The church of St Swithun is almost entirely 14th Century. At one time it boasted a spire and peal of bells, but when the spire became unsafe, it had to be taken down and the work was financed by the sale of all but one of the bells. The church clock also became defunct and a few years ago the engine was replaced by an electronic device linked to the master clock at Rugby. The old engine is now on display within the church.
The church is large enough to seat 200, but has no permanent system of heating. During the summer months, whilst it is warm, the whole church is used for worship. To avoid the need to heat the whole church in the winter, the PCC has installed a large folding screen to allow the church to be used for services. This permits the small area to be made attractive and warm, using portable gas heaters and can support services for up to 40 people.
St Swithun is fortunate to have the services of some very gifted flower arrangers, and for special occasions the church is decorated in a spectacular fashion e.g. at Harvest, Christmas and for flower festivals.
Merton is one of 8 parish churches within the Ray Valley Benefice.

The Ministry Team comprises:- A Rector - The Revd Stephen Hayes, 01869 247813

Revd Lucy Thirtle, 01865 379470, with responsibility for Islip, Woodeaton and Noke

Revd Victoria Mellor, 01865 331124, with responsibility for Charlton, Oddington and Murcott

Revd. Lisa Holmes, curate in the Benefice

Mrs. Glenys Edwards, Licensed Lay Minister, based in Oddington, 01865 331233

Mrs. Lynne Lewis, Benefice Administrator, 01869 247813.

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Revd Stephen Hayes
The Rectory
Church Walk
OX25 2UJ
(01869) 247813 (Rector)

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Holy Communion
Led by a member of the Ministry Team
Every first and third Sunday at 9:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Service
Led by a member of the Ministry Team, this Service is suitable for all.
Every fourth Sunday at 10:30 AM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly
The X-tra One
Do you prefer a band to an organ? Do you prefer hymns that are more modern than ancient? The X-tra One could be for you, if you like singing, but prefer a less formal style of Service. After the service, stay for a coffee and a chat, meet new people, or catch up with old friends. Please come and join us at St. Mary's Church, Ambrosden.
Every first Sunday at 6:30 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments


Fellowship Group
Held in the Rectory, at Ambrosden, you can be assured of a warm welcome.
Every first and third Monday at 7:30 PM for 1½ hours



Wheelchair accessible toilets

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
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Honorary curate: The Revd Lucy Rachel THIRTLE
Incumbent: The Revd Stephen Anthony HAYES
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 5943
Built: 14th Century
Archdeaconry: Dorchester (274)
Deanery: BICESTER & ISLIP (27403)
Benefice: The Ray Valley (27/412AJ)
Parish Legal Name: Merton (270051 )
CofE Church Info: (627051 27/51)
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The current editor is: Lynne Lewis

This page was last updated on Tuesday 15th August 2017
Merton: St Swithun : Church Close, Merton, Oxfordshire, OX25 2NF

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