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Welcome to the website for the Parish of St Thomas the Martyr, Oxford.

St Thomas is a Church of England parish, close to the heart of the city. It is the 12th century mother church of west Oxford, under the patronage of St Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, martyred in 1170. We are proud that St Thomas himself travelled through our parish on his journeys between Beaumont Palace and Oseney Abbey.

St Thomas the Martyr has a long and colourful story and remains very much the parish church for the people of this part of central Oxford. Today, the clergy serve the parish jointly with the parish of St Barnabas, Jericho, which was itself created out of the ancient parish of St Thomas the Martyr in the mid-19th century. We are exploring the possibility of a shared future.

On Sunday morning, at 9.15am, Matins is said; this is preceded on Saturday evening, at 5.30pm, by the Vigil. This is a candlelit service, following the Communion Service from the Book of Common Prayer. This provides an opportunity to reflect together informally on the Lessons and Gospel for the day, with a peaceful combination of simple music, prayer and chant.

On Wednesday and Friday, at 12.30pm, there is a said celebration of Holy Communion. The clergy are always available, for conversation or advice, before or after the services.

Details of other service times throughout our two parishes can be found in the weekly bulletin on the right-hand side of this page.

St Thomas is an ancient and holy place, where many have drawn close to God. You will be most welcome if you choose to join us in our pilgrimage together.

With very best wishes

Father Jonathan Beswick, Parish Priest.

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Fr Jonathan Beswick
St Barnabas Vicarage
St Barnabas Street
01865 557530 (Parish Priest)
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A said service of Morning Prayer, from the 1662 Prayer Book
Every Sunday at 9:15 AM
Book of Common Prayer


Holy Communion
A quiet celebration of Holy Communion
Every Wednesday at 12:30 PM
Book of Common Prayer


Holy Communion
A quiet celebration of Holy Communion
Every Friday at 12:30 PM
Book of Common Prayer


A prayerful and candlelit celebration of Holy Communion, according to the 1662 Prayer Book. Simple chant is used and the sermon is intimate and conversational in style.
Every Saturday at 5:30 PM
Incense Book of Common Prayer


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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 214
Built: c.12th Century
Style of worship: Christian
Our Patron: Christ Church, Oxford
Archdeaconry: OXFORD (271)
Deanery: OXFORD (27108)
CofE Church Info: (627228 27/228)
Short URL: acny.uk/214/
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The current editor is: Fr Hack

This page was last updated on Thursday 24th November 2016
Oxford, St Thomas the Martyr : Becket Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1JL - The church stands between Becket Street and S Thomas Street and can be accessed from either.

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