St Mary the Virgin

What’s Happening at St Mary the Virgin, Upton:

Greetings from the clergy and all from St Mary the Virgin, Upton. How may we help you? Please do get in touch! We would love to communicate with you. Give us a call 01235 850267 or email [email protected] or online. See the Churn Benefice Newletter.

Planet Earth If you enjoy Planet Earth on BBC1, Bishop Steven's message is a must watch: the biblical imperative for Christians to invest resources to restore nature alongside working towards net zero.

The Middle East. For Emergency Appeal and prayers to the people of Palestine and Isreal see Notices.

You are welcome to join local people in our Services. A  Service is held in St Mary the Virgin Church at 9.30 am on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. Other services take place at Festivals and special occasions. See the servcies tab for more details. We meet with the rest of the Churn Benefice, which serves the Astons, North and South Moreton, East Hagbourne, Blewbury and Upton, for online worship at 10:30 every Sunday and weekday evenings at 8:00 pm for ten minutes. Join us any weekday night at 8pm for a short service of night prayer. Links and codes for these are on the website under the services tab.

Click on these links for information about activities in the Benefice: Sunday on line Services, Weekday Compline Service, Midweek Communion, Men’s Breakfast Group (First Saturday of the month), Churn Cygnets Youth Group (1st Sunday of the month) and Churn Climate Action Group.

Home Communion is available to anyone who is unable to get to church through sickness or frailty, either for a short time or on a long term basis. If you, or anyone you know, would like to receive Holy Communion at home, please contact The Revd Louise Butler on 07837 009730. Full COVID precautions will be followed.

Climate Action. The Anglican Fifth Mark of Mission inspires us to ‘To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth’. The Churn Churches Climate Action Group encourages conversation and action to reduce the impact of Climate Change within the communities served by the Churn Benefice. We urge all who are concerned about the impact of climate change to write to our MPs to make them aware that action to address the Climate Emergency must be taken by all Government Departments Follow the links for: More about writing to MPs, Action to reduce our carbon footprint, Actions to encourage businesses to address the Climate Emergency.

Watch a three minute video explaining Christianity. Try an online course and meet others who want to understand what it is all about. Experience the Bible as a unified story that leads to Jesus. Click here for the Rector’s reflections.

Anxious about the future? We can put you in touch with someone to talk to in these difficult times. See Ways of Supporting Each Other on the Benefice website.

Private Prayer. St Mary the Virgin, Upton is now open for private worship at the following times: Wednesdays: 9am - 5pm, Sundays: 9am - 5pm. For the safety of others, please wear a face covering when you enter the church. If you would like to make a donation to church funds, please leave your donation in the secure box in the church on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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What's on

 On-Line Weekday Evening Services in the Churn Benefice

Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at for 15 mins
On Line
On Line

 On-Line Services will take place at 8 pm am on every weekday evening whilst our church buildings are closed. The services are interactive with several people participating and there is an opportunity to talk to others for before and after the service. Full details of how to join the services are here.

The Churn Benefice Lent courses include an Ecumenical Group journey throught the Psalma, Outdoor Church events `and Reflections.