Church of England Diocese of Oxford Upton

St Mary the Virgin

What’s Happening at St Mary the Virgin, Upton, during the Covid-19 restrictions

Greetings from the clergy and all from St Mary the Virgin, Upton.

How may we help you? Please do get in touch! Phone 01235 850267 or email [email protected] or use 'Contact Us' in the sidebar. This asks for a ‘subject’ but you are welcome to select ‘other’ if you would just like us to get in touch with you!

Anxious about the future? We can put you in touch with someone to talk to in these difficult times. Email us at [email protected]

Want to know more about Christianity? Give us a call or email or explore online: See a three minute video. 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.

Want to join local people in our Services? 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. Our online Sunday service and weekday Compline will continue. 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. We hope to resume Midweek Communion in December.

This Sunday's Call to Worship. God reigns, our God serves; through worship we reach out both to praise God’s majesty and to receive God’s wisdom, insight and strength, so that our lives might be offered in open, honest, loving service

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.

The Churn Churches website contains instructions on how to upload the GoToMeeting App and useful information about how to get support during this crisis. The weekly Churn newsletter and the Readings for the next Sunday are posted on the website on Fridays.

Responding to the Climate Change Emergency? The Churn Churches Climate Action Group (CCCA) has been formed to campaign about environmental issues and climate change. Everyone interested is welcome to join - see site for how to join. The group is seeking signatures for the Climate Coalition’s Declaration. The CCCA will soon be holding its first public event on 'The Future of our Food', the environmental impact of UK Food Standards.

Churn Benefice Afternoon Tea. A chance to have some company and a chat on a Thursday afternoon. Join in an online drop-in teatime session at 4.30pm.

Breakfasts for Churn Benefice Men! once a month (on the first Saturday of each month).

St Andrews Singers - Everyone is very welcome, from those who have never sing before to experienced singers, and it's not just for folk from the Hagbournes!

CYGnet Group - Youth Ministry in the Benefice.

Advent Craft Workshop - Our Advent Craft and Chat Workshop, Tuesday 1st December at 10.30am via GoToMeeting.

Looking for Christmas cards and gifts?

Would you like to talk with our clergy? Our Clergy are available to respond to emails and phone calls. You can contact them through emails to the Benefice Team ([email protected]) or by ringing the main parish number (01235 850267) or individual clergy numbers, which are found on the Churn website.

Safegurading Information. The parish of Upton is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Oxford’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.

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The Churn Benefice

Benefice Centre The Rectory Church End Blewbury Didcot OX11 9QH

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 On-Line Weekday Evening Services in the Churn Benefice

Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 8 p.m. for 15m
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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.

Live streamed service Evening Worship/Prayer