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 at www.gchparishes.co.uk. For quick access to information about St Mary's monthly service pattern, follow the link "Church services". You will also find links to pages about our building, our history and church life. (The links may be further down the page on smart phones and some web browsers.)
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 10-20 people. Many other people from the village are involved in associated activities such as bell ringing and flower arranging while the church 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. People of all faiths and none will find a welcome here. PLEASE NOTE, DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS AND LOGISITICS, WE ARE CURRENTLY HOLDING COMMUNION SERVICES JUST TWICE A MONTH IN CHURCH AT PRESENT. THIS ENABLES US TO PROVIDE A WEEKLY ONLINE EUCHARIST SO WE CAN ACCOMODATE THOSE WHO ARE VULNERABLE AND SHIELDING. PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU WOULD LIKE ACCESS CODES TO JOIN US ONLINE.
St Mary's has three capable organists, so the organ is used on most Sundays.
We try to keep the church unlocked in daylight hours, at least between 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. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CHURCH IS CURRENTLY LOCKED DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS AND ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE WORK CURRENTLY TAKING PLACE. PLEASE CHECK BACK IN JANUARY FOR NEW OPENING TIMES.
The wedding scene in "Amazing Grace" was filmed at St Mary’s.
This page updated January 15th 2019 AND AMENDED DECEMBER 2020.