St Mary's Church Charlbury with Shorthampton


Christmas Trees

We are delighted at the response to our revised Christmas Tree display! Over 35 local groups have sponsored trees and we have been given some fantastic prizes for our raffle. Thank you all for your support.

As you know, the trees will now be outside in the churchyard and, while the focus is Friday 4th– Monday 7th December, we hope to keep the trees up for as long as we can during December so there will be ample time for people to see them safely.

Raffle tickets will be available to buy from the Cornerstone on Monday –Saturday mornings and in the early evening in the churchyard from 4th-7th December. The raffle will be drawn on 18th December.

Sadly the public will not be able to vote on the trees this year, owing to Covid safety regulations, but an independent panel will judge the trees and award a small prize for the best adult’s and children’s tree.

Profits are in aid of St Mary’s church.

Update on the Christmas Trees in St Mary’s during December

In order to have certainty we are going ahead with the trees, but to ensure that we will be within Government and Church of England guidelines, we have decided that the Christmas Trees will be on display outside, lining the path leading through the churchyard. We are pleased that we can still offer people the chance to reflect on and celebrate the many facets of community life in Charlbury, as well as bring a little joy to the town!

We have a few more trees to sell if you your family would like to sponsor one. It would be great to have all forty lit up! There will be a raffle based in the Corner house, and information on our kind sponsors will also be displayed there. Please encourage your friends and family to support this, and to come and visit the trees, safely and within all the Government guidelines of course!

Please get in touch with Hilli if you need any more information or would like to sponsor a tree.

Lock down restrictions

From Thursday 5th November St Mary’s Church and All Saints will be open for private prayer only. 

A service will be live streamed from St Mary’s Church each Sunday morning at 9am. To view the service please use the link 

The Remembrance service on Sunday 8th November at 3pm will also be live streamed only. 

Font Cafe will not be open during lockdown.

The Cornerstone will remain open during lockdown so do come in for free fresh produce and a chat. 

Please do email if you have any prayer requests.

Remembrance service

As a result of the Government Guidelines the Remembrance service will not take place as previous stated. There will now be a remembrance service that will be live streamed without a congregation in church. 

To view the service on You Tube please click here.

If you are having trouble please email Paddy Gallagher who will send you an alternative link after the service

Poppies are available from the Co-op and Fiveways stores and through most main supermarkets. Donations can be made through the RBL website and most banks. 

Many thanks

Christmas Trees – UPDATE

We are continuing with our plans for this event to take place in our beautiful church, despite some confusion over the end of lockdown timings .The decorating of trees will now take place on Thursday 3rd December and the trees will be available for public viewing from Friday 4th – Monday 7th December 10.00am – 5.00pm. We want to reassure everyone that the church will be supervised during the decorating and the 4 days of the festival. The decorators will be carefully spaced out and the numbers in the church will be strictly limited. Whatever we arrange will fall well within the government guidelines for the particular tier into which we are placed, and every safety measure will be in place.  We are keen that everyone visiting the church feels safe and protected. The church is able to provide a secure and supportive space for this event to happen, as well as bring some Christmas light and joy to so many residents who have had a difficult time. It will be wonderful to have something we can all look forward to.

Whatever happens we will go ahead and have more back up plans in place. To book a tree, please click on the link below and more information is available from

Click here to get your application form!

Learning from Mark

Sunday 22nd November 6pm on Zoom led by John Partington.

All Souls Service of Thanksgiving

St. Mary’s Church Charlbury

Service of Thanksgiving For the Departed.

Come, light a candle and remember a loved one.

Sunday 1st November 4pm

Numbers will be limited at the service due to social distancing. Please ensure you wear a face covering and use hand sanitiser on entry to the church.

All Saints Shorthampton Harvest

A very successful Harvest service was held at All Saints on Sunday 11th October.

Poets of the Four Last Things

Livestream lectures run by Robert Fraser.

Friday afternoons 2pm – 3.30pm in St Mary’s Church, Charlbury, OX7 3TW.

Friday November 20: “John Donne and Death”

Friday November 27: “George Herbert and Judgement”

Friday December 11: “Gerard Manley Hopkins and Heaven”

Friday December 18: “T. S. Eliot and Hell”

Please email for the livestream link

Christmas Tree Festival

Following the success of last year’s Christmas Tree Festival we have decided to run the event again this year. The dates will be Thursday 3rd – Sunday 6th December and we will have 40 trees available to sponsor.
Obviously things will have to be a bit different this year owing to Covid-19 but we are keen to celebrate the diversity and enterprise of our wonderful town even more in these strange times. We will make sure that you and your organisation can set up safely and we will use all the correct safety measures so the general public can enjoy the festival.  

Click here to get your application form!