St Mary's Church Charlbury with Shorthampton


Pop-Up Nativity

A great social event took place in church on Sunday 17th December – breakfast, messy crafts and a pop-up nativity play, followed by Holy Communion.

No-Rehearsal Nativity and Messy Church

Join us on Sunday 17th December at 9am for breakfast, messy crafts and a pop-up nativity play, followed by Holy Communion.

Christmas Services

Here are the Christmas services that will be taking place at St Mary’s and All Saints

Sunday 17th December
9am Messy Church Nativity
3pm Traditional Carol Service at All Saints’ Shorthampton

Sunday 24th December Christmas Eve
8am Holy Communion

5.30pm Carols by Candlelight
11.30pm Midnight Eucharist

Christmas Day
8am Holy Communion
9am Holy Communion at Shorthampton
10.30am Christmas Parish Communion



Fair trade goods and Christmas cards are normally available
– after the 9.45 a.m. church service
– at Font Cafe on Thursday mornings

They will also be available at
– the Charlbury Charities Christmas Gifts and Cakes event, from 10.00 – 12.00, at the Memorial Hall, on Saturday 11 November

– the Charlbury Farmers’ Market on 9 December

Confirmation Service


The recording of Confirmation Service and admission of children to communion is available here and includes the sermon by Colin Bishop of Dorchester and some of the music we learned for the Festival evensong covered in another post.

Festival Evensong at St Helen’s


St Mary’s choir joined with many choirs around Oxfordshire to sing at St Helen’s in Abingdon on Saturday as part of the RSCM Festival.  It was a successful and uplifting day after much hard work with  the help of Richard in the weeks before.  A delicious tea provided by St Helen’s after our rehearsal then fish and chips back in Charlbury hosted by Mike and Denise.

Shorthampton needs a new roof!

WHERE? Charlbury Memorial Hall
WHEN? Saturday 21st October.7.30
HOW? Bring a team of six or just yourself – let us know and teams can be put together on the night.
This will be a fun quiz with questions for everyone, both audio and visual. Bill Wood as question master will keep us on our toes!
TICKETS £15 per person to include Cottage Pie and bottle of wine per table.
Contact Amanda on
DO COME! Shorthampton needs a new Roof!

Harvest at Shorthampton

Amanda Cooper and Ann Firkins donating the produce from Shorthampton at the Highlands Day Centre for the elderly. Monday 9th October

Dedication of Charlbury Community Centre

On Saturday, 9th September 2017, Revd Dr Sally Welch led a ceremony on behalf of Churches Together in Charlbury to bless the new Charlbury Community Centre. Kicking off a day in Charlbury that few will ever forget, Sally blessed water she had collected at the famous French pilgrimage site of Lourdes, and used it to bless the new building. In addition to praying for all that were involved in the building’s design, funding, and construction, she included its future users, saying “We pray for those who will share their enthusiasms and skills with others, those who come to learn, to relax, to engage with the community and beyond. May we work together to build up the community of Charlbury so that men, women and children may find fellowship and welcome.”


Many congratulations to Denise and Mike Summers on their Golden Wedding Anniversary!