St Mary's Church Charlbury with Shorthampton


Remembrance Day bells

In line with requests from the central bell ringing council the bells of St Mary’s Church will ring out to celebrate the armistice at 12.30pm on Sunday November 11th.

Messy Church for All Saints

Sunday 4th November. 9am for breakfast and crafts followed by a family service and more crafts.

All Souls Service

Service of Thanksgiving For the Departed. Come, light a candle and remember a loved one. 4pm Sunday 4th November in St Mary’s Church. All welcome

Thank you from Zilvia

I would like to thank you for my leaving present and garden vouchers as I step down from coordinating the flowers. I have bought a shrub that will soon grow big enough to be used for church greenery. It has been a pleasure to be involved with the church flowers for so many years and I know that the arrangements will continue to enhance the beauty of the church. Zilvia Pumfrey.

Flowers in St Mary’s Church – In Memoriam

From the week beginning Friday 4th January 2019, it will be possible to dedicate the large flower arrangement which stands by the main altar, in memory of someone close to you. The cost will be £30 and the flowers will usually remain in place for a fortnight running from Friday 4th January. In the event of two people wanting to cover the same fortnight, each arrangement will be by the main altar for one week and the east end altar for the other. A small card by the arrangement will have the name of the deceased and year of death. An In Memoriam notice in the week’s Messenger will include the same information. No flowers in Lent or Advent. Please book in advance with Jo Paton, Parish Office. Cheques made payable to Charlbury PCC or cash.

Discussion Evening – Why it’s hard today to believe in God

A talk and discussion over supper by the Revd Dr Chris O’Neill, former Head of Religious Studies at Charterhouse. Sunday 7th October at 6pm. All welcome. To book your place at the supper please contact the parish office: or 810230.

Harvest Festival at St Mary’s Sunday 23rd September

This year we are collecting for TOOLS WITH A MISSION and we are collecting Tools and Scholar Packs.

Tools: They can be old tools but not broken tools. They can be agricultural, horticultural, builders, plumbing, electrical, engineering, automotive tools or knitting needles and sewing machines. The charity refurbishes these tools then sends them to wherever they are needed in the world … or supplies them to those in need in the UK but who cannot afford to buy their own.

Scholar Packs: For many years TWAM has sent out Scholar Packs for children in mainly poor rural schools. Scholar Packs aim to give each child everything they need for their early education, all put together in a colourful A4 folder. St Mary’s and the Baptist Church want to send 50 Scholar Packs.
Please can you bring to church one or all of the following items of stationery:
A4 Writing Pad
Pack of Pencils and Biro Pens
Pack of Colouring Pencils, (not felt tip)
Rubber, Pencil Sharpener
Geometry Set. i.e. ruler, protractor and square
Small Solar-powered Calculator

Many thanks.

MACH 1 Choir

The MACH 1 Choir starts again on Friday 14th September. 5pm for pizza and singing. Open to children in school years 3 – 7. Hope you can join the fun.

Church Clock Update

For those of you who have been following the saga of the church clock chimes, there is good news.  We think we have solved the problem of the missing or out of synch quarters.  For those of a technical bent, we have fitted a new capacitor in the control mechanism and so far it seems to be working.  Keep monitoring and hopefully we will soon be back to normal.

Messy Church Including The School Choir

A recording of the Messy Church on Sept 9th, which includes the wonderful medly of songs by the school choir is now available here.  It was a joyful and inspiring service so you might want to listen to all 45 minutes but if you’re only interested in the choir you will need to skip through to find them – around 15 mins.