St Mary's Church Charlbury with Shorthampton


Grief Encounters

A monthly bereavement support group at Charlbury Community Centre
on the last Tuesday of each month starting on Tuesday 29th January 2pm-3pm. Everyone experiences grief differently; there is no ‘right’ way to grieve. No matter how long ago you have lost a loved one, this is an opportunity to meet over a cup of tea with others in a friendly and supportive environment, to share experiences and advice.

Advent Evensong

The recording of the Advent Evensong on December the 2nd is now available. Go to Services / Recordings

New Treble Wheel

The Teble bell in the tower has a new wheel. The old one was loose and heavily patched and would not ring true. Whites of Appleton, with the help of some local riners have now fitted a new wheel. The treble bell is the smallest in the tower (about 5 cwt) and has the highest note. The new wheel has been tested and runs true, we are now back to having all 6 bells.

Reverse Advent Calendar

A Reverse Advent Calendar is a way of bringing Christmas hope to those in need, moving the focus from receiving to giving and sharing. This year Churches Together in Charlbury is organising a Reverse Advent Calendar in aid of the Steppin’ Stone Centre, Oxford. From Advent Sunday, you can collect a cardboard box from St Mary’s. Every day of Advent place one item from the list into the box. From Christmas Eve until the middle of January, these boxes can be taken to St Mary’s church and they will be collected and delivered to the Centre.
Steppin Stone would be grateful for:
Coffee, sugar
Stock cubes, spices and herbs
Long life juice
Tins of corned beef, meat, tuna salmon etc.
Tins of rice pudding, fruit etc.
Non perishable packets pasta, rice etc.
(All edible items to have long sell by dates please).
Washing powder
Disposable razors
Deodorant, shower gel etc.
New socks.

Thank you.

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.