St Mary's Church Charlbury with Shorthampton


Knights in Action Holiday Club

What a week we had!

Many thanks to the over 70 children that joined us during the week and to all the amazing volunteer leaders. Roll on next year’s!


Take part on 9 September.  Sponsorship forms available from Sarah Potter Tel: 810388

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Choir and Bellringers’ BBQ

St Mary’s Choir and Bellringers and family enjoyed sunshine, good food and company at Forest Cottage on Sunday 2 July (more pics)

Messy Church

Sunday 25th June 9am for breakfast, craft and fun. Followed by Family Communion

Churches Together in Charlbury Holiday Club

“Watt-a-lot Castle: Knights in action!”
Join us as we transform the church into a knights castle complete with treasure chest. Learn what it takes to be a knight and see whether Sleep Tight, the trainee knight ever gets knighted!
Tuesday 1st – Friday 4th August 10am – 12.30pm. All school children aged 4 – 11 years are invited to join us for lots of fun, songs and craft.
£10 per child, £8 per additional sibling. To book a place email or call 810230.

Charlbury Festival Events in St Mary’s Church

 Monday 12th June

6.30pm Literature Discussion, “To be a pilgrim”

8pm Strings and Pipes concert

Tuesday 13th June

3.30pm Charlbury School Junior Choir

Wednesday 14th June

9.30am Pilgrim Journeys circular walk Finstock and Wychwood Forest

1pm Organ Recital – Richard Fairhurst

Thursday 15th June

10am Font Café

3.30pm Charlbury School Senior Choir




The Scaramouche Duo International Artists Anna- Rosa Mari: Flute & Eira Lynn Jones:Harp

A Concert Friday June 30th 8:00pm in St Marys’ Church

Music by: Vaughan Williams, Mozart, Rutter, Debussey, Tansmen and others!!

Tickets Prices £12 (Concessions £10) to include an interval refreshment

Proceeds in support of All Saints Shorthampton. Ticket available from Cotswold Frames  or the Post Office.

Thy Kingdom Come – Bishop of Dorchester

The Bishop of Dorchester visited the prayer stations set up by Revd Jan Fielden at St Mary’s Charlbury at the start of Thy Kingdom Come, the national prayer initiative which runs from Ascension day to Pentecost. St Mary’s also has a labyrinth for walking and meditation, which will be available until 27th June and again on 2nd and 3rd June.

Thy Kingdom Come

“Thy Kingdom Come” A nationwide prayer initiative designed to “join in prayer” with the whole family of God based on the Lord’s prayer.
Thursday 25th May – Sunday 4th June 9am – 6pm each day in St Mary’s Church.
Interactive prayer stations on the theme of the Lord’s prayer, and “Pray for Five” activities. Do come along.

Terry Waite in Charlbury

We were delighted to welcome Terry Waite to Charlbury. Terry Waite CBE co-founded Y Care International in 1984, serving as the first Chair and now as President. Terry visited Charlbury because of the connection between St Mary’s and Y Care International, to engage interest and action in creating opportunities through jobs and enterprises for young people. Find out more about the crucial work of Y Care International at:

St Mary’s are finding many ways to come together with the wider community in Charlbury. This event was part of action to engage with others on matters affecting our world and environment.

How we live now is what matters – now is the time for action: for compassion, care and love for others, through organisations such as YCare International and through our own individual daily lives. This was the central message for me from Terry Waite’s talk today in Charlbury. This was a rare opportunity to hear and learn from someone who has endured intense and prolonged deprivation of freedom and physical abuse as a hostage in Beirut. And who was able to find a mental path to cope with captivity through creativity. In Terry’s case, this creativity was through using his mind and language skills to “write in his head”, helped partly by his thoughts and dreams of happy times – “I sometimes woke up laughing” – and partly through internal blanking out of painful memories, such as the events in the hours leading to his capture. “I would write in my head” and recall words of psalms, but he was not drawn to extemporary prayer with God and supplication for release, which might have caused him to suffer even more. 

Terry Waite says he can now feel true empathy (rather than sympathy) with people in need, but modestly admits his (and others’) concern for others is also partly motivated by self-interest. Just before his capture, he was given the option to see a hostage who was said to be dying, and decided to do so (despite the danger) partly because of the remorse he would feel if he declined the opportunity. Unfortunately, he was unaware that Hezbollah had heard ‘fake news’ that Terry was an ‘agent of a foreign power’ rather than a humanitarian. Terry’s compassion and this misinformation combined to lead to him spending 1,763 days in captivity.

We heard also about Terry’s previous experience in conflict resolution in Uganda at a time that was punctuated by the military coup by Idi Amin. Many of his colleagues were among the tens of thousands who were subsequently murdered. And then to his work in Iran and Libya, as assistant to Archbishop of Canterbury, where he successfully secured the release of hostages.

Terry Waite illustrated his main points with a number of readings from his new book, Out of the Silence: Memories, Poems, Reflections, published a few months ago. The one that sticks in my mind is Footsteps in the corridor, which describes the fear and pain of being dragged from his cell for beating, not knowing what might happen next at any moment. Terry Waite endured mock execution during his time in captivity and continues to advocate against all forms of torture. “The support of the current US Administration for waterboarding is deeply wrong”.

 Dr Neil Pakenham-Walsh MB,BS, DCH, DRCOG
HIFA Coordinator
Co-director, Global Healthcare Information Network