St Mary's Church Charlbury with Shorthampton


Messy Harvest Picnic

A very successful Messy Harvest Picnic was held on Sunday 27th September in the afternoon with 29 people in family groups attending. A great afternoon of craft, story telling, humming and eating a picnic.

Harvest Festival

A successful harvest festival service was held in St Marys on Sunday 27th September with amazing flowers thanks to the flower arrangers.

Tish Bird ordained as Priest

We are delighted that Tish was ordained priest at Dorchester Abbey yesterday by Bishop Colin.  We are grateful for her ministry and wish her all the best as she continues her work with us

Grief Encounters


2pm – 3pm at Charlbury Bowls Club on the last Monday of the month. A monthly bereavement support group starting on Monday 28th September.

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.

Covid-19 safe guidelines will be followed. 

Cornerstone at the Corner House

The Corner House is now home to a new community hub for Charlbury called the Cornerstone.  Set up by St. Mary’s Church with help from the Community Centre, the Cornerstone project commenced on August 10, 2020, when the doors will opened for the expanded Give & Take, the Learning Café and the Place to Talk.

Expanding the Give & Take with the help of Christine Elliott, and apple sharing, now allows Charlbury residents to have a year-round place to share excess local produce (look out for our daily list of fruit and veg) and continue to support our community larder.  St Mary’s will continue to manage financial donations to allow purchases of fresh food for local families.

The Learning Café will be run in conjunction with the Community Centre and the Youth Team.  Help on homework and mentoring may be provided.  We also have plans for the Learning Café to be a place for lifelong learning. 

A Place to Talk will bring advisory services to Charlbury in the next few months.  The Cornerstone is working with Citizens Advice Bureau and other service groups to give them a place to meet with Charlbury residents.

We are grateful to the Corner House for making space for the Cornerstone.  The Youth Team did a great job repainting the former library space, and we have cobbled together furnishings and bunting to add to the ambience of this new community space.  We are open Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pm and Saturday mornings 10am – 1pm from 5th September.

If you would like more information on the Cornerstone, please contact us at or call us on 07510772764 during opening hours.

Bible activity bags – last one

New Bible activity bags are in church on the Lost Sheep parable. These will be the last activity bags – we hope you have enjoyed them.

First day back!

Services resumed in church today, 5 July. The first day back after lockdown for the 9.45 service had been well planned. It was organised, spaced and peaceful with a good number in attendance. Sally reassuringly led us in prayer, Richard played pieces on the organ although of course there was no singing. Worshippers were welcomed by handbell ringers outside the porch. It was deemed by the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bellringers too risky yet to ring the church bells. The ringers were even met by applause!

Socially distanced service

Services in St Mary’s Church

Services will recommence in St Mary’s church this Sunday 5th July – 8am and 9.45am and on Wednesday at 9am. Details of how the services will operate are in the attached document.

Sally has made a video of how the service will be run – please could you watch it using the following link. 

Bible Activity bags

From Sunday 5th July at 11am Bible activity bags for children will be available in the porch at St Mary’s. For the next few weeks these will be on stories that Jesus told – this week will be the story of the two sons. Do come and get one.

Lost in Translation

Have you ever wondered what you’re missing … … by not reading the Bible in the languages it was written in? Over the next few weeks, finishing on 29th July, John Partington (onetime Norton Scholar of Classics & Theology at Peterhouse, Cambridge) will be leading an online seminar each Wednesday
morning looking at John’s Gospel and picking out some of the key words and concepts in each chapter that are in danger of having some of their meaning being lost in translation. 11.00 am on Wednesdays, beginning on June 17th. To sign up, contact