St Mary's Church Charlbury with Shorthampton


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

Zoom Quiz 2.0

Come and join the next virtual quiz on Friday 26th June at 8pm.

Private Prayer in church

We are delighted that St Mary’s and All Saints are open for private prayer from Saturday 13th June from 7am till 4.30pm. Please ensure social distancing and hand hygiene. We will be cleaning St Mary’s each day and All Saints twice a week. The churches will still be closed for public worship. The live streaming of services will continue.

St Mary’s welcome leaflet

A new welcome leaflet has been written for when the church opens for private prayer.

Bible Activity Bags

Sunday 14th June. This week the bag story is Daniel.

A new bag of Bible-based craft activities will be available on Sunday morning 9th June from 9am from a table in St Mary’s church porch.

Holy Communion service booklet from Trinity Sunday

Here is the service booklet that Sally will be using in the live streamed services from this Sunday 7th June.