St Mary's Church Charlbury with Shorthampton


Mothering Sunday

Our flower ladies have been busy… pretty spring posies all ready for Mothering Sunday 11 March, 9.45… and don’t forget to join us for breakfast and Messy Church at 9am.

The Faamily tree completed by the children as part of the service.

Insights from Pilgrimage

Sally spoke at St Pauls Cathedral Sunday forum on 4th February. Do follow the link for a video of her talk.

Messy Christingle Service

Join us on Sunday 28th January at 9am for breakfast, messy crafts and a family service with holy communion.

Pop-Up Nativity

A great social event took place in church on Sunday 17th December – breakfast, messy crafts and a pop-up nativity play, followed by Holy Communion.

No-Rehearsal Nativity and Messy Church

Join us on Sunday 17th December at 9am for breakfast, messy crafts and a pop-up nativity play, followed by Holy Communion.

Christmas Services

Here are the Christmas services that will be taking place at St Mary’s and All Saints

Sunday 17th December
9am Messy Church Nativity
3pm Traditional Carol Service at All Saints’ Shorthampton

Sunday 24th December Christmas Eve
8am Holy Communion

5.30pm Carols by Candlelight
11.30pm Midnight Eucharist

Christmas Day
8am Holy Communion
9am Holy Communion at Shorthampton
10.30am Christmas Parish Communion



Fair trade goods and Christmas cards are normally available
– after the 9.45 a.m. church service
– at Font Cafe on Thursday mornings

They will also be available at
– the Charlbury Charities Christmas Gifts and Cakes event, from 10.00 – 12.00, at the Memorial Hall, on Saturday 11 November

– the Charlbury Farmers’ Market on 9 December

Confirmation Service


The recording of Confirmation Service and admission of children to communion is available here and includes the sermon by Colin Bishop of Dorchester and some of the music we learned for the Festival evensong covered in another post.

Festival Evensong at St Helen’s


St Mary’s choir joined with many choirs around Oxfordshire to sing at St Helen’s in Abingdon on Saturday as part of the RSCM Festival.  It was a successful and uplifting day after much hard work with  the help of Richard in the weeks before.  A delicious tea provided by St Helen’s after our rehearsal then fish and chips back in Charlbury hosted by Mike and Denise.

Shorthampton needs a new roof!

WHERE? Charlbury Memorial Hall
WHEN? Saturday 21st October.7.30
HOW? Bring a team of six or just yourself – let us know and teams can be put together on the night.
This will be a fun quiz with questions for everyone, both audio and visual. Bill Wood as question master will keep us on our toes!
TICKETS £15 per person to include Cottage Pie and bottle of wine per table.
Contact Amanda on
DO COME! Shorthampton needs a new Roof!