St Mary's Church Charlbury with Shorthampton

News

Suspension of public services at St Marys and All Saints – 13th Jan 2021

The Church Committee (PCC) have agreed to suspend public worship at St Marys and All Saints, due to the infectious nature of the current Covid strain.

The churches will remain open for private prayer daily and funerals will take place following current restrictions. 

Parish Communion will be livestreamed at 9am each Sunday on Youtube. 

We have a new Youtube channel: please note the new address: bit.ly/charlbury ;

A number of  online talks are being planned and will be advertised soon. 

Should you need pastoral support please do get in touch. 

parishoffice@stmaryscharlbury.co.uk or vicar@charlburychurch.uk 

Advent Windows

St Mary’s Church completed the Advent calendar on Christmas Eve by illuminating the 24th window. 

The Nativity Story has been built up day by day throughout December. Participants have created an illuminated display in a window of their home or business. One more was revealed each day during Advent, opening in a random location as it does in an Advent calendar. 

Sally Welch said “I am delighted that St Mary’s and the Art Society have worked so successfully together on this project. They have brought light into a rather dark December for the whole town”. 

Each window contains its day number and the relevant Bible verse. Windows will be lit up from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. each evening and they will remain lit between these hours until Twelfth Night.

Although some of the events we know and love have not been able to take place this year, new ones such as Advent Windows and the Christmas Tree lit path have replaced them and may, perhaps, become future Charlbury traditions. 

A map showing the locations of all the windows is available to download on the Events page of this website together with images of all the windows.

Christmas tree winners

The Christmas Tree competition at St Mary’s has been kindly and thoughtfully judged, and we are delighted to announce that the results are as follows:

Adult trees

1st Bookclubs of Charlbury

2nd Cornwell Family

3rd Charlbury Community Centre

Children’s trees

1st Charlbury Primary School

2nd Little Monkeys

Congratulations to the winners as well as huge congratulations and thanks to everyone who took part and was so patient with the constantly changing situation. We are very appreciative that so many of you were prepared to be involved, despite all the difficulties and restrictions we have had to deal with. The whole town has enjoyed the spectacle that we have produced together.

We are aiming to keep the trees up till Christmas, even if they only have their lights on. If you feel that your decorations are looking a little bedraggled, please could you take them off your tree, to save us doing so in a few weeks time.

If you are leaving them, and want them back please can you come and take them as soon as possible after Christmas. If you can also take your tree away and dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way, that would be very helpful. Please let us know if you are doing this.

Please leave the lights for us in the box in the church porch. Thank you!

Any questions please email Hilli on hilli.waller@gmail.com

Thank you again for being involved, for supporting and for being part of this lovely gift to Charlbury

Christmas Services at St Mary’s Church and All Saints

Due to social distancing requirements, Christmas at St Mary’s and All Saints will look different this year.  There is limited seating available and a booking system is in operation for our services. If you would like to attend a service, please click on the links below to book.

The Reflective Christmas Service on Christmas Eve at 7pm and Parish Communion on Christmas Day at 10.30 will be livestreamed:  

https://bit.ly/35YHmk9

Reflective Christmas Service: St Mary’s Church Christmas Eve 7pm. Offering an opportunity for reflection, with readings and music from the choir.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/reflective-christmas-service-on-christmas-eve-tickets-131754498251

  • Midnight Mass: St Mary’s Church Christmas Eve 11.30pm

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/midnight-mass-christmas-eve-st-marys-church-tickets-131761992667

  • Christmas Day:

St Mary’s Church 8am BCP Communion

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/christmas-day-holy-communion-8am-tickets-131754722923

All Saints 9am BCP Communion

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/christmas-day-service-at-all-saints-tickets-131581266109

St Marys Church 10.30am Parish Communion – fully booked.

Our apologies that we will not be able to accommodate everyone who wants to attend the services.. 

Christmas Trees

We are delighted at the response to our revised Christmas Tree display! Over 35 local groups have sponsored trees and we have been given some fantastic prizes for our raffle. Thank you all for your support.

As you know, the trees will now be outside in the churchyard and, while the focus is Friday 4th– Monday 7th December, we hope to keep the trees up for as long as we can during December so there will be ample time for people to see them safely.

Raffle tickets will be available to buy from the Cornerstone on Monday –Saturday mornings and in the early evening in the churchyard from 4th-7th December. The raffle will be drawn on 18th December.

Sadly the public will not be able to vote on the trees this year, owing to Covid safety regulations, but an independent panel will judge the trees and award a small prize for the best adult’s and children’s tree.

Profits are in aid of St Mary’s church.

Update on the Christmas Trees in St Mary’s during December

In order to have certainty we are going ahead with the trees, but to ensure that we will be within Government and Church of England guidelines, we have decided that the Christmas Trees will be on display outside, lining the path leading through the churchyard. We are pleased that we can still offer people the chance to reflect on and celebrate the many facets of community life in Charlbury, as well as bring a little joy to the town!

We have a few more trees to sell if you your family would like to sponsor one. It would be great to have all forty lit up! There will be a raffle based in the Corner house, and information on our kind sponsors will also be displayed there. Please encourage your friends and family to support this, and to come and visit the trees, safely and within all the Government guidelines of course!

Please get in touch with Hilli if you need any more information or would like to sponsor a tree. hilli.waller@gmail.com

Lock down restrictions

From Thursday 5th November St Mary’s Church and All Saints will be open for private prayer only. 

A service will be live streamed from St Mary’s Church each Sunday morning at 9am. To view the service please use the link 

The Remembrance service on Sunday 8th November at 3pm will also be live streamed only. 

Font Cafe will not be open during lockdown.

The Cornerstone will remain open during lockdown so do come in for free fresh produce and a chat. 

Please do email if you have any prayer requests.

Remembrance service

As a result of the Government Guidelines the Remembrance service will not take place as previous stated. There will now be a remembrance service that will be live streamed without a congregation in church. 

To view the service on You Tube please click here.

If you are having trouble please email Paddy Gallagher who will send you an alternative link after the service paddygallagher@hotmail.co.uk

Poppies are available from the Co-op and Fiveways stores and through most main supermarkets. Donations can be made through the RBL website www.britishlegion.org.uk and most banks. 

Many thanks

Christmas Trees – UPDATE

We are continuing with our plans for this event to take place in our beautiful church, despite some confusion over the end of lockdown timings .The decorating of trees will now take place on Thursday 3rd December and the trees will be available for public viewing from Friday 4th – Monday 7th December 10.00am – 5.00pm. We want to reassure everyone that the church will be supervised during the decorating and the 4 days of the festival. The decorators will be carefully spaced out and the numbers in the church will be strictly limited. Whatever we arrange will fall well within the government guidelines for the particular tier into which we are placed, and every safety measure will be in place.  We are keen that everyone visiting the church feels safe and protected. The church is able to provide a secure and supportive space for this event to happen, as well as bring some Christmas light and joy to so many residents who have had a difficult time. It will be wonderful to have something we can all look forward to.

Whatever happens we will go ahead and have more back up plans in place. To book a tree, please click on the link below and more information is available from hilli.waller@gmail.com

Click here to get your application form!

Learning from Mark

Sunday 22nd November 6pm on Zoom led by John Partington.