St Mary's Church Charlbury with Shorthampton


Light up the world with prayer

13th -23rd May 2021

After the very first Ascension Day the disciples gathered with Mary, constantly devoting themselves to prayer while they waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

Through the centuries Christians have gathered at that time to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit. ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ picks up this tradition.

During the 11 days of ‘Thy Kingdom Come’, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will:

            Deepen their own relationship with Jesus Christ

Pray for 5 friends or family to come to faith in Jesus

Pray for the empowerment of the Spirit that we would be effective in witness

St Mary’s has several free resources to support this initiative, including a prayer journal, prayer bookmark, prayer leather bands and a Digital Adventure Prayer Map for families.  These are now available in St Marys Church, Charlbury so please do drop in and get some.  

Font Cafe

We are delighted that Font Cafe is able to open again at St Marys Church, Charlbury, on Thursday 20th May and every following Thursday 10am – 12noon.

Whilst restrictions till apply we will providing table service, and asking you to socially distance from people not in your household / bubble. Please wear a face covering when you are not eating or drinking. 

Parents / carers with children very welcome. 

See you there!

Easter Services

Maundy Thursday Holy Communion 7.30pm 

Good Friday 

8am Holy Communion

10am Family Messy Church – booking required

2pm An hour at the foot of the cross

Easter Day

8am Holy Communion 

9am Holy Communion All Saints

9.45am Parish Communion  

Services are at St Marys unless stated otherwise. 

Shorthampton Online Silent Auction

Friday 19th March – Tuesday 6th April. Please help us raise the funds for urgent repairs by visiting and placing your bid.

Auction items include: some things money just can’t buy!

  • Holiday houses in Cornwall, France, and the Lake District
  • Private tour of Blenheim for up to 10 people
  • Dinner for 4 at the Ivy in Oxford
  • ‘His ‘n hers’ Luxury pyjamas
  • Tennis/singing/riding coaching
  • Garden advice; cakes, superb wine and many more enticing promises…

If you’re bidding, you’ll find the payment details online and can also make a donation pledge via the website. Please help us carry out these works so that we and future generations can continue to worship in, celebrate and enjoy this special church. More information from Amanda on

National Day of Reflection – 23rd March 2021

The National Day of Reflection is a special time for us all to come together. It’s a time for us to reflect on who, and what we have lost, and a time to find ways to support each other. But it’s also a chance to feel hopeful about the future. As a nation, we need to acknowledge the millions in silent pain. To mark the day you may like to visit St. Mary’s and tie a piece of yellow ribbon to a branch to remember the last year and reflect on the future.

Zoom events for February and March

Birds Eye View of the Bible with John Partington. Bible, Church History, Church of England, Christian Doctrine.  Wednesdays 10am – 11.30am. 10th February till 3rd March.

Books of the Bible A weekly series of introductions to each of the books of the Bible, followed by discussion. 10.30am Tuesday 16th February, and then weekly.

Compline in Lent on Zoom 6pm on Wednesdays and Sundays. Wed. Feb 17th – Sun. March 28th.

Lent Discussions A weekly Zoom session during Lent to share and discuss your reflections on the daily Lent Readings, lasting about an hour. Thursdays at 2pm from Feb 25th.

Readings and Discussions on Four British Poets with Robert Fraser. Thomas Hardy, Edward Thomas, R.S. Thomas and Dylan Thomas. Fridays in March 2pm – 3.30pm.

To take part in any of these, contact Jo at

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: ;

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

Should you need pastoral support please do get in touch. or 

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

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:

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

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

  • Christmas Day:

St Mary’s Church 8am BCP Communion

All Saints 9am BCP Communion

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..