Welcome to our Benefice
The Shrivenham & Ashbury Benefice is situated in the Vale Of White Horse, 8 miles east of Swindon and 25 miles west of Oxford, and consists of four parishes within the Dorchester Archdeaconry in the Diocese of Oxford.
Our churches are all different, with modern, traditional, and non-traditional services found in the regular pattern of worship, but all are united in wishing to mirror the hospitality of God to those we meet.
The following churches are open daily for private prayer: St Andrew Shrivenham, St Thomas Watchfield, St James Bourton, St Mary the Virgin Ashbury, St Swithun Compton Beauchamp. St Mary the Virgin Longcot is only open on Wednesdays and Sundays at present.
Please do not come into church if you think you may have Covid symptoms.
If you would like a home visit, or need to talk or ask for specific prayers, please get in touch.
Looking to the future - our next Vicar
Our Vicar, Rev’d Norma Fergusson, is retiring in May next year and we are starting to look towards the future and her successor.
Thank you to everyone who came along to the informal consultation in Shrivenham Memorial Hall on Sunday 19th November, and to those who helped to make it so successful. We will be reviewing your comments and suggestions as we prepare an updated Benefice Profile, the next step towards appointing a new Vicar.
There’s still time to take part in the consultation via our online survey. All survey responses are anonymous. If you would like a paper copy, please contact the Benefice Administrator (Lucy Laird) on 01793 783519 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rev'd Norma Fergusson's Sermon for Advent Sunday 3rd December
At the start of Advent, Norma reflects on recognition and preparation.
Download a list of all our Christmas Services.
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