Our parish churches span the breadth of church tradition,
with modern, traditional, and non-traditional services found in the regular
pattern of worship. Find out more below.
St Andrew, Shrivenham
A warm welcome to St Andrew’s Church Shrivenham. You will find a range of services over the course of the month, from Common Worship and Book of Common Prayer to Family Worship and Prayer and Praise - hopefully something for everyone! Our main Sunday service is at 10:15am (usually Family Communion), with Holy Communion at 7:45am on the first and third Sundays of the month, and Compline & Benediction on the first Sunday of the month at 5:30pmpm. We meet for Morning Prayer at 9am on Wednesdays.
St Mary the Virgin, Ashbury
We are a very open and welcoming congregation. Our Sunday services start at 11am, and over a month we celebrate Holy Communion, Morning Worship and a third Sunday service with Taizé, Celtic or other forms of worship. We also meet on the second Thursdays at 10am for Holy Communion and at 9am on the final Friday of the month for Matins. The village shop and café welcomes us occasionally for ‘Café Church’ which usually includes a guest speaker. A highlight of village life is the Stations of the Nativity just before Christmas each year, in which the Christmas story is retold around the village.
St James, Bourton
We welcome adults and children alike to our Family Service at 10am on the first Saturday of the month and Family Communion at 10am on the third Sunday. We hope you will stay for refreshments and a chat afterwards. The highlight of the year is our candlelit Holy Communion service on Christmas Eve at 6pm, where the village children dress up as various members of the nativity to build a living crib, along with mulled wine for the adults and the traditional handbells rung by the Shrivenham bell ringers.
St Swithun, Compton Beauchamp
Situated as it is in the grounds of Compton House, St Swithun’s may (at first sight) appear to be a private chapel. However, it is not and all are warmly welcome to enjoy the prayerful peace of its interior. We have two regular 9am services each month - Holy Communion on the first Sunday and Matins on the third Sunday, both using the Book of Common Prayer. Other services include our Patronal festival in July, Remembrance Sunday and a candle-light celebration of Nine Lessons and Carols at Christmas. St Swithun's has a long-standing connection with St. Stephen's House in Oxford and students come to celebrate Mass according to the English Missal once a year.
St John the Evangelist, Fernham
For several years the small congregation has struggled to support a full programme of worship, so agreement was reached with the Bishop of Dorchester at the end of 2021 to make St John a festival church. The main services are Christmas, Easter, Harvest and Remembrance, and other village and nationally significant events are also celebrated.
In a joint venture with the Fernham Village Trust, the church has been adapted so it can also be used as the Village Hall. It is now used regularly for village events and Annabelle’s nursery meets daily in term time.
St Mary the Virgin, Longcot
St Mary's is a lovely parish church whose shape seems to reflect that of the village it serves. Holy Communion is celebrated on Sundays at 9:30am apart from the third Sunday when Morning Prayer is said.
The congregation and the Longcot Village Trust have worked incredibly hard over the past few years to raise sufficient money to build a community hub at the west end of the nave. This £200 K project was completed in October 2021 and was formally opened by the Lord -Lieutenant in May 2022. The new facilities include a kitchen, disabled toilet, and a mezzanine which is an ideal space for meetings, and offers visitors an interesting view of the bell ringers in action. The community hub is already becoming a focus of life in the village, hosting children’s parties, concerts, bell ringing training courses and parish meetings.
St Thomas, Watchfield
We are a friendly and welcoming church offering a more traditional style of worship, using the Book of Common Prayer. Sunday services start at 9:30am and alternate between Holy Communion on the first and fourth Sundays of the month, and Matins on the second and third Sundays.