The building

St Mary's church stands on high ground on the southwest side of the village. The earliest part of the church is the nave, built in the 12th century and having, at that time, a narrow south aisle that was lengthened, together with the nave in around 1200. About 90 years later the chancel and the old part of the south aisle was widened. Towards the close of the 15th century the west tower was built and a clerestory added to the nave, which had, at that time, a northeast chapel. The chancel was rebuilt in the 19th century.

In the 800 years it has stood here, many changes have taken place in our national history: plague, civil war and industrial revolution have all played their part and during all that time people have turned to it for spiritual comfort.


Looking up the nave

Where we are...

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Revd Gemma Beesley appointed to the Benefice.

The Patrons of the Bernwode Benefice, the Bishop of Oxford, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher and the Church Pastoral Aid Society are pleased to announce that the Revd Gemma Beesley has been offered and formally accepted the post of Rector.  Gemma is currently finishing her curacy in the parish of Cowley.  Gemma is married to Jason and we look forward to welcoming them to the Benefice

The installation will be in July.

Benefice live-stream service

Please join Jenny and Peter for a short service of Compline

Each Sunday at 6pm.

You can join either using the internet or by telephone.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 565 217 9673
You may be held in a virtual waiting room until we can let you in.
Or by telephone dial either
020 3481 5240 or  020 3051 2874
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Forthcoming services

Sunday, 18th April

9.00 am

Holy Communion (CW)

Sunday, 2nd May

9.00 am

Morning Prayer (CW)

Sunday, 16th May

9.00 am

Holy Communion (CW)


Peter Smettem
01296 651 598
Imogen Holbrook
01296 651 453

Local activities

Coffee morning: 1st Tuesday of the month in the Village Hall between 10.30am and noon. Contact Jenny for more details.