Events and Services

 Walking the Rectory Labyrinth  


Jonathan has mown a labyrinth into our lawn at the Rectory and we are offering a number of afternoons over the summer to enable you to walk it.  There are many ways to describe a labyrinth: a path of prayer, a walking meditation, a crucible of change, a watering hole for the spirit.  There is no right way or wrong way to walk a labyrinth.  Use it in any way that meets your need.  The dates and times are: 20th July 10 am to 4 pm, 15th August 10 am to 4 pm, 9th September 2 to 5 pm  Please drop in at any time.  For more information please speak to Emma or pick up a leaflet.




Sponsored Cycle.St Giles Hartington

Jonathan will once again be getting on his bike to do a sponsored cycle ride for St Giles’. As many of you know, this annual excursion began with a long dreamed ride from London to Oxford, beginning at St Giles’, Cripplegate and ending at St Giles’, Horspath. This year he has found another St Giles’ church to cycle to which is in Hartington, Derbyshire. The trip is about 135 miles in length, his longest cycle ride yet and will take two days to complete on 24-25th July. Please do sponsor him via the sheets in church or through Just Giving.


Hymns and Pimms.

Come along to an enjoyable early evening opportunity to sing some of the Nation’s Favourite Hymns along with a glass of Pimms or soft drink at St Giles’, Horspath on Sunday 12th August at 4 pm. A great way to meet friends and enjoy the light Summer evenings. Donations on the door.


Benefice Celebration Day.

You are warmly invited to a tea party at the Rectory on Sunday 2nd September 3 – 4.30 pm to celebrate our life together and as a thank you for all your support of the churches across the Benefice.  In the morning there will be a 10 am Festival Eucharist at All Saints’, Cuddesdon when we continue our Sermon Series on the Beatitudes, to which all are very welcome.


The Beatitudes at the 10 am Benefice Service 2018Called to be Christ-like

5th August at St Mary’s Garsington

Blessed are the peacemakers

Rt Rev’d Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester

2nd September at All Saints’ Cuddesdon

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake

Rev’d Dr Emma Pennington, Vicar of Garsington, Cuddesdon and Horspath

7th October at St Mary’s, Garsington

Blessed are you when people revile you

Venerable Olivia Graham, Archdeacon of Berkshire


Breakfast Time at St Mary’s


Come and join us on the fourth Sunday for breakfast and discussion, starting at 9.30 a.m. with Coffee/Tea and Croissants followed by an informal discussion at 10 am.  The following topics are:

22nd July:

Should Islamic State returnees be punished or forgiven? (Ephesians 2:11-22)

26th August:

Are the teachings of Jesus too hard to follow? (John 6: 56-69)

23rd September:

For the sake of peace and unity should everyone think the same? (Mark 9:30-37)

28th October:

Is Ronald Trump’s success proof of God’s blessing? (Job 42:10-16)


Julian Meetingjulian meetings logo

The contemplative prayer meeting gathers every second Thursday of the month in the Edward King Chapel at Ripon College Cuddesdon. All are welcome to this time of reflection and silent prayer for 30 minutes.  For more information please go to


St Mary’s café every third FridayCanon September 2014 037

On the third Friday of the month the back of St Mary’s church in Garsington is transformed into a café with tables and chairs, newspapers, coffee and cake.  When the weather is good you can enjoy the view across to the Baldons and beyond with seating outside.  Everyone is welcome to drop by between 10 am and 12 noon to catch up with friends and meet new ones.



17.2.15 142Cuddesdon Coffee Morning every second Tuesday

This very successful coffee morning held in the village hall in Cuddesdon every second Tuesday of the month.  With book shop, raffle, coffee and good company.





Forthcoming Services Across the Benefice

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