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: 1st July 2 to 5 pm, 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.





The Bookshop BandBookshop Band

will be playing at St Giles’, Horspath on Saturday 23rd June at 7.30pm. With songs inspired by books and written by award winning songwriters and composers, the band tour nationally and will be visiting us for a midsummer’s evening of songs, books and the odd musical surprise. Tickets are available on the door for £10 and there will be a bar serving Shotover Ales. More information about the band can be found at .


A Concert in Aid of Cuddesdon Church Bells

takes place on Sunday 24th June at 6 pm in the Edward King Chapel at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. A programme of music will be performed including Missa and Motet O Quam Gloriosum, Tomas Luis de Victoria and English madrigals and partsongs for a Summer evening to celebrate the restoration of the bells of All Saints’ Church, Cuddesdon. Tickets are £15 and include wine and soft drinks in the Graham Room after the performance. Tickets available from Lynda Ware on 01865 873010 or .


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This year’s event takes place on Saturday 7th July 10 am – 4.35 pm at Ripon College and All Saints’ Church, Cuddesdon. The day explores the different aspects of the spiritual life in exciting and inspiring ways by the people who know.  The main speaker this year is John Bell from the Iona Community who will be talking about ‘Developing Personal Spirituality’.  It is organised by the Diocese of Oxford and Bible Reading Fellowship and costs £30.  For more information and booking go to the website or pick up a leaflet from church.  Tickets for this very popular event soon sell out, so book early to avoid disappointment.



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

1st July St Giles’, Horspath

Blessed are the pure in heart

Rev’d Ernest Pettengell, Chaplain of Ripon College Cuddesdon

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:

24th June:

Is climate change a moral and ethical issue? (Mark 4:35-41)

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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