The wedding scene in “Amazing Grace” was filmed at this church.
The present church has weekly services with regular attendance averaging 30 people. Many more take part in activities such as bell ringing and flower arranging, while the biannual Fête (the last was in June 2012) brings a large number of people working together. Our congregation contains a good spread of ages, ranging from people newly moved in to others who have lived in Garsington for many years. A monthly family communion service is especially oriented towards children and younger families, and the church has strong links with the local church school. Visitors often remark about the friendliness of St Mary’s.
St Mary’s has embarked on further development, thanks to a generous parishoner’s legacy. The work includes an overhaul of the bells and the installation of a small serving area in the church. A repair on the organ pedal-board has already been carried out. In autumn 2010 the interior was redecorated and further restoration of decayed stonework around our windows was completed this summer (2012).
St Mary’s completed in 2007 a buildings restoration project costing over £200,000.
St Mary’s has a rota of three capable organists, so the organ is used for music on most Sundays.
On the first Sunday of the month, the parishes of Cuddesdon, Garsington and Horspath worship together alternating in each other’s churches. At the service we have a choir and, sometimes, a special preacher.
Every first Sunday at 10:00pm for 1 hour
Our Sunday morning service is normally a Parish or Family Communion.
The Family Communion is normally on the third Sunday of the month but always check for variations around Christmas, Easter and in August.
Every Sunday at 9.30am for 1 hour
Fourth Sunday Breakfast Time
The last Sunday of the month begins with coffee and pastries followed by a discussion on a topical issue. The time concludes with a short time of prayer.