St Giles, Horspath

St Giles’ church is of twelfth-century origin, with a tower and west door of the fourteenth-century and nineteenth-century chancel, north nave wall and north transcept. There is much good stained glass ranging from 1280 to the present day and a ring of six bells cast between 1602 and 1866. In recent years the fourteenth-century south transcept was opened out to give extra space for services and is now the children’s area. In 2004 the chancel screen was removed to the west tower arch, revealing the attractive Victorian chancel. There is an Oxford-built organ of 1880.

The patronage of St. Giles was passed from the hosptial of St. John the Baptist (at the East gate of Oxford) to Magdalen College, until 1949, when it passed to the Oxford Diocesan Board of Patronage. In 1980 the Rector of St Mary’s Garsington became priest in charge of St Giles, ad the parish of Cuddesdon was added in 1997, thus comprising the present cluster within the Wheatley Team Ministry.


Services in St Giles’ Church, Horspath and Benefice services for July 2023

9th July          The Fifth Sunday after Trinity

11am Parish Communion at St Giles, Horspath

16th July        The Sixth Sunday after Trinity

11am for 11:15 Family Time Pet Blessing Service at St Giles, Horspath Refreshments will be served from 11am

23rd July        The Seventh Sunday after Trinity

11am Parish Communion at St Giles, Horspath

30th July        The Eighth Sunday after Trinity

10am  Benefice Communion – St Giles’, Horspath

Private Prayer     St Giles’ Horspath Open daily 10am –4pm

Benefice Service

On the first Sunday of the month the parishes of Cuddesdon, Garsington and Horspath worship together at alternating parishes

Every first Sunday at 10 am for 1 hour followed by coffee  June 2013 300

Parish Communion

Every second and fifth Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour

Family Time at St Giles’

Every third Sunday at 11:00 AM for ¾ hour beginning with coffee and cake then followed by a short interactive themed service suitable for all the family

Morning Worship

An non-Eucharistic act of worship with readings, hymns, sermon and prayers. Every fourth Sunday at 11.00 am for ¾ hour