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Eco Activity

We have now added a section to the website to highlight our parish involvement in activities relating to the climate challenge we all face. This includes news of current projects and forthcoming events in the village and we’ll keep adding more. See here


Jubilee Brass Garden Concert

Sunday 12th September, 14:30 start

Kay & Doug Brand’s garden:  8 Bletchingdon Rd Hampton Poyle OX5 2QG

Planned Concert finishing time 16:30

Jubilee Brass, in normal times, rehearse regularly and are engaged to play at many summer events. COVID has impacted activities and this concert celebrates a step to more normal things for all. There will be music to suit most tastes and Jubilee enjoys a reputation for entertaining their audiences and it is hoped that this will be a special and fun occasion for all.

Doug plays in Jubilee Brass and Kay & Doug want this Concert to be enjoyable for all residents able to make it and see it as an event supporting fundraising for installing kitchen and toilet facilities at St Mary’s Hampton Poyle.

Find your way to the back of the house, bring a chair if possible and any friends as long as they leave their cars at your house. Feel free to bring any drinks which will aid your enjoyment. There will be some parking on the Village Green, by kind permission of the Parish Meeting – it is located in Church Lane, passed Poyle Court (1st property on the right), and the entrance has a COVID notice on display. 

The Church Team will be able to accept Fund donations in any technological form!

 In the event of a serious rain outlook, a later date will be advised here by 10am on 12/9/21.



Kidlington Theological Forum

For a few years we enjoyed a programme of Sunday morning talks in the Kidlington Theological Forum. After the main service at St Mary’s Kidlington we grabbed our coffees and returned to church for a 20 minute talk followed by 10 minutes questions. The program has covered aspects of theology, faith, church, ethics, and discipleship presented in an accessible manner and has been very much appreciated.

COVID forced us to suspend them last year but we are delighted to announce that (COVID-willing!) they will be back in October and November 2021 with two excellent speakers.

Find out more here.


August Services

As we are into August and some people manage to get away for a break we are also scaling down some of our routines for a month. Here are the arrangements for services in August:

  • The online Communion service will continue as usual each Sunday at 10am (Sunday 29th livestreamed from St Mary’s Kidlington).
  • Wednesday simple said Communion will continue at 11am in St Mary’s Kidlington.
  • 8am Communion services will stop for August and resume in September.
  • Pause for Prayer will stop for August but will resume in September.
  • Iona Communion Online will stop for August and resume in September livestreamed from an onsite service in St John’s Lady Chapel.
  • Sunday 1st August the whole team of leaders will be away so there will be no services in our buildings on that day.
  • Sunday 8th 10am Communion at St Mary’s Kidlington and 10am Communion at St Mary’s Hampton Poyle.
  • Sunday 15th: 10am Said Eucharist at St Mary’s Kidlington, and also 10am Communion at St John’s with singing.
  • Sunday 22nd 10am Communion at St Mary’s Kidlington.
  • Sunday 29th 10am Communion at both St Mary’s Kidlington and St John’s and 3pm at St Mary’s Hampton Poyle Rogation Day prayer walk and blessing of the village (possibly with horseback vicar!)
  • Like last year, open air Pop Up services may happen in mid August depending on who is here, what is going on, and what the weather is like! These will be notified by email and web site at short notice.

We are now able to give details for arrangements to continue our services in a safe but worshipful way following the removal of government regulations on July 19th – just see here.  


YCCN Coming to Kidlington

The Young Christian Climate Network (YCCN) are doing a relay walk, starting at the G7 in Cornwall in June and ending in Glasgow at the end of October. The purpose is to #RiseToTheMoment and raise awareness of the climate crisis and the urgent need for action, requiring bold commitments at COP26 in November. You may have heard this walk talked about on radio and in the national press. A core group of young people will do the whole walk and others (like us) are invited to join them for single days or for parts of the walk. On Monday August 16th they will walk from Oxford to Kidlington sleeping overnight at the Baptist church and will be joined by Bishop Steven for a short service which will be live streamed at 7.30pm on KBC YouTube channel 

If you would like to join them walking for the day please meet at 10.30am at St Columba URC in Oxford. It’s a short day, so we expect to arrive in Kidlington around 3.00pm approximately. We are also looking for a car driver to ferry their bags from Oxford to Kidlington on that day – offers to Scott Cheeseman please.


Parish Administrator Vacancy

We are looking for a new administrator to join the team supporting our ministry “to serve the people of Kidlington and Hampton Poyle for their own sakes”. Applicants should be a people person, committed to our vision of ministry, able to use their own initiative, proficient in a range of IT applications, and have some experience in bookkeeping (or a willingness to learn).

For full details and an application form just click here.