Thankfully, we have now been able to move back to the pattern of worship we had before COVID – and more, with the regular addition of a Choral Evensong once a month.
St Mary’s Kidlington is a holy space where people have prayed for over eight hundred years. The spire of the church is visible for many miles around as a sign of the active Christian community here. The eight bells in the tower call us to worship and are rung by an enthusiastic band of bellringers who always welcome new members.
The regular congregation is active and creative in their attitude to worship, using the Common Worship services in a flexible way. Most services are eucharistic, vestments are worn, and there is a lot of lay participation.
Once a month we organise an “Open Space” service, which is planned by groups from the congregation and follows a freer format in which we can reflect on a theme, using art, craft, music and silence, and the liturgical space, in creative ways.
Children are very welcome in our worship. We also run a thriving adult choir, which is augmented by an enthusiastic group of junior choristers drawn from local primary schools, who lead our worship several times a month. New singers are always welcome.
There are many teams of people who enrich our worshipping life at St Mary’s, worship leaders, musicians, welcomers, flower arrangers, prayer ministry leaders, cake bakers, sidespeople, refreshment providers, and others, and we are always looking for new people to be involved. For more information just click here.
Whether you enjoy a quiet early morning service using traditional language, a candle-lit compline, a more formal eucharist with choir and organ, a small friendly mid-week service or a more creative worship experience, there is something for everyone at St Mary’s, and you are most welcome to join us.