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Call for musicians 08 July 2016

Do you sing or play an instrument? On Sunday 11 September we’ll be having an afternoon of informal music making in memory of Anthony Aston Smith. The programme will include a work for choir (the well-known Vivaldi Gloria), a work for string orchestra, and a piece for wind/brass ensemble. If you would like to sing and/or play, please email Sam Schad ( All ages and abilities welcome (participants who have signed up so far range from 7 to well over 80!): we’ll simply adapt the parts accordingly! There will be a rehearsal on Sunday 4 September, also in the afternoon. Thank you!

The Gatehouse 24 June 2016

Do you have a few hours to spare over the next few months? The Gatehouse is looking for volunteers to help over the vacation. Please contact to offer your time.

Kneelers 18 June 2016

A group meets monthly to create new kneelers for St. Margaret’s. We would very much welcome some more stitchers. Experience is not necessary. Please email for more information if you are interested.

About Us

We are a traditional, friendly church. The Eucharist is central to our worship.

If you would like to attend the 10.30 Sunday Eucharist, you can find a short guide here.

We follow the liturgical year, celebrating major festivals and Saints’ Days, enriching and uplifting our worship through colour and sound.

Our aim is to provide a worshipping environment in which people of all ages, both individuals and families, are welcomed as part of a wider family.

Our flourishing choir and fine organ make a major contribution to the strong musical dimension of our services, following the very best choral tradition of English music.

We encourage the development of faith through exploration, learning from each other and supporting each other in our life of faith. The active Sunday school furthers this aim. We aim to encourage one another to a commitment to a life of prayer and in particular to pray regularly for one another.

St Margaret’s Church is located on the corner of St Margaret’s and Kingston Road: see the map.

St Margaret’s is closely involved with the local Church of England Primary School, SS. Philip and James School, and St Margaret’s Institute, our local community centre. In addition we support a number of outreach projects.

The parish War Memorial is situated in the corner of St Margaret’s churchyard.

St Margaret’s is a registered charity. No. 1154947: ‘The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of SS Philip and James with St. Margaret’.

St Margaret’s is part of the Church of England, and is located in the Diocese of Oxford. It forms part of a Joint Benefice uniting the parish of St Giles’ with the parish of St Margaret’s Church and the (now closed) church of St Philip and St James (Phil & Jim). It is one of 18 parishes that make up the Oxford Deanery.

We believe in God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.