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St Giles’ Fair 14 August 2015

St. Giles have traditionally kept their church open to provide a place of quiet welcome during the annual Fair which falls on September 7 and 8 this year. They would very much welcome help from us either in the form of cakes and other edibles or offers to help serve the refreshments for an hour or so. If you can help in either way please contact

Wanted—coffee-makers! 08 August 2015

Coffee after the 10.30 service is much appreciated but we do need a few more volunteers on the rota. It is a good way to meet people and not a particularly arduous task. Even if you can only help out once or twice in a 6 month period that would be welcome. Please get in touch with Frances Bagnall-Oakeley ( or 01865 310886) if you might be able to help—a new rota will be produced in September.

Holiday Fridays 17 July 2015

Activity mornings for Children, 10:00am to noon.

Friday 24th July: Aristotle Lane Park—A host of lively activities including group games and individual challenges. In the event of poor weather, alternative provision will be made in St Margaret’s Church.
Friday 7th August: Construction Galore! St Margaret’s Church.
Friday 28th August: Nature Trail Meet at St Margaret’s Church

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.