The church of St Mary the Virgin is the parish church for Kidlington. The tall spire of this fabulous early mediaeval building is visible from afar. We hope it will draw you to worship with us. Our aim is to make worship, learning about the Bible, and developing our understanding of the way of Jesus Christ, central to our life together.
The main Sunday service is at 10 am. This usually is a sung Parish Communion service and is designed to be inclusive of all. After a blessing, our children (see below) leave for a session of art, drama and music based around a scriptural theme, while teenagers hold discussion groups. All return for the Communion Prayer. By varying celebrants and preachers each week, and by drawing on the talent of our lay intercessors and readers, this service balances the festive and meditative, the provocative and comforting. On the 3rd Sunday at 10 am, Open Space has a different and variable structure, allowing new slants to be placed on chosen themes.
Worship at St Mary's is enriched by a wide repertoire of choral, organ, and instrumental music, described on the Music at St Mary's site.
The other regular services are the quiet rites of Holy Communion, held in the chancel on Sunday at 8 am and in the Lady Chapel on Wednesday at 10 am. See the Diary for times of other services and events.
It has been a huge delight to see the growing number of families with children at St Mary's. It is wonderful to welcome them and get to know them, and to see children and parents growing together as part of this worshipping community. Sunday School runs every Sunday (except school holidays) during the 10am service. It is open to children from (roughly) age 4. We use a set of resources called Roots, which makes preparation for leaders a simple and enjoyable experience. Leaders work in teams and usually run a couple of sessions each per term. The Creche runs every Sunday during the 10am service, for children up to (roughly) age 3. The Creche continues to be very successful and popular, with a well-organised team meaning we are each usually on the rota just once a month. Activity area: This is available for younger children in the church, and the facilities in the adjoining Refectory allow parents to call "time-out". The record for the youngest member in the congregation was set in 2011 --- just three days old!
The entrances to the church are wide enough for wheel and pushchair access, and ramps are always in place. There is a purpose built disabled access toilet. A loop induction system is installed and used for all main services. Copies of the news sheet and service booklets are available in large print copies as required.
Sometimes we need a quiet space to sit, think, pray, light a candle, listen for God, or even shout at him! The doors of St Mary's Kidlington will be open each day and you are most welcome to come in and enjoy the space. A simple tour of St Mary's Kidlington is available and there are many interesting things to see. Please feel free to come inside.
Our three churches join together as one to
form study groups, arrange events, and to
bring our skills and enthusiasms into church
life. There is a separate page to introduce them
► Activities & Groups
St Mary's is a beautiful and historical gem,
and a building which has for 800 years
been a focus for community life in
Kidlington. We want to maintain and re-imagine
that focus for the next 100 years.
►Friends of St Mary's