Welcome to St Mary’s, the historic parish church of Banbury, England.

The Church continues to be alive and active, but our building must close.

As we must continue distance ourselves from one another to prevent the spread of the infection to save lives and protect the NHS.  All public worship has been suspended, and all church buildings in the Church of England are now closed.  Our worship of God and our care for each other continue but cannot be done in the building. 

We have had to move quickly into the digital age and there will be a service streamed live from the Oxford Diocese every Sunday at 10am during this period,  Click Here for the link, as well as other services and resources.  Also, our own ministry team will be writing regularly on our website, visit our Worship at Home section to find out more.

Our vision is to see lives transformed by God’s love.

If you’re new to Banbury, on holiday or just visiting, new to church, or just curious about life and faith, we’d love to welcome you.

For up-to-date information on all our services and events check out our Facebook.

We’re a growing community of people, on an exciting adventure as we seek to reshape ourselves to more intentionally live lives of radical love – as seen in the life of Jesus Christ – humbly and dependent on God’s empowering presence.

We also have an amazing building – it’s the largest 18th century parish church.  The church has a number of historic treasures as well as a visual feast of a Byzantine basilica style interior.

In our sacred texts, contained in the Bible, we discover everyone is created in the image of God and therefore everyone is of infinite worth. We seek to become totally inclusive and to remove all barriers to church life so that everyone has the chance to reach their full God-given potential – regardless of age, gender, race, beliefs, sexuality, abilities or wealth.

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At St Mary’s we want everyone to be and to feel safe.

Safeguarding: who to contact in an emergency

If a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention, call the emergency services on 999. If there are concerns about their immediate welfare, don’t delay – call Children and Adults Social care on 0345 050 7666 or the MASH Out of Hours Emergency Duty Team on 0800 833408

Information about MASH can be found here


Please inform the Parish Safeguarding Officer, Mary Parker, that you have contacted them. Contact Mary on 01295 253329 or email maryp@banburystmary.org.uk.

Safeguarding: who to contact with concerns

For all safeguarding concerns please immediately inform the Parish Safeguarding Officer, Mary Parker on 01295 253329 or email maryp@banburystmary.org.uk

If you are unsure or worried about how serious a situation is, contact one of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers, Stuart Nimmo, on 01865 208290, or Sophie Harney on 01865 208295.

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