The church provides a place of prayer and worship. We offer encouragement, hospitality, companionship, refreshment, nourishment and support for mind, body, and soul.
St Mary’s is home to a wide range of activities and groups. We welcome everyone who would like to find out more or become involved in any of our activities.
We aim to keep the church open regularly and as much as possible throughout the year.
The ministers and clergy are happy to receive enquiries about any aspect of the worship, work and outreach of St Mary’s.
The Ministry Team
- The Revd Serena Tajima was instituted as our new vicar on 17th July 2020. She is passionate about social justice and sharing God's abundant love with all. As well as being our incumbent, she is a chaplain within the LGBTIQ+ Oxford Diocese Chaplaincy team, a Vocations Adviser and a member of the Oxford Diocese BAME group. Within Banbury, Serena is a governor to St Mary's primary school and enjoys working closely with the school on a variety of events. If you would like to get in contact with Serena please use the following options to do so;
The Revd Canon Jeff West was ordained in 2007 and has served St Mary's in different ways ever since, including being the Area Dean of Deddington from 2012-17. He has particular expertise in the area of English Heritage and uses these skills to help maintain our Grade I listed church.
If you would like to get in contact with Jeff please email
- Revd Sarah Bourne is an Associate Priest who joined the Ministry Team in February 2019 and whose role is as ‘Chaplain to the Arts’. She is particularly committed to working with other organisations in Banbury and bringing our community closer together. Sarah heads up the Arts@ BSM Team, leading on Arts and Events; music activities; links with local schools, particularly St Mary’s Primary School as a governor; baptisms and thanksgivings. Outside Banbury, she is Secretary of Praxis Midlands (a group specialising in developing church liturgy) and also a member of the UK & Ireland Board for the Community of the Cross of Nails, which promotes peace and reconciliation.
- Revd Dr Louise Adey Huish, Associate Priest since November 2017. A linguist by training, Louise’s first career was in university teaching. She was ordained in 2004, and served her curacy at St Mary’s, Banbury; she then became a chaplain with the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust 2007-12, and with the Myton Hospices in Warwickshire 2013-19. Louise has now retired from paid employment and is intending to undertake a training in Spiritual Direction starting in autumn 2021. She is particularly interested in the relationship between body, mind and spirit; and in working with people who feel they are on the fringes of organized religion. At St Mary’s she takes the lead on pastoral matters.
- If you would like to get in contact with Louise please email
We have two wonderful church wardens, Mary Parker and Stephen Birch who work hard to look after the structure of our Parish Hall (also known as the beacon centre) and our 18th Century church. Alongside our many volunteers, they help to keep the church building safe and secure so that all our community can use it.
If you would like to contact Mary or Stephen please use the following emails.
Director of Music
Kieron Galliard is our fantastic director of music and is enthusiastic about encouraging more people to enjoy all the different kinds of music that we offer. As well as directing our church choir and Festival Singers, Kieron also leads, along with Frances McMillan, on our Windows Group, which is made up of younger members of the church community who meet to socialise and support each other. If you would like to find out about our choirs or our Windows Group please use the email links below.
Parochial Church Council
Our Parochial Church Council currently has 20 (enthusiastic and supportive) members, comprising the clergy and lay minister, church wardens, lay diocesan and deanery synod members and ten members elected at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. It normally meets six times a year, and is charged ‘to work with the promoting the whole mission of the church’. If you would like to find out more about the running of the church through the PCC please email our pcc secretary.
The church could not function without a band of volunteers, most have many hats and the opportunity to learn new skills, spend time with others and really make a difference to services, events and the church as a whole, it is really a great opportunity to get and be involved in a vibrant and growing church.
To register your interest in becoming a volunteer please complete the enquiry form.