Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Kidlington

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 of Holy Communion at 10 a.m. is a sung service and is designed to be inclusive of all. After a blessing, our children 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. Do join us at the service and for refreshments afterwards in the Refectory.

The other regular Sunday service is the 8 am. service of Holy Communion. This quiet service is held in the chancel and uses the traditional language.

See the Service Times for the regular midweek services at St Mary's, St John's and St Mary's Hampton Poyle, and the Diary and Notices for details.



Come and have fun at Church!

It has been a huge delight to see the number of families with children at St Mary's growing recently. 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. We thank everyone for the warm welcome that you all offer to these families and for making them feel so much part of our worship.

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!

Other: Please see the information about the Little Acorns and the Mothers and Toddlers groups in the Parish Section, available from the Menu at the top of this page.


Music at St Mary's

St Mary's has a fabulous organ and a large adult choir who lead the sung parts of worship at the 10 a.m. Sunday service and other festivals. The choir rehearses at 9.15 on Sundays, and in the evenings (7.00-8.30pm) of the 2nd and 4th Sundays in the month. New members are always welcome.

In September 2017 a new choir, St Mary's Choristers, was formed for young singers. The Chorister meet at 6pm on Fridays to rehearse, learning the fundamentals of musical notation and voice production, as well as having fun.

The church is also a venue for concerts of all sorts. For more information, see the Music at St Mary's page, and do contact the Director of Music, Dr David Hewett, in the parish directory.





St Mary's has a peal of eight bells, ranging from the Tenor weighing in at over 1 ton to the Treble. The bells are rung regularly from 9.20am each Sunday, at weddings, Festivals, and for events of national importance. We are members of the Oxford City Branch of the Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers. We often welcome visiting ringers, and also visit other towers. The ringers meet at 9.15 for the 10am service, and from 7.30-9pm on Tuesdays to practice. We would welcome new ringers, both experienced and those wishing to start from scratch. Contact the St Mary's Tower Captain, whose details are in the parish directory.




Our church is committed to the issue of Fair Trade, and aims to provide a monthly stall of Traidcraft products to encourage the buying of these products locally. Other activities include getting involved in local collaborations to highlight Fair Trade issues and to organize events in the village. Contact St Mary's Traidcraft Organizer.


Charity Lunches

There are occasional charity lunches held in the Refectory, usually on a Saturday. These are advertised in the weekly newssheet and in the Diary and Notices



Summer Teas

Summer starts in mid May! This is when the refectory opens its doors for the annual Summer Sunday Afternoon Teas season. Come and enjoy tea, coffee, and various cakes between 3.00pm and 5.00pm. The church is open for visitors during this time.



Open Church

We are delighted to be able to open our three churches every day. 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.

See the history page for a glimpse.




The entrances to the church are wide enough for wheel and pushchair access, and 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.