St Mary’s is probably best known for it’s famous Grade One* listed building and the links to Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. But we want to be known for the beauty of our people, as well as the beauty of our building!

St Mary’s is in a season of transformation – one we believe is rooted in God’s call to us to become the church that the people of Banbury needs us to be. This has been given added impetus with the appointment of a new Vicar in May 2016.  An exciting vision is beginning to emerge and we would love to invite people from across Banbury to join in. The themes that are emerging include:

  • Seeking a fresh vision of Jesus Christ

  • Renewed emphasis on Christian formation – equipping each other in being able to read and apply Scripture (the Bible), prayer, and opening ourselves up to the work of the Holy Spirit.

  • Increasing and refocusing our capacity to serve those who are lonely, excluded or on the margins.

  • To better enable a flourishing relationship between the church and St Mary’s Primary School.

  • Refreshing our offer through the building to the town and the region.

For the last 25 years, the church building has been shared jointly between the Church of England and the United Reformed Church but, by the autumn of 2018, the United Reformed will leave St Mary’s for a new role and ministry in Banbury.  That is currently in the process of being discerned and explored.
The church building is located at the heart of the historic quarter of Banbury just two minutes walk from the famous Banbury Cross.