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

The Church is Currently Closed

The Church Building  may be closed, but we are very much still open to offer support and help where we can.

After reviewing the change in government guidelines on Covid and the National Lockdown, we have reluctantly decided that we should close the church building at this time.   As a church community we have to consider the welfare of not only our congregation but also our volunteers

We continue to offer services online, see our Diary section in the website, we will also be joining up with Oxford Diocese for their online services.  Our building may be closed but you can still contact us via Facebook messenger, email or phone and someone will come back to you.

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 page.

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, Lesley Burge, that you have contacted them. Contact Lesley on 01295 253329 or email safeguarding@banburystmary.org.uk

Safeguarding: who to contact with concerns

For all safeguarding concerns please immediately inform the Parish Safeguarding Officer, Lesley Burge on 01295 253329 or email safeguarding@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.