Join the call to be part of Prayer for the Nation during November

Prayer for the Nation

Let’s pray
a month of prayer for our nation

This November, churches across the land will be praying for our nation every day at 6pm

Read the open letter from our Archbishops and find simple resources to help you pray each week here.

Resrouces can be found here:

Shoebox Appeal Christmas 2020 DEADLINE IS 22 NOVEMBER


There is still time to do a shoebox. These can now be dropped off in Shipton or Milton church before 22 November.

We are once again collecting shoeboxes on behalf of the charity Teams4U. This year there is also the option to sponsor a shoebox. Leaflets will be available in the churches and the benefice office. For details of what to include and to download labels or the leaflet, please have a look at the website:

How to use the Benefice Website?

guide to using the website

During the Covid pandemic rather than amend all the information on the website we are mainly using the homepage as a place to add details of things which are happening.

Scroll down to see the latest news items.

If you have any questions, please email the office: [email protected]

31 October, letter from Bishop Steven

To: all the clergy and people of the Diocese of Oxford

31 October 2020


“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you” (Isaiah 43.2)

We need to hold firmly to our faith and hope in Christ at this time and care for our communities with all the love which God supplies. Thank you for all you have done already through the COVID pandemic.

The Prime Minister has announced a second national lockdown this evening from 5th November to 2nd December. We could well be entering the most difficult phase of the pandemic. Many will be anxious and exhausted. The Church needs to be strong and, as much as we can, continue to be a light shining in the darkness.

The government guidance published this evening is that people should only leave home for certain limited reasons, and they do not include attending public worship. The guidance makes clear that weddings and civil partnership ceremonies will not be permitted to take place except in exceptional circumstances.

Places of worship will be closed from 5th November, unless they are being used for: funerals; broadcasting acts of worship; individual prayer; essential voluntary and public services. Full details are now available online

As a Diocese, we will issue further guidance as soon as we can next week, but you should now start preparing to offer exclusively online worship for this second lockdown period. Remember that Church at Home continues every Sunday at 10 am. Please do make use of this provision if you cannot offer virtual worship in your parish/benefice at short notice.

The government may have moved on from the Rule of Six, but the guidance we offered on living well in the next six months remains valid. Especially we need to fix our horizon now on Easter and lean back into the rich resources of the Church year, and remember to watch over ourselves so we can continue to care for others.

I’m beginning a series of Bishop’s Webinars this week focussed on rebuilding through and after the pandemic and look forward to listening to many different experiences from across the Diocese. Please do sign up here if you are able.

Churches, schools and chaplaincies have been amazing through this most difficult of years in dedication and commitment, built on the service of tens of thousands of teachers, clergy, lay ministers, officers, wardens and volunteers.

Please know that you are held in prayer and in the vast love of God and keep going.

In Christ,

All Souls’ Service Sunday 1 November 11am Shipton Church


On Sunday 1st November at 11.00am we will be holding a special service in St Mary the Virgin, Shipton under Wychwood, to commemorate All Souls.

These last months have been particularly difficult for those who have lost loved ones with the restrictions placed on the way funerals have been conducted.

During this special service we will be reading out the names of those who have died recently and remembering other departed loved ones we hold dear. There are lists in all the churches for you to add names of your own loved ones or you can contact the office: email [email protected]

During the service there will also be the opportunity to light a candle in their memory.

Everyone is welcome but to help us safely plan the seating, please RSVP by 29 October with the number of seats you wish you reserve to: [email protected] or tel 01993 832514.

A note on safely coming to church services:

  • Please wear a mask or covering and use hand sanitizer on entering church
  • Sign in or use the App on your phone to register
  • We ask you please not to come if you are unwell