Welcome to the Parish of Cowley. Bringing Christianity to life. 

As part of the Cowley Christian community we are here to serve the community as a whole - children and older people, students and workers, believers and those who are searching. We would love to meet you and hear how your journey in life might meet ours. You can meet us for worship, at a lunch club, in a home group, at the Community Food Bank or just drop in for a chat. Use the links below to learn more.

Regular Worship Services                                          Social Events                                                     Festivals and Fun Days    

Our Vision

“To live out God’s purposes for us, make Christ known in Cowley and to raise up a new generation to love and serve the Lord."

Parish News

Film Club

Friday 12 February 2016 at 6.30pm.

St. James Church Centre, Beauchamp Lane

Film of the Month "The Bridges of Madison County"

This is a PRIVATE film club showing excellent films. Members can each sign in one guest but if you would like to join the club so you can attend sessions please contact Rosanne Butler 01865 453257


Snowdrop Weekends

Saturday 13 February 2016  10.30 - 4.00

Sunday 14 February 2016  2.00 - 4.00

Come and enjoy the beauty of Cowley churchyard as the snowdrops and aconites remind us that spring is on its way and then come into church for wonderful cakes and tea. 

We look forward to welcoming you.


Valentine's Tea Party

Saturday 13 February 2016  3.00 - 5.00pm.

St. James Church Centre, Beauchamp Lane

A celebration of 'being loved' for everyone - young and old, single or in a relationship, looking forward or looking back.

There will be plenty of lovely food, lively games and crafts to enjoy.


Coffee, Cake and Communion

Tuesday 16 February at 10.30am.

The Vicarage, 27 Dom Bosco Close (Tel: 01865 434160)

An informal time of fellowship, prayer and communion with great refreshments.



Quiz and Puddings Night

Friday 19 February 2016

St. James Church Centre, Beauchamp Lane

(arranged by the Mothers' Union)

All welcome for this annual fun event.


Parish Sunday Lunch

Sunday 20 February at 12.30pm.

at St. James Church Centre

Come and enjoy a full cooked Sunday lunch with other members of the parish for a very reasonable price. Open to all but ...     Please book in advance (by Wednesday 16 February) by calling the Parish office (01865) 747 680


Gardening Party

Saturday 27 February 9.30am. onwards

at St. James Church Centre.

Come and have fun, fresh air and exercise as we prepare the St. James Church Centre garden for another beautiful spring and summer showing. If possible bring your own tools but some will be available. Both heavy and light work available plus coffee and cake.


St. James Café

Saturday 27 February

10.00am. - 1.00pm

at St. James Church Centre

Join us for a coffee and a chat and take the chance to browse the stalls : books, cards, preserves, bric a brac and more. Great cakes and now with bacon butties!


Parish Healing Service

Thursday 3 March 2016 at 7.00pm

St. Francis Church, Hollow Way

A time for quiet prayer and reflection and an opportunity to seek special prayer for healing for yourself or for others for whom you care.



Easter Fun Day

10.00am - 2.00pm Saturday 19 March 2016

St. Francis Church, Hollow Way

A day of fun for all the family and all the parish. Lots of fun activities for the children, - more for adults. Refreshments.  Come and celebrate the big story of Easter.


Palm Sunday

Sunday 20 March at 4.00pm.

Meet at St. James Church, Beauchamp Lane

Cowley Churches Together Palm Sunday walk (with a real donkey!) from St. James Church to St. Francis Church in Hollow Way visiting other churches on the way.  Refreshments will be served at St. Francis.  A good start to Holy Week and fun for all the family.

DOWNLOAD the FLIER (with full proramme details) here and a POSTER here


Holy Week and Easter

Monday 21 - Sunday 27 March 2016

Special services will be held for all three congregations - the Asian Anglican Living Church, St. Francis and St. James.

For full details of all services this week CLICK HERE



Annual Parish Meeting

Sunday 17 April 2016 at 12.15pm.

at St. James Church Centre, Beauchamp Lane

This is an important meeting for all members of our church community when we reflect on the past year, appoint people to different positions and plan ahead for our Christian life in the year to come.


Plant Sale

Saturday 14 May  12.00noon - 3.00pm.

at St. James Church Centre, Beauchamp Lane

This is the date that everyone waits for every year - a chance to stock up your garden, buy house plants, and even find some other bargains or perhaps a lovely cake. Refreshments available.


Christian Aid Week

15 - 21 May 2016

The Parish of Cowley will be collecting in local street for the work of Christian Aid as well as organising other events - watch this space!


Get Linked-up

The Parish Link gives you all the news for the current week together with the Bible Readings and a special prayer for this week. Just click for St. James, Bible or St. Francis below.

Lent 2016- Starts following Ash Wednesday  10th Feb

A new Rector for Cowley

On Thursday 26 November the parish welcomed the Revd. Canon Geoffrey Bayliss as our new rector at an induction service conducted by the acting Bishop of  Oxford, Rt. Rev. Colin Fletcher. (See the slide show of pictures from the service below.) Geoff, a former science teacher with experience of parish ministry in Essex and wider responsibilities in the church as Rural Dean, was previously vicar of North Blackwater in the Diocese of Chelmsford. He has moved to Cowley, with his wife Mary to begin his new ministry alongside the community at St. James and St. Francis churches, with our local schools  and to serve the wider community across the Parish of Cowley.

The Slideshow below includes pictures from the 2014 festival and details about all the events this year.




- a journey which for most of us is life-long.