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

Parish Healing Service

Thursday 3 December 2015 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.



Cowley Festival of Christmas Trees 2015

St. James Church, Beauchamp Lane

4 - 13 December 2015

For full details of all the events during the festival please click here. This is one of our most popular events each year!



5 Gold Rings Concert

5 December at 7.00pm

St. James Church, Beauchamp Lane

A concert to celebrate the start of the Cowley Festival of Trees featuring Oxybaroxy and the Witney Youth Choir.  Full details here



Film Club

Friday 11 December 2015 at 6.30pm.

St. James Church Centre, Beauchamp Lane

Film of the Month "The Glen Miller Story"

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


Christmas Fun Day

Saturday 12 December 10.00 - 2.00

St. James Church Centre, Beauchamp Lane

A fun day for all the family.  Full details here.



Coffee, Cake and Communion

Tuesday 15 December at 10.30am.

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

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



Parish Sunday Lunch

Sunday 20 December 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 November) by calling the Parish office (01865) 747 680


Treasure Island Theatre Visit

Saturday 9 January 2016 at 2.00pm.

Join a group from Cowley Parish on a trip to "Treasure Island" the Christmas production by the excellent Creation Theatre at North Wall, Summertown, Oxford.

Group tickets available at £13.50 and £19.50 - first come, first served.  Contact Rev. Skye Denno quickly.


Gardening Party

Saturday 30 January 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 30 January

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!


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.