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
“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."
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
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.
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
(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
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
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.
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.
Saturday 14 May 12.00noon - 3.00pm.
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!
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
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.
On Sunday 26 July our three congregations from the Asian Anglican Living Church, St. Francis Church and St. James Church joined together in an exuberant celebration of the feast of St. James.
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN COWLEY
Palm Sunday Ecumenical Procession 2015
During the five weeks of Lent this year most of the Home groups in our parish will meet weekly and study a wonderful book called "The Nail" by bishop Stephen Cottrell. After Lent the home groups will continue to meet regularly, mostly every two weeks. Some are using modules of the Pilgrim Course whilst others will follow different study series. All of our home groups provide time for sharing, discussion and prayer for each other. For more details of the Pilgrim Course see below.
All home groups welcome new members at any time. For full details of all home groups and contact numbers go to our Home Group page.
As a first stage we offer the world-class Alpha Course which has now helped millions of people in over 150 different countries to discover what God means for them and to begin following Jesus in their daily lives. We normally have a course running somewhere in the parish so do please contact Ed for details on 01865 778243.
Alpha is a series of conversations around food which cover all the basics of the Christian faith with plenty of opportunity for you to ask your own questions. Read more here.
As stage two we now other the new and exciting Pilgrim Course which was launched in 2013 with the final sections due to be published in 2015. This course is hosted by one of our regular parish home groups so you will get the change to meet with others who have been 'on the road' as Christians a little longer - but we are all learners together. The group meets just twice a month and different people lead each session with video resources etc. For more details please contact Mark on 07985 631816.
Pilgrim is a series of discussions based on such things as The Lord's Prayer, The Beatitudes, and Holy Communion but very focused on what these mean for our normal life in the family or at work.
You can watch an introduction to Alpha here and find their YouTube channel here.
You can watch an introduction to Pilgrim here with more information here.
St. James Church Centre,
13 Beauchamp Lane, Oxford,
OX4 3LF, UK