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

Easter in Cowley

Sunday 5 April 2015

At St. Francis Church, St. James Church and the Anglican Asian Living Church there will be many special services including:  Experience Easter (for our schools and everyone in the parish); The Maunday Supper (2 April); Good Friday Services (3 April); Holy Saturday 'Service of Light' (4 April) and Easter Day Celebrations (5 April).

For full details of all services click here.


Film Club

Friday 10 April 2015 at 6.30pm.

St. James Church Centre, Beauchamp Lane

Film of the Month "West Side Story"

This is a PRIVATE film club showing excellent films. If you would like to join the club so you can attend sessions please contact Rosanne Butler 01865 453257


An Evening of Music and Poetry

Friday 10 April 2015 at 6.30-9.30pm.

St. Andrews Church, Linton Rd., Oxford, OX3 9DL

with the Oxford Gospel Events Choir on the theme of "Hunger and Justice" in support of the Community Emergency Foodbank

Tickets £12 (children under 10 yrs. free) from :  CEF PO Box 41, Woodstock, OX20 1WN

Information at www.cefoxford.co.uk


Parish Sunday Lunch

Sunday 12 April 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 8 April) by calling the Parish office (01865) 747 680


Peace Tree Planting

Sunday 12 April 2015 at 2.00pm.

The planting of a Kaki tree from Nagasaki (a survivor of the nuclear bomb) at Barracks Lane Community Garden, Barracks Lane, OX4 2AP (www.barrackslanegarden.org.uk) with special guests; Hiroko Kato (Tokyo National Museum) and Joy Hendry (Professor of Anthropology, Oxford Brookes University).

All welcome. 


Election Hustings

Sunday 12 April at 6.00pm
Cowley United Reformed Church, Oxford Rd., Cowley

Come and discover what policies the different political parties have as you prepare to vote in the forthcoming General Election. All parties fielding local candidates will be represented.

Meeting organised by Churches Together in Cowley. 


Annual Parochial Church Meeting

Sunday 19 April at 12.15pm.

St. James Church Centre

An important occasion for all church members as we reflect on our past year together as a parish and plan for the future. (Meeting open to all but only those on the Electoral role can vote.)

To be preceded by a Christian Aid Super Soup Lunch 


Coffee, Cake and Communion

Tuesday 21 April at 10.30am.

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

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



St. James Café

Saturday 25 April

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!


Gardening Party

Saturday 25 April 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.


VE Day Tea Party

Saturday 9 May 2015

at St. James Church Centre

A special commemorative tea party to mark the 70th Anniversary of VE Day.  Bring your 1940s food, clothes, games and memories.

Details of times etc. to follow


Christian Aid Week

10 - 16 May 2015

Join us to collect from homes in the parish to support the excellent work that Christian Aid is doing amongst the 'poorest of the poor' around the world.


Watch this stace for announcements of other events this week.


Plant Sale

Saturday 16 May  10.00am. - 2.00pm.

St. James Church, Beauchamp Lane


The long awaited parish plant sale. Stock up on bedding plants, vegetables, herbs, shrubs and everything you need for the garden. Also other stalls and refreshments.


Seaside trip to Southsea

Saturday 30 May 2015

Leaving Cowley at 9.00am and returning by 9.00pm.

Join others from the parish for a great day out by the sea. Travel in your own car, ask for a lift or book a mini-bus seat for £10.  Time to see the many attractions of the town as well as a short service at St. Simon's Church and Fish & Chip supper on the beach.

Sign up on the list at St. Francis or St. James churches.



Friday 5 June 2015

Join the parish outing to see the West End musical Godspell when it visits the New Theatre, Oxford. A 'one of a kind' production with a brand new rock score featuring many of the well known tunes such as 'Light of the World' and 'Day by Day'. 

To book a place contact: Lesley Williams 01865 779562.


Christian Aid Quiz Night

Friday 26 June (time to be announced)

St. James Church Centre, Beauchamp Lane

Come as a team or as an individual as there will be others wanting to team up with you. Questions can be just as much fun to get wrong as right!  Refreshments available.

All proceeds to Christian Aid.


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