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

Poetry, Wine and Cheese Evening

Friday 2 October at 7.00pm.

at St. James Church Centre

at the invitation of our parish Mothers' Union group. Come and enjoy an evening of poetry reading with good refreshments - in aid of Mothers' Union charities.

Admission £4 if you bring a poem to read or £5 if you come just to listen.  Information from Rosanne Butler  01865 453257


St. Francis' Patronal Festival

Sunday 4 October at 10.30am.

Festival Parish Eucharist to celebrate the patronal festival of our patron Saint, St.  Franicis of Asisi.

All are welcome - bring the family.



Parish Healing Service

Thursday 8 October 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.



Not just Homeless (Film)

Friday 9 October at 4.30pm.

at the Ultimate Picture Palace, Jeune Street, Jericho, Oxford

a screening of this powerful and thought provoking film by Aspire Oxford and Oxford Homeless Pathways.




Film Club

Friday 9 October 2015 at 6.30pm.

St. James Church Centre, Beauchamp Lane

Film of the Month "Kramer vs Kramer"

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


Baked Alaska

Friday 16 October at 7.30pm.

The Warriner School, Bloxham

No cooked ice-cream but rather a challenging performance by the acclaimed theatre group 'Riding Lights' which addresses the issues of climate change ahead of the Climate Summit in Paris at the end of this year.  Performance supported by Christian Aid. Booking details here


Parish Sunday Lunch

Sunday 25 October 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 21 October) by calling the Parish office (01865) 747 680



Coffee, Cake and Communion

Tuesday 20 October at 10.30am.

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

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



Gardening Party

Saturday 31 October 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 31 October

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!


Christmas Gift and Craft Fair

Saturday 14 November 2015

10.00am. - 2.00pm. 

St. James Church Centre

Christmas cards, toys, gifts, craft items, coffee and cake and much more.



Induction Service

Thursday 26 November at 7.00pm.

St. James Church, Cowley

Induction Service for our new Rector, Revd. Geoff Bayliss. During the service the bishop will welcome Geoff and Mary and induct Geoff into his new ministry in this parish. Refreshments will be served in the Church Centre after the service


Cowley Festival of Christmas Trees 2015

St. James Church, Beauchamp Lane

4 - 13 December 2015

Look out for more details of this ever popular Cowley festival!



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.


We are pleased to announce than Revd. Geoffrey Bayliss has been appointed as the next Rector of the Parish of Cowley. His induction service will be on Thursday 26 November 2015 at 7.00pm. at St. James Church, Cowley. Geoff, a former science teacher with experience of parish ministry in Essex and wider responsibilities in the church as Rural Dean, is currently vicar of North Blackwater in the Diocese of Chelmsford. He will be moving to Cowley, with his wife Mary, later this year 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. 

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