Sketch of St. James' Chapel, Over Norton, kindly supplied by Jan Cliffe
Dear Friends
Please click the picture to hear a message from James and Emma.

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
     a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
     a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
     a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
     a time to tear and a time to mend,

Ecclesiastes 3:1-7



Regular in-person services resume on 25 April at 8am and 10.30am

On 18th April we'll be posting a Virtual Sunday video on our website and YouTube channel.

Thursday Services


Services resume on 22 April at 11am. Everyone over 18 is most welcome.


Prayer meetings


Setting a Watch

Continues each day at 6am and 6pm.

Building to Serve Prayer Meeting

Continues every Monday at 12.00, via Zoom


It is with huge sadness that this Sunday sees the last service at St. James' Chapel, Over Norton.

The chapel building has had an interesting history, including being used as a school and a Mission Room, and was licensed for Holy Communion, renamed as St. James’ Chapel and attached to St. Mary’s, Chipping Norton in the 1940s.

The much-loved chapel has been enjoyed by a small but faithful congregation, and this Sunday we especially send our love and prayers to our brothers and sisters for whom this has been their worshipping home.

Our thoughts will be with you this Sunday as you say goodbye.
More about St. James' Chapel, Over Norton


A few weeks ago Emma wrote about how thankful she was for all our friends who "volunteer in the background". Here are a few more amazing people that we're so grateful for! Here they are preparing the church for the Easter service.


We're so delighted to be able to invite you back to regular Sunday services in the church building from Sunday 25th April.

Our main service will start at 10.30am and everyone is invited. There will be groups for Ignite (age 3-5), One Way (age 6-11) and Ablaze (school years 7-8). Whether you're new, well-known, visiting, arriving on your own, or with energetic children in tow, we'd so love to see you!

(On 18th April we'll be posting a Virtual Sunday video on our website and YouTube channel. There will be separate Zooms for those up to school year 6 and for those in school years 7-13).

Click below for Youth info. Children's info to follow...
Youth info from 20th April


These times have raised some pretty big questions for us all. It may be that you, or someone you know, has got questions about life, death, the future, God and…well, everything.

We’re running Alpha Online; a chance to watch a video about some of the questions around the Christian faith, and then chat about it together online.

If you know someone who might be interested, perhaps you could point them in the direction of our website to find out more.

Then ask them to get in touch, so we can send the Zoom link: office@stmaryscnorton.com or 01608 646202.

Alpha starts Monday 26th April. Meet at 7:30pm to watch the 20ish minute video. Or watch the video beforehand and join at 8:00pm to discuss.


Are you passionate about transforming the church to engage in a digital era?

St Mary’s Chipping Norton is looking for a creative and motivated Design and Communications Officer (Part-time, 10-14hrs/week).

  • to join our supportive team at an exciting time of new opportunity for the church;
  • to help us to use different media to further our mission to Live IN God’s Love and to Live OUT God’s love;
  • to develop both internal and external communications;
  • to help us to establish a more solid digital foundation for our ministries.

Please click on the links below to download a Role Description and Application Form 

Applications to be returned to:

St Mary's Church Office, Church Street, Chipping Norton, OX7 5NT, Telephone:  01608 646202. Email:  emily.oshea@stmaryscnorton.com

Click here for Role Description

Click here to download Application form

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We'll be continuing to meet to pray via Zoom at 6am and 6pm daily for Building to Serve, as well as our world, nation, community, church and each other.

Topic: 'Setting a Watch' prayer time

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 982 6503 6092
Passcode: SetAWatch

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/a1VRI10kA


Book: The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

Recommended by Catherine, Hannah, Sherry, Linda & others!

Raynor Wynn and her husband Moth are are made homeless following the collapse of their business, and at the same time Moth is diagnosed with a terminal illness. With everything gone they make the extraordinary decision to walk the 630-mile South West Coast Path, living in a tent and having to exist on next-to-nothing.

The book is a true story and explores themes of grief, struggle, healing and the wonder of the natural world.

The book received overwhelming praise from many of the attendees at "Coffee and Chat" last Sunday, and is well worth a read!
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What's happening soon?

Thursday worship Thu 24th Jun St. Mary's Church, Chipping Norton More info
Kintsugi Hope wellbeing course Fri 25th Jun The Parish Rooms More info
Remix Fri 25th Jun Glyme Hall More info