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St. Giles, Horspath Parish Church
Church Road, Horspath, Oxfordshire OX33 1SE
Vicar: The Rev'd Dr. Emma Pennington, M.A., The Rectory, 17 South End, Garsington, tel: 01865 361381.
Church Warden: Mr. Brian Lowe: 873342.

St. Giles Church is open to visitors every day between about 9am and 4pm. St. Giles is a listed building. For information about the Church building see the "Listed Buildings" page in the History of Horspath section. There is a selection of photos of the Church in the "Images Around Horspath" area.

The 13th century church was drastically altered during the 19th century, with the chancel being rebuilt and north transect added. The church contains medieval stained glass and, amongst a number of notable details, a handsome Jacobean pulpit. The tower is 15th century, and the bells are an extremely smooth flowing ring of six, with long ropes for exceptionally short ringers. The church bells specification: 6 bells 5 cwt, 2 qr, 9 lb or 283 kg Bb. You can read an article about the bells (PDF format 170 Kb) written by Brian Lowe, Church Warden and local historian. On the east wall of the South Transept in St. Giles is the Horspath Village War Memorial Plaque, and you can read an article about the Memorial (PDF format 232 Kb), again written by Brian Lowe.

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The St. Giles Horspath Parish Magazine December 2017 is now available online (PDF format 276 Kb) . It has information about Church services and other parochial and Village matters. You can read back numbers of the Parish Magazine in PDF format, please be very patient while these large files load.
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Services across the Benefice for December 2017
Sunday 3rd DecemberAdvent Sunday
    8.00amHoly Communion (BCP) at All Saintsí, Cuddesdon
   10.00amBenefice Service at St Gilesí, Horspath
Sunday 10th DecemberThe Second Sunday of Advent
    9.30amParish Communion at St Maryís, Garsington
    9.30amParish Communion at All Saintsí, Cuddesdon
   11.00 amChristingle Service at St Giles', Horspath
   11.45 amBlessing of Horspath Village Christmas tree
12th & 13th December9.45 am Horspath School Nativity in St Gilesí, Horspath
Thursday 14th Dec.2 pm Julian Prayer Group in the Edward King Chapel
Sunday 17th DecemberThe Third Sunday of Advent
    8.00amHoly Communion (BCP) at All Saintsí, Cuddesdon
    9.30amFamily Communion at St Maryís, Garsington
    9.30amParish Communion at All Saintsí, Cuddesdon
   11.00amFamily Time: Christmas Special with Horspath Nursery
    3.00pmHorspath Village Carol Service at St Giles', Horspath
    6.00pmGarsington Village Carol Service at St Maryís, Garsington
Sunday 24th DecemberChristmas Eve
    9.30amParish Communion at All Saintsí, Cuddesdon
    4.00pmCrib Service St Gilesí & All Saintsí
    5.30pmCrib Service at St Maryís, Garington
   11.30 pmMidnight mass at St Giles, St Maryís & All Saintsí
Monday 25th DecemberChristmas Day
    9.30amFamily Communion St Maryís & All Saintís
   11.00 amParish Communion at St Giles,Horspath
Sunday 31st DecemberThe First Sunday of Christmas
    9.30amBreakfast Time at St Maryís - Question: Wasnít Jesus just a great teacher? (Luke 2:15-21)
    9.30amParish Communion at All Saintís, Cuddesdon
   11.00 amMorning Worship at St Gilesí, Horspath

St Giles Church is one of the partner churches in the CEF (Community Emergency Foodbank). There is a CEF box in the back of the church and it is hoped that people from the village as well as church-goers will donate food each week for the foodbank. You can read here about CEF and also check out the food list.

Methodist Chapel
The Green, Horspath, Oxfordshire OX33 1RT
The Horspath contact is Sheila Frankum tel: 07591 933 964.
Saturday 17th October 2009 at 4 p.m. - a Service of Thanksgiving was held for 100 years of Methodist worship and witness in Horspath. This was to be the final day of Worship in the Chapel. The chapel is now closed for public worship as the regular membership dropped to just five people.

In 2013 the Friends of Horspath worked hard to raise funds to buy the Old Chapel. They were successful with their bid and they re-opened the Chapel in February 2014. Check the Friends of Horspath web pages for further news.
This village focal point is now re-named "Horspath Hub @ the Old Chapel".

The Hub @ the Old Chapel is now available for events. If you would like to hire the Old Chapel for an event or a regular activity, please let Sheila Frankum know by emailing to or call 07591 933 964.

Methodist Chapel
Horspath Hub @ the Old Chapel

Every Tuesday evening at St. Giles Church - contact Brian Lowe: 873342.

Churchyard Conservation
A highly commended scheme in St. Giles' churchyard - contact Sheila Frankum: 872793.

Friends of Horspath
The Friends of Horspath was established in November 2010 when members of St.Giles Horspath Parochial Church Council decided to strengthen community spirit in Horspath. Visit their web pages which they started in January 2013.

Parish Council New Burial Ground
If you are interested in the aims and usage of the New Burial Ground, which is owned by Horspath Parish Council, read or download the PDF version (80Kb) of the Rules for Usage of the Burial Ground (updated July 2013).

Parochial Charities
Chair: Barbara Lewis: 872204; Clerk: Sheila Dandridge.

Benefice of Garsington, Cuddesdon & Horspath
Visit the Benefice website for information about 3 local church parishes, Horspath, Cuddesdon and Garsington.

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