Welcome to the website of St Edburg's Church - the ancient parish church of Bicester in Oxfordshire.

Welcome

St Edburg’s church is the parish church of Bicester in Oxfordshire. The centre of the Anglican life in the town, the church has been the focal point for the community and a place for everyone to come together for over 900 years.

Today it is at the forefront of life in Bicester and continues its mission in the name of Jesus Christ. Read more

Pilgrim Course

If you want to explore your faith and learn more about Christianity you are invited to join us on the Pilgrim Course. The launch event is on Thursday 1st May at 7.30pm in St Edburg's Church Hall; everyone is welcome to come along to this "no obligation" cheese and wine evening. For more information contact peter.wright@stedburgschurch.org or see the Pilgrim Course website.

Building works

Phase two of the reordering work in St Edburg's will start on Monday 3rd March. This means that the church will be closed for all services and events from Sunday 2nd March. The normal service schedule will continue, but services will be held in the St Edburg's Church Hall until Saturday 12th April. Everyone is very welcome to join us during this exciting time in the church's history. When all the work is finally completed, which will not be until July, we will have a lovely new servery, the font will be repositioned in the central area and, possibly the most welcome, there will be toilet facilities in church.

Open for Coffee

The next opportunity to meet in our beautiful building for coffee and a chat with friends will take place on Saturday 26th April from 10am until midday and will be led by our 9.30 Service Team We will have lots of things to enjoy including decorate-your-own cake pops for children, cakes, refreshments, a raffle and other stalls. . Everyone welcome.

Forthcoming concerts

Trinity Camerata have published the schedule of their 2013-2014 season of concerts to be held in St Edburg's. Here are the details.

Renewing the church

In June 2008 we embarked on a re-ordering project to rejuvenate the church of Bicester for the 21st century. To do this, we aim to raise more than a million pounds in the next few years to pay for the major structural work that needs to be done. To date we have raised over £300,000. Now. in Spring 2014. we are starting phase two of the works. However, we still desperately need your help to continue our work. An easy way to support our work is to pray for us. Some prayers have been specially written to help you focus on the challenge before us.

Find out how you can help

Heritage Lottery Fund

In addition to the reordering project, the need for significant and urgent repairs to the stonework on the outside of St Edburg's Church, particularly to the south side of the building, was identified during a recent survey. The Heritage Lottery Fund have very generously offered a large donation to enable a more intensive investigation of the weather damage and for a plan to be formulated for these repairs to take place. This survey will take place over the coming months. Ultimately, much more money will need to be raised if we are not going to lose carving and other architectural features for ever. Any donations to this work would be gratefully received.

Weekly Newsheets

Click to view a copy of this week's newsheet for St Edburg's , here for St Mary's and St Peter's or here for the readings for this week.

Contact Newsletter

From here you can access our monthly benefice magazine for more information about us and what we are doing.

Clergy days off

Please remember that all of our clergy need to have time off to be able to recharge themselves so that they can lead us most effectively. To that end, each of them is allocated a rest day when we really should try to respect their time off. If you do need to contact a member of the clergy, and it happens to be their day off, please contact the Office or another member of the Team. Thank you for your cooperation.

Services this week

Please note that Sunday services are now being held in St Edburg's Church again as the building work has reached a suitable point

HOLY WEEK

Monday 14th to Wednesday 16th April

Meditations

7.30pm
Short meditations to begin Holy Week. Each night, one of our ministers will lead us in a brief act of worship focussing on a different event on the lead up to Good Friday. Please join us in church.

WEDNESDAY 16th April

Holy Communion

10.00am
Celebrate the Eucharist with a quiet, said service using Common Worship.

THURSDAY 17th April (Maundy Thursday)

Holy Communion

7.30pm
A sung Eucharist service leading into a candlelit vigil until midnight. The service will be in church so please bring a torch, if preferred, as there may not be electric lights available.

FRIDAY 18th April (Good Friday)

Walk of Witness

11am
We join with our Christian friends from the other churches in Bicester to remember Christ's journey to the cross and his crucifixion. The Walk will set off from The Church of the Immaculate Conception in The Causeway.

Meditations

12pm-3pm
You are free to join us for meditations on the cross for a short while or the whole period, whatever you feel is appropriate for you.

Compline

7pm
A special service of Compline for Good Friday using Common Worship. Everyone welcome.

SUNDAY 20th April(Easter Sunday)

Dawn Service

5.30am
Join us to welcome this joyful day with a service of Holy Communion to celebrate the risen Lord as the sun gradually fills the church with its light. Bacon sandwiches available after the service.

Holy Communion

8.00am
Celebrate the Eucharist with a quiet, said service using the traditional Book of Common Prayer.

Easter Family Communion

9.30am
Celebrate the Eucharist with all of the family in this Communion service designed for parents and children. Sunday School facilities are available. Coffee will be served between this and the next service.

Easter Holy Communion

11.00am
Celebrate the Eucharist with this sung service using Common Worship.

Morning Prayer

The Bicester Team ministers meet on some weekday mornings to say Morning Prayer together. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join them for this Common Worship said service; Tuesdays in ECB at 9am, Wednesdays in St Edburg's at 8.15am and Fridays in St Edburg's Church Hall Upper Room at 8am. Please join us if you can.