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

New Rector appointment

The new Team Rector is the Revd Verena Breed. She is expected to take up her rôle in September. For more information please see the the clergy information page.

Pilgrim Course

The second module of the Pilgrim course started on Thursday 26th June but anyone is very welcome to come along even if you have missed the first session. This module focusses on the Lord's Prayer. The group meet in the Church hall at 7,30pm on Thursday evening. For more information contact peter.wright@stedburgschurch.org or see the Pilgrim Course website.

Coming soon

A number of exciting social events for St Edburg's church are either booked or in the planning stages. There is range of concerts from a nationally acclaimed classical musician, through a well-loved jazz trio through to advance warning of a "Messiah from scratch" next Spring. In addition we will have quizzes and other events to which all are welcome. For more information, you can download the programme card. from here.

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

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.

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.

Building works

Phase two of the reordering work in St Edburg's started on Monday 3rd March. This meant that the church was closed for all services and events from Sunday 2nd March. However, we have been able to use the church for normal Sunday services since 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.

Services this week

WEDNESDAY 16th July

Holy Communion

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

FRIDAY 18th July (St Edburg)

Holy Communion

10.00am
Celebrate the special Eucharist to celebrate St Edburg's Day with a quiet, said service using Common Worship.

SUNDAY 20th July (Patronal Festival)

Holy Communion

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

Please note that there will be not be a service at 9.30am today
Family Communion

11.00am
Our weekend of celebrations for the completion of the latest phase of our reordering programme culminates in a Eucharist service on the Sunday following the Feast Day for St Edburg (18th July). The church family will come together to recognise the achievement and the importance of this development in the church's history. We are very pleased that the newly appointed Archdeacon of Dorchester, Ven. Judy French, will be joining us to bless our new facilities and giving the sermon. All ages are welcome to join us at this service, but worship-based activities for younger children will be available in the Hall if preferred. The main reason for the timing of the service is to allow us to continue the celebrations with a bring & share parish lunch.

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.

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.