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The Shelswell Group of Parishes

The Shelswell Group of Parishes aims to bring people closer to God, and to show the love of Jesus Christ and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit to everyone
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    Cottisford Daily 10am - 4pm
    Finmere Daily 10am - 4pm
    Fringford Daily 10am - 4pm
    Godington Saturdays & Sundays 10am - 4pm
    Hardwick Daily 10am - 4pm
    Hethe Daily 10am - 4pm
    Newton Purcell Sundays 10am - 4pm
    Stoke Lyne Daily 10am - 4pm
    Stratton Audley Daily 10am - 4pm

Welcome to the Shelswell Benefice!

We are a group of ten churches situated in the north east corner of Oxfordshire, a small rural patch between Bicester, Brackley and Buckingham. Many of our church buildings date back to the 12th century! The parishes are part of the Deanery of Bicester & Islip and the Dorchester Episcopal area of the Diocese of Oxford.

We are very fortunate in the Shelswell Benefice to be living in some lovely villages. As Christian communities within these villages, we seek to show God’s love to those amongst whom we live and to those we meet in our day to day lives.

We meet together to worship, and have a range of services with something to suit most people, young and old, somewhere in the patch!

We work to make a positive contribution to our villages – as well as holding events within the various villages, we offer some activities across the villages: a parent and toddler group, a holiday at home scheme for older people (Shelswell by the Sea), a children’s holiday club (Lighthouse), and much more!

Please contact me if you would like to know more about us or about anything we do!
Alice Goodall - Rector

Safeguarding - The Shelswell Benefice is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of the children and people of all ages in our church community.
The parish Safeguarding Policy may be viewed here.
For further information or contact details: the Rector or Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor


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