Building to Serve

In recent months at St Mary's, God has been extending our vision to serve the town in an exciting, ambitious and creative way at a time of substantially increasing need for many within our community...

Our vision is two-fold:

1. In our town… to acquire a vacant landmark building on our Market Street (‘The Old Bank’ - formerly the NatWest) and to transform it into a vibrant centre of social activity serving a wide cross-section of the community, and into a visible and accessible source of practical support for some of the most vulnerable in our town;


2. In our church building… to enhance our historic church building, enabling it to serve better as both a place of worship and as a valuable resource for the town, equipped for today’s needs and and for those of future generations, making sure that there is no barrier for anyone, young or old, and regardless of physical impairment. 

We would love you to catch this vision and join us in seeking to transform the lives of those most in need in Chipping Norton!

Artist's impression of church with pews removed

Current status of project (4th July 2019):

We're very nearly there with the purchase of 'The Old Bank’. Please keep praying, though! As soon as the purchase has been completed, we will update this page and celebrate with the church family.

In the meantime, however, Alastair Ewer, our Project Manager overseeing both aspects of the project (St Mary’s itself and the Old Bank), with the help and support of our Buildings Team (a subcommittee of the PCC), has commissioned initial design feasibility drawings from Banbury-based architects, Acanthus Clews, for both the church and the Old Bank. We'll have some of these on dipslay at Pandemonium in the Park on Saturday 6th July, so do come over and have a look.

We are also in the process of interviewing for a Campaign Director for the fundraising campaign, so please keep praying for that appointment. The campaign itself will be launched soon to enable and encourage the people of the church (and also the town) to become integral parts of that campaign to share the life-changing love of Jesus, and to serve even more widely in our community.

Buildings Team:

1. Alastair Ewer (Project Manager)

2. [Fundraising Campaign Director to be appointed] 

3. Tim Woolcock (Churchwarden)

4. Graham Povey (Churchwarden)

5. Mary Smith (PCC)

6. Bill Rees (PCC)

7. Nick Grant

Ex officio: James Kennedy (Vicar)

[The Buildings Team is a subcommittee of the PCC, reporting at each meeting, but with delegated responsibility for operational decisions]


What's happening soon?

Pilgrim Paths August Bank Holiday Walk Fri 23rd Aug St. Mary's Church, Chipping Norton More info
Pilgrim Paths August Bank Holiday Walk Sat 24th Aug Chastleton More info
Pilgrim Paths August Bank Holiday Walk Sun 25th Aug Great Rollright More info