WELCOME from the Revd Clare Sykes, Rector
Welcome to the website of St Frideswide Church, Botley Road, Oxford.
We are glad you have visited us!
Who are we?
We are the Anglican church serving the vibrant district of West Oxford and Osney Island. We are part of the Osney Benefice, working in partnership with our next door neighbour parish, North Hinksey & Botley.
St Frideswide’s is dedicated to the patroness of Oxford. Since our church was founded in the nineteenth century, we have built up Christians in the faith through the celebration of the sacraments and the study of Holy Scripture.
The church has a relaxed Anglo-Catholic tradition, and our regular worship is focused on the Eucharist. We are a small, friendly, all-age congregation who welcome regular, sojourner and seeker alike. We aim to provide worship and learning opportunities that are inclusive to all and to that end are working hard to become more child and family friendly.
Please see the side panel on this page for our regular service times and other activities.
Baptisms, weddings and funerals
Our beautiful church is a public building, here for the community it serves. If you live in our parish or have a connection with our parish, we welcome you to celebrate a baptism or to get married here. Our clergy are also available to conduct funeral services in the church or at the crematorium. Do contact us if we can help.
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Our church exists to offer worship to God and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ – that God loves us and offers us fullness of life. Follow this link to read the most recent sermons given at St Frideswide
NEXT SERVICES AT ST FRIDESWIDE
We hope you will be able to join us
10.30am Sung Eucharist
FIRST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH
10.30am Family friendly Eucharist
SUNDAY 27 JULY 2014
10.30am Sung Eucharist
SUNDAY 3 AUGUST 2014
10.30am Family Friendly Eucharist
SUNDAY 10 AUGUST 2014
10.30am Sung Eucharist
SUNDAY 17 AUGUST 2014
10.30am Sung Eucharist
Revd Professor Judith Brown
On 29 June 2014, St Frideswide bade farewell to the Revd Professor Judith Brown.
We will miss her greatly. We are deeply indebted to Judith for all that she has done for St Frideswide.
She has brought great dignity and a real sense of occasion and importance to both our regular services and to the occasional offices she has presided over.
As well as showing both concern and compassion for members of the congregation, she has encouraged and supported ordinands on placement with us, going to great lengths to ensure that they get the opportunity to experience the widest range of ministerial duties. And of course ensuring they know the correct names for everything!
In addition, she has helped in very practical ways too. For example, she and her husband, Peter, have made jam and pickles for the church to sell. She also helped prepare an inventory of church linen and robes, followed by the washing and ironing of some the vestments that were in need of attention.
She will remain busy when she leaves us, assisting at St Mary Magdalen and supporting the work of the Chaplaincy at her college, Balliol.
We hope very much that she will be back to preside for us, when she is able to.
The Revd Professor Martin Henig was licensed as Associate Priest in the Osney benefice on 27 May 2014 by the Bishop of Oxford, The Rt Revd John Pritchard: Photographs
ORGAN RECITALS 2014
All at St Frideswide's Church on Thursdays at 7.30pm. £5 at the door includes a glass of wine and nibbles
31 July: Sarah Lister
25 September: Dorien Schouten
23 October: Greg Wheele
THE CHURCH'S HISTORY
The church is a Grade 2* listed building. It was completed in early 1872 and consecrated by the Bishop of Oxford on 10 April 1972. The history of the church, written by Malcolm Graham can be found here.
Andrew Ivett's history and description of the organ can be found here. At 7.30pm on the last Thursday of each April, May, June, July, September and October there is an organ recital, each recital being given by a different distinguished organist. Organ scholars who would like to practice on or play the organ should contact us.
ST FRIDESWIDE WITH BINSEY
St Frideswide with our sister church St Margaret of Antioch at Binsey are part of the Benefice of Osney along with our neighbouring parish of SS Peter and Paul Botley and St Lawrence, New Hinksey.
St Frideswide, in partnership with our sister churches in the Benefice is launching a major fund-raising appeal. Our heating system is not fit for purpose; the church is very damp as a result, which is affecting our magnificent Hunter organ, which reacts badly to damp and high humidity. All this combines to make it difficult to use the church to its full potential, particularly in the winter months.
This combined with the need to replace the asbestos/concrete guttering on the north side of the church and with our desire to make the church look more welcoming by opening up the porch means that we are looking to raise £75,000 plus. Before proceeding with any work we canvassed our local communities, asking them about what St Frideswide meant to them and how they would like to use the church for both sacred or for secular activities. The response was a very positive ‘yes’ to making more use of the church and on the basis of this we have decided to go ahead with the fund-raising.
The Benefice’s churchwardens have met with the Rector, to discuss how best to proceed and how we can best tie together the essential work that is needed at St Lawrence and that at St Frideswide into a Benefice-wide effort that will work to the benefit of all local people, our congregations and other interested parties. And as churchwardens we would warmly welcome your help with this and your advice!
Anne James, Churchwarden
FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY
St Frideswide with Binsey is hoping to join the First World War Centenary Partnership and to apply for HLF funding in order to share more widely what we know about the men of our area who went to war, those they left behind, and the impact of the conflict on our local community. Your thoughts and ideas are invited. More information
Biographies of the St Frideswide men who died in the First World War
Article by the Churchwarden, Anne James, about the First World War Memorial at St Frideswide
OPEN LETTER FROM THE REVD CLARE SYKES, JUDITH BROWN, MARTIN HENIG, AND PHILIP BUDD
The vote on women bishops
Binsey: Oxford’s holy place – Its saint, village and people edited by Lydia Carr, Russell Dewhurst and Martin Henig.
There are ten contributions dealing with the archaeology, history, topography, people and literary connections of Binsey and its church of St Margaret’s. The book will be fully illustrated.
Due to be published by Archaeopress near the beginning of 2014
AT ST FRIDESWIDE'S
The congregation of St Frideswide's Church would like to offer a big thank you to John Bye who has done an excellent job of restoring the large wooden lectern. It was sent to him in a bad way, and badly in need of repair; it returned with the loose parts fixed, and with some fine paint work to restore it to its full glory.
A picture of it in use can be found here.