Services & Events




Sunday 4th October:

Zoom Service at 10.30am, with Granborough David Heffer/Rev. Petra Elsmore

Readers: David Perrett (Philippians 3:4b-14) and Elizabeth Crocker (Matthew 19:16-21) Prayers: Granborough


Sunday 11th October:

Family Communion at 9.30am

Rev. Janet Bayly/Rev. Petra Elsmore

Readers: Pete York (Philippians 4:1-9) and Mark Payne (Matthew 22:1-14) Prayers: Jennifer Heffer


Sunday 18th October:

Zoom Service at 10.30am with Granborough: Mark Payne/Rev. Petra Elsmore

Readers: Granborough (Exodus 33:12-end and Matthew 22: 15-22) Prayers: Tricia McSweeney


Sunday 25th October: Family Communion at 9.30 am

Rev. Petra Elsmore/Rev. Janet Bayly

Readers: Jean Wright (Colossians 3:12-17) and Alistair McKinlay (Matthew24:30-35) Prayers: Rosemary Morton



When returning to our church for regular worship, for your own safety and for the safety of others, we (need to) ask you to follow these guidelines:


In order to maintain safe numbers and avoid the disappointment of being turned away, we ask you to book your place at each service in advance with Aly Perrett (01296 670302/


If you display any of these symptoms please do not enter our building and return home immediately-


  • persistent coughing
  • high temperature
  • loss of taste or smell

Face coverings

You are required to wear a face covering when attending services (unless you cannot do so for medical reasons)

Contact details

We will ask for your name and contact details to support the NHS’s Test and Trace System.

Moving around

We will ask you to sit in a particular seat and move in a particular direction around our building

Hand hygiene

Please use hand sanitiser when entering or exiting our building

Physical contact

Please avoid physical contact with people outside of your own household


Please maintain appropriate physical distancing based on current guidelines


Churches Open for Private Prayer

We are delighted to have been able to take this first step towards the reopening of our churches. We can now welcome you to church for services and private prayer, with some restrictions in place to adhere to Government guidance. Church will be open 2 days a week with 72 hours between openings to minimise the risk of transmission of the Covid-19 virus.


St Mary’s Church, North Marston

Tuesdays 2.00pm-6.00pm

Saturdays 10.00am-2.00pm

Various safety measures are in place:

  • There is one entrance and one exit, clearly indicated;
  • It is important to use hand sanitiser after entry and before leaving the building and maintain 2 metres distance from anyone else in the building.
  • Seating is allowed in a restricted area, in the Lady Chapel,
  • Cards placed on the pews indicate appropriate places to sit;
  • The areas in use will be cleaned before and after each session with appropriate anti-bacterial spray;
  • Hand sanitiser will be provided for use on entry and exit.


We hope that despite these limitations you would enjoy your visit:

Keep well, stay safe and look out for your neighbours.


Morning Prayer is continuing, via Zoom, on Thursdays, 10.00am – 11.00am. If you would like to join us, please ask Petra to send you the Zoom link.

‘Doing Church Differently’


Online Services

You can access David Meakin’s weekly service, livestreamed at 11am, on the Schorne Team Facebook page, or later in the day via YouTube.

You can share a recorded service, produced by Steve and Sarah Flashman, designed to be watched on a Sunday evening, at

Bishop Steven’s 10.00am Sunday morning communion service can be livestreamed directly from the front page of the Diocese of Oxford’s website, with a downloadable Order of Service to accompany it (

There are very useful resources on the Church of England website:


Materials for Reflection and Worship

Our ministers are providing materials for reflection and worship, which can be emailed out to anyone requesting them. If you would like to receive Janet’s ‘Candle of Hope’ reflections and readings, please email her. Similarly, if you would like our ‘Sunday Reflections’, please email Petra.

Prayers and Support

We are keen to offer all the support we can at this time, and even if we can’t visit, we are available for pastoral phone conversations. If you have particular concerns that you would like to share and talk through with someone, then please let Petra or Janet know.

In both parishes we have a long-established prayer ministry. To request prayers for family or friends, please contact one of our co-ordinators or either minister directly. Requests for prayers will be dealt with sensitivity and confidentiality.

Prayer co-ordinator for North Marston Church:

Anne Nicholson

Morning Prayers have been reinstated via Zoom, and are open to all. These take place on Thursday mornings from 10.00am – 11.00am. Please email Petra if you would like to join us, and she will send you a link to the meeting. You can be an active participant, or just watch and listen.


Rev Petra Elsmore: 07365605412

Rev Janet Bayly: 670245

Churchwardens North Marston:

Aly Perrett 670302

Tricia McSweeney: 670484



X-STREAM (St Mary's Childrens Group)

All meetings are suspended until further notice.


Suspended until further notice.


Suspended until further notice.


WESLEY FLICS: all future screenings of Wesley Flics have been cancelled until further notice.


For the NMHS Website click on the link below :



Are you a young person or adult who would like to be confirmed? If so, please speak to Petra or Janet for more information and to register your interest.


Choir practise has also been suspended until further notice.


Cancelled until further notice.