Welcome to the Four Parishes website. This is in the early days of construction and we will be adding more information as soon as possible, for example, about weddings, baptisms and funerals.

 

If you have any feedback at the current time, please use the Contact page to contact us.

Our Benefice comprises four rural parishes in four picturesque rural villages a few miles to the north-east of the city of Oxford. 

 

Click on the picture to find out more about each individual church.

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Beckley Church
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Forest Hill Church
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Horton Church
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Stanton Church

Church Services

August 2021

Having consulted with Churchwardens with regard to the latest guidance from the Church of England and the Diocese, at the current time, we are staying pretty much as we have been. The main aspects are detailed below; they will be kept under careful and regular review, as any changes in the Covid situation occur.

Social distancing and face coverings are no longer mandatory. However, in confined places we are encouraged to consider continuing to wear face coverings and to keep as distanced as possible. We might also do this in consideration of the more vulnerable amongst us. There will be congregational singing inside, another reason for being as distanced as possible. We are continuing with Communion in one kind for all but the priest.

In person services have now been resumed in all our churches.

Here is a quick resumé of the rules as a reminder:

All churches in the Benefice are open for private prayer on Sundays (but please note service times below) and Wednesdays from 10am (9am in Horton-cum-Studley) to 4pm.

1 August

09.30 Holy Communion at St John the Baptist, Stanton St John

09.30 Holy Communion at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Beckley

11.00 Morning Prayer at St Barnabas, Horton-cum-Studley

11.00 Holy Communion at St Nicolas, Forest Hill

18.00 Taizé Service via Zoom

8 August

09.30 Morning Prayer at St John the Baptist, Stanton St John

09.30 Morning Prayer at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Beckley

11.00 Holy Communion at St Barnabas, Horton-cum-Studley

11.00 Benefice Service via Zoom

17.00 Choral Evensong from the Book of Common Prayer at St Nicolas, Forest Hill

15 August

09.30 Holy Communion at St John the Baptist, Stanton St John

09.30 Holy Communion (BCP) at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Beckley

11.00 Morning Prayer at St Barnabas, Horton-cum-Studley

11.00 Morning Prayer (BCP) at St Nicolas, Forest Hill

22 August

10.00 Holy Communion Benefice Service at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Beckley

29 August

09.30 Holy Communion at St John the Baptist, Stanton St John

09.30 Morning Prayer at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Beckley

11.00 Holy Communion at St Barnabas, Horton-cum-Studley

11.00 Morning Prayer at St Nicolas, Forest Hill

Latest News

1 April 2021
'Breaking Day' - Passion Play by  Riding Lights Theatre Company.

Available to watch at home until 14 April.  Click here for more details.

14 February 2021
Informal 'Songs of Praise via Zoom, 7.30pm

Sing along to a selection of hymns chosen by people in the Four Parishes.  Contact us for a Zoom invitation or listen in your own time at home

25 January 2021
Church Opening Hours

Our churches are closed for services with the exception of funerals due to the country being in Lockdown 3, protecting ourselves and the strain on the NHS.
All are welcome to join our ‘Zoom’ online services.  Simply contact us to request an invitation.
We are keeping the situation under review, with the next review following government announcements about Lockdown, or at the end of February, whichever is the sooner. We will remain online until Lockdown 3 ends.
Following updating of the Risk Assessments, all the churches in the Benefice are open for private prayer between 10am (9am in Horton-cum-Studley) and 4pm on Wednesdays and Sundays

23 December 2020
Link to Online Services & Carols

Sing along to a selection of carols, many of which have been recorded specially for us by singers from around the Four Parishes, or watch an online service of Nine Lessons & Carols

15 December 2020
The Four Parishes Calendar 2021 is here!

Buy yours from Stanton St John Village Shop or complete our online order form.  The cost is £6 each or £15 for 3 and the proceeds will be split between the Four Parishes.

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