Our Organisations and Activities

St Mary's isn't just an interesting building but a thriving group of people who live in Bampton and beyond. See below for further information and details of how you can join in. Upcoming events are listed on the right and organisations are listed alphabetically:

Bellringing

St Marys has a peal of 8 bells, some of which date back to the 17th Century. In late 2006 the bells were restored for the first time in 100 years at a cost of about £40,000, and all but the heaviest two were removed by Whites of Appleton.

The bellringers practice on a Monday evening and ring most Sundays, as well as for many weddings through the year. They would welcome new members, both experienced and those wanting to try to learn a new skill.

To watch a video about how the bells work and what's involved with muffled ringing, click here (opens in new window).

For more information email David Rose, Tower Captain, by clicking this link.

Bible Study Group

St. Mary’s provides two Bible Discussion Groups one on Monday evenings and one on Tuesday evenings. More information from Dennis Piper on 01993 850677.

Blessed Bees

Blessed Bees is a mother and toddler group who meet regularly in church, with children moving into Junior Church as they get older. Meetings are advertised within the panel to the right. For more information contact Celia Humphreys by email clicking this link or call her on 01993 850199. Refreshments are provided for carers, bumps babes and pre-school children as well as fun, chat and a pleasant get-together.

Choir

St Marys Choir performs under the directorship of David New, the Organist and Choirmaster.

The Choir sings at the Sunday morning 10:30am service each week, practicing before from 9:45am.  The Senior Choir also practice each Friday in church from 7:30pm until about 9pm to prepare for Sunday and other performances. It is a four part choir, currently with an adult membership of approximately 18. The Seniors enjoy the odd social occasion together, just to liven things up! These activities range from the now traditional Choir BBQ in May, to trying Pilates, to eating out together; we also went to see a very tallnted and slightly alternative brass group perform. Choir practice often involves a certain amount of ‘banter’; the choirmaster believes in a relaxed attitude and to try and make things ‘fun’, as well as getting on with the business of learning new pieces and re-acquainting ourselves with past music. It does work most of the time!!

We also have an increasing number of children who form the Junior Choir. The Junior Choir meets at 6.45pm on a Friday night, then stay on with the Senior Choir until 8.30pm. The Junior Choir spend a certain amount of time learning to read music during their practice time, at the same time earning a small amount of pocket money towards their attendance at both practices and services. They also have occasional impromptu quizzes or other activities to try and lighten the evening. They have recently started singing on their own for part of the service for one Sunday a month. Visits and extra activities are also laid on, on occasion for the Juniors with activities including a trip to a local dairy farm to watch milking (the choirmaster is a farmer!), a lambing trip, a visit up to the church belfry, trips out bowling and more recently a trip to the cinema. The idea is to encourage a team spirit and make things as interesting as possible, as well as encouraging the more serious side to singing.

At Sung Eucharists, the choir normally sings a motet or anthem during the distribution of communion.

The Choir also sings away occasionally, including singing services at Christchurch Cathedral in Oxford, Malvern Priory and Tewkesbury Abbey. In April 2015 the Choir visited Lichfield Cathedral to sing Choral Evensong and in 2016, we sang in Guildford Cathedral. The Choir also plays a large part in the service of Nine Lessons and Carols just before Christmas and now normally sings a small work about The Passion during Holy Week just before Easter.

The choir is also available for weddings, but booking well in advance is a must.

If you have any enquiries please contact the Organist and Choirmaster, David New by phone on 01993 841807 or email David by clicking this link

Coffee & Co

Join us in Bampton Coffee House in the Market Square on Monday mornings from 10:30am for a chat and a catch up!
All are welcome to join the friendly  group for company & fellowship. Newcomers to the area are  always welcomed. More information from Margaret Battersby on 01993 850182.

Flower Guild

Our team of flower arrangers produce wonderful floral displays for weddings and throughout the year. The Annual Flower Festival in church takes place over the late May bank holiday weekend. For further details call Gaynor Cooper on 01993 851153 or email her by clicking this link.

Food Bank

There are many very grateful recipients who have received gifts of food from St Mary’s. Often these are people struggling with unexpected debts, which leaves insufficient money for food. We channel our gifts through Besom and are indebted to Hazel Carter who distributes them. Hazel thanks St Mary’s on behalf of Besom and likens the Church to the one in Macedonia (Romans 15 v 26 ) supporting those in need – in Carterton!  Examples of Besom coming to the rescue of people in need include a family who experienced a house fire and then considerable water damage. The recipients described how Besom had been there when others had not! So we are encouraged to keep up the giving through these challenging winter months. We are sorry not to be able to accept home-made food (Health & Safety). Please check the dates on items. With Christmas coming the following are particularly welcome: Christmas cakes, mince pies, soups, cereals, honey, jam, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, tinned foods, cranberry jelly and biscuits. Items can be left in church near the notice board.

Junior Church

Whilst traditional Junior Church is currently having a bit of a rest, on the fourth Sunday in each month the main 10:30am Sunday service takes the form of a family-based act of worship and children are encouraged to take part in the service by reading prayers, the bible readings and occasionally some performance.

Please read further down this page for details of Messy Church.

Otherwise children are very welcome at our church services. They may stay with their parents/carers, or use the childrens corner (far left at the back as you enter church). For more details about Junior Church email Karen Easterbrook by clicking this link.

Ladies Lunches

These take place on the last Friday of each month (with the exception of December, July and August), usually at the Pavilion at the Recreation Ground on Buckland Road except in Lent when the Lunch takes place in church. More details - see latest news on the home page.

Messy Church

On the first Sunday of each month we hold “Messy Church” at St Mary’s from 3-5pm. This is for any adults, families or accompanied children of any age who would like to come. There is a theme for each month; and we have fun-activities, craft, a time of worship and reflection … then tea! Why not come and see what happens. We’re sure you’ll enjoy it, and come back again!

For more information about Messy Church click here

Messy Church