Welcome to the St Nicholas Church website:
Both St Nicholas Church in Marston and St Thomas of Canterbury Church in Elsfield are now open for private prayer only from 9am to 5pm each day. For the protection of all please follow the safety directions at each church. (For photos of these arrangements please see our church Facebook page).
A new addition to our services:
For information about our programme for our young people who are over 11 year old (Pulse) and for details of another group for those of Key Stage 2 age being planned please contact Skye on Tel: 01865 202988 or Email: email@example.com
Please join us for our current online services for the Benefice of St Nicholas Church in Marston and St Thomas of Canterbury Church in Elsfield:
Click here for Service Booklets and for more information about our varied online services.
Sunday Morning Communion Service (every week) available from 8am on St Nicholas Marston YouTube page and at this YouTube page can also be found past services.
Compline Services – Tuesdays,Thursdays & Saturday at 8:30pm – click here for the Compline Live Stream Service Page 8.30pm (currently Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays) – including the St Nicholas Church’s facebook link, order of service download and a youtube link (for past recordings)
Special Service Booklets to download:
Worship at Home 2020 Booklet (Praying at home on your own may be something that is new or unfamiliar to you. It may be something that you do not find easy. We hope that the services in this book will provide a structure along words that are familiar.)
Poster challenge 2020 PDF to download
Here are some entries that have been received already to cheer and inspire you ….
From our vicar at this time of separation …
We are the church and it is time for us to see sacred spaces – those thin places, where heaven and earth touch one another – are present wherever we open our eye and hearts to God. God is not confined to a building or any particular place for that matter. Sacred places can be our garden, balcony, study, bedroom and anywhere we call on the name of God. So when you pray light a candle and continue to love, to care and to build our communities even while separated, because when one or two are gathered there the Creator is!
Some prayers for this time of uncertainty …
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
A church that’s here for you
If you are looking for the perfect church, St Nicholas is probably not for you. But if you are excited about the possibility of joining a group of men, women and children (of all ages) who are fascinated by Jesus, and want to make sense of 21st century life by trying to follow him, then you may find this a place you can be comfortable.
Come and help us as we explore together how to be Christians in 21st century Oxford.
If you have any questions or just want to get in touch, we’d love to hear from you. For contact details of members of the team – please click here for the Contacts Page.