Welcome to our Benefice


The Shrivenham & Ashbury Benefice is situated in the Vale Of White Horse, 8 miles east of Swindon and 25 miles west of Oxford, and consists of four parishes within the Dorchester Archdeaconry in the Diocese of Oxford.

Our churches are all different, but are united in wishing to mirror the hospitality of God to those we meet.

Resuming public worship in our churches.

It is lovely to be able to resume worship in our churches, apart from St John's Fernham which remains closed to allow the pre-school exclusive access. Most of our churches are also open for private prayer - see our Newsletter for times and dates.
Services will be shorter and the number of people involved kept to a minimum, and we ask that you only go to services in the church you normally attend.
Any decision to attend church must be yours, taken prudently and prayerfully in the light of your own health and wellbeing, as well as those around you. Please don’t feel obliged to come just because the service is happening – we won’t be offended!

Please remember that, even though many of us have now had one or more vaccinations, the coronavirus is still circulating and we can still transmit it. 

Face coverings are mandatory in church and you should either scan the NHS test and trace QR code or use the sign-in sheets on entering. Hand sanitiser is available and remember to maintain social distancing. Please do not come into church if you think you may have symptoms of Covid 19. In line with government advice, children under 11 and people with disabilities or certain health conditions are exempt from wearing face coverings.

Meanwhile, the regular online services and sermons continue and we are now able to livestream some of the services from our churches.
Please download the Newsletter for full details.

If you need to talk or ask for specific prayers, please get in touch.


Canon Paul Richardson's sermon for Sunday 9th May.

A Rogationtide address at the beginning of Christian Aid Week.



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