Driving across the Oakley bridges from Bromham, St Mary’s Church is the welcoming sight that greets you as you enter the village. Parts of the building date from the middle of the 12th century, but there is reasonable evidence to suggest that there was a Christian church in Oakley many years before that. On its tower St Mary’s has an ancient clock, built around 400 years ago, and with only one hand, for the hours. Until the electronic winding mechanism was installed in the 1970s, willing volunteers wound it by hand! It is currently awaiting some repair and restoration work.
We are beginning to hold services in St Mary’s again as pandemic restrictions are eased; you are welcome to join us but please note that in this time you need to let us know you are planning to come so we can ensure socially-distanced seating arrangements. You can always join us online for our Zoom services on Sundays at 10.30am and 6pm: visit the Services page for the links and joining information.
Since 2000, St Mary’s has been part of a Local Ecumenical Partnership (LEP) with Oakley Methodist Church, and at the Zoom service on the second Sunday of each month we particularly welcome our Methodist friends. The two churches work together to reach out to the community – Messy Church is currently suspended due the pandemic but we look forward to restarting as soon as it is safe to do so.
Children and families are always welcome to St Mary’s, and we look forward to the time when we will be able to meet together and have fun in the church again. Our Zoom services include an activity to engage the children with the theme of the service.
For more information on our activities for children and young people, see the Young people page.
Worship at St Mary’s is led by an organ and choir, and a peal of 6 bells calls us to church – see the relevant pages on the Activities page for further information.
St Mary’s is currently applying to the relevant authorities for permission to repair and refurbish the clock tower and the Public Notice for this can be found on the homepage under Current Communications.
For more information about the village, visit Oakley Village website www.oakleyvillage.co.uk