Building to Serve

In recent months at St Mary's, God has been extending our vision to serve the town in an exciting, ambitious and creative way at a time of substantially increasing need for many within our community...

Our vision is two-fold:

1. In our town… to acquire a vacant landmark building on our Market Street (‘The Old Bank’ - formerly the NatWest) and to transform it into a vibrant centre of social activity serving a wide cross-section of the community, and into a visible and accessible source of practical support for some of the most vulnerable in our town;


2. In our church building… to enhance our historic church building, enabling it to serve better as both a place of worship and as a valuable resource for the town, equipped for today’s needs and and for those of future generations, making sure that there is no barrier for anyone, young or old, and regardless of physical impairment. 

We would love you to catch this vision and join us in seeking to transform the lives of those most in need in Chipping Norton!

Artist's impression of church with pews removed

Current status of project (16th June 2019):

Having exercised considerable patience, we now believe that all necessary legal paperwork has been drafted and are hoping and praying that there will be no futher enexpected barriers to us being able to sign, exchange and complete on the purchase of 'The Old Bank’ by the end of June. As soon as the purchase has been completed, we will update this page and celebrate with the church family.

In the meantime, however, Alastair Ewer, our Project Manager overseeing both aspects of the project (St Mary’s itself and the Old Bank), with the help and support of our Buildings Team (a subcommittee of the PCC), has commissioned initial design feasibility drawings from Banbury-based architects, Acanthus Clews, for both the church and the Old Bank. We hope to be able to share some of these with you in the next couple of weeks. Also, to keep everybody in the town engaged with the project, if we have completed the purchase in time we hope both to open the doors to the Old Bank for an hour or two during the Town Festival on 30th June and to have some drawings on display during Pandemonium in the Park on the 6th July.

We are also actively seeking to appoint a Campaign Director for the fundraising campaign which will be launched soon to enable and encourage the people of the church (and also the town) to become integral parts of that campaign to share the life-changing love of Jesus, and to serve even more widely in our community. If you have fundraising experience, are on board with the Christian vision and values of the church, and would be excited about the possiblity of applying for this part-time role, (including taking responsibility for more regular communications and progress reports), please click here to find out more and download a Job Description (n.b. application deadline 27th June).

Buildings Team:

1. Alastair Ewer (Project Manager)

2. [Fundraising Campaign Director to be appointed] 

3. Tim Woolcock (Churchwarden)

4. Graham Povey (Churchwarden)

5. Mary Smith (PCC)

6. Bill Rees (PCC)

7. Nick Grant

Ex officio: James Kennedy (Vicar)

[The Buildings Team is a subcommittee of the PCC, reporting at each meeting, but with delegated responsibility for operational decisions]


What's happening soon?

St. Mary's Minis Wed 26th Jun St. Mary's Church, Chipping Norton More info
Mini Movers Fri 28th Jun St. Mary's Primary School More info
Remix Fri 28th Jun Glyme Hall More info