Church of England Parish of Hanborough

Welcome to the Hanborough Parish Website

A Warm Welcome!

Public worship has been suspended across the Benefice of Hanborough and Freeland until further notice.  However, our life as a Christian community continues, and we would like to share some of our activities with you here.  Please contact a member of our clergy team (see Contacts section), should you wish to join our Sunday morning worship by Zoom.  To join our email circulation list, please email 

Oxford Diocese Services - You can also join services at 10.00 am every Sunday morning by following this link to the Oxford Diocesan Livestream. You can catch up at any time. 

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians from around the world to pray, from Ascension to Pentecost, for more people to come to Jesus.  There are lots of resources available on the Thy Kingdom Come website, including a Digital Family Prayer Adventure Map.

God Gave Us Hands

Immi produced a video about hands for us.  We thought about Jesus stretching out his hands on the cross in love, and reaching out to us today.  This is some of the art work created by young people in our benefice. Click on the Photo Gallery to see more "Lockdown Craft"

Christian Aid Week Update

Many thanks to everyone who donated to Christian Aid via our Just Giving page.  £2,585 was generously donated during Christian Aid Week.  The Just Giving page will remain open until the end of June.  Alternatively, you can donate on the Christian Aid website.  Thank you. 

The Besom have been extremely busy, providing food to a growing number of people in need within our communities, during the lockdown. Boxes have been set up in Long Hanborough and Freeland for donations of canned and dried foods.  For details of where to take your donations please contact

The Porch have set up an emergency Covid-19 Response Fund to enable them to continue supporting vulnerable homeless people in Oxford at this time.  Follow the link to donate via Just Giving. 

Nigel Knights Johnson's sermon on John 19 

Follow this link to Nigel's sermon which focuses upon the events of Good Friday, as told in John 19.

The Parish

The Parish of Hanborough lies approximately 6 miles north-west of Oxford, mid way between the market towns of Woodstock and Witney. This Church of England Parish encompasses two churches: Christ Church in Long Hanborough and St Peter and St Paul in Church Hanborough. 

St Peter and St Paul's worship is traditionally Anglican, while Christ Church meets in the local Primary School, Manor School for its morning service, and offers a relaxed informal service including a Sunday School called Focus and Wayfarers and a creche for under 3s. Evening Services are held in Christ Church.

The Parish is part of the Benefice of Hanborough and Freeland which includes St Mary's Church. The Parish is within the Oxford Diocese and the Benefice sits within the Woodstock Deanery.

Our Community

Hanborough is a village of about 2,500 people. We have a local Church of England Primary School with about 200 children and we are well served by varied local shops, a GPs surgery, many local clubs and societies. In addition to the two Anglican churches in Hanborough there is also a Methodist Church.

Our Aim

Our aim is to bring the love and truth of God to our community and to work with other local churches to do so.

Safeguarding:  who to contact in an emergency

If a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention, call the emergency services on 999.  If there are concerns about their immediate welfare, don't delay: call Children and Adult's Social care on 0345 050 7666 or the MASH Out of Hours Emergency Duty Team: 0800 833408.  Also please inform your Parish Safeguarding officer, Gill Hunt at or via the Rectory on 01993 881270. 

Safeguarding:  who to contact with concerns

For all safeguarding conerns please immediately inform your Parish Safeguarding Officer, Gill Hunt ( or via the Rectory on 01993 881270.  

If you are unsure or worried about how serious a situation is, contact one of the The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers, Stuart Nimmo, on 01865 208290 or Sophie Harney on 01865 208295. 

For more information please also refer to our Safeguarding Policy