Welcome to the Benefice of Hanborough and Freeland

A Warm Welcome!

The churches in the Benefice of Hanborough and Freeland are beginning to open again:

St Peter and St Paul, Church Hanborough - Holy Communion every Sunday at 11.30am

Christ Church, Long Hanborough                - Informal worship including listening to contemporary music.                                                                                               Next service is at 6pm on Sunday 8th November.

St Mary the Virgin, Freeland                        - open for private prayer on Tuesday and Saturday from 9am to 6pm

We continue to hold a service on Zoom at 10.00 am every Sunday morning

Places are limited for all church services and must be booked in advance.  If you are interested in attending a church service please contact administrator@hanboroughparish.co.uk for more information.  Please contact a member of our clergy team (see Contacts section), should you wish to join our Sunday morning worship by Zoom. 

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. 

Appointment of our new Rector

We are delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Steve Stewart, Associate Rector of Cove Parish, to be our new Rector. Steve will remain in Cove until he moves in January 2021.  Steve's institution service will be held on Wednesday 20th January 2021.

St Mary's Freeland - Open for Private Prayer

St Mary's in Freeland will now  be open for private prayer on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9.00am to 6.00pm.  Please read and observe the notices about hygiene precautions and social distancing. 

Prayer Mobiles

Children and young people in our benefice have been making prayer mobiles recently.  We love your creativity!


Exsultate Justi sing the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis

Exsultate Justi, our benefice occasional choir, were due to sing evensong at St Peter and St Paul on Sunday 14th June.  Instead they have made recordings, in isolation, of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis from the Short Service by Orlando Gibbons.  Until the choir can sing again, we hope you enjoy this reminder of the Anglican choral tradition.

The Parable of the Sower and the Seeds

Thomas has produced this fabulous animation, telling the parable of the sower and the seeds. 

We hope you enjoy it! 

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"

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 administrator@hanboroughparish.co.uk

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. 

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 safeguarding@hanboroughparish.co.uk

Safeguarding:  who to contact with concerns

For all safeguarding concerns please immediately inform your Parish Safeguarding Officer, Gill Hunt safeguarding@hanboroughparish.co.uk 

If you are unsure or worried about how serious a situation is, contact one of the The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers, Richard Woodley, on 01865 208290 or Emma Cooper on 01865 208295. 

For more information please also refer to our Safeguarding Policy