St Catherine's Church Towersey
We are a friendly and welcoming community meeting at St Catherine's Church, which is situated at the heart of the quiet, picturesque village of Towersey - just a mile from the market town of Thame. We meet weekly on Sundays throughout the year, with special services at Christmas, Easter and other times during the year.
Our vision is to be a strong and welcoming Christian family, making disciples of Jesus Christ and serving the people of Towersey.
Do look around this site find our more about us - or better still come and visit us, we would love to meet you.
Current arrangements due to COVID-19 (Updated 16/6/21)
Government regulations limit scope for public worship, so we stream an Online Worship service via Zoom and YouTube at 9.30am on Sunday's except for the 3rd Sunday of the month. This will be kept under review but we expect that this arrangement will remain in place until 11th July. Click here for further details.
Church building open on Sundays for private prayer
We open the church for private prayer on Sundays from 9am to 6pm. We have taken steps to make the church building COVID-secure. When visiting the church for prayer please adhere to the guidance displayed in the building.
Sunday Worship Online
During the Coronavirus pandemic the church building is closed other than for private prayer. So services are streamed online and can be viewed live on this page. If you miss the service you can watch recordings at your own convenience.
Patterns of Worship
In normal times, our principal services are on Sunday mornings at 9.30. We follow the standard Anglican forms of worship in a relaxed and informal style. The typical pattern of services is:
First Sunday is a simple form of morning worship to start the month.
Morning Worship on the second Sundays of each month is an accessible service of morning prayer.
Parish Communion is a service of Holy Communion from Common Worship. It is held the fourth Sunday of each month.
Livestream available here
Next service - 9.30am Sunday 27th June
Sunday Worship will be streamed live below from 9.15am. The service will start at 9.30am.
After the service
After the service there is an opportunity to chat with others. You can join the chat by calling the following number: 0203 481 5240 (local call charges apply). You will need a code to access the meeting available from email@example.com
Growing in the Christian Life
Developing a Heart for God - Group Bible studies exploring the life of King David
David is described as “a man after God’s own heart” - the champion of Israel. Yet he experienced the same struggles, not least with sin, as we do. In this series we will explore David’s life and experience to discover what it means to have a passionate heart for God—and how we can learn from his example.
In normal times we meet at Black Horse Cottage, Manor Road from 8pm to 9.30pm for Bible study and discussion followed by a short time of reflection and prayer. At present we are unable to meet in person but we are continuing to meet fortnightly on Mondays at 8pm. We use Zoom to connect with one another. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join us.
Rev Rachel Cross
We are sorry to announce that Rachel Cross, our vicar, will be moving on from Towersey. She has been appointed to be Associate Minister of St Frideswide Church, in central Oxford. Rachel will continue in her role as Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands, helping possible ordinands discern their vocational pathway. We pray for God’s blessing on Rachel’s future ministry along with Simon, her husband, who will be starting a new curacy (in north Oxford), at the beginning of July.
Rachel’s last Sunday in Towersey will be 25th July, when we will have the opportunity to express our thanks to her for her ministry in the village over the past seven years. If you would like to contribute towards a leaving gift for Rachel as a way of expressing your thanks for her ministry in Towersey please use this link to make a payment. Thank you.
Support for St Catherine's during the pandemic
During this difficult time when our church building is closed, we are still a church meeting virtually for prayer and fellowship, loving our neighbours by offering practical support to the vulnerable. The work of our church is reliant on people's generosity. We give to our church in a variety of ways but with the closure of our building, and with fundraising events cancelled, we cannot receive all the gifts that we usually would. So we really need your help now.
Sunday Tea at St Catherine's
In normal times, on the third Sunday of some months there is no service in the morning but you are warmly invited to Sunday Tea at St Catherine's Church.
There's friendly conversation, fresh tea, good coffee and cakes on offer and we open from 3.30 to 5pm with a short Bible Focus at 4.15pm. See What's On for the date of the next Sunday Tea.
Sadly, Sunday Teas are suspended until further notice because of the limitations of social distancing.
How to find us
The church is easy to find at the centre of the village of Towersey on Church Lane, Towersey, THAME, OX9 3QL. There is limited street parking available with wheelchair access if required.
Stay in touch
You can register to receive St Cath's InTouch monthly email for news of what's coming up at St Catherines. Go to the Towersey village website, enter your details and tick the Church box at the bottom of the page.
You can also follow us on Facebook where you will find details of upcoming events and photos from past events.