Our Churches

St Michael's is Grade 1 listed, with parts dating back over 900 years. It was originally a monastic settlement in Anglo-Saxon times, which is how the village of Bishop's Cleeve came to form.

Later, after the Norman Conquest, the main body of the church was built as a Catholic church, parts of the frescos on the walls still remain to this day, and it was a popular place for pilgrims to visit. The Delabere family later added to the main body of the church, in the 1700s, with places for the growing congregation to sit. The family are buried in the impressive Delabere tomb next to our current café area.

St Michael's bell tower also boasts the oldest in-use oak staircase in Britain and won an award for the restoration in June 2016. We are also mentioned in the book 'England's thousand best churches' by Simon Jenkins, and host the annual Teddy Bear Parachute Jump at the village fair.

Southam

A warm welcome awaits you from our congregation and look forward to you joining us for one of our services. All our services start at 9.30am.

SERVICES
The usual monthly pattern of worship is:

1st Sunday - Prayer Book Holy Communion with hymns and address

2nd Sunday - Breakfast Church usually held in the village hall

3rd Sunday - Common Worship with hymns and address

4th Sunday - Join us in St Michael’s at either 9.30am or 11.15am

5th Sunday - Joint service in Southam, Woolstone or Oxenton (please
see notice board)

Oxenton, Gotherington, Woolstone

Oxenton is at the northernmost end of our Benefice, in the parish of Woolstone with Gotherington and Oxenton. Slightly bigger than Woolstone, it's still a small community with just about 30 homes and 4 farms: but it has a very impressive village hall and a good-sized church with an enormous tower.

Although Gotherington has the majority of the people of the three parishes, it has never had an Anglican church building: but residents of Gotherington play a full part in the life of our churches, particularly at Woolstone and Oxenton. Currently, the church meets in Gotherington Village Hall.

Woolstone is a tiny community with just a few houses and a couple of farms, but it too has a good church building with plenty of interest. For one thing, the tower leans alarmingly - at a greater angle than the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Happily it's been very strongly underpinned and is in no danger of falling down.

SERVICES
The congregations in Woolstone, Gotherington and Oxenton move around the villages in the course of a month, but you can always be assured of a great welcome.

The usual monthly pattern of worship is:
1st Sunday - 11.15am Parish Communion in Oxenton
2nd Sunday - 11.15am Parish Communion in Woolstone
3rd Sunday - 8.00am Prayer Book Holy Communion in Oxenton and 11.15am Village Praise in Gotherington Village Hall
4th Sunday - Join us in St Michael’s at either 9.30am or 11.15am
5th Sunday - Joint service in Southam, Woolstone or Oxenton (please see notice board)

On most Wednesday evenings, a short service of Evening Prayer is held at The Vicarage in Gotherington at 5.00pm.
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