Welcome to the Akeman Benefice

It’s a pleasure to welcome you to the Akeman Benefice. We are seven Church of England churches serving a group of villages in the Cherwell District of Oxfordshire. 

“To the seven churches….grace to you and peace from him who is, and who was, and who is to come.”  (Revelation 1.4)

The Akeman Benefice - About Us

We believe the Church is called to be an inclusive community of kindness and generosity – contemplative, compassionate, and courageous.

Our logo depicts the seven churches of the benefice, traversed by the M40 and A34 in the form of a cross. Christ bears us up on our journey through life. On the left the River Cherwell reminds us of the living water Christ offers to all who seek him.

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This Sunday is the Second Sunday in Advent. Services include a special Advent Vigil (Taizé) at Weston on the Green - everyone is welcome to join us for peace, quiet reflection and music."Prepare the way of the Lord. Make his paths straight. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill made low."Our services for this Sunday, 5 December, are detailed below;📌 09.30 Holy Communion in Bletchingdon, Chesterton (said)📌 09.30 Morning Worship in Middleton Stoney, Wendlebury📌 11.00 Family Service in Chesterton📌 11.00 Holy Communion in Kirtlington📌 18.00 Advent Vigil (Taizé) in Weston on the Green💻*: No Virtual Service ... See MoreSee Less

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On Thursday our American friends celebrated Thanksgiving and it is a perfect time to reflect on all the things we have to be thankful for. This Sunday is Advent Sunday, when we begin to prepare for Christmas and look forward to the coming of Jesus. "This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118. 24We have our Benefice Service this Sunday at St Mary's in Chesterton - a great opportunity to all come together including a special baby blessing/dedication and Holy Communion. Come and join us - all are welcome. (Please note that there will be NO 0930 service at Bletchingdon, as previously advertised.)---Sunday 28th November: 📌 11.00 Benefice Service in Chesterton💻*: No Virtual Service---Please check out the website for more information about our services and events:www.akemanbenefice.org.uk ... See MoreSee Less

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Seven Parishes

Formed in 1996, the benefice consists of seven villages situated between Oxford and Bicester. Though each village parish has its own historic church, we work together to try to widen the opportunities for people in our communities to hear the message of Jesus Christ. You are assured of a warm welcome at any of our services.



Hampton Gay


Middleton Stoney


Weston on the Green

What’s On

Every month a range of activities is held across the benefice. As well as monthly activities there are also one-off events that may be of interest to you and your family.




We are delighted that you are thinking about having your child, or yourself, baptised (you can also say christened). The Akeman Benefice welcomes all who wish to be baptised into the Church of England, regardless of age. There is no fee, although a collection is taken at the end of the service.

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Marrying in church is personal, meaningful and spiritual, just as you want it to be. Churches are special and unique places to get married in – the prayers, promises, and the whole service of celebration become part of your marriage, on the day itself and beyond.

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The Akeman Benefice is here to help you through one of life’s most difficult times. A Church of England funeral is available to everyone in the parish, giving support before, during, and after the service, for as long as it is needed.

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