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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.

About the Benefice

Latest News:

We welcome the whole Benefice to our 10am service at Bletchingdon this Sunday. A great opportunity to meet and connect with other members of different villages in the Benefice. We hope to see you there."There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."Galatians 3:28---Sunday 23rd January: 📌 1000 Benefice Holy Communion at Bletchingdon💻*: 10.00 No Virtual Service---Please check out the website for more information about our services and ... See MoreSee Less

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This week our Rise and Shine cafe started again for the new year (weekly on Wednesday mornings). We also invite you to add our Candlemas service in Kirtlington to your diaries - 30th at 6pm. We would love to see you there or at any of our services coming up.This week's Sunday services are detailed below…---Sunday 16th January: 📌 09.30 Holy Communion in Middleton Stoney 📌 09.30 Morning Worship in Bletchingdon 📌 11.00 Morning Worship in Chesterton📌 11.00 Holy Communion in Weston on the Green 📌 16.00 Evensong in Kirtlington Please note: Evensong at Wendlebury (1600) CANCELLED💻*: 10.00 Virtual Morning Service---Please check out the website for more information about our services and ... See MoreSee Less

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Rise and Shine starts again tomorrow in Kirtlington Church. Please see poster and note extra safety measures. Everyone welcome, but please do not come if you feel unwell! Thanks. ... 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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