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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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.


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This Sunday we have two services for the benefice. At the evening service, we will be joined by members of the Akeman Church Community Choir. The preacher will be The Very Rev’d Bob Wilkes. This will be a lovely way to round off a summer weekend. Do join us – and bring a friend or neighbour!Sunday 26th June:📌 1000 Holy Communion at Kirtlington📌 1800 Benefice Service - Choral Evensong at BletchingdonOn Thursday 30th June, we will be holding a Swedish Soirée in Kirtlington Church at 1930. Those who recently visited our link parish in Sweden will be sharing some of their experiences, showing some slides, and providing some light refreshments. I do hope that you will come along if you can. It would be helpful if you could let us know in advance if you plan to come but not essential – just show up!Please check out the website for more information about our services and events:www.akemanbenefice.org.uk ... See MoreSee Less

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It is Jubilee weekend and to celebrate this momentous occasion we have a number of special Jubilee services around the benefice. We will be singing some of the Queen's favourite hymns and giving thanks for her and her life in service to our country. Everyone is welcome.Sunday 5th June:📌 0800 Holy Communion at Chesterton📌 0930 Morning Worship at Wendlebury📌 1100 Jubilee Family Service at Chesterton📌 1100 Jubilee Service at Weston on the Green📌 1100 Matins at Hampton Gay📌 1100 Holy Communion at Kirtlington📌 1500 Jubilee Service at Middleton Stoney📌 1800 Jubilee Service at BletchingdonALL services will include a note of Jubilee! It is also Pentecost Sunday, and we trust the Holy Spirit will also be present!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


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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