Welcome to the website of St Andrew’s Church in Headington, Oxford. Our church sits at the centre of a community which is often described as “a village within a city”. It has been here for over a thousand years, a place where the King of England once worshipped when Headington was a seat of royal government and administration.
The church is usually open every day for worship and to welcome visitors and pilgrims. It is a tranquil and beautiful place to seek peace and offer your prayers. Morning Prayer is said Monday to Friday at 8.30am and Evening Prayer is said Monday to Thursday at 5pm. In addition to our Sunday services there is a Eucharist on Monday at 9.30am, Wednesday at 10am and Thursday at 7.30pm.
Our principal services on Sundays are:-
|8 am||HOLY COMMUNION (Book of Common Prayer)|
|10 am||PARISH EUCHARIST.|
Young Church meets at 10am during term time except on the first Sunday of the month.
If you would like to enquire about baptism, confirmation or marriage please contact the Vicar.
If you know someone who would value Holy Communion at home or in hospital, please contact one of the clergy.
A priest is available by appointment for the sacrament of Reconciliation (otherwise known as confession).
St Andrew’s lies in the heart of Old Headington, but the parish area is much wider than this. As you leave the city centre the parish begins at Pullens Lane and covers the left hand side of Headington / London Road until the ring road. It includes the John Radcliffe Hospital and Northway.
At the beginning of the Twentieth Century St Andrew's was influenced by the Oxford Movement and Keble College, Oxford became the Patron. The Oxford Movement was a movement of High Church Anglicans, eventually developing into Anglo-Catholicism. The movement, whose members were often associated with the University of Oxford, argued for the reinstatement of lost Christian traditions of faith and their inclusion into Anglican liturgy and theology.
The immediate impetus for the movement was a perceived secularization of the church, focused particularly on the decision by the government to reduce by ten the number of Irish bishops in the Church of Ireland following the 1832 Reform Act. John Keble attacked these proposals as 'national apostasy' in his Assize Sermon in Oxford in 1833. The movement's leaders attacked liberalism in theology. Their interest in Christian origins led them to reconsider the relationship of the Church of England with the Roman Catholic Church.