St Peter & St Paul and St Lawrence is closed for public worship

Dear Friends,

Further to the letter Kate and I sent out to you all yesterday, I am writing today to let you know that with immediate effect public worship will be suspended in St Lawrence and St. Peter & St. Paul. The churchwardens and I have taken this decision this morning in the light of further advice from the Bishop of Oxford yesterday and the Prime Minister’s comments ‘that we should all behave as if we have the virus’. This is disappointing for us all, and we hope it will be a temporary measure. The decision will be reviewed regularly by the PCC.

In their letter to clergy and wardens, the Bishops offer us this encouragement:


Joy is the outward expression of Christian hope.

Joy in the present moment is a mark of rebellion against the darkness around us.

Joy is a witness to eternal realities in the midst of earthbound despair.

Perhaps the deepest act of witness we are able to offer in this Epiphany season is the countercultural expression of clear and consistent joy, founded on the light revealed in Christ which enlightens the whole world.


I will be writing again on Monday with a reminder about the on-line opportunities for worship in our benefice and across the Diocese.


Love to you all – keep safe,




The Revd. Clare Sykes

Rector, The Osney Benefice,

81 West Way, Botley, Oxford. OX2 9JY

Tel: 01865 242345