Lucy Thirtle

Lucy Thirtle, Priest in Charge of Islip, Noke and Woodeaton

Welcome to the website for St Nicholas Church, Islip, Oxfordshire – whether you have arrived here on purpose or even by accident!

St Nicholas is a village church with a rich history but is today an active place of worship with a dedicated church community seeking to serve the whole of the parish. We are a liberally inclined, inclusive, and, we hope, friendly community which values Anglican traditional worship alongside more contemporary expressions of faith and worship.

We are currently one of eight parishes making up the Ray Valley Benefice which extends from north of Oxford along the River Ray to Ambrosden (just south of Bicester).

We welcome enquiries for baptisms and weddings at the church and welcome visitors and enquirers at any of our services (here is this week’s sheet).

Please use the form at the bottom of this page if you want to contact us.

Who We Are

We aim to be a church for the whole community; our regular worshippers are mainly residents of the village as well as those who now live away from the parish but have a connection through family, school or work. We value our Anglican heritage and at present; our most regular act of worship is a contemporary form of Parish Communion but our more informal monthly family service (4th Sunday – no Communion) with music provided by an instrumental group instead of the organ is popular as are the special family services which we’ve occasionally held at other venues e.g. Millennium Wood.

The opportunity to chat over coffee/tea after the services is enthusiastically taken up – this is a good opportunity to meet together.

The Rector of the Benefice is the Rev Steve Hayes with Rev Lucy Thirtle, the Associate Priest, having particular pastoral responsibility for Islip and neighbouring hamlets of Noke and Woodeaton. Other members of the team as well as local retired clergy lead the worship from time to time.

Contact Us

Please let us know whether you would like to become more involved or if you have questions or concerns by emailing us with the form below.