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 are part of the Diocese of Oxford whose Vision of Courageous, Compassionate, Contemplative service we endorse). 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.