The Church of St. Michael and All Angels Steventon
One of the DAMASCUS Parish Churches

Associate Priest: Rev Phil Sutton
Email: revphil@damascusparish.org.uk
(01235 526114)

Lay Minister: Mr Jack Jarvis (tel: 01235 831395)
Churchwarden: Dr Hilary Otterburn (01235 834025)
Deputy Warden: Mr Alan Binning (01235 820009)

Services:

Sunday 3rd June

9.45 am Parish Holy Communion: Rev Phil Sutton

Sunday School during the service and coffee and biscuits in the Church Hall after the service

6.00 pm Evening Prayers: Mr Mike Murray

Sunday 10th June

9.45 am Morning Worship Pulpit exchange - service conducted by a member of the DAMASCUS Ministry Team

Sunday 17th June

9.45 am Parish Holy Communion

Sunday 24th June

8.00 am BCP Holy Communion: Rev Phil Sutton

9.45 am Family Breakfast Service

Coffee, tea, juice, biscuits and croissant in the Church after the service so please come and join us.

Sunday 1st July

9.45 am Parish Holy Communion: Rev Phil Sutton

Sunday school during the service and coffee and biscuits in the Church Hall after.

6.00 pm  Evening Prayers - Mr Mike Murray

St Michael and All Angel Church is your parish church and open every day; we extend a warm welcome to any walkers and dog walkers passing by or those who want to explore the mysteries and beauty of our historical church, to come and explore the church and the churchyard.

We welcome contact for anyone wanting to find out more about weddings or baptisms in the church or who are trying to trace family information. As our village grows in number, we are aware of an increasing number of people who are struggling with the many pressures of home and working life, loneliness, bereavement or relational issues. If you would appreciate the opportunity of a private and informal conversation, or wish to explore formal counselling options then please contact Revd Phil Sutton. Any conversation will be held with a non-judgemental, non-religious and professional context.

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The Damascus Parish Ministry Team:

Rector: The Reverend Helen Kendrick,
The Rectory, 3 Tullis Close,
Sutton Courtenay, Abingdon OX14 4BD
Email: rector@damascusparish.org.uk
(01235 848297)

 

History

The presence of a church in Steventon is mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086), but the existence of a place of worship in the village may well be much earlier.

The church's dedication is to St Michael and All Angels, which often indicates very early origins and, perhaps, even connections with Celtic Christianity, and the presence of an ancient yew tree in the churchyard is sometimes associated with pagan sites.

The earliest feature in the church now visible is a 13th century column by the incumbant's stll. The general appearance is 14th century, with fine stonework in the aisle windows and the great arch-braced roof, decorated with a fine series of carved bosses, dating from that period; the large windows at the East and West ends date from the early 15th century. Some of the carved woodwork and pew ends are from the 15th and early 16th centuries.

The original stained glass was sold to Bryant Barrett, the owner of Milton Manor, in 1772 for the then considerable sum of £7, and can still be seen in the chapel. The large East window now has glass by Warrington (1833) depicting the seven Archangels, and the ten occasions on which angels are mentioned in the bible.

Among many other ornaments is the handsome Jacobean wooden pulpit, an alms-box, dated 1633, with three compartments and three locks, and two brasses commemorating Richard Do (d. 1476) and one of his two wives (there is the outline of the second, but the brass is missing), and Edward Wiseman, his wife (d. 1584) and their eight children.

There is an unsual 14th century double sedilia in the chancel, which was abandoned by the mason with the decorative carving left unfinished.

The bell tower was build circa 1330 on the South side of the church. In 1552 the Commissioners' Inventories record "Stevington three belles in the stepulle A small belle sacringe belles A burying belle"; these bells were probably cast on-site. There is now a ring of six bells, originally hung in wooden frames, and a Sanctus bell. Rather unusually, the main entrance to the church was through the ground floor of the tower, which also served as the ringing chamber, with three bell-ropes on either side of the entrance.

In 1932 the bells were rehung in iron frames with the bell-ropes in a circle, and, for services when bells are rung, the congregation enters by the North door.

The Story of Steventon and Steventon Life  all proceeds from both publications are given to the Church

 

 

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