St Helen's Church, Dry Sandford

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Welcome! Our Sunday service starts at 11.15am in the Dry Sandford Primary School. Do come and join us.

Updates on our Church Building
Due to recent structural issues, we've made the difficult decision to lock the Church building. The St. Helen's Parochial Church Council (PCC) is working hand in hand with the Diocese, architects and structural engineers on finding a sustainable solution. For details on the issues, please read our page on the Building Status.

Services are as follows:
10am: Each Sunday in term time - Cothill House Service at Cothill House
11.15am: First Sunday – Morning Worship
Second Sunday – Morning Worship
Third Sunday – Family Service
Fourth Sunday – Morning Worship with Holy Communion

Service Location - Note Change of Venues in August!
As the Church building is locked, we have been holding our Sunday Services at the Dry Sandford Primary School Hall (108 Lashford Lane, Dry Sandford, OX13 6EB) -- except for 18th and 25th of August when the School Hall floors will be refinished. During those two Sundays, we'll be joining the 10.00 am Sunday Service at St. Peter's Church, Wootton.

August Service Schedule
• Sunday, 4th August (11.15am) – Morning Service led by the Rev. Tony Rogerson (Dry Sandford Primary School)
• Sunday, 11th August (11.15am) – Morning Service led by The Rev. Geoff Maughan (Dry Sandford Primary School)
• Sunday, 18th August (10.00am) – Morning Service at St. Peter's Church, Wootton
• Sunday, 25th August (10.00am) – Morning Service at St. Peter's Church, Wootton

Fun Dog Show & Have-a-go Fun Agility Course (Saturday, 10th August)
(Gates open 12 Noon, Judging starts at 1.00pm)
In conjunction with the Abingdon Dog Training Club, there will be a Fun Dog Show & Have-a-go Fun Agility Course on Saturday, 10th August in aid of St. Helen’s Dry Sandford Church Restoration Fund. Fifteen different classes ranging from Waggiest tail, Best Child Handler, Dog Most Like Owner to more serious categories Best KC Registered Dog and Best Rescue/Rehomed Dog (£2/class). Also a fun dog agility course for you to lead your dog over, around, & through obstacles (£3 a go & everyone gets a rosette!). Plus cake stall, face painting, doggy tombola, bacon rolls, cream teas and more. Gates open at 12 Noon. Judging starting at 1pm. Free parking. Family friendly.

Location: The event will take place at Lashford Lane & Lansdowne Rd, Dry Sandford (OX13 6EB). Access to car parking from Lashford Lane (look for signs). Separate pedestrian entrance on Lansdowne Road.

Space available for additional tables £10/table
Enquiries 01865 739544 or 07880 993676
Download the flyer for more details on all classes: Flyer: Fun Dog Show 10th August

Capital Campaign Appeal: Restoration Fund
Our goal is to raise £260,000 in the first phase of a restoration project to repair the walls and install a toilet. This will allow us to open and use the Church building. After that, there will be a second phase to repair the roof which will require an additional £250,000-£300,000. Needless to say, we need your help to get the needed repairs and open St. Helen's once again! If you'd like to help us reach these goals, please consider giving generously by completing this Pledge Form. THANK YOU!

Regular Giving: Operational Funds
Outside of the Restoration Fund, please consider giving to St Helen's on a regular basis. We still desperately need regular giving to cover our daily operational costs such as insurance, grounds upkeep (which has had to be reduced due to budget concerns), utilities such as the brown bin and our Parish Share. If you'd like to give regularly towards making St. Helen's viable, please download this Gift Form for operational funds. Thank you.

Ride&Stride 2019
The Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust’s (OHCT’s) annual bicycle, horse ride, run or walk. All funds we raise will be split between OHCT and St. Helen's Church, Dry Sandford. Want to bicycle with us? Contact us at To donate online:
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St. Helen's Church is located on Church Lane in the village of Dry Sandford, Oxfordshire, OX13 6JP. Services are held at the Dry Sandford Primary School, 108 Lashford Lane, Dry Sandford, Oxfordshire, OX13 6EB.

Contact Us
For any further information either us or phone Josephine Cross (Church Warden) 01865 390822 or Janet Trinder (Verger) 01865 730301.

Personal Data Protection and Privacy Policy
St Helen's Church, Dry Sandford's PCC respects and safeguards all personal data you may share with us. If you have any queries or wish to change your details you may write to the Churchwarden and Secretary of the St. Helen’s Church Dry Sandford PCC at Lashford House, Church Lane, Dry Sandford, Abingdon, OX13 6JP. To read the full privacy policy, click here to download.

Safeguarding Policy
St. Helen’s, Church, Dry Sandford has a moral duty to ensure that it functions with a view to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. To this end, St. Helen's has adopted a Safeguarding policy. To read the full safeguarding policy, please click here to download.

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