St Helen's Church, Dry Sandford

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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.

Worship Services & COVID-19: Due to health concerns, our weekly services and scheduled Annual Parochial Church meeting (APCM) have been postponed until further notice. We are all encouraged to use the time as an opportunity for prayer, reflection and mutual support during this uncertain time. We are fortunate there are several online alternatives for worship services each Sunday:

  • Oxford Diocese Sunday Live Morning Worship (each Sunday, 10am, livestreaming):
  • St. Peter's Church, Wootton: Pre-recorded Sunday Worship Service:
    • Corona Virus Support: If you are in need of support during this time (including request for pastoral care contact), please contact us at Both the Parish of St. Helen's Without and Wootton Parish have Corona virus support networks listed on the homepage of the local community website:

      £20,000 Donation in Honor of the Rev. John Reynolds Received
      In an incredible gesture of generosity, Mrs. Dinah Reynolds donated £20,000 to the St. Helen's Restoration Fund in honour of her late husband, the Rev. John Reynolds, past vicar of Dry Sandford & Besselsleigh. Mrs. Reynolds expressed how much St. Helen’s and Dry Sandford meant to both her and her late husband who cared for the building and wished to see it brought back to its past beauty.

      St. Helen’s awarded £20,000 Grant Funding from OHCT
      St. Helen’s has been awarded a £20,000 grant from the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust (OHCT) towards the repair and restoration of the Church building. This is the first grant application submitted by St. Helen’s and provides a great boosts towards covering the significant repair costs.

      Capital Campaign Appeal: Restoration Fund
      Our goal is to raise £325,000 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!

      Pledge Form: If you'd like to help us reach these goals, please consider giving generously by completing this PLEDGE FORM. The form will allow you set up a standing order for regular donations.

      JustGiving: You can easily give online to our Campaign page:

      St. Helen's Restoration Campaign is now registered with Major online retailers will donate to St. Helen's as you do your normal online shopping. There are over 4,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation – including eBay, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, and M&S – and it won’t cost you a penny extra to help us raise funds. Sign up and help St. Helen's!

      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.

      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.

      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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