St Michael’s Church

At the heart of the historic village is St Michael’s Church and it has been on the site since the reign of Edward III in the 14th Century. The Church is an active church with an above average size of congregation.   The Rector, the Reverend Suzanne Cooper, who lives in the new Rectory a few hundred yards away in Aynho Court, conducts or organises services on most Sundays of the month. Everyone is very much welcome. It is a beautiful and architecturally different church – much loved and treasured by the village as it has been for nearly seven centuries.  For more information about our church see the Church Guide.

The Church was closed during the first lockdown in 2020 as with all places of worship and  again at the beginning of this year but has been open for private prayer the majority of the time, with services conducted using social distancing measures. From 28th July the Church is open every day and services have returned to near normal. We are lucky to have a spacious, well ventilated Church where everyone is welcome and we leave it to you to decide whether to wear a mask and to choose where and with whom you sit.

Currently we have services on the first, second, and fourth Sundays of the month. The times of the services are detailed on the first page of the monthly Newsletter.  St Michael’s is part of the Astwick Vale Benefice in South Northamptonshire and the Rector ministers to five adjacent parishes in Croughton, Evenley, Farthinghoe, Hinton in the Hedges and Steane.

In addition to the Sunday services  baptism, confirmations, marriages or blessings, funerals and thanksgiving services are held as required and are arranged by contacting the Rector.

The churchyard is always open for access to graves and memorials. The historic graves and headstones are nearest the church building or around the perimeter wall where they were moved for safekeeping many years ago. More recent graves are at the far end of the churchyard past the Preaching Cross standing at the end of the long gravel path; the ashes tablets also lie along the wall on the left in the same area.

Please use the car park at the end of Church Walk or, if you are blue badge holder,  please feel free to park down the end of Church Walk by the church gates if there is no ongoing service.

Rector: Revd Sue Cooper  01869-810903     
Email –                  
Church Wardens:  Kathy White            01869-810418
                              Andrew Bellamy     01869-810847

If you are worried about a child or vulnerable person please contact our Parish Safeguarding Officer:
Carrie O’Regan  Tel:  01280 702300   Email:  or contact the Peterborough  DIOCESAN SAFEGUARDING CONTACTS

The Rector’s Pastoral Letters


August  2022
Pastoral Letter
 Go to Prayers
July  2022
Pastoral Letter



Church and Churchyard

Church Guide


The Revd Sue Cooper


Benefice – Astwick Vale


New Notices

Enduring Notices

Standard Service Schedule for Sundays


Next Big Event


Village Fete




Funerals and Thanksgiving Services

Come in and see!


How the Church can help

Who the Church helps

How the Church can be helped 

Church Governance




The Church Electoral Roll


Finding the Church

Finding the Rectory

Church Email addresses

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