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From the Vicar

Studying at Oxford?

You are very welcome-

Two of our students have written:

SMNG has a friendly congregation drawn from throughout the city of Oxford, from a variety of backgrounds, including students and young professionals. SMNG is a very welcoming and supportive community for people gently to consider and grow in faith whilst at Oxford. The doors are open every day – you are always welcome to come in and sit, or chat, or pray, or rest… And the Vicar likes drinking coffee with anyone… Do come along or be in contact as you wish…

Climb Our Saxon Tower with Anthony

You are very welcome to visit our tower in person, no booking required: More details available here.

Public Worship

The Church Council has decided that St. Michael’s would re-open its doors for Public Worship on Sundays with our customary service of Holy Communion at 8:00am. We are also resuming our weekly Wednesday service of Compline at 5.30pm.

Government and Church of England guidance has been followed in the preparation thereof and the risk assessment (which now also incorporates our risk assessment for opening for private prayer) and guidance for worshippers are available here.

If you think you may be attending either service, please could you email Rev Anthony Buckley on will understand that, for social distancing reasons, an idea of numbers would be useful at this time.

Parish Risk Assessment SMNG v.5
Guidance for worshippers

Private Prayer

We are delighted to be able once again to open our doors to individuals and households, for private prayer. We have served our city, nation and world for a thousand years, and our doors were open through many previous calamities. We hope you will find peace, comfort and tranquillity in praying once again in our building. If you wish to be in touch with me, please email or contact the office and ask them to arrange a call or meeting, on 01865240940.

Please see below for guidance to individuals and households who wish to visit us for private prayer. The risk assessment above now also includes our opening for Private Prayer.

We are open daily between 11am and 5pm. We will post any further updates on this page.

With very best wishes,

Revd. Anthony Buckley

Guidance for visiting


During this time, as always, St Michael’s Church is keen to help our community flourish, and reach out to those in need.

In our website, you will find a number of resources, events, and people to contact if you are in need or want to know more about our church, our faith and our services.

If you would like a daily email, please contact Revd. Anthony Buckley on

SMNG On YouTube and in Church

St. Michael at the North Gate is running a number of Daily Devotions on You Tube or in the church. If you wish, please let us know your thoughts on what you feel the future role of the various online services and the daily email might best be. All comments welcome! You can get in touch via Twitter, Facebook or by emailing

Our Music on Monday concerts are online.

The links for this week’s services, online and in church, are below. Our daily digital devotions are all on our YouTube channel, and follow the pattern below:

Sunday           27th Sept  2020
8 am                 Said Holy Communion (details for Public Worship above)
10.30 am         Streamed and Present Sung Matins for  Michael and All Angels

5.30pm Daily Devotions
Monday           Evening Prayer: YouTube
Wednesday    Compline: Said in Church

Friday              Celtic Spirituality or Compline (alternating): YouTube



Read an article by our Vicar, Anthony Buckley, reflecting on V E Day.
‘What did they think on May 8, 1945?’ Oxford City Rector reflects


SMNG Online Community

We have a Facebook page and we are on Twitter. Contact the Church Administrator for any suggestions or questions relating to our social media, or if you wish to know more about us.


The Diocese of Oxford is providing a range of streamed services: details of these can be found on our SMNG Online tab, along with other resources.

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