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Temple Cowley United Reformed Church

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Oxford Road, Cowley, OXFORD, OX4 2ES

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+44 (0)1865 437146

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The church building is on the corner of Temple Road and Oxford Road, Temple Cowley : opposite the police station.

or, if finding us using GPS, the church’s coordinates are :

+51° 44' 5.44", -1° 12' 47.62"

[51.734844,-1.213227]

Follow this link for a map

Minister : Rev’d Dick Wolff, B.Sc(Eng)

Tel: +44 (0)1865 437146

Church Secretary : Jim Hansford : Tel: 01865 778585

Church Treasurer : Eileen Risbridger

Oxford Road, Cowley, OXFORD, OX4 2ES

Minister : +44 (0)1865 437146  

WebMaster: Dick Wolff

Buildings Officer : Jim Hansford

Lettings Officer : Jim Hansford (as above) – For all enquiries regarding hiring a room

Naming Ceremonies (‘Christenings’)


We encourage all parents to bring their children for a Service of Blessing.  This is an opportunity to give thanks to God for the birth of a child, it’s a naming ceremony and a welcoming of the child into the human race.  It is an opportunity for the parents to dedicate themselves to the ‘ministry’ of parenthood and to ask for support from family and friends.


Occasionally the Minister has conducted Services of Blessing in people’s homes, at special occasions arranged for the purpose, rather than during Sunday morning worship at the church – but we prefer to welcome families to join us, so we can enjoy the occasion too!


Baptism is a formal rite of entry into the Christian community, which for us means people who are actively part of the church.  An important element is that the baptised person will live their life in the company of fellow-Christians in the Church.  If the baptised person is an infant, the parents promise to bring them up within the Christian fellowship.  (In effect, the whole Church is saying ‘thank you’ to God for the gift of a new member of the Christian community, and is asking the parents to bring them up as such).


For this reason, although we do not disagree in principle with baptising infants, we would want to be confident that the parents were committed to a Christian fellowship, even if not our own local one.  Because baptism is a sacrament of the whole worldwide Church, and ‘priesthood’ (for us) is vested not in the Minister alone but in the whole membership, a baptism has to take place when the whole congregation is gathered – usually, Sunday morning.


The Minister is always happy to talk about this with enquirers.

Mobile : 07968 486854

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