The Church of the Holy Cross, Avening

A Living, Active and Inclusive Church

The Church of the Holy Cross, Avening is a living, active and inclusive church which welcomes all, including children, to join in the Sunday Services.

Christians have worshipped in this ancient Cotswold church since its consecration in 1080, and also in the Saxon church that previously stood on this site.

The Church of the Holy Cross is a beautiful and fascinating building with many Norman features and a remarkable stone vaulted ceiling in the chancel, and is thought to be the only church in the country ever to be commissioned by a Queen of England.

The church is where the people of Avening have brought their children to be baptised and married and also to lay their dead to rest, for nearly a thousand years. It is the focus of village community life and stands open for parishioners and visitors alike, to glorify God through prayer and meditation.

Not only is our church a wonderful historical building, but we also are a church of people - a strong, vibrant community who gather to worship in this lively and friendly place.

We are an ancient church with ancient traditions being kept alive and translated to the modern world.

In addition to our normal Sunday services our year includes: Carol Service; Crib Service; midnight and morning Christmas services; celebration of Baptism at Candlemas; Ash Wednesday and Good Friday services; Lent Groups; Holy Cross Day in September; an annual celebration of family life; Harvest; All Souls' Service and Remembrance Service.

The church building is also regularly used for concerts, and for art and craft exhibitions.

The traditional church fete, held in June, is a highlight of the village calendar. The next fete will be held on Sunday 7th June 2020 - put the date in your diaries now!

Our vicar, Rev Dr Gerald South, can be contacted on 01453 883456 or by email on and also via the 'Contact Us' page on this website


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Church Services & Events

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September 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fri 27

Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support

September 27 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sun 29

Cafe Church

September 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm