Our Churchyard of St Mary and St John church is a haven for wildlife, and had a special role in the life of what is now a culturally diverse, vibrant urban community.

It is:

  • A home for wildlife of all types, squirrels, butterflies, bees, many types of flowers.
  • The resting place of many social groups in our community – children, workhouse residents, servicemen from the two world wars, members of religious orders.
  • A place for peaceful reflection – use our meditative labyrinth, or have a few quiet moments in our memorial garden

You are very welcome to come and enjoy this beautiful space in the heart of the Cowley Road.

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Find out about the history and present-day work of St Mary and St John Churchyard on the churchyard website.


Forthcoming Events in the Churchyard


Sunday 16 June: 2.30–4.00pm Green Sunday (plant and butterfly surveys and strawberry tea)

Friday 21 June: 10.30–11.15am Midsummer Meditation

Sunday 7 July: 12 noon Cowley Road Carnival (churchyard open for picnics; music in the church)

Friday 19 July: 10.00am–12 noon Art ‘pop up’ (bring your own materials and get creative, followed by coffee at Restore)

Friday 2 August: 10.30–11.15am Harvest/Lamass Meditation

Friday 27 September: At dusk Bat and Moth Evening (experts will help us to identify bats and moths)

Friday 4 October: 10.30–11.15 Michaelmas Meditation

Sunday 3 November: 3.00pm All Souls/Samhain Festival of Peace (with the Frabjous singers)