It is my pleasure to welcome you to the parish of Witney. We are an inclusive church embracing a hospitable Christianity. We are five Church of England churches, some large and some small, serving the town of Witney and the villages round about. We believe the church is called to be a community of mercy and kindness. We look forward to welcoming you to an event or service soon.
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In November this year, we commemorate 100 years since the end of the first world war. We will join with the town to remember and give thanks for the sacrifice made by many over the years. In addition to our services on November 11th there will be:
Do join us as we celebrate our 775th Anniversary with a series of sermons:
Plans are well in hand for the Witney Flower Festival 2019 which takes place 5th to 7 July 2019. Full details to be posted here over the next few months.
In the meantime please do take a look at this video of the 2016 Flower Festival which reminds us all of what to expect next summer.
Witney Wonderland will make the Advent season really special this year. From the Christmas lights switch on (30th November), right through to
Christmas and New Year, St Mary's will be a wonderful place to visit.
We have teamed up with a local charity, Joss Searchlight and a number of generous sponsors to host the first Witney Wonderland festival in the church. Expect to find St Mary's full of christmas trees, each individually decorated to reflect what Christmas means to different parts of our community. There will also be a fantastic Christmas scene to delight children of all ages.
As we look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus at Christmas, our Carol services will be extra special this year; we'll be hosting a number of local schools as well as the Mayor's Carol service on December 14th and the service of lessons and carols on Christmas Eve. There'll also be a number of special events throughout December, including concerts, bands, sing a long film nights, community vocal and dance groups and even a special visit from Santa. Find out more by visiting witneywonderland.co.uk
The parish of Witney is looking for a Team Vicar (House for Duty) who will work enthusiastically and collaboratively with clergy and laity across the benefice. The priest will have particular pastoral responsibility for Minster Lovell, whilst also sharing in ministry fully across the benefice and the other four churches. Click for details ML Profile 2018 hereLord, as we enter a new stage, may you give us open hearts, Grace to grow in faith and prayer And help us to serve you in our local community. Lord, bless and equip the person you are preparing to lead here. May they have vision and insight and a prayer-fill, pastoral heart To serve young and old alike in this community. Amen. Find out more
Severe winter frosts have destroyed the limestone slates on St Mary’s Roof. We need to replace them before winter sets in.
Local Witney people have already sponsored 2,200 slates. Only 1,800 slates to go!!
Please Sponsor a Slate for £10. Your civic landmark church needs you!
Our stewardship enables us to fulfil God's call and share in God's mission
The Church is the new creation, it is life and joy, it is the sacramental fellowship in which we share the ultimate purpose of God, made real for us now in our hearing the Word and sharing the Sacrament.
Click here to view the Witney Parish 2017 Annual Report and Accounts
Annual Review 2017