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If you have not been to a service in our churches before – don’t worry; it is easier than you think. For details of how to find our church buildings click here.

What will I find?

If you come to one of these services, the first person you are likely to meet is a welcomer by the door. Once you come inside, someone will welcome you and give you a service sheet. Everything that you need is in the books you will be given. Find a seat anywhere in the main body of the church – no seats are reserved.

Someone’s in a wheelchair

For those of our churches where there is a step into church there are ramps available for wheelchairs. 

Is there a loo?

Yes – there are accessible toilets on the same level, in all the churches other than Curbridge.

I’ll be coming with children…

There are Junior Church activities for children at Saint Mary’s and Holy Trinity each week.  At Hailey there are things at the back of church.   Children are always welcome at our services. We all come together for communion. Children are welcome to choose whether to go to Junior Church or remain with everyone else. We are relaxed about babies (and there are quite a few very young members of the congregations at the moment, especially at Saint Mary’s 10.45). Whoever meets you at the door will give more details of what is available for young people if you want to know about this.

How will I know what is happening?

You will know that the service is about to begin as a procession of people will come through – the congregation stands up to greet them. These people are the altar servers (if there are servers, they help the service to run smoothly), the choir (if they are singing in the service) and the clergy.

In the Saint Mary’s 10.45 you may occasionally see someone at the front of the procession bringing an offering of incense in a thurible. We use incense in our worship on feast days and special occasions – a symbol of our prayers rising to heaven and a sign of the sacredness of the worship in this place.

Whoever is presiding at the service will greet everyone and the service is then underway. Although there is considerable variety during the year, most of the services have the same basic shape week by week which people get used to after coming a few times.

You are unlikely to get lost in the liturgy, but if you do, just ask someone who is near you to show you where we are – they will be delighted to help.

The morning services on a Sunday are always communion services. Everyone is welcome to receive communion. If you don’t feel you want to receive the bread and wine, you are encouraged to come to the altar along with everyone else for a blessing.

What happens afterwards?

After many of our morning services there is usually tea and coffee in the church. You don’t have to stay, but it is a good chance to meet people if you want to do so.

I’d like to find out more

If you are finding a way into the congregation, please fill in a Welcome Card. These are available at the back of the church and in the pews.

Also, please feel able to ask any questions that you may have.  It is always good to have questions and for us all to grow together. 

If you’d like any more details then do please contact the Rector: rector@witneyparish.org.uk

Christmas 2018 Services

Christmas 2018 Services

A full listing of church services over Christmas in Witney Parish is being finalised and will be published here

775 Sermon Series

Do join us as we celebrate our 775th Anniversary with a series of sermons:

2018

    Sept 9th The Rev'd Toby Wright A Christlike Church
    The sermon text is here: Feast 2018
    Oct 7th The Ven Judy French A Servant Church
    Nov 11th Rev’d Kate Bruce A Peace-filled Church
    Dec 9th The Rev'd Dr Joanna Collicutt A Pondering Church

2019

• Jan 6th Baroness Caroline Cox A Courageous Church • Feb 17th The Rev'd Helen Cameron A United Church • Mar 10th The Rt Rev'd Steven Croft A Learning Church • Apr 21st Fr Stephen Tucker A Resurrection Church • May 5th The Rt Rev'd Chris Lowson A Kingdom Church • Jun 16th Sr Stella CSMV A Contemplative Church • Jul 7th The Team Vicar A Creation Church • Aug 4th Robin Brunner-Ellis A Renewing Church • Sep 8th The Rt Rev'd Colin Fletcher A Missional Church

Witney Wonderland: Gala Opening Night Fri 30th Nov Programme

Witney Wonderland 2018: Six week festival of Christmas Come along with family & friends of all ages to enjoy an eclectic mix of great entertainment.

Gala Opening Night Programme: 30th November 6:30pm (just after the Witney Christmas lights switch on) at St. Mary’s Church, Witney until Late

Free Entry | Warm up with Mulled Wine, Festive Fun, Cakes & Coffee | We have a Fully Licensed Bar and Live entertainment from: Pam Ayres, Cutting Edge Big Band, Military Wives, The Daggers and more. | Oh..... and a special visit from Santa!!

Witney Wonderland: Sat 1st Dec Programme

Witney Wonderland 2018: Six week festival of Christmas Come along with family & friends of all ages to enjoy an eclectic mix of great entertainment.

Sat 1st Dec Programme at St. Mary’s Church Witney

Free Entry | 12:30pm: Bar & Cafe open | 1 00 pm: West Oxfordshire Wheel Chair Dancers | 1 50pm: Stagecoach | 2:30pm: Spotlight Academy | 3:00 pm: Burford Orchestra | 4:30pm: Abdabs 6:30 pm Jill Stew School of Dance | 7:30 pm Deborah Manning School of Dance

Witney Flower Festival 2019

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

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

Praying for a new House for Duty Team Vicar

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 here

Lord, 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.

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A successful peal of Church bells

A successful peal of Church bells to mark the 775th anniversary of Saint Mary’s


Congratulations to the team of ringers on a successful peal of church bells to mark the 775th anniversary of Saint Mary’s!

Why not find out what is invovled in a peal

Raise the roof

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!

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Accounts

Annual Accounts

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.
Rowan Williams

Click here to view the Witney Parish 2017 Annual Report and Accounts

Annual Review 2017