Mayoress's Carol Service, St Mary's, 14th December, 7pm
Do join us as we celebrate our 775th Anniversary with a series of sermons:
He was born in a barn, his father a carpenter, and his mother a decent woman. but they were of no significance, and certainly couldn't have afforded to give the boy a private education.
And yet, as a teenager, he was arguing the toss with his elders and betters in the council chambers.
He never got a proper job, just roamed around the countryside, unshaven, and living off bread and water and the occasional fish.
while offering his opinions to those who cared to listen.
He became the manager Of a football team known as The Disciples, not one of them a Star,
in fact, the twelfth man rather let the side down by accepting a transfer fee of thirty pieces of silver to play for the opposition.
The authorities eventually arrested him as a rabble-rouser, but couldn't decide what to charge him with,
other than the fact he claimed he was the Son of God.
They strung him up with a couple of criminals, and when he finally gave up the ghost,
rather assumed that would be the last they'd hear of him.
The Disciples were relegated at the end of the season,
in fact, the captain denied on more than one occasion that he'd ever been a member of His team.
When He died at the age of thirty-three, there were no obituaries in the local press reporting his achievements,
no glossy supplements highlighting his colourful career,
no radio programmes to discuss his legacy, and no box sets recording any of his miracles.
But then, He'd never relied on focus groups to advise him on current trends,
or advertising gurus to spend millions promoting his brand,
or spin doctors to sharpen his image, and he didn't require social media to keep his followers up to date,
so you could be forgiven for assuming he'd be forgotten in a few days.
So how can one explain that over two thousand years later, Jesus Christ is still the best-known celebrity on earth?
Could it just be that He was the Son of God?
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.
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 Mayoress'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
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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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