Welcome from the Rev'd Toby Wright

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the parish of Witney. The Rev'd Toby Wright – Team Rector since 2009 We are an inclusive church embracing a hospitable Christianity. We are four 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.

The Rev'd Toby Wright – Team Rector since 2009

What's on

Organ Recital by Francis Rumsey Jan 28th St Mary's, Witney, OX28 4AW More info

Raise the roof

An opportunity to invest in a major Witney landmark

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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Inspiring Change

Creating a Community Space for the 21st Century

As part of our wider commitment to serve the people of Witney, we have formed a vision for renewing St Mary’s Church, our town’s landmark civic church: to enhance the ways the spiritual, community and cultural life of Witney people in the 21st century is served by St Mary’s church.

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Latest Witney Way

You can read the latest edition of the 'The Witney Way' by clicking on this Witney Way Advent link

Once again we begin a new Church year as we mark Advent – the time of longing for the coming of Jesus. This looks back to the story of expectation for the birth of Jesus. It looks in to the reality of the coming of Jesus in the crib of the altar in the sacrament. It looks forward to the end times, when Jesus will come again in glory.

In the parish we are also at a point of looking back – another year passes; and once again we find ourselves in times of change and development as Neil has announced he will be leaving us in the new year. We look in to the reality of what Jesus is doing among us and within us. And we look forward to the gift of a new year and to all the potential that lies ahead.

As we do so, I invite you to spend time reflecting on these words by Hans Urs Von Balthasar, a modern theologian: ‘What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.’

What better time than to explore the theme of gift in our lives. The gift that God has given to us by our very existence, the gift of Jesus Christ to the world, the gift we can become to God. It’s a theme that is powerfully explored in poetry. Many of us will be familiar with Rossetti’s ‘What can I give him?’ Perhaps fewer of us will know Gift by R. S. Thomas:

Some ask for the world and are diminished in the receiving of it. You gave me only this small pool that the more I drink from, the more overflows me with sourceless light.

This Advent, don’t get sucked into the world. Instead, try to find time to sit and drink at the pool of living water (Ps 1.3) and reflect both on the gift that you have been given, and the gift you can become. That, as you come to Christmas, may you come to know the overflowing sourceless light.

Love and prayers,
Toby Wright
Team Rector

Christmas 2016 Services

Christmas Eve at Saint Mary's

3pm, Crib Service
6pm, Carol Service
11.30pm, Midnight Mass

Christmas Day at Saint Mary's

10.45am, Festival Eucharist Blend

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