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

Annual Parochial Church Meeting Apr 30th Saint Mary's Church Green More info
Witney Festival of Food and Drink May 20th Saint Mary's Church Green More info
Pentecost Parish Celebrations Jun 4th Saint Mary's Church Green More info
Diaconal Ordination Jul 1st Christ Church Cathedral More info
Festal Eucharist with New Deacon, and the MP Jul 2nd Saint Mary's Church Green More info
Witney Feast 2017 Sep 10th More info

We are looking for a Team Vicar

We are looking for a new Team Vicar to join the Team.

As a diocese we are committed to holistic mission, working through the framework of ‘Living Faith for the Future’. We have defined our purpose as ‘to join with God in creating a caring, sustainable and growing Christian presence in every part of the Diocese of Oxford, enabling every Christian and every Christian community to live and share the love of God, seen in the life of Jesus Christ.’

For more information please download the Parish Profile HERE and the Person / Job specification HERE.

If you would like further information on this post please contact the Rector, Rev Toby Wright, HERE


Easter Services

Easter Day - 16 April

0915 - Curbridge: Eucharist with Hymns
0915 - Hailey: Eucharist with Hymns and activities for children
1045 - Holy Trinity: Eucharist with Hymns and activities for children
1045 - S Mary's: Sung Festal Eucharist with Trumpet and Junior Church

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


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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St Mary Find out more about this project

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.

St Mary Find out more about this project

Latest Witney Way

You can read the latest edition of the 'The Witney Way' by clicking Here

Remember Dale Carnegie’s bestseller, How to Make Friends and Influence People? Well he also wrote, ‘Today is the tomorrow, you worried about yesterday.’ Mindfulness is currently a popular method of temporarily ridding oneself of extraneous stimuli, emptying and calming the mind, and concentrating on the Now. Of course metaphysically, Now can never exist; even as you read this sentence, the beginning is already in the past, and the end is still in the future.

The following pages are full of Yesterdays; accounts, reminiscences, recollections, memories and history; but also hope for our Tomorrows. Bishop John Pritchard helps us to look forward when we may be struggling or have lost our way, John Wesley reminds us that ‘faith is a journey not an end’, and Bishop Steven invites us to ‘come and see’.

Our Team Vicar Neil has left for pastures new, our curate Alastair is planning his departure, and we are looking forward to welcoming Ross as he prepares to join us as curate, on the next phase of his ministry. Pray for them all.

The 40 days of Lent – Ash Wednesday to Easter Saturday, minus the six Sundays – commemorate Jesus’ temptations in the wilderness, prior to his ministry. For us, it is a time of reflection and preparation, looking back at our lives; but also looking forward to our Lord’s glorious Resurrection. It is a time of spiritual discipline, reading, prayer, self-denial, charitable giving and actions. What are you doing?

Love and prayers,
Toby Wright
Team Rector

Staffing News

We are praying for a new Team Vicar

Shepherd and guardian of all souls, call to your church and ours a priest after your own heart; one of faith and prayer, filled with the Holy Spirit; one who has vision and wisdom; one who has a true love for all people. Prepare the priest of your choice for ministry among us in the team and the parish. Prepare us to receive the priest you call with love and joy. Guide all with responsibility for this task. We ask this through Jesus the Lord. Amen.

Download the The Parish Profile Here and the Job/Person Description Here.

For further information please contact the Rector here.

New Curate appointed

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Ross Meikle to serve his curacy in the parish. Ross will be ordained on Saturday 1st July at Christ Church Cathedral. Please pray for Ross as he continues his formation. you can read more about him HERE.

Almighty God, the giver of all good gifts, by your Holy Spirit you have appointed various orders of ministry in the Church:
look with mercy on your servants now called to be deacons and priests;
maintain them in truth and renew them in holiness,
that by word and good example they may faithfully serve you to the glory of your name
and the benefit of your Church;
through the merits of our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Latest film

Watch the latest film from the Witney Parish team.

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