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 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.

The Rev'd Toby Wright – Team Rector since 2009

Dates for your Diary

    6th March Ash Wednesday Eucharist Services with the Imposition of Ashes: 10.00 am at Minster Lovell | 11.00 am, St Mary’s Church | 7.30 pm at St. John’s Curbridge
    Saturday 6th March Charity and Outreach Quiz and Pancakes evening: Holy Trinity
    Saturday 23rd March at 6 30 pm at St Mary's Church: a performance of Handel’s Messiah (Parts 2 and 3), to celebrate St Mary's 775th anniversary
        Sunday 24th March at 6 00 pm at St Mary's Church: Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) starting with a Eucharist 
        Saturday 30th March Parish Ramble

      775 Sermon Series: downloads

        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
        Dec 9th The Rev'd Dr Joanna Collicutt A Pondering Church The sermon text is here: Advent 2 2018

      775 Sermon Series: upcoming events

        Feb 17th at 18 00: 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

      Exploring Spirituality Programme 2019

      Exploring Spirituality Programme 2019

      Click here to download The Exploring Spirituality Programme 2019 booklet ESP 2019 v2

      Daily Mass for the week commencing Monday 25th February

      Rev’d Ness will be celebrating Mass each day for the week commencing Monday 25th February as a reflection of her calling to Priestly ministry. Mon 25th 9.30am at St Mary’s, Tues, Weds. & Thurs. at the usual times and Saturday 2nd March at St Mary’s at 9.30am

      #Everyday Faith

      The Church of England invites you on a journey to discover God throughout your everyday lives. Find out more information here.

      There are also apps you can download to assist in prayer:

      A performance of Handel’s Messiah

      Saturday 23rd March, 6.30 pm at St. Mary’s. Do come and hear a performance of Handel’s Messiah (Parts 2 and 3), to celebrate St Marys' 775th anniversary. Lower Windrush Choral Society and Choir of St Mary’s, with Terry McNamara (director), Francis Rumsey (organ) and local soloists. Entrance free, retiring collection

      New Electoral Roll

      Under the Church Representation Rules, the Electoral Roll is revised every 6 years and 2019 is the year for this. All those on the Electoral Roll will receive a new ER form through their church for completion and return by 4th March (earlier if possible please). If you do not receive an ER form and would like to be included onto the Churches Electoral Roll please collect a form at the back of the church and return as soon as possible (preferably before 4th March). The New Roll (names only) will be displayed in the Churches from Sunday 10th March. Names and addresses will be available to view only in the Vestry. Errors can be corrected during this time; however, additions or removals cannot be made until after the APCM on Sunday 24th March at St Mary’s, starting with a Eucharist at 6 pm. Many thanks, Michelle Bailey-Wells, ER Officer, Parish Office, St. Mary’s Church.

      Festival Dates 2019

        The Beer Festival: Saturday 4th May
        The Food Festival: Saturday 18th May
        The Witney Flower Festival: Friday 5th to Sunday 7th July
        The Witney Feast: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th Sep
        Oktoberfest: Saturday 14th Sep

      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.

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      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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      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