I'm new!

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

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