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

Christmas 2018 Services

Christmas 2018 Services

Mayoress's Carol Service, St Mary's, 14th December, 7pm

    Carol Service, St John's Hailey, 16th December, 6pm
    Candlelit Carol Service, St John's Curbridge, 16th December, 6pm
    A Traditional Service of Lessons & Carol, Holy Trinity, 22nd December, 6pm
    Crib Service, St Mary's, 24th December, 3pm
    Carol Service, St Mary's, 24th December, 6pm
    Midnight Mass, All churches except Curbridge, 11.30pm
    Christmas Day, St Mary's and Holy Trinity, 10.45am
    Christmas Day, St John's Hailey, St John's Curbridge and St Kenelm's Minster Lovell, 9.15am

775 Sermon Series

Do join us as we celebrate our 775th Anniversary with a series of sermons:

2018

    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

2019

• Jan 6th Baroness Caroline Cox A Courageous Church • Feb 17th 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

"The Son of God"

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.

by Jeffrey Archer

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?

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.

Witney Wonderland

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

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!

Donate with JustGiving and PayPal

Please find out more

Accounts

Annual Accounts

Our stewardship enables us to fulfil God's call and share in God's mission

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