St Mary’s Church: 900 Years in the making

St Mary’s church has been a central focus for the life and identity of the community of Witney for almost a thousand years.  Our forebears’ craft, worship, prayers and generosity have enhanced it to the greater glory of God.

Offering hospitality

Hospitality lies at the heart of our mission as a Christian church.  So, whether you are a visitor, pilgrim, or worshipper, attending a service or a performance, enjoying a Festival or exhibition,

We welcome all to the sacred space and community venue that is St Mary’s.

Committed to change

In the year 2000 St Mary’s church committed itself to the long-term, large-scale transformation of the building for the whole community of Witney.  This process is making the building fit for purpose, both as a place of worship and as a key community venue serving Witney and West Oxfordshire.  Over the last 15 years St Mary’s has successfully raised more than £750,000, in the process weatherproofing its windows and all but one of its major roofs.  We have also replaced heavy pews with lightweight, flexible chairs, improved the internal electrics, and transformed the ageing electronic organ into an instrument fit for this large medieval church.

We now face the most exciting challenge in St Mary’s modern life:

to re-imagine the interior of St Mary’s to make it a beautiful, comfortable, social space for 21st worship and community use.

Praying for a new House for Duty Team Vicar

The parish of Witney is looking for a Team Vicar (House for Duty) who will work enthusiastically and collaboratively with clergy and laity across the benefice. The priest will have particular pastoral responsibility for Minster Lovell, whilst also sharing in ministry fully across the benefice and the other four churches. Click for details ML Profile 2018 here

Lord, as we enter a new stage, may you give us open hearts, Grace to grow in faith and prayer And help us to serve you in our local community. Lord, bless and equip the person you are preparing to lead here. May they have vision and insight and a prayer-fill, pastoral heart To serve young and old alike in this community. Amen.

A successful peal of Church bells

A successful peal of Church bells to mark the 775th anniversary of Saint Mary’s

Congratulations to the team of ringers on a successful peal of church bells to mark the 775th anniversary of Saint Mary’s!

Raise the roof

St Mary

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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775 Sermon Series

775 Sermon Series

As part of our celebration of our 775th Anniversary a series of sermons is taking place over the next 12 months. Here is the text of the opening sermon Feast 2018

Praying for victims of terror

Team Vicar



'In the midst of life we are in death.'

Lord, in a place of pleasure, terror struck, in a place of life, death came. Hold us in our shock and grief, comfort the distressed, heal the injured, calm the anxious, reunite the separated, console the bereaved, and give rest and everlasting peace to those who have died, for your love never fails and through the darkness your light always shines. Amen.

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