St Mary’s Church Witney:  900 Years in the Making

Latest UPDATE April 2017:  We need to replace the roof as soon as possible!  Warmest thanks to all those local Witney folk who have generously sponsored 3,600 slates. This means we only have 400 slates to go!!  

GOOD NEWS – £178,500 raised, only £40,000 still to raise.

We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for earmarking £143,500 for this urgent project and huge thanks to local people and trusts for generously donating £35,000.

Please help us support our final push to raise the remaining £40,000. To help CLICK HERE

We want to be able to remove the roof this December and replace it by March so that our bat population can begin their breeding season in the spring.  Otherwise, we will have to wait till November 2017 to remove the roof!!

Cost include project planning, architect's fees, a bat survey, scaffolding, and replacing 4,000 slates.

To help complete our re-roofing campaign, please CLICK HERE to go to JustGiving OR make a cheque out to Parish of Witney PCC and mark it Raise the Roof

Our Vision for Serving Witney

St Mary’s church has served Witney folk for 900 years

Our vision for the future provides everyone with a place in which to worship and pray, a sacred space in which to mark special occasions in life, a place to enjoy the Witney Feast or a festival or just to find quiet in this busy world.

Live music gigs                         Food & Drink Festivals                       Beer Festivals

Throughout each year St Mary’s church hosts a whole range of community events   and activities (above).  These activities attract thousands to visit and use the building as it was intended – as a principle community space for Witney and West Oxfordshire.

Once the building is weather-proofed we plan to install up-to-date facilities so that    all who come to enjoy this magnificent medieval building can be comfortable and  well-catered for.

Our Fundraising Success

Over the last 16 years we have already raised £0.75m from numerous grant-making bodies, and from the wonderful support of so many local people.  This has enabled us to mend the windows and three of the medieval roofs, install comfortable seating and renew the organ.

Wonderful News!

We celebrate the news that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has earmarked £143,500 to restore the roof of the 13th-century chancel of Grade I listed St Mary’s Church, Witney.

Thank you Heritage Lottery Fund, local people and local trusts who have generously donated £35,000. Thank you!

We still need to raise £40,000. Please help us make the final push!.

 

 

 

 

Ending of WW1 commemoration

Centenary commemoration of the ending of WW1


In November this year, we commemorate 100 years since the end of the first world war. We will join with the town to remember and give thanks for the sacrifice made by many over the years. In addition to our services on November 11th there will be:

    a Concert of Faure’s Requiem at St Mary’s on Saturday November 3rd.
    a WW1 Centenary Commemoration on Saturday 10th November 2018 at Holy Trinity Church, Woodgreen, OX28 1DN to remember the ending of WW1 with readings, poetry and music. Tickets are £10, including refreshment. For details please contact Charlotte@witneyparish.org.uk or telephone 07900 456299

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
    Nov 11th Rev’d Kate Bruce A Peace-filled 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

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

Witney Wonderland will make the Advent season really special this year. From the Christmas lights switch on (30th November), right through to Christmas and New Year, St Mary's will be a wonderful place to visit.

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 Mayor'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

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.

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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!

Why not find out what is invovled in a peal

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

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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