St John the Evangelist

Hailey is a village and civil parish north of Witney. The village comprises three neighbourhoods: Middletown on the main road; Poffley End on the minor road to Ramsden, and Delly End on Whiting’s and Wood Lanes. Hailey has a church – St John’s; a very popular and busy C of E Primary School; Village Hall; several farms; and a hairdresser, but it no longer has a shop. It is a lively village, with a summer festival and lots of activities throughout the year.

Hailey Church, is a Victorian building completed in 1869, but the church itself reaches out into the community well beyond its’ walls. Together with the school, pub, community woodland, and village hall, it is at the centre of village activity. Sunday services attract a steady, enthusiastic, mature congregation of over 30. We have a planned series of special services across the year, most of which are family focussed, and include the Festival Service in June, the Peace Service in July and a Pet service in the autumn. Compline services, lay led, are held in Advent and Lent, and Evensong is held on the first Sunday of the month.

Over the last few years it has become increasingly clear that the floor needs to be replaced - this has now become an urgent priority -  and fundraising locally has been taking place for some time.  In the autumn of 2016 there will be an offical launch of the "Fix the Floor" campaign, and we hope to begin work as soon as practicable.  It has also been a stimulus to find out more about our well loved church.  Keep a look out for fundraising opportunities, as well as news of how we're doing.

Crawley is a small village linked ecclesiastically with Hailey since its small church, St Peter’s, was closed in the 1980’s.

Sunday Service
9.15am - Holy Communion with hymns - followed by refreshments
Thursday Service
10.00am - Holy Communion (Traditional Language) - followed by refreshments

Other Service Times in the parish can be found here

Find Us

 

Parking

There are several generous laybys on the main road through the village, meaning only a short walk to the church.

Exploring Spirituality Programme 2019

Exploring Spirituality Programme 2019

The Exploring Spirituality Programme 2019 booklet lists events, together and details of Sunday Services and Prayer through the week across the Benefice of Witney.

If you are planning to attend an event or want more details please contact the office. Financial assistance is available if a book needs to be purchased as part of a course.

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

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

CHANGED DATE: Feb 3rd 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

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!

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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