The Rev'd Ness Whiffin

Team Vicar

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My family and I moved to Witney in summer 2017 and I was Licensed as Team Vicar on 6th September. My Ordination was in 2014 following my theological training at STETS Salisbury. 

For most of my professional life I worked as a psychiatric nurse in the NHS in and around Bristol, with adults initially and for the last 6 years with Children and Adolescents. I specialised in both Eating and Personality Disorders with all age groups and gradually became more interested in criminal justice, spending my last 3 years as Specialist Practitioner in the South Glos Youth Offending Service. I loved (almost) all of it and was rather reluctant to relinquish it all to become ordained! 

Prior to that I worked as a Violinist, Pianist and Organist, teaching and performing all over GB, as well as abroad. Music done well is of primary importance to me; I don’t get to play my instruments so much these days, but I love to sing. 

Witney Benefice is an exciting place for me to be, where the Eucharist and Daily Office are central to the life of the Church. It was through my (lengthy) discernment for ministry that I realised just how important these are in my own life and the joy of sharing these with others; coming to Witney is rather like a spiritual home-coming. The meeting of the sacred with the secular, and an inclusive church, are also central to my theology.  

In my spare time I go to the gym and I’ve been learning to swim Butterfly. I’m pleased to be leaving my car at home whenever possible and cycling around, and relieved to find so many pubs in Witney! My children are Nadia, an ambitious baker and Barney, a passionate drummer and pianist. My husband Martin, psychiatric nurse, specialises in end of life dementia care and loves to spend his spare time growing vegetables. We have Oscar, a rather un-adventurous but sweet cat, and Winnie the rabbit has just moved in.    

It is my privilege to serve you as your Team Vicar.

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775 Sermon Series: downloads

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    The sermon text is here: Feast 2018
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    Apr 21st Fr Stephen Tucker A Resurrection Church
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    Jun 16th Sr Stella CSMV A Contemplative Church
    Jul 7th The Team Vicar A Creation Church
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    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.

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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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