The Rev'd Toby Wright

Team Rector & Area Dean

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I have been here in Witney as Team Rector since 2009. I am passionate about mission, hospitality, discipleship and liturgy which enriches and changes lives. I serve as chair of  governors of one of the church schools in the parish and as a trustee on a number of local bodies/charities. More widely I am the Area Dean of Witney and a Trustee of the Sisters at Wantage where a £4m renewal project is being launched.

Since coming to Witney I have enjoyed working with Leading Your Church into Growth, Cursillo and the Diocesan Developing Servant Leadership course. I attended a CBT Mindfulness course in Oxford and am committed to the practice of contemplative prayer.  I am on the national Learning Community training programme and enjoy the opportunities this gives to grow.

Previously in Oxford I served on Bishop’s Council; the Board of Mission; Diocesan Synod and as a Diocesan Missioner.  Before coming to Witney, I was Parish Priest of Saint John Chrysostom with Saint Andrew in Peckham, South London and Area Dean of Camberwell, also serving on the Southwark Board of Mission; on the national Board of Affirming Catholicism and as Chair of Fresh Expressions Round table 5. Previously, I read theology at New College, Oxford and worked as a researcher for the Westminster Ethical Policy Forum; as a pastoral assistant at a school on the Peabody Estate in London and then as Administrator to the Headteacher before undertaking priestly formation at The College of the Resurrection, Mirfield. I served my curacy in Petersfield, the northern edge of Portsmouth diocese. 

I am married to Sally, who is also ordained. We have two children Caspar and Felicity. My hobbies include spending time with the family, cooking and reading. Among my other interests are music, cycling, and following the England rugby squad from the sofa. And the odd fire walk!

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Witney Feast Service



Witney Feast - Sunday 10 September 2017 6pm

Sunday 10 September 2017 at 6pm we will welcome the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Rev'd Steven Croft to Saint Mary's for the traditional Civic Service and then the Gallopers Service on the Fairground at 7pm.
All welcome to come and join in...

Feast 2017 Poster

Bishop Steven, Preacher

Staffing News

We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Team Vicar

The Rev'd Ness Whiffin has been appointed to serve as Team Vicar in the Parish of Witney. Ness will be licensed in S. Mary's on 6 September 2017 and all are welcome to come and pray for her as she begins her new ministry here in Witney.

Please pray for Ness as she prepares for this move and the next step in her priestly ministry.

Team Vicar

Raise the roof

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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St Mary Find out more about this project

Inspiring Change

Creating a Community Space for the 21st Century

As part of our wider commitment to serve the people of Witney, we have formed a vision for renewing St Mary’s Church, our town’s landmark civic church: to enhance the ways the spiritual, community and cultural life of Witney people in the 21st century is served by St Mary’s church.

St Mary Find out more about this project

Praying for victims of terror



'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.

Team Vicar

2016 Accounts and 2016 Review

The accounts were approved on 24 April by the PCC and signed off


Please click below to find the Accounts for 2016 and the 2016 Review
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

Parish of Witney 2016 Approved Accounts

2016 Review

Annual Accounts

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Holy Week Addresses

The Rev'd Canon Dr Joanna Collicutt led Holy Week 2017 on Remembering.
The text of her addresses is available Holy Week 2017 here

Holy Week

Oxford Diocese

Seven days a week, more than 50,000 Anglican disciples are dispersed across the Diocese of Oxford and the world, serving God in a huge variety of contexts and making a difference in the world. Together as a Diocese we support an enormous range of voluntary projects serving the local community often in partnership with others: these include food banks, children’s centres, support for the homeless and refugees, community groups, parent and toddler groups and many more. Over a thousand church buildings and church schools are centres of life and hospitality in their communities. There are around a hundred stipendiary chaplains working across the Diocese in prisons, hospitals, the police, universities and schools. We have three formal overseas links with Kimberley and Kuruman (South Africa), with Växjö (Sweden) and with Nandyal (India) and many other links at parish level.

The Diocese of Oxford