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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Ross Meikle’s ordination to the priesthood

Ross Meikle’s ordination to the priesthood will be at Dorchester Abbey on Sunday 24 June at 10 am. We are organising a coach for the return trip: Sunday 24th June | Depart St Mary’s, Church Green at 8.30am | Service Dorchester Abbey: 10 am |Depart Dorchester on Thames 12.30pm Cost £8 return per person Please email charlotteftremain@googlemail.com to reserve your seat and arrange payment. No money on the day, please. Your payment confirms a seat on the coach.

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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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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.

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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.

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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

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