St Mary’s Church: 900 Years in the making

St Mary’s church has been a central focus for the life and identity of the community of Witney for almost a thousand years.  Our forebears’ craft, worship, prayers and generosity have enhanced it to the greater glory of God.

Offering hospitality

Hospitality lies at the heart of our mission as a Christian church.  So, whether you are a visitor, pilgrim, or worshipper, attending a service or a performance, enjoying a Festival or exhibition,

We welcome all to the sacred space and community venue that is St Mary’s.

Committed to change

In the year 2000 St Mary’s church committed itself to the long-term, large-scale transformation of the building for the whole community of Witney.  This process is making the building fit for purpose, both as a place of worship and as a key community venue serving Witney and West Oxfordshire.  Over the last 15 years St Mary’s has successfully raised more than £750,000, in the process weatherproofing its windows and all but one of its major roofs.  We have also replaced heavy pews with lightweight, flexible chairs, improved the internal electrics, and transformed the ageing electronic organ into an instrument fit for this large medieval church.

We now face the most exciting challenge in St Mary’s modern life:

to re-imagine the interior of St Mary’s to make it a beautiful, comfortable, social space for 21st worship and community use.

775 Sermon Series: downloads

    Mar 10th The Rt Rev'd Steven Croft A Learning Church - awaiting text

775 Sermon Series: upcoming events

    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

Exploring Spirituality Programme 2019

Exploring Spirituality Programme 2019

Click here to download The Exploring Spirituality Programme 2019 booklet ESP 2019 v2






#Everyday Faith

The Church of England invites you on a journey to discover God throughout your everyday lives. Find out more information here.

There are also apps you can download to assist in prayer:


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 on Display

Under the Church Representation Rules, the Electoral Roll is revised every 6 years and 2019 is the year for this. 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.

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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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 download the 2018 Annual Report and Accounts

Safeguarding: who to contact in an emergency

If a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention, call the emergency services on 999. If there are concerns about their immediate welfare, don’t delay: call Children and Adult’s Social care on 0345 050 7666 or the MASH Out of Hours Emergency Duty Team: 0800 833408

Also please immediately inform your Parish Safeguarding officer, Alison, on 07884 074812 or her Deputy, Ness, on 07774524756 or Pauline on 01993 648136

Safeguarding: who to contact with concerns

For all safeguarding concerns please immediately inform your Parish Safeguarding Officer, Alison, on 07884 074812 or her Deputy, Ness, on 07774524756 or Pauline on 01993 648136. You can also email concerns to safeguarding@witneyparish.org.uk

If you are unsure or worried about how serious a situation is, contact one of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers, Stuart Nimmo, on 01865 208290 or Sophie Harney on 01865 208295.