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.
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.