Celebrating Christmas At Home

Here is a collection of resources you may like to use to celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day and throughout Christmastide.

Prayer for those Affected by the Floods

Merciful God,

Who has shown to humanity your grace by the story of the safe delivery of Noah's family through the flood:

Look kindly upon all those who have lost much in our area because of the flooding;

May they know your comfort and provision, 

That in their time of need You are with them

As you are with us in Jesus Christ, our Emmanuel,


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If you would like to support financially those in need by the floods, please consider giving towards our Hardship Fund.

Christmas Worship

Join Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford, for their Midnight Mass service on Christmas Eve: 

At Christmas Lunch

Revd Dr Joanna Collicutt has prepared this reflection on our Christmas meals, and has written a prayer to say or hear before we eat. 

A Prayer before Christmas Lunch

Lord Jesus Christ,

As we eat and drink may we remember you.

We give thanks

for good food and for those who have farmed, transported, sold, and prepared it;

for precious memories and the gift of loving and being loved;

for the turn of the year and the promise of spring.

Bless our homes, bless the pattern of our days, bless those we love, and keep them safe,

And as we bring our own troubles and those of this suffering world before you, help us to see your steadfast light, still shining in the darkness as on that first Christmas day.


Christmas Crib Service

Our annual Crib Service is online for your children, grandchildren and indeed for yourselves! Share it with all the family!

Hear the Gospel according to Luke

Each day of the 24 days of December leading up to Christmas, Revd Ross recorded a chapter of the Gospel according to St Luke and uploaded it to YouTube. You can listen to them all now - starting with the birth narrative, and ending with the accounts of Christ's marvellous resurrection!

Click on the picture below, which will take you to YouTube. Then click Play All, or select the chapter you want from the list.


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 inform your Parish Safeguarding officer, Alison, on 07884 074812 or her Deputy, Ness, on 07774 524756 or Pauline on 01993 648136 that you have contacted them.

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 need to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 01865 208295 or Richard Woodley on 07391 868478 or Lisa Wilkins can be reached via lisa.wilkins@oxford.anglican.org or 07341 866832.

Year Review

The Year Review contains reports from all the churches in the benefice and many of the activities that take place. Year review 2019 with cover

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