St Mary the Virgin, Witney

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Who We Are

This ancient house of prayer has been a place of hospitality for over 750 years. Our magnificent medieval building is the main Anglican and civic church for Witney. Click here for a  SMV Visitor Guide DL (pdf) which explains how worship in our church has evolved over the centuries.

We aspire to be an inclusive, welcoming community of mercy and kindness. We extend a warm invitation to everyone to come and join us irrespective of race, sexuality, background or age.


Our worshipping life is centred on the Eucharist.

Our main Sunday service is a sung Eucharist at 10:45, followed by coffee and conversation. Children can attend their own session.

We have a said Eucharist on Wednesdays at 11:00, followed by tea and coffee.

We place great importance on saying Morning Prayer at 09:00 and Evening Prayer at 17:30 together in church.

Serving Our Community

We are an outward-looking church, committed to sharing God’s love in our actions towards others.

We are part of a benefice of five Anglican churches and a church plant with an ecumenical chaplain on one of the new housing estates.

We support an Anna Chaplaincy team that works with older people locally in hospital, care homes or at home.

We have a full-time Youth Worker and Schools Chaplain.

We host large annual community events, including the Witney Festival of Food & Drink and two Beer Festivals.

We have online and in-church teaching, social groups for women and men, and an eco group.

Our hope is that St Mary’s is the right place for you to share the love, joy and hope of the risen Christ.


Sunday Services:
10:45 - Sung Parish Eucharist (Contemporary Language, with hymns) - followed by refreshments
Weekday Services:
Daily Office 
09:00 Morning Prayer (except Saturday & Sunday) 
17:30 - Evening Prayer (except Saturday) 
11:00 - Holy Communion - followed by refreshments

Other Service Times in the parish can be found here.

Virtual Tour

2021 07 15 12 09 08

Click here to take a Virtual Tour of Saint Mary’s church

Find us



On Sundays - Church Green and The Leys have no restrictions.

On Weekdays - There are various time restrictions on Church Green - please note the signs. The Leys offers free all-day parking.


    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 one of Parish Safeguarding Team.
    For other safeguarding concerns please immediately inform our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Alison, on 07884 074812 or her Deputy, Sarah Jane, on 07506 515 952 or Pauline on 01993 648136. You can also email concerns to
    If you are unsure or worried about how serious a situation is, contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 01865 208295 or For enquiries outside of operational hours, contact Thirtyone:eight on 0303 003 1111.

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Contact Us

Contact details

Please contact the Benefice Office if you have any enquires for the five churches in our benefice: St Mary the Virgin, Church Green Witney Oxfordshire OX28 4AW | 01993 779 492 | 

Church addresses 

St Mary the Virgin Church Green Witney Oxfordshire OX28 4AW 
Holy Trinity Church Woodgreen OX28 1DN 
St John the Baptist,
Curbridge 2 Church Row, Curbridge Witney OX29 7NU
Hailey Church
Middletown Hailey Witney OX29 9UB
St Kenelm’s Church
 Minster Lovell OX29 0RR (updated 23-09-21)

Safeguarding concerns: