Duns Tew: St Mary Magdalene, Duns Tew
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The church of St Mary Magdalene is part of the Benefice of Westcote Barton with Steeple Barton, Sandford St Martin and Duns Tew - and since 1st March 2015, also the churches of Over Worton and Nether Worton. It is situated in the centre of the village of Duns Tew, not far from the Village Hall, and is a much respected part of community life.
The church is built of the honey-coloured Hornton stone. The font and porch date from 1200AD and the arcade of pillars with carved heads is 14th Century. In the 19th century the interior was restored, and is almost entirely Victorian. The lychgate at the entrance to the churchyard was built to commemorate the year 2000 - it also serves the community by being a bus shelter.
Everyone is very welcome at our services. Because the five parishes (six churches) share the one Rector, the services rotate around the Benefice and times and types of services vary from week to week.
Please check our website for times of services and for special services and events: www.dornandridgebenefice.org.uk. A Benefice Services chart can also be found in the Pages & Links section of Duns Tew Church on the national Anglican website, www.achurchnearyou.com.
At Duns Tew the pattern is as follows:
1st Sunday of the month: 6.00pm Evensong (5pm Nov-Mar)
2nd Sunday of the month: 11.00am Matins (Lay-led)
3rd Sunday of the month: 9.30am Eucharist (contemporary language), followed by coffee.
4th Sunday of the month: 11am Eucharist (traditional language)
Throughout the year we hold special services at one of the churches in the Benefice, such as at Christmas and Advent, Easter, Mothering Sunday, Pet Service, Harvest, All Souls, Remembrance, and 5th Sundays of the month. Please look in the Pages & Links section, and our Web Site www.dornandridgebenefice.org.uk for details nearer the times.
In addition to Sunday services there is a Benefice Pram Service for the under-5's, called "Little Tiddlers" in Middle Barton at the Alice Marshall Hall (on the crossroads of Enstone Road and Worton Road). This takes place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, at 10.30am. It is family friendly, gently structured with action songs, story, craft, drink and biscuit, and time to play. Young families from Duns Tew are very welcome.
Midweek Communion takes place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month in the home of a parishioner:
on the 2nd Wednesday it is held at 15 Washington Terrace, Middle Barton, at 10.00am;
on the 4th Wednesday it is held at Dinghams, Hill Farm Lane, Duns Tew, at 10.30am.
All are welcome. Please contact The Rectory for more details: 01869 340510.
If you are unable to attend Services but would like Holy Communion brought to your home, or if you would like transport to a Service, please contact the Rector: The Rev’d Graeme Arthur 01869 – 340510
We have an enthusiastic Bell Ringing team which rings for most 9.30 and 11.00am services in the Benefice. New Ringers are always welcome! Bell ringing practice is at Sandford St Martin Church on Thursday nights. Contact Phil Sharman (Tower Captain) 01869-340626.
The Bartons Benefice Choir has singers from the whole Benefice, with a full 4-part choir of about 15 adults which sings at special services, weddings, concerts and other events. A smaller number of the choir sings at 9.30am and 11am services in the Benefice on a regular basis. Choir practice is on Monday nights at Jacobs Yard, Middle Barton. Come and join in! More singers are always welcome. Contact Trevor Daniels (Choir Leader) 01869 340262.
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