St Mary, Great Witcombe
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St Mary's Great Witcombe with Bentham lies in a beautiful setting below the curving, heavily wooded slopes of the Cotswold escarpment. It's a great place to stop; a peaceful church in which to pray,to retreat from the busyness of the everyday, to soak in the sense of faithful witness to the Christian faith through many ages. Leaflets are available to help you interpret the features, old and new, including the dramatic Norman dog-tooth arch, and the late medieval stained glass windows with their particularly vivid colours. You can join a small and very friendly congregation for an early morning Prayer Book communion, or a monthly Family Service with people of all ages, sharing in more informal worship with instrumental music. Coffee and home-made cakes are served after worship each Sunday in the north chapel.
The church serves a varied parish of scattered dwellings -some along the Roman road as it climbs Birdlip Hill, one of the steeped parts of the Cotswold scarp slope. The now by-passed community of Little Witcombe forms the largest group of houses in the parish -near to the pub and shop.
The Cotswold Way path weaves its way through the woods at the top of the slope and we welcome a good number of visitors during the year to this sequestered spot; once discovered, never forgotten.
Enquiries about baptisms, weddings and burials should be made to the Vicar. The church can seat about 90 comfortably.
For helpful guidance about weddings, visit: www.yourchurchwedding.org
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