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.

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Reverend Susan Cooke
The Vicarage
School Lane
GL51 4TF
(01242) 321806 (Vicar) or (01452) 864469 (Reverend April Jones, Associate Priest)

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Holy Communion
A said Prayer Book Holy Communion service.
Every first and third Sunday at 8:00 AM for 40 minutes
Morning Prayer
A monthly service followed by coffee and home-made cakes
Every first Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Parish Communion
A twice monthly sung service of Holy Communion. coffee and cake served after the service.
Every second and fourth Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Service
A lively, monthly all-age service with instrumental music and children's activities. Coffee and home-made cakes served after the service.
Every third Sunday at 11:00 AM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly Sunday School Refreshments


Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass
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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 14176
Built: Early 12th century
Architect: Norman and medieval
Archdeaconry: GLOUCESTER (161)
Deanery: The Severn Vale Deanery (16112)
Parish Legal Name: Witcombe with Bentham (160140 )
CofE Church Info: (616140 16/140)
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The current editor is: Robert Poole

This page was last updated on Thursday 20th July 2017
St Mary, Great Witcombe, Gloucestershire, GL3 4TS - Half a mile off the Birdlip Hill road between Brockworth and Birdlip

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