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This is a peaceful country church, noteworthy for having largely escaped renovations and thus retaining much of its original medieval character and atmosphere. It is in regular use for communion and special services, and is a focal point for the village. The main fabric probably dates from between 1250 and 1275, and although the church is simple, it has a number of unusual features. Among these are a rare medieval wall painting of St Christopher carrying the Christ Child across a stream, and a Rood Beam with a Latin inscription(‘Come, ye blessed of my father; go to the eternal fire, ye accursed’). There is also a minstrel's gallery, and carvings on the ancient oak pews include depictions of a pelican and the sacrifice of Isaac. The bells in the Belfry, given by a Lord of the Manor in 1680, are still rung regularly. On the adjoining village green is a medieval Rood, or cross, from which the church takes its name.
Woodeaton is one of 8 parish churches within the Ray Valley Benefice.
The Ministry Team comprises; The Rector, Revd Charles Masheder, based in Ambrosden, 01869 247813
Revd David Wippell, based in Islip, 01865 849497
Revd Andrew Rycraft, based in Charlton, 01865 331124
Revd Andrew Baldock, 01865 842954
Mrs Lisa Holmes, 01869 240435
Mrs Glenys Edwards, Licensed Lay Minister, based in Oddington, 01865 331233
Mrs Lynne Lewis, Benefice Administrator, 01869 247813
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