St. Mary the Virgin, Witney

Saint Mary's is a dynamic, growing church. We take seriously the call of the Church to simply worship God as her primary vocation. Our life as a community is based around the regularity and repetition of the Eucharist. We believe we are called to be a community of mercy and kindness who offer radical hospitality. Our ministry of feasts and festivals shows this in an active way. We also know the power of learning by laughing.

The community of St Mary’s, Witney, is delighted that our church is a member of the Inclusive Church Network. We extend a big, warm, open invitation to everyone and anyone to come and join us, irrespective of gender, race, age, sexuality, wealth, background, education, social status

We are the main and civic church for the town of Witney. Saint Mary’s was re-dedicated in 1243, although an earlier church stood on this site. We have an active role as the focus of civic ceremonies and outreach to the town and wider area. We are regularly used for special services such as Remembrance Sunday, the Mayor’s Carol Service, and BBC Radio Oxford broadcasts. However as the focal point of many local people’s lives, we also have strong pastoral links for baptisms, weddings and funerals. And we are excited by the future.

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Michelle Bailey-Wells

Benefice Office, St Mary the Virgin, Church Green Witney Oxfordshire OX28 4AW

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Evening Prayer

Every day at for 30 mins
St. Mary the Virgin, Witney
St Mary the Virgin Church Green Witney, OX28 4AW, United Kingdom

Common worship evening prayer

Evening prayer does not take place on a Saturday


Our parish of Witney is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults from harm. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO)

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 [email protected]

If you are unsure or worried about how serious a situation is, contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 01865 208295 or [email protected]. For enquiries outside of operational hours, contact Thirtyone:eight on 0303 003 1111.

Safeguarding Information

St. Mary the Virgin, Witney Charity No. 1129784