Church of England Diocese of Oxford Witney

St. Mary the Virgin

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.

The parish of Witney is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Oxford’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.

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Midweek Eucharist

Every Wednesday at 11 a.m.
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This is a Covid-19 compliant service. Social distancing is in place in the church, and track and trace details will be required.

Eucharist/Holy Communion