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 occasionally. 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 Stephen Hayes, 01865 247813 [email protected]
Revd Lucy Thirtle, 01865 370470, with responsibility for Islip, Woodeaton and Noke
Revd Lisa Holmes, 01869 240435, curate in the Benefice
Mrs Glenys Edwards, Licensed Lay Minister, based in Oddington, 01865 331233
Mrs Lynne Lewis, Benefice Administrator, 01869 247813