Our lovely 13th Century church in the centre of the village
The Church of St. Mary the Virgin has been the spiritual centre of Wootton for many centuries. Here, local people have been “hatched, matched and despatched” throughout the ages, and baptisms, marriages and funerals continue to take place. Information about the church building can be found in the booklet: “The Church of St. Mary the Virgin Wootton, A Short History”, on sale in the church.
Rev’d Stephen Jones
Services are usually taken by the Rector, the Reverend Stephen Jones, who has been with us for 10 years. He is ably assisted by our Lay-Reader, Jenny Wagstaffe. This autumn, Stephen celebrated 50 years in the priesthood. (Sadly, the Church of England does not award long-service medals!)
Some years ago, the churches of Wootton, Glympton and Kiddington joined into one Parish. The Parochial Church Council is responsible for the financial affairs of the church parish, the maintenance of its churches and for promoting the mission of the church. Reverend Stephen is the Chairman and the members of the PCC representing Wootton Church are Jenny Wagstaffe, Anna Shepherd, Rachel McHugh, Nigel Bowles and John Webster, plus the two Churchwardens, Nicholas Tomlinson and Ann Leggett. Representing Glympton are Sally Browne (who is also the PCC Secretary), Connie Surtees and Peter Browne (Churchwardens). The Kiddington representatives are Jill Thorne (Churchwarden) and Jo Deacon. Wootton’s Verger, Jane Scott, helps to look after the church and performs duties during services, particularly weddings and funerals.
The Parish holds a variety of services each month and whether your preference is The Book of Common Prayer or more informal worship, there is something for everyone. Details of services for the current month can be found in “Outreach” and on the church notice-boards.
For enquiries regarding Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals, please contact the Rector.
Bell Ringers of Wootton
If you want exercise, throw away the dumbbells and try the church bells!
A much noisier use of the church is the weekly Bell-ringing Practice, held on Thursday evening from 7.30 pm. The Tower Captain, Mel Leggett, would welcome new ringers. (Tel: 813005)
Heart of the Community
A School and Community Service is held in Wootton Church on the first Wednesday of the month at 9.00 am. The children and staff of Wootton Primary School walk across to the church for a simple 20 minute service. Members of the community are very welcome to attend and enjoy a cup of coffee either before or after the service. (Or both!) The Primary School also uses the church for end-of-term productions, services and Sharing Assemblies.
Our monthly “Messy Church” is a way of being church for children and adults, involving fun! It can be found across the world and is based on creativity, hospitality and celebration.
The church is often used by people who need a quiet space to reflect and is open from 8.30 a.m. every day.
Every participating church has its own way of running Messy Church. Here in St. Mary’s Church, Wootton, we hold monthly sessions during school term-time, on a Monday, 3.15 – 4.30 pm. We begin with the essentials – a drink and a biscuit. Then we gather for a short, simple story (often from the Bible), after which there are several craft activities to choose from. The smallest children have a play-corner. At 4.15 pm we stop for “Messy Church Café” – sandwiches, sausage rolls, fruit, yoghurt and cake. (This is very popular!)
We welcome all children, with accompanying adults. Our mums, dads and carers are brilliant at getting stuck in to the craft activities and helping with the Café! All very welcome! We ask for a contribution of £1 per child to cover expenses.
For December, we have a special Messy Church followed by a Christingle and Crib Service. This is on Christmas Eve, and is being held in the church, from 3.30 pm. You will be able to make a Christingle, decorate Christmas biscuits and make a Christmas decoration before joining together in the church for a simple service. Children and adults alike are very welcome to this joyful occasion. Seasonal refreshments will be served.
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