Our Rector is the Reverend Jane Wright
who is based at the Rectory in Westcote Barton.
Lay ministers are
Stephanie Lacey and Susan Small
and we are fortunate to have retired clergyman
David Jackson living in our benefice
who assists from time to time
If you are interested in training for ministry
(lay or ordained), please contact Jane
St Edward the Confessor ~
St Mary the Virgin ~
St Martin ~
St Mary Magdalene ~
Holy Trinity ~
St James ~
Sandford St Martin
The benefice is part of the Diocese of Oxford,
in the Deanery of Woodstock.
In 1960 the parishes of Westcote Barton and Steeple Barton were merged to form the Barton Benefice. In 1975 this united benefice combined with Sandford St Martin, closely followed by Duns Tew in 1977. In 2015 a rearrangement of deanery boundaries allowed Over Worton and Nether Worton to join us. This larger benefice was briefly called the Dorn & Ridge Benefice, but the name never caught on so, after consultation with all those villages which are not actually a Barton, we remain the Barton Benefice!
Our Bell Ringers practise on Thursday evenings at Sandford St Martin, and ring for all our churches:
DT: 5 bells, tenor 14.5 cwt in F, ground floor ring (one of the heaviest rings of 5 in the country)
SSM: 6 bells, tenor 9 cwt in A, rung from West gallery
SB: 5 bells, tenor 9 cwt in A, ground floor ring
WB: 3 bells, tenor 6 cwt in C, ground floor ring, straight line, unusual stays
If you would like to know more, please get in touch with the tower captain Phil Sharman on 01869 340626.
We have two benefice choirs: "Cantate Dominus" (anthems and Latin motets) and a children's and unison choir "Dorn Chorus" (worship music).
Rehearsals are on the 1st and 3rd Fridays in the month, at 7.30pm in Ardley. Choir members are very good at lift sharing, so don't let the location of rehearsals put you off!
Children are ALWAYS welcome at regular services in all of our churches but we also have specific services for families.
A Family@Church service, specifically aimed at children and families, is held once a month in Duns Tew, and includes worship songs and children's activities. At major festivals (e.g. Easter and Christmas) there are story-telling services, and Christingle and crib services.
"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." Matthew 18:20