ABOUT US

Clergy

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

Churches

 St Edward the Confessor ~

St Mary the Virgin ~

St Martin ~

St Mary Magdalene ~

Holy Trinity ~

St James ~

Westcote Barton

Steeple Barton

Sandford St Martin

Duns Tew

Over Worton

Nether Worton

The benefice is part of the Diocese of Oxford,

in the Deanery of Woodstock.  

Benefice History

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!

Bell Ringers

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.

Choirs

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! 

Email choir@bartonbenefice.org.uk for more information.  New singers are always very welcome!

Children

Children are ALWAYS welcome at regular services in all of our churches but we also have specific services for families.  Family@Church services are usually held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays in the month (1st in WB, 3rd in DT).  These are specifically aimed at children and families, and include worship songs and children's activities. 

Do consider joining the Dorn Chorus choir to learn the music for these services - and have fun singing and playing percussion!

"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."                Matthew 18:20