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DISCOVER THE HOLY WEEK FESTIVAL

 

We have a story to share. It’s the story of that most remarkable moment in history. The moment where everything changes. Where love wins. Where hope is found. THE STORY OF JESUS

The churches in Witney have a history of celebration and invitation. We love to invite people to find their place in the good news about Jesus. You will have seen that for a generation we have gathered in the centre of our wonderful town to share one part of that story. You will have seen people walking in silence behind a cross through the centre of town. You may have heard the solemn drum beat. 

You may have wondered at the whole thing. You may even have been given a hot cross bun or found yourself caught up in the significance of the moment.

Well that has invited our wonderful community into one moment in the easter story. The moment where we remember Jesus giving his life for us. To win us back, set us free and give us life.

But the story is far richer and more wonderful and joyful than just that one moment. So this year the walk and the silence and the reflection is becoming a week-long festival.

 

This easter together we are going to tell His story.

Join us the the reflection + celebration.

EXPLORE THE FESTIVAL EVENTS

2-9 APRIL 2023

There are loads of things happening this week. We look forward to welcoming you, giving space to reflect and to celebrate.

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PRAY

POP UP PRAYER TENT

Look out for the Oasis Prayer Tent. A space to conect with God in prayer. A place to pray and be prayed for.

Walking in Nature

MON/
TUE

HOLY WEEK PILGRIMAGE

MONDAY 3RD

+ TUESDAY 4TH

A two-day pilgrimage to each of the churches in our area. Starting 8:30am Monday 3rd at High Street Methodist. Join in for the whole thing or choose a specific section or location.

All are welcome for as long or as little as they would like.  Bring your own refreshments.  The terrain is not difficult but there will probably be mud!  

Tomato Soup

TUE

SOUP LUNCH 12:30-2

OUR LADY AND ST HUGH

Join us for lunch

Egg Hunter

WED

EASTER ACTIVITY MORNING

WEDNESDAY 10:30-12 Davenport Road Methodist

An Activity morning for children and families with refreshments from 10:30-12

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THU

MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICES

ST BARTHOLOMEW'S DUCKLINGTON AT 6:60 PM

 

HIGH STREET METHODIST AT 7PM

ST MARY'S, COGGES AT 7:30 PM

Easter Eggs

FRI

GOOD FRIDAY CAFE AT ST MARY'S COGGES

All are welcome at our Good Friday event with free hot cross buns and tea/ coffee, games and fun activities, and a reflective space.

2-4 pm

Egg Hunter

SAT

EXPLORE EASTER

Join us at High Street Methodist church from 10-12

Coffee bar, free drinks, hot cross buns and Easter egg hunt around Witney

Interactive Easter experience in the Worship Centre

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SUN

EASTER SUNDAY SERVICES

SUNDAY 9 APRIL

All of our churches have services that you would be welcome to attend to celebrate the beginning of the easter week.

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SUN

PALM SUNDAY SERVICES

SUNDAY 2 APRIL

All of our churches have services that you would be welcome to attend to celebrate the beginning of the easter week.

Woman Praying

MON

MONDAY EVENING COMPLINE SERVICE

Join us from 6:30pm at St Bartholomew's Ducklington

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TUE

TUESDAY SERVICE OF REFLECTION HIGH STREET METHODIST

Join us FROM 7pm for a short reflective service in the worship area as we journey through Holy Week

Woman Praying

WED

WEDNESDAY EVENING COMPLINE SERVICE

Join us from 6:30pm at St Bartholomew's Ducklington

Egg Hunter

FRI

EXPLORE GOOD FRIDAY

Join us at High Street Methodist church from 1-3pm

Coffee bar, free drinks, hot cross buns and Easter egg hunt around Witney

Interactive Easter experience in the Worship Centre

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FRI

AN HOUR AT THE CROSS

4.30pm at St Mary's Cogges

Image by Hannah Tasker

SAT

EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA

Saturday 2-4pm Welcome Church

Welcome Church invite you to bounce and climb and get your face painted! 2-4pm at Welcome Church. A fun afternoon for everyone with space to explore the Easter story.

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MON

MONDAY SERVICE OF REFLECTION HIGH STREET METHODIST

Join us FROM 10:30 am for a short reflective service in the worship area as we journey through Holy Week

Woman Praying

TUE

TUESDAY EVENING COMPLINE SERVICE

Join us from 6:30pm at St Bartholomew's Ducklington

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WED

WEDNESDAY SERVICE OF REFLECTION HIGH STREET METHODIST

Join us FROM 10:30am for a short reflective service in the worship area as we journey through Holy Week

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WED

JERUSALEM JOY

CONCERT BY WICS

7:30PM High Street Methodist Church

A FREE concert journeying the story of the Easter week, from Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, through the low point of Good Friday and into the Resurrection. Lasting about 45 minutes, we hope it will bring the story to life in a new way for you.

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FRI

GOOD FRIDAY REFLECTION

St Bartholomew's, Ducklington 2pm

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FRI

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES

HIGH STREET METHODIST AT 10:30 AM

CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 

10:30 

Followed by coffee and hot cross buns

Sunrise

SUN

SUNRISE SERVICE

6:00am Sunday 9 April

ON CHURCH GREEN

Join us to welcome the dawn. A reflective service of expectation and celebration. Read the story of Easter and celebrate the resurrection with songs and readings.

Image by Edward Cisneros

WITNEY.CHURCH

THE CHURCHES OF WITNEY UNITED FOR THE GLORY OF GOD AND THE GOOD OF OUR COMMUNITIES

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