Vicar’s Welcome

We are a group of three Church of England parishes serving the communities of Wotton‑under‑Edge, Ozleworth, North Nibley, Alderley and Tresham. On this site you can find out more about our friendly churches, our varied worship, our caring people, our expanding range of activities and also about baptisms, marriages and funerals.

Read the full Vicar’s Welcome

Invitation to Benefice Service – Sunday 2nd September at 4pm

Rev’d Canon Rob and Rev’d Christine Axford are retiring from the Tyndale Benefice in September and there is to be a service celebrating their 10 years within our Parishes. On Sunday 2nd September at 4pm at St. Mary’s Church in Wotton under Edge, we will bid our farewells to Rob and Christine.
We do hope you can come along,  it will be a service for all the family. There will be light refreshments served after the service.

June Messy Church at St Mary’s

Saturday 9th June      9.30 – 11.00 am

The Money Puzzle

Come and join us for Messy Churn on Saturday 9th June from 9.30 am

Time for breakfast, to meet friends, to learn about stewardship, our wise use of all that God gives us, and to worship God.

Aim: Helping people explore what has true value in their lives and to wonder at what is important. Is it obeying all the rules, is it family and friends, or is it our friendship with Jesus?

Poppies to cover the bell tower at St. Mary’s

We are in need of poppies – thousands of them!

Knitted, crochet, felt or fabric – anything that will stand up to the British Autumn/Winter. We plan to cover as much of St. Mary’s Bell Tower as possible in poppies to commemorate 100 years since the end of the 1st World War.
There are patterns on the table at the back of St. Mary’s or come to the Parish Office (you can leave your finished poppies in both places too). Victoria Fabrics on Market Street also hold copies of the knit and crochet patterns and will take in finished poppies too. You don’t have to follow a pattern – you can go freestyle, we just ask that they are bigger than about 10cm in diameter (it means we don’t have to sew so many on!)

Crochet poppy pattern
Knitted poppy patterns

If knitting/crochet etc is not your thing, but would like to help – we will need help to sew them on to the backing. Also, if you have a logical or engineering brain, we need help in working out how to get them onto the tower.
Contact Kate in the Parish Office – 01453 842175 / for further information or offers of help.

Christmas in the Tyndale Benefice

Christmas Services in the Benefice

A very warm welcome awaits you in all of our churches over the Christmas period and beyond.

Sunday, 17th – 3rd Sunday of Advent
11.00am Carol Service at the Tresham Chapel
6.00pm Service of Nine Lessons and Carols St. Mary’s
6.30pm Service of Lessons and Carols at St. Martin’s

Tuesday, 19th December
6.30pm Carol Service at St. Nicholas, Ozleworth

Sunday 24th December – 4th Sunday of Advent – Christmas Eve
8.00am Holy Communion at St. Mary’s
8.00am Prayer Book Communion at St. Martin’s
10.00am Journey to Bethlehem from St. Martin’s to the Chapel accompanied by Noddy the Donkey and an invitation to dress for the part.
10.15am Parish Eucharist at St. Mary’s
4.30pm Christingle Service at St. Mary’s
6.00pm Christingle Service at St. Mary’s
6.00pm Christingle Service at St. Martin’s
11.30pm Midnight Mass at St. Mary’s
11.30pm Midnight Mass at St. Martin’s

Monday, 25th December – Christmas Day
8.00am Holy Communion at St. Mary’s
9.30am Family Christmas Communion at St. Martin’s
10.15am Family Christmas Communion at St. Mary’s
11.00am Family Christmas Communion at St. Kenelm’s

November Messy Church

November Messy Church:
Saturday 11th November ’17

Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin
From 9.30 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.

Peace and Comfort
The Holy Spirit

On Remembrance Day this year, Messy Church are exploring what Jesus meant when he said to his disciples on the night before he died: “I will send the Holy Spirit to be with you always.”

Come for breakfast; hear the story then go and explore it through a variety of activities.

Activities include making chocolate Krispie Cakes, making; making a poppy; making a windmill; playing with clay while thinking about the Holy Spirit; a recipe for a friend; footprint painting; experimenting with sodium bicarbonate and vinegar.

The morning ends with a time of Celebration using all of our activities in a time of singing, storytelling and prayer.

Come and discover how the Holy Spirit is alive today.

Messy Church is for all ages, no one is too young or to old – come and enjoy.

August Messy Church

Messy Church                              

Saturday 12th August

St Mary the Virgin Parish Church 9.30 – 11.00

Theme: The Still Small Voice

 Where and when do you hear God speak? Is it in the busy, noisy workplace, or school, or on the train? Elijah thought he was the only person left in Israel still loyal to God. God spoke to Elijah to reassure him … but how did God speak? Was it in the wind, or the earthquake, or the fire …

Come to Messy Church to hear more of this story, to discover other parts of the story of Elijah.

Come to Messy Church where a warm welcome awaits you. As you come in, you will be welcomed to sit and eat breakfast – toast with a drink … and a surprise extra.

After hearing the story, you can go and find out more about each part of it through a variety of activities. These include retelling the story using Lego, tasting naan bread, making a telephone, blowing fish, making coded messages …

Finally there is a time for celebration, with the story, a hymn, and a prayer.

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All are welcome!

Kate Cropper – the new face in the office chair

A new face in the office chair.

The seat has been filled and we are delighted to welcome Kate Cropper as the newly appointed Vicar’s Secretary and Benefice Administrator. Kate took to the chair on Tuesday 4th July and is getting to grips with the many aspects of the role, baptism, weddings and funerals in week one along with the usual notice sheets, phone calls, meeting and greeting plus general administration. Kate brings some different skills to build on Ima’s 10 years in the chair and we very much look forward to her partnership in the life of the benefice. Please bear with us as it will take a week or two for Kate to settle into the chair as new challenges arrive by the day but together we are up for it. The big challenge yet to be faced is to organise the vicar!
Kate, we welcome you.