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

Could you fill this seat? Closing Date

Could you fill this seat?

Vicar’s Secretary / Benefice Administrator

I’ve had several people contact me to express interest in this position and so, in fairness to everyone, we are now setting a closing date of 9th June 2017 for applications and we hope to be able to hold interviews in the week beginning 18th June. Application should be by letter and CV, which may be as email attachment, but please telephone the office (842175) or email me at, Rob Axford

Vicar’s Secretary / Benefice Administrator

Could you fill this seat?

Vicar’s Secretary / Benefice Administrator

 Following the resignation of Ima Earle, due to relocation, we are looking to appoint a new Vicar’s Secretary / Benefice Administrator starting from 1st July or as soon after as possible. The role of the job holder is varied and interesting in supporting the vicar and ministry team as well as providing some administrative back up to the benefice. It is a paid position based in the Parish Office at St Mary’s Wotton and currently provides office cover for 4 mornings a week (Tuesday – Friday) but that is not all and working arrangements can be flexible.

For a job description and person specification please contact the vicar, Rob Axford (01453 842175 or ) who will be pleased to discuss the post with you and give you more information.

At St Mary’s we are also looking for a PCC Secretary who supports the work of the church council through 6 meetings a year with Agendas and minutes and also the preparing the Annual Report for the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. More information on the work of a PCC secretary can be found on the Diocesan website at or talk to Rob.

Messy Church for May

Messy Church
Saturday 13th May
9.30 – 11.00

Messy Church at St Mary’s Church

Theme: All are Welcome (Meals Jesus Ate)

Messy Church is a service for all ages. We start with breakfast together, a time for a chat to catch up with friends and to get to know new friends.

Then there are a variety of activities all based on the theme for the morning. For May, we are exploring the story of Jesus having dinner with Matthew the tax collector and his friends. Activities include “hospitality in a bag” with a look at those with whom we would share hospitality; another is sieving and sorting, where we think about how Jesus welcomes everyone. We’ll make badges for VIP guests, and placemats to use. And you can have a go at folding serviettes in different ways whilst thinking of welcoming people into our homes.

Our celebration time takes the form of a dramatic telling of the story, with prayers and singing.

All are welcome to Messy Church and we look forward to meeting you there.

Dancing on the Edge

Tresham Church and Village proudly present Dancing on the Edge.

Dancing will be to the renown Tresham village band, BWB.  **Complimentary buffet**.  Paying bar.  Ends Midnight.

Venue: Cotswold Edge Golf Club.

Tickets:   adults £18,   5-17s £9;
family discount of £2 per 5-17 year old if you spend £55 or more – enter “famdisc” as the Coupon Code.

  • select the tickets you require below to enable you to pay by debit or credit card.
  • use the check boxes to indicate special dietary needs.
  • if you (or a friend without access to a computer) prefer to pay by cheque, please send a stamped, addressed envelope with your cheque made payable to Tresham Village Hall at:
    Talbot Court Farm, Tresham, Wotton-under-Edge, GL12 7RW
    and we will post your tickets back to you.
  • numbers are limited – please book early.
  • last date for tickets: 11 June (we have to notify numbers for the buffet).

The party is open to everyone in, so feel free to invite your friends and make up a group.  Families welcome.

Proceeds benefit Tresham Church and Village.  If you cannot come but you would still like to support this fundraising event you can make a donation.

If you will require a taxi, please be sure to make arrangements in advance; the Golf Club will be unable to help on the night.  Sixteen-seat mini-buses are available from

Easter Celebrations in the Tyndale Benefice.

Easter Celebrations in the Tyndale Benefice.

We are keeping this Holy Season with the Eucharist of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, 13th April, at 7.30 pm in St Mary’s followed by the night watch of prayer to mid-night.

On Good Friday, 14th April, there is the Churches Together Walk of Witness leaving Synwell Chapel at 9.30 and finishing at St Mary’s. Prayers on the way at Perry and Dawes, The Ark, Tabernacle Pitch, Holy Cross and St Mary’s.

Good Friday afternoon and the 3 hours at the foot of the cross in St Mary’s from 12.00 noon or at St Martin’s, the final hour from 2.00 to 3.00 pm. To complete the day the Oriana Singers at St Martin’s North Nibley a 7.00 pm.

Holy Saturday we keep Palm Sunday to Easter in about an hour at St Nicholas Ozleworth that’s at 11.00 then the first celebration of Easter with the Ceremony of Easter Fire and blessing of the Easter Garden at 8.00 pm.

Easter Day and a full range of services:

8.00am Easter Holy Communion at St. Mary’s
9.30am Easter Eucharist at St. Martin’s
10.15am Family Easter Communion at St. Mary’s
11.00am Family Easter Communion at St. Kenelm’s
11.00am Easter Holy Communion at the Tresham Chapel
6.00pm Easter Carol service at St. Mary’s
6.00pm Easter Praise at St. Martin’s

You are welcome to join us at all or any of these services, everyone is most welcome. Come and celebrate the season with us.

April Messy Church – “Journey with Jesus”

April Messy Church
Saturday 8th April
9.30 to 11.00

“Journey with Jesus”

Messy Church involves food, fun, fellowship and faith-sharing

It starts with breakfast, continues with activities to explore the story, and ends with a time of celebration.

This month we explore the journey Jesus took when he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, going on to his death on the cross, and God raising him to life.

Activities include: making palm leaves; making a chalice; making a crown of thorns; making a picture with hammer and nails … 

The concluding celebration involves everyone taking part in the Journey, with songs and prayers on the way.

At Messy Church there are always people to meet and plenty to do. It’s a lovely friendly time.

Messy Church is friendly and welcoming.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Director of Music / Organist – Job Description

St Mary the Virgin, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire

Director of Music / Organist

We seek a leader for our musical ministry with good people skills, able to relate to musicians & congregation, sensitive to worship, liturgy & varied musical styles. The person appointed will help us to creatively develop our music working with our well established youth & adult choirs and choral tradition.

The parish church organ is a 3 manual Shrider maintained by Harrison & Harrison. Further information can be found here St Marys DOM organist Job Description

Remuneration for 2 Sunday Services & Choir Practice in the range £3,500 – £5,000 depending on experience & qualification.

Further details from Rev’d Canon Rob Axford
01453 842175

March Messy Church – Jesus heals 10 lepers

March Messy Church

Saturday 11th March
9.30 to 11.00

Messy Church is a time for food, fun, fellowship and faith-sharing.
It starts with breakfast, continues with a variety of activities and ends with a time of worship.

This session is based on the story of Jesus healing the Ten Lepers (you can find it in Luke 17: 11-19)

Activities include – decorating cakes; making puppets to take part in the story telling; invisible prayers. Some activities involve paint, or glue, or colouring pens, or butter icing.

The concluding Celebration includes telling the story, praying together, singing to guitar accompaniment.

At Messy Church there are always people to meet and plenty to do. It’s a lovely friendly time.

Look forward to seeing you there.

St Mary’s Pancake Party

Pancake Party at St Mary’s Pancakes 3
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Party

St Mary’s Together – Activities for all the Church Family

Tuesday February 28th from 5.00 – 7.30 p.m

At St Mary’s Wotton-under-Edge
For all ages to enjoy – everyone welcome to share in the races, to flip a pancake, eat a pancake, join in the quizzes and enjoy the food before we begin the season of Lent the following day.

Whatever the weather come and join us at anytime:

5.00 p.m. Pancakes and races

6.00 p.m. Hot meal in church with quizzes and children’s activities or just time to socialize with friends and neighbours

7.00 p.m. Quiz results

donations towards costs always welcome

Ash Wednesday 2017 Services

Ash Wednesday Services in the BeneficeAsh Wednesday and Lent
Wednesday 1st March 2017

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 1st March 2017. There will be Ash Wednesday Eucharist Services at both St Mary’s and St Martin’s, with the opportunity to receive the sign of the cross in ash at both evening services. The services during the day will be:

9.30 a.m. Holy Communion at St Mary’s, Wotton-under-Edge

6.30 p.m. Holy Communion with the imposition of ash at St Martin’s, North Nibley

7.30 p.m. Holy Communion with the imposition of ash at St Mary’s, Wotton-under-Edge