St Mary the Virgin, Weston on the Green

Weston on the Green (by Motacilla)

Photo: Motacilla (Wikipedia)

The Parish Church of St Mary is in the centre of the village.  The tower is Norman and the rest of the church was rebuilt in the 18th century after much of it had fallen down.  In recent years two back pews were removed to create a Welcome Area, the vestry was reorganised to accommodate a disabled WC and a servery making the church more accessible for hosting events. At the same time the five bells were also restored.  We are working on finding a team of bell-ringing enthusiasts so we can hear the bells chime more often than they currently do.

The church has a group of willing volunteers, even though not all of them are regular worshippers, who see to its maintenance with well-organised rotas for cleaning, flowers and the upkeep of the churchyard.  A welcome pack is given to every newcomer to the village and the church has a presence at the ’newcomers’ soup lunch’ which is held every year in the early autumn.

There are generally two Sunday services a month, Holy Communion and a Family Service and the service on the fifth Sunday is usually a BCP service. The core congregation of about 25 live in the village and includes all ages.  Major services see a significant increase in numbers in the congregation with Christmas being especially well-supported, attracting congregations of up to 100.