St Agatha’s, Brightwell

St Agatha’s, Brightwell

A warm welcome awaits you at services in St.Agatha’s, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, one of six churches in the Wallingford team benefice.

Worship has resumed after the recent lockdown, but with a few significant changes such as social distancing, hand-sanitising on entry and exit, face masks to be worn, and no singing.  We are no longer handling cash so encourage members to use the Parish Giving Scheme or  this page for one-off donations.

As soon as the lockdown is fully lifted, our normal activities will resume including choir, bell-ringing, coffee on Wednesday mornings and occasional concerts and recitals.  The church would also normally be open to visitors during the day.

Inside St Agatha’s

Our Sunday morning services are all at 9.30am.  On the first Sunday of each month we have a Family Service where children and families are especially welcome.  On subsequent Sundays Parish Communion is celebrated.  Periodically a Team Communion is celebrated in one or other of the three parishes in the benefice.

A box near the North door in St.Agatha’s is provided for Food Bank gifts of tinned or packet food.

This scrollable panoramic view from Google maps shows the view inside:

Brief History: Founded in 1153 on the site of an earlier church, St Agatha’s has been at the centre of Brightwell’s Christianity for almost 900 years.  Some traces of the original building are still visible and a walk round the interior, using the printed guide available inside the church, will reveal many fascinating facts about the building itself and some of the people who have worshipped here over the centuries from the Normans to the present day.  We hope you will feel able to visit St Agatha’s, – the church is usually kept open – find time to explore inside and outside its ancient walls, and get a sense of its history.  The worn down stones in the porch may cause you to think of the villagers and visitors who, down the ages, have trodden this way before you; but be aware also that the Church’s ministry is still ongoing.  St Agatha’s remains as ever, at the heart of the village, ready to welcome anyone who seeks comfort within its walls.

CHURCH SERVICES Parish Church of St Agatha
Family Service (no Communion) 9.30am or 4.00pm 1st Sunday in the month
Parish Communion 9:30am Subsequent Sundays
There are always toys and books available in the Bell Tower for young children.

Coffee and homemade cakes are served in the Church Room every Wednesday morning between 10 and 12 am.  All are welcome!  You are also invited to join the Team Vicar in Morning Prayer in the church from 9am on Wednesdays.

Team Vicar ( Revd. Kevin Beer 01491 599873
Margot Shawyer
01491 826677
PCC Secretary (
Louise Wymer
Bell Tower Captain John Dowling
Safeguarding Officer
(Mrs) Sam Rhodes
01491 825779

During 2016, the 8 bells of St Agatha’s were refurbished and are now perfectly in tune, as can be heard from this video recorded during the peal since the improvements:

The Organ: Detailed Report on condition and recommended action.

Brightwell PCC’s Data Privacy Notice is available here and a consent form here.

Brightwell PCC’s Safeguarding Policy is available here.