Bourton on the Water
with St James', Clapton on the Hill
and St John the Baptist: Great Rissington, St Peter's: Little Rissington & St Laurence's: Wyck Rissington
Wyck Rissington is a small, well networked, rural community of some 48 homes (approx 85 people), a few of the houses are second homes, and we have one working farm. No new homes have been built since the 1990s. The demographics are slowly changing and a few younger families have moved to the village - though at present we have no children at our regular Sunday services.
St Laurence's Church was consecrated in 1269 so we plan to celebrate our 750th anniversary in 2019. It has the finest Early English Chancel in Gloucestershire (according to David Verey), and has Victorian additions built during refurbishment in 1879. The church is largely in sound condition having had a new roof in 2011, thanks in large part to fund raising efforts by 'The Friends of St Laurence'. Though our congregation numbers are small they do represent over 10 per cent of our inhabitants, and there is still a strong feeling of loyalty in the village for the church. We are fortunate in having the supportive group, of mainly non-churchgoers in 'The Friends of St Laurence', to help with the maintenance of the fabric of the church as needed.
Gustav Holst was organist here at the age of 18, and this brings interested visitors, choirs and walking parties - in fact the Holst Way ends at the church and the Oxfordshire Way goes through the churchyard. We keep the church open during daylight hours every day of the year.
Our four bells have recently been re-tuned, and the bell tower strengthened and renewed in part. We have an enthusiastic team of ringers learning their skills with generous guidance from an experienced ringer from Great Rissington.
Our regular pattern of services is :-
2ndSunday - 9.30am Sung Holy Communion (BCP)
4th Sunday - 11am Sung Morning Prayer (BCP)
On a 3rd Sunday we join with Great and Little Rissington for a Joint Communion Service (CW). On a 5th Sunday we share a sung Benefice Holy Communion service.
Attendance varies but on average is 10 adults, with larger numbers at Christmas, Easter, Patronal Festival, Remembrance Day and other 'special' services. We have a much appreciated organist who plays for love of us and St Laurence's!
We are very happy for St Laurence's to be used for other purposes and have, in the past, had exhibitions and musical events. We are an attractive venue for country weddings and are very happy to host these in our lovely church.