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On the Money – Urban Ministry – why it matters

Posted on 25th February, 2017

WHILE the Oxford Diocese is less deprived than England as a whole, there are 13 neighbourhoods that are in the 10 per cent most deprived in England – nine in Milton Keynes, two in Oxford and two in Reading. In addition, 42 neighbourhoods are in the 10 to 20 per cent most deprived category with Read more…


  • Who cares for Hou this Mothering Sunday?

    AGED 13 Hou fled to the UK from China when his parents were imprisoned for their faith. Vulnerable and isolated, Hou was lucky enough to get help from The Children’s Society. Hou is one of the thousands of child refugees who arrive in the UK every year, facing uncertain futures. So, this Mothering Sunday The Read more…

  • Ministry for the Deaf

    The Door tells the stories of some of those involved with churches that cater specifically for the deaf and hard of hearing in the Thames Valley. by the Revd Ben Whitaker Martha’s Vineyard stands out in Deaf History. Through a mutation of a recessive gene brought about by inbreeding, a form of hereditary deafness existed Read more…

  • Spiritual guidance for older people

    BISHOP Colin was among the gathered clergy, writers and other guests at a special choral Evensong and drinks reception at Christ Church Cathedral to launch the new Bible Reading Fellowship’s Bible Reflections for Older People series. The Revd Canon David Winter, a regular contributor to the Door, was also among the guests. He is one Read more…

  • Ruth Valerio at Lent course launch

    “As human beings,” says well known author and speaker Ruth Valerio, “we have been created to be involved in looking after this world that God has made.” And on Saturday 4 March, Ruth will be speaking at the first of four sessions designed to help Christians and churches in our area grow in confidence about Read more…

  • Late night first aid at Reading Minster

    A SERVICE that provides first aid and advice to revellers in Reading on Friday and Saturday nights is now permanently based at the Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin. The church had already launched Sanctuary in partnership with Reading Street Pastors, offering a space to chill-out for those who may need refuge during a Read more…

  • Faith tour for pupils from Maids Moreton

    IN February Maids Moreton CE School hosted a multifaith week, where the children were given the opportunity to learn about and compare three different religions: Sikhism, Islam and Christianity. As part of the week, the whole school went on the Queen’s Park Faith Tour in Bedford, where they visited a gurdwara, mosque and church all Read more…

  • Fight poverty with soup this Lent

    PEOPLE across the Diocese are being urged to support Christian Aid by eating soup this Lent. For example, in the Hambleden Valley, there will be a series of Lent Lunches to raise money for Christian Aid’s work. Organiser Penny Mcleish said, “Over the years we’ve raised thousands of pounds to help people in need.” The Read more…

  • ‘Thank your Vicar Day’ at Curzon School

    CHILDREN from Curzon CE Combined School in Penn Street near Amersham took part in Thank Your Vicar Day recently. Headteacher Jacqui Coles, said the school councillors asked classes to think about all the jobs a vicar does. They reported back to the RE co-ordinator and decided that they wanted to make a card for the Read more…

  • Priest retires after more than 60 years

    A PRIEST who is retiring after more than 60 years of ordained ministry has cited Ephesians 1 as he reflected on his career. The Revd Ted Bale, 94, from Milton Keynes, who has finally retired, says he has been amazed and moved at the number of ‘God-incidences’ that proved to be turning points in his Read more…

  • A Year with Bishop Steven

    Here are a selection of the photographs from Bishop Steven’s tour of the Diocese.   Visit to the Witney Deanery on 25 January 2017 Claydon Deanery visit on 24 January 2017: Buckingham Deanery visit on 12 January 2017:

  • Generous donation for St George’s organ

    A £207,000 donation from a visitor to St George’s Wash Common has paid for the refurbishment of the organ. The church has been featured in the Door several times during a seven-year project to become one of the first carbon neutral churches in the UK. Last February the project came to completion. An organ enthusiast, Read more…