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Peace at the centre of the St Frideswide service

THE Bishop of Oxford the Rt Revd John Pritchard joined Imam Monawar Hussein and Penny Faust from the Jewish community to light a candle for peace. The act brought together Christians, Muslim and Jewish leaders in the annual St Frideswide Civic Service, which is welcome to people of all faiths and none. Frideswide means Strong More

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  • The harsh realities of homelessness

    VOLUNTEERS experienced the harsh realities of sleeping rough during two awareness and fundraising events in Berkshire last month. As autumnal weather saw temperatures drop, Windsor Christian Action arranged for the Windsor Sleepout. The event raised funds for the Windsor Homeless Project. The Revd David Dadswell said: “About 38 people took part ranging from people in More

  • AdventurePlus secures funding for new base

    A YEAR ago youth adventure charity Adventure Plus started fundraising to have £500,000 in place for the first stage of buying and transforming the Windmill Farm Conference Centre in Clanfield. The charity, founded 20 years ago, already works with 6,000 children and young people each year, from this diocese and further afield including London and More

  • A new outdoor learning space

    A DISUSED nature reserve has been transformed into an outdoor learning area used for gruffalo hunts and other imaginative games at Binfield CE Primary School. Staff, children, Waitrose staff and the Mayor of Bracknell, Cllr Denise Hamilton, turned up in waterproofs and wellingtons to celebrate the opening of the Binfield Open Learning Environment last month. More

  • Churches urged to help save lives this Advent

    CHURCHES across the diocese are being given the opportunity to save more lives this Christmas with the news that the UK Government has pledged to match Christian Aid’s Christmas fundraising. With a strapline of Not every child born in a stable survives, the charity is urging churches to back its Christmas appeal which focuses on More

  • Chocolate calendar countdown to a Kenyan baby clinic

    The Meaningful Chocolate Company is hoping to equip a baby clinic in Kenya by donating £10,000 from sales of its 2014 Real Advent Calendar. However, it is not just the charitable donation that makes The Real Advent Calendar unique. Behind its first giant window is a 32-page Christmas story-activity booklet, designed to be used every More

  • Double book launch in Oxford

    A DOUBLE book launch takes place at the Blackwells book store in Oxford in November.  The Journey, by Bishop John and published by SPCK and A Labyrinth Prayer Handbook by Sally Welch, will both be launched at Blackwells Bookshop on Friday 7 November. The Journey follows Luke’s chronology from Luke 9.51, as Jesus ‘set his More

  • Around the Deaneries – Claydon

    THE Revd David Meakin has been Rector of the Schorne Team in rural Buckinghamshire for 10 years. He is also Area Dean of the Claydon Deanery. He moved from Sunderland and knew it was the right job for him as he drove down south, through Winslow and Buckingham to the Aylesbury Vale and immediately loved More

  • Walking the Thames Pilgrim Way

    AT LEAST 200 people joined Bishop John on the inaugural Thames Pilgrimage in September. Pilgrims of all ages took part in the event, which saw the party travel 104 miles from the very west of the diocese (at Radcot, near Lechlade) all the way to Wraysbury, on the border with the Diocese of London, writes More

  • God in the life of a water supply expert

    IAN Bensted has devoted his life to ensuring people in the south-east of England, and parts of south-west Uganda, have adequate water and sanitation services. The retired civil engineer and Licensed Lay Minister tells Jo Duckles his story. Ian, who was born two months after the start of World War Two, was brought up in More