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News from Henley on Thames Filling Station

In October we had a great meeting with Canon J John an international Christian speaker.  He spoke with humour and enthusiasm – a great evening was enjoyed by everyone present. December sees Canon J John return again to Henley so please read below and come and join us for what promises to be an uplifting More

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    God in the life of Revd Steve Gray

    The Captain who led the CofE cricket team to victory in a recent final against the Vatican tells Jo Duckles of his journey from a Brethren family upbringing to becoming Chaplain of Bradfield College in rural Berkshire. “My sister and I were brought up in a strict tradition with two services on Sunday mornings and a More

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    Meet our new Licensed Lay Ministers

    The Door introduces the 11 new Lay Ministers who were licensed in a service in Oxford’s Cathedral at Christ Church recently.  Helen Broadbent Helen has lived and worshipped in Slough for over thirty years. She works part-time as an Optometrist and loves the interaction with people that this brings. She has been involved in a More

  • ‘I love workplace chaplaincy’

    Those of you who have already met me will know how passionate I am about the work of chaplains in the workplace. I’m passionate because the church goes to where people are, going out to their places of work, not waiting in a church on a Sunday morning for new people to come through the More

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    A Bishop’s Chaplain: ‘A unique position’

    A Bishop’s Chaplain is in a unique position in that it is very much focused around supporting one person in their mission and ministry. I have often joked that to be a bishop’s chaplain means that you have to have the skills of being a human coat hanger and book stand, bag carrier, bishop’s memory, More

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    Walking alongside cancer patients

    “So how long have you been doing this job?” It’s a frequent question from patients curious to know why anyone would choose to work in a cancer hospital, let alone become its chaplain. “I’ve been involved in this kind of work for quite a long time.” That’s the short answer, which usually serves to reassure More

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    Why I bake bread: A University Chaplain’s view

    Once a week in the University Chaplaincy we invite students and staff to learn how to make bread. It’s been a passion of mine for several years (that, and making beer). At first, it was simply a way to encourage people to step into our building. We talked about it being a time for students More

  • On the edge or at the centre?

    On the edge or at the centre? That’s the question that will be raised by a conference this month bringing together chaplains from hospitals, prisons, schools and colleges and town centres. Organised by the Ven. Martin Gorick, the Archdeacon of Oxford, the event will see the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Williams of Oystermouth (better More

  • Youth club and café a huge success

    A Youth Club and Church Café are going from strength to strength in Longworth. The Church Café provides a family-friendly and welcoming environment for everyone in the village. Since it opened in February it has provided a place where the local community can meet on Sunday morning. The response has been extremely encouraging as families More

  • Giving parents the chance to talk

    Parents are getting the chance to relax and unwind after dropping their children off at school thanks to an initiative in Stanford-in-the-Vale. Vicar, the Revd Paul Eddy, was inspired to set up Oasis and Parent Talk by his wife, who pointed out that after spending a weekend with their four children, then doing the school More