Entries by Jo Duckles

Raising funds for Embo

EMBO in South Africa is the destination for three Diocesan staff members. Claire Barratt, Melanie Hawgood and Caroline Todd, who all work at Church House, Oxford are fundraising for their trip, when they will be volunteering in a clinic and an orphanage for people with HIV and tuberculosis. A sponsored run, cake and bacon butty Read more…

Limited space at AA awareness Day

TOGETHER in Recovery is a free awareness day for professionals, including church leaders, who may be helping people to recover from alcohol problems. Limited places are left for the event on Thursday March 30th. More details here  or email aawarenessday.oxford2017@gmail.com.  

Cell Talk in Upper Heyford

DISCOVER more about two fourteenth century women with Cell Talk a play that follows an imagined relationship between Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe. Julian of Norwich was an anchoress confined to a cell attached to a church. From the window she offered counselling. Margery Kempe was a younger woman who became convinced she was Read more…

Launching a prayer calendar with a difference

THIS month the Diocese of Oxford launches a prayer calendar with a difference. Entitled Whatever You Do, the calendar will feature stories of ordinary Christians and how their faith is lived out in their daily lives. This month we feature the stories of ballet teacher Annik Coatalen and Licensed Lay Minister and senior manager in Read more…

Prayers for all those involved in the Westminster terror attack

PRAYERS are being said and a Collect for Peace has been published by the Church of England following yesterday’s tragic terror attack in Westminster. This morning Bishop Steven tweeted: “My thoughts and prayers today are with the bereaved and injured in yesterday’s attack in Westminster and with colleagues in Parliament.” The following Collect for Peace Read more…

Feeling the need to retreat?

Spring is the time to start thinking of where we might escape to for breaks this year. Retreats can provide an unusual and restorative getaway. The Door explores a selection of different types of retreat.


The Big Thank You in Newport Pagnell

NEWPORT Pagnell celebrated the tireless work of 300 people with a Big Thank You event. Staff from care homes, sheltered housing and the Brooklands Centre which provides community services for older people, as well as workers from the town’s two NHS medical centres and three dental practices were invited. Police, fire, and ambulance staff and Read more…

Supporting our future clergy

In the latest of our series on how the Church is financed, our Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO), the Revd Caroline Windley, describes the different pathways to ordination and how they are paid for.

Limbering up to raise funds at the London Marathon

RUNNERS from across the Diocese are in training for the London Marathon to raise money for charities. The Revd Kate Stacey, the Vicar of the Wychwood Benefice in Oxfordshire, and Ben Schiffer-Harte, a teacher who worships at St Mary’s, Thatcham are both in training to run the iconic 26.2 mile race for Christian Aid on Read more…