Entries by Jo Duckles


Medical missions bring vital relief

TWO nurses from Berkshire have returned from missions bringing healthcare to people abroad. Carol Moloney joined a medical mission to Cambodia with Mission Direct, while Sabita Clarke headed to a hospital in Uganda. Cambodia was ravaged under Pol Pot’s brutal 1970s regime and in four years about three million people – a quarter of the

Help for those hit by hurricanes

CHURCHGOERS in the Thames Valley are being asked to assist the Diocese of North East Caribbean and Aruba, whose churches and communities have been devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Canon Chris Sugden, Commissary for the Diocese of North East Caribbean and Aruba, who lives in Oxfordshire, has shared news from Bishop Errol Brooks, bishop

Oxfordshire based nuns fund national anti-slavery campaign

THE Prime Minister and the Archbishop of Canterbury have given their backing to the launch today of a project aimed at mobilising the Church of England’s 12,000 parishes in the battle to eradicate modern slavery. The Clewer Initiative is funded by the Clewer Sisters, an Anglican order now based in Cuddesdon, Oxfordshire. The order was

Demand rockets for rural foodbanks

NUMBERS of people needing help from rural foodbanks has risen sharply, an investigation by the Door has revealed. Stark statistics from across the diocese highlight a growing need for emergency food packages from the volunteer-run organisations. To qualify you must be given a voucher through a body such as the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, schools, or

Whatever You Do – Sam Partington

Church on Sunday can feel worlds away from our day-to-day lives. We asked two Christians to tell us how their lives connect with their faith for our Whatever You Do prayer initiative. Sam Partington on working in the computer industry. With a background in computer science, for the past five years I’ve been working for

Order your Advent Beatitudes course now

As part of the Bishop of Oxford’s invitation to everyone in the diocese to explore the Beatitudes, Bishop Steven has written a three-session course which can be used at Advent. It is a 32 page booklet and is suitable for small groups. There will be supporting material in the form of audio and video resources.

A Light Shines for the bereaved

A Light Shines in the Darkness is a service for anyone who has lost a baby through miscarriage, still birth or sudden infant death. There will be resources and information about further support at the service at St Peter’s, Chalfont St Peter in Buckinghamshire. This is for mums, dads, grandparents, family and friends whose life

Has science killed God?

THAT is the question that will launch a lecture series organised by All Saints’ Church in Faringdon this month. The Revd Dr Steve Bellamy, the vicar, said: “The idea is to encourage folk that there is no clash between the results of modern science and our faith and to encourage both those studying at university

Church on Sunday can feel worlds away from our day-to-day lives. We asked two Christians to tell us how their lives connect with their faith for our Whatever You Do prayer initiative.  James Killen from St Edburg’s in Bicester shares an insight into his faith and his role as a father. I grew up in

Saving our children’s centres

THE Door looks at a project that has seen churches play a major role in protecting children’s centres in Oxfordshire despite government cutbacks. by Gwen Davies This time last year we were facing the loss of Oxfordshire children’s centres and a very small window of opportunity when communities could bid to take over their activities