Entries by Jo Duckles

Call for Peace Prize Nominations

DO you know of someone or an organisation that has done something to promote reconciliation or peace this year? Nominations are now sought for the 2017 Wilson Hinkes Peace Award, to be presented during the Week of Prayer for World Peace in October 2017. The award carries a value of £500. The award, named after

New clergy for Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire

   A FORMER soldier, a British Airways cabin crew member, teachers, scientists and a chartered surveyor are among the 28 people who are to be ordained Deacons in special services at Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday 1 July. The newly ordained Deacons will mainly serve as curates in parishes across the Diocese of Oxford, which

Bishop Steven joins faith meeting to condemn Finsbury Mosque attack

MORE than 60 people of all faiths and none joined together in solidarity at Oxford’s Central Mosque today. The Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft and the Revd Charlotte Bannister Parker were among the faith leaders who gathered to stand together in the wake of recent terrorist attacks. Christians, Jews, Pagans, Mormons and Muslims were represented

Love Oxford open air service returns to Broad Street in July

MORE than 30 churches from across Oxford will be uniting in July for an open air service, Love Oxford 2017. Building on the success of Love Oxford 2015, Christians from all denominations, backgrounds, and ethnicities will gather to worship Jesus as Lord with one voice. The purpose is to bless the city of Oxford, to

“What value my yes if I never say no”

The Revd Graham Sykes ponders the importance of prioritising in order to live a fulfilled and effective life.   One of the wisest questions I have ever been asked is ‘What value is my yes if I never say no?’ I use it as a tool to apply to the question ‘would you consider taking

Turning on the Light

It’s hard to imagine an overtly Christian event in today’s world that’s so popular it’s oversubscribed – with non-Christians literally queuing up to attend. But that’s exactly what’s going on at ten children’s holiday clubs attended by some 5,000 children across Buckinghamshire and beyond. Lighthouse began when three Christians from different churches in Great Missenden

2017: A Year with Bishop Steven – Trains, car and planes

Aylesbury, Burnham and Slough and Woodstock were the deaneries Bishop Steven visited recently on his ongoing tour. This month’s visits had a much more urban theme. I was shown some of the vast new housing estates going up around Aylesbury. I learned about new initiatives and communities in both town and country. The deanery was

Five days in Berlin

The Revd Canon Tony Dickinson on his trip to the Kirchentag festival in Germany THE flags on the Reichstag and the nearby embassies were at half-mast.  The skies were Manchester-grey, as if in sympathy with the people of that city after what had happened less than 48 hours before on 22nd May, 2017.  It was

Bridge yarn bombed with artwork

THE footpath across Whitchurch on Thames toll bridge was transformed into a riot of colour recently. The Thames Path Together community art project, dreamed up by Art Café organiser Gill Williamson with the help of Alison Livesey of The Crochet Tree, displayed panels of crochet and knitted designs, weaving needlework, painting and collage. The Art

PACT appeals for homes for disabled children

ADOPTION charity Parents And Children Together (PACT) is calling for people to consider adopting a child with additional needs. PACT is particularly looking for people who can consider adopting children who have additional needs, including a physical or learning disability. Nicola* and her husband Mike* adopted Amelia*, who has cerebral palsy, when she was 18

Men on a mission from Bucks to the Belgian battlefields

FOR Terry Blacknell from Christ Church, Flackwell Heath, in Buckinghamshire a recent trip to the battlefields of Belgium was the chance to achieve a very personal mission. For the first time he visited the grave of his grandfather, who was killed just nine days before Armistice Day. “I have wanted to go for some time.