An integral part of building relationship with those around us

From simple conversations to branding, design and video, we can use communication tools to describe the God that we know and the church life that we're part of. In this area, you'll find resources to equip you to become a better communicator, as well as a variety of tools to use in your own communications.

We're always interested to hear stories of what God is doing from across the diocese, so please do get in touch if you have anything to share.

What do we do?

Our roles are varied, but here are just some of the things we're working on at the moment. Why not take a look?

Anything else?
  • Proactively work with the press and broadcast media to tell good news stories about the life of the Church in the diocese;
  • Respond to enquiries from the media for information and comment;
  • Offer parishes and Church schools confidential and professional support in times of crisis and media interest;
  • Share stories, good practice and thoughtful commentary from parishes through digital and printed publications;
  • Facilitate the flow of information in both directions between parishes and bishops, archdeacons and diocesan officers;
  • Manage the diocesan website, sub-sites and blogs;
  • Develop and promote materials to support our common vision;
  • Provide advice and support on digital and social media;
  • Create and support imaginative campaigns to help promote the Gospel;
  • Provide training on parish communications.


Meet the team

Rebekah Sharrock

Acting Head of Communications

Rebekah oversees our marcomms and PR approach; curating content to demonstrate the diversity of the diocese. Rebekah works with regional and faith journalists and supports churches in telling their story.

Email | 07880 716 761


Photo of Bev Botting at Church House OxfordBev Botting

Data Analyst

Bev joined the team in 2022 to help parishes, area offices and Church House teams discern what’s happening across the diocese so they can plan how best to respond. She provides insights to help identify trends, issues and opportunities for the Church in the Thames Valley area.



Steven Buckley

Communications consultant

Steven joined the diocese in 2017 and is a marketing communications and change management specialist with over 25 years' experience in commercial, professional, charity (INGO) and public sectors.


Ruth Hamilton-Jones

Communications Officer - Publications

Ruth leads on all diocesan publications, including Pathways, eNews and bespoke literature to support church life. Previously, Ruth was an editorial manager for an international educational publisher.

Email | 01865 208 225


Rowan Lake

Communications Assistant

Rowan joined the team in 2023 to provide support to the work of the Communications team, from assisting with mailings and administration to event photography and video editing.



Emma Thompson

Communications Officer - Digital

Emma joined the diocese in 2020 and works across our social media platforms and website, providing support to churches on their own digital journey. Emma previously worked as a proofreader for a well-known media company and delivered digital comms at a parish level.



Media enquiries

Rebekah Sharrock

07880 716 761

Duty phone

01865 208 227 | 07880 716 761


In this section...

Dealing with the press

Advice and support for parishes and school.

Social media

Guiding principles for representing the Church online.

Filming in churches

Advice on livestreaming or recording services and special events.

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