Upcoming events

Introduction to the Enneagram: Tuesday June 8, 10am (now on Zoom)

The Enneagram helps us to understand why we do what we do. Canon Alan Hodgetts will help us explore the prisons of our own making and how the Lord sets us free to work together with God’s cooperative grace. No charge. Register here.

Mental Health Awareness: June 17, June 24, July 10 on Zoom

A half-day mental health awareness workshop for clergy. We are all very aware that the past year has taken its toll on the mental health of many. Being able to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and to be able to offer appropriate support is now a key need for many clergy, particularly as we emerge from lockdown and begin meeting together again. No charge. You’ll find more details and booking information here.

Hearing confessions: Tuesday July 13, 10am-3pm with breaks, on Zoom

One of the great contributions that the Christian faith offers to human flourishing is a realism about human flaws and failings via the concepts of sin, confession, and forgiveness. Across the Christian centuries many people have found that on occasion there is benefit and grace in acknowledging where one ‘has fallen short’ by having one’s confession heard by a priest and receiving the assurance of one’s sins being forgiven.

This morning will offer an opportunity to reflect on the place of confession in the Church’s mission and ministry today. During our time together we shall explore the theology and history of confession down the centuries and think about current liturgical provision and how it may be used sensitively and creatively.

We shall also examine issues relating to confidentiality and safeguarding and consider the pastoral and practical issues involved in hearing confessions.

Time will be given to how we might teach about sin, confession and forgiveness and creating a culture in which confession has a right place.

Led by a team who have expertise in this area, the course will approach confession creatively and pastorally. You are especially welcome if this is not your tradition, and this is all very new to you. No charge. Register here.

Hook Norton Brewery tour: Tuesday October 5

Part of our “Flourishing in Ministry” initiative, which recognises the need for rest and recreation in order for us to flourish in our lives and our work. More details and booking information here.


Past events

Missed an event or want to listen back to refresh your memory? Click on the titles below:

Blessed are the Placemakers

Andrew Rumsey, the Bishop of Ramsbury, leads us through some ‘ecclesiastical geography’, explores biblical themes of place and locality
and how the parish system translated these into the English context, and helps us reflect on what that mean for us now.

Preaching on the cross

Tom Wright, former Bishop of Durham and known to many as the author NT Wright, offers a series of three talks to help inform our theology of the cross and how we might preach on it, particularly over Lent, Holy Week and Easter.

Preaching the Gospel of Mark

Revd Dr Will Lamb, Vicar of the University Church in Oxford, offers a number of resources that explore some of the major themes that can help preachers connect Mark’s gospel with the life of the Church and the world. Kindly hosted on the University Church website.


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