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Heartwarming generosity for Ukrainian refugees

First published on: 23rd May 2024

Two years on, a community effort to support Ukrainian refugees continues to have an impact on those who have fled the devastation.

Church congregations continue to grow

First published on: 22nd May 2024

Church attendance across the Diocese of Oxford, which includes Buckinghamshire, has continued to grow in the last year, mirroring figures which were released by the Church of England earlier this week. 

The Future; Community Organising and Churches

First published on: 16th May 2024

Hannah Ling is the Social Justice Advisor at the Diocese of Oxford supporting churches across the Thames Valley to address poverty and inequality, and oversees the diocesan LGBTQIA+ Chaplaincy.

Pedal pilgrimage raises funds for church and school

First published on: 16th May 2024

Two intrepid (and fit!) members of the diocese joined the bi-annual fundraising cycle from Westminster to Islip on Sunday. Bishop Gavin and our Finance Director John Orridge hit the saddle to tackle the Islip Big Bike and raise funds for St Nicholas church, Islip, and local school, Dr South’s CofE Primary.

Encouraging and inspiring youth faith

First published on: 8th May 2024

A youth worker in a Reading parish is having a significant impact in the lives of young people attending church and is reaching into the wider community, supporting knife crime prevention projects.

Sarah rings church bells to celebrate cancer remission

First published on: 8th May 2024

It has become customary to ring a bell to signal the end of cancer treatment. Seven-year-old Sarah rang the biggest bell she could find – at her local church – to mark the end of two and a half years of treatment. 

Community rallies to restore church building

First published on: 8th May 2024

Some congregations faced with the challenge of raising £120,000 to save their church might have given up before they even started. Not St Helen’s in Dry Sandford!

New courses to help parishes reach more people 

First published on: 8th May 2024

Parishes in the diocese now have access to more support as they seek to look outwards and grow engagement with their wider community, as part of everyday ministry.

Hanging about: Bishop Gavin comes down to earth

First published on: 7th May 2024

Bishop Gavin raised more than £1,700 for two good causes with his abseil at Dorchester Abbey on Saturday.

Church of England joins Rome's Call for AI Ethics following Synod pledge

First published on: 3rd May 2024

The Archbishop of Canterbury signs Rome’s Call for AI Ethics, the final stage of the Oxford Diocesan pledge to endorse fair work.

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