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

Unlocking the potential of our churches

THE potential of our parish churches for mission and outreach is huge. In the latest in our On the Money series, the Door looks at how our DAC team helps them to fulfil that potential. by Liz Kitch Have you ever thought about how your church building helps, or perhaps hinders, mission? Does the space,

Hundreds flock to the first Festival of Preaching

FOUR hundred and fifty clergy and lay preachers came to Christ Church Oxford this month to take part in the first ever Festival of Preaching hosted by the College, the Cathedral and St Aldate’s Church.

God in the Life Of Joy Foster

ENTREPRENEUR and athlete Joy Foster tells Jo Duckles about sport, business, her family and how she regained her Christian faith out of tragedy. I met Joy at the Wheelhouse, an office space by day and pub by night, in east Oxford. Just days before she had posted a photo on Facebook of herself outside 10

Demand on chaplaincies sparks call for volunteers

Bishop of Oxford joins link summit in South Africa

THE Bishop of Oxford has joined over 50 people from the Diocese of Oxford and our link diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman for a four-day summit.

Tough Talk: Engaging our children with life’s most difficult questions


Tough Talk is an opportunity for parents, carers, and teachers to hear from expert voices on important issues that people find most difficult to talk about as they are raising children. The Revd Jarred Mercer, assistant curate at St Mary Magdalen, Oxford, said:  “From sexuality, to death, to racism and inequality, we want our children

Summit in South Africa

Small groups of people from the Diocese of Oxford have been arriving in South Africa ahead of a Summit between the linked dioceses.

Faith in Action: Autumn Events

This autumn the Faith in Action team are involved in running or supporting a great range of events addressing issues including dementia, autism, learning disabilities, loneliness, mental health and the spirituality of churchyards. Do consider signing up…   Call the Psychiatrist? When a Mental Health Professional can Support your Pastoral Ministry – led by Dr

Churches Working in Partnership on the Environment

PARTNERING with other people in care for creation can be an important part of a church’s witness and outreach, a way of practically showing the love of God and neighbour. But how can we work effectively with partners in the community? And how can we build positive relationships with local politicians? At the end of

Diocesan schools trust continues to grow


PICTURED are business managers from 25 of the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust schools. These included managers from Dr Radcliffe’s CE School in Islip and South Moreton Community School. The photo was taken at a summer training day at Oxford’s Kassam Stadium. David Locke, the chief operating officer for ODST, said: “The school business managers and