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Families on Fridays
First published on: 18th May 2022
An after-school club for local families in Henley-on-Thames was funded by a grant from the Development Fund.

Tackling digital poverty
First published on: 18th May 2022
At Trinity Community Centre and church in Fishermead, Milton Keynes, an internet cafe funded by a grant from the Development Fund is helping tackle digital poverty in the local area.

Awards for distinguished service to the church
First published on: 16th May 2022
Four new Honorary Canons were installed at Christ Church Cathedral and two people were admited to The Order of St Frideswide by the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, in a Cathedral service on Saturday 14 May.

Dr Martyn Percy has announced he is to leave the Church of England
First published on: 11th May 2022
Dr Martyn Percy, the former Dean of Christ Church, has announced he is to leave the Church of England. We are deeply saddened by his decision and also by the inaccurate and unevidenced claims he makes in his media interviews.

Church and community in Amersham
First published on: 11th May 2022
Bishop Steven visits the Amersham Deanery, meeting with those involved in the local response to the Ukraine crisis.

Unique Cathedral service remembers and repents historic anti-Jewish church laws
First published on: 10th May 2022
Faith leaders gathered for a special service at Christ Church Cathedral on Sunday 8 May marking 800 years since anti-Jewish laws were introduced by the medieval church at the Synod of Oxford in 1222.

Pilgrim Paths
First published on: 10th May 2022
A new Pilgrimage Paths walking series in the Bicester and Islip deanery was launched on Sunday 1 May seeking to connect local people with one another and with the history of their 35 parish churches.

Fanning the Flames in Wycombe
First published on: 9th May 2022
Bishop Steven travelled to the Wycombe Deanery on Thursday 28 April, a family of 35 churches spread across 28 rural and urban parishes in High Wycombe.

Small gestures empower change
First published on: 5th May 2022
When deciding what to cover in his final ministry project at the end of his curacy, the Revd Mark Nelson used inspiration from a nearby repair cafe in Aston Clinton to start up a similar project for the whole community in Winslow, Buckinghamshire.

A still small voice
First published on: 4th May 2022
At over halfway through his deanery visits around the diocese, Bishop Steven joined clergy and lay people in the Cowley Deanery on Wednesday 27 April.