Help national Christmas campaign to reach record numbers

The Church of England has launched its new #GodWithUs Christmas campaign. Last year’s Joytotheworld campaign was a huge success, reaching 1.5 million people and, in November, won gold at Communicate Magazine’s Digital Impact Awards. Archbishop Justin Welby has written the introduction to the reflective Godwithus – Your Christmas Journey guide. He wrote: “The constant refrain

Statement re: air accident near Waddesdon

FOLLOWING today’s air accident near Waddesdon in Buckinghamshire, the Revd Mary Cruddas, the Team Vicar of the Schorne Benefice which includes St Michael and All Angel’s in Waddesdon, said: “St Michael and All Angel’s Church in Waddesdon remains open for prayer. Everyone is welcome to light a candle and hot drinks will be available at the

God in the Life Of Broadmoor Chaplain the Revd Jonathan Bush

The Revd Jonathan Bush tells Jo Duckles about swapping church-based ministry for work behind the secure gates and heavy doors at Broadmoor High Security Hospital.

Bishop welcomes a Manifesto to Strengthen Families

THE Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Steven Croft,  has welcomed the Manifesto to Strengthen Families. In a speech to the House of Lords yesterday (Thursday November 2) he said: “I commend the vision of a government focussed on supporting families.  The default in our culture is a greater focus on individuals in law and

30 not ‘out’ as new church ages well

A CHURCH in Reading is celebrating its 30th birthday after being built to serve the largest new housing development in Europe. Trinity Church in Lower Earley is a partnership of the Methodist Church, the URC and Church of England. The building is part of a much larger amenity centre and thousands of people pass through

Trainee LLM joins in bringing the Bible alive for children

OXFORDSHIRE-based trainee Licensed Lay Minister, Rosemary Sandbach, (pictured right) renewed her love of children’s work with a placement at REinspired. For two months Rosemary worked with Julie Jones, the project director of REinspired, a charity that helps bring the Bible alive for school children. Rosemary met an REinspired trustee at a Christian Community Action (CCA)

First four-footed fellowship in Moulsoe

ANIMALS of all shapes and sizes joined in worship at St Mary’s, Moulsoe’s first ever pet service. The Rector Nick Evans’s Yorkshire terrier rubbed noses with a huge black Newfoundland, alongside a bearded dragon as people brought a variety of pets along. The talk focused on the unconditional love and loyalty our pets give to

Pastures new for Banbury nursing home

A NEW chaplain has been licensed to minister to the elderly residents of Banbury’s state-of-the-art Green Pastures Nursing Home. The new home, which boasts a picturesque sensory garden, a drop-in dementia café, and a hairdressing salon, replaces the old Green Pastures building. The Green Pastures story began in the 1990s when Muriel Briggs was looking

School’s Bible service brings an impromptu audience

A SCHOOL is being held up as a shining example after organising their own service of worship and bible-giving ceremony at Christ Church Cathedral. Many schools make Bibles a gift to pupils as they leave in Year Six, but St Nicholas Primary School in Maidenhead wanted to ensure that pupils had their own Bibles for

Order your Advent Beatitudes course now!

As part of the Bishop of Oxford’s invitation to everyone in the diocese to explore the Beatitudes, Bishop Steven has written a three-session course which can be used at Advent. It is a 32 page booklet and is suitable for small groups. The booklet costs £2.50 for each person and more than 2,700 copies have