Feeling the need to retreat?

Spring is the time to start thinking of where we might escape to for breaks this year. Retreats can provide an unusual and restorative getaway. The Door explores a selection of different types of retreat.

The Big Thank You in Newport Pagnell


NEWPORT Pagnell celebrated the tireless work of 300 people with a Big Thank You event. Staff from care homes, sheltered housing and the Brooklands Centre which provides community services for older people, as well as workers from the town’s two NHS medical centres and three dental practices were invited. Police, fire, and ambulance staff and Read more…

Director of music retires after a “long and distinguished” career

“John Cullen was, literally, a Godsend” says Canon Adrian Daffern, Team Rector of Blenheim in Oxfordshire.  For the last 11 years John has served as Director of Music at St Martin’s, Bladon, during which time he has faithfully led the choir, played the organ week after week, and blessed the church with his own compositions. Read more…

Supporting our future clergy

In the latest of our series on how the Church is financed, our Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO), the Revd Caroline Windley, describes the different pathways to ordination and how they are paid for.

Limbering up to raise funds at the London Marathon

RUNNERS from across the Diocese are in training for the London Marathon to raise money for charities. The Revd Kate Stacey, the Vicar of the Wychwood Benefice in Oxfordshire, and Ben Schiffer-Harte, a teacher who worships at St Mary’s, Thatcham are both in training to run the iconic 26.2 mile race for Christian Aid on Read more…


We would like to clarify the Archdeacon of Oxford’s views on street preaching…

Revd Kate serves up pints at the Queen Charlotte

A CURATE from Windsor is serving people who might never set foot in church by pulling pints at one of her local pubs.

God in the Life Of ‘the Glam Vicar’

The Revd Sharon Grenham-Thompson talks to Sarah Meyrick about her journey to prison chaplaincy and on to parish ministry. The day we meet Storm Doris is raging, and a cup of coffee with the Revd Sharon Grenham-Thompson provides a welcome oasis of calm as the wind howls. Sharon has been in post as Team Vicar Read more…

Bishop Steven’s Address to Synod

Listen to Bishop Steven’s presidential address to Diocesan Synod, full text also available on Bishop Steven’s Blog.

Bumper baptism and confirmation

CELEBRATIONS were in order at St Peter’s Middle School in Old Windsor at a recent baptism and confirmation service for 30 people. The youngest baptism candidate was three-year-old Andrew Shokralla, the son of Old Windsor’s vicar, the Revd Adel Shokralla. The oldest was a man in his 50s. The service was held in the school Read more…

God in the Life Of Kate Nicholas

Journalist and PR professional Kate Nicholas has a story she is passionate about sharing. She believes she has been healed of inoperable, life-threating cancer….