Exploring science and faith

A Festival of Science and Engineering was a new venture for St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Great Missenden. Canon Rosie Harper, the vicar, who organised the festival, said: “After a sermon I gave about the relationship between scientific language and religious language I was astonished by the extent of the reaction. One woman Read more…

International award for village school

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BLEWBURY CE Primary School is the first school in the world to be awarded the prestigious British Council International Award six times in a row. News about this village school, with 150 students, has travelled far and wide, and it is currently receiving requests from schools around Europe to visit and set up partnership arrangements. Read more…

Author Bill Bryson reveals St Mary the Virgin, Iffley, Oxfordshire, as one of his favourite churches

Bill Bryson, best-selling author of books on travel, the English language and science, has revealed his 14 favourite churches for ExploreChurches, the UK’s new interactive church tourism website. St Mary the Virgin, Iffley, Oxfordshire, Durham Cathedral, The Italian Chapel in Orkney and London’s St Martin the Fields are amongst Bill Bryson’s favourite churches.  Bill Bryson said: Read more…

Families needed to adopt siblings

PARENTS And Children Together (PACT) is searching for adopters who could provide a forever family for groups of siblings who need to stay together. PACT has links with the Diocese as it was originally founded in 1911 by the then Bishop of Oxford. The charity supports families through adoption, award-winning therapeutic support and community projects. Read more…

Hat-trick of success at Beedon CE School

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BEEDON CE Primary School in Berkshire has been praised by Nick Gibb, the Government Minister for School Standards after being placed in the top two per cent of schools in England for attainment in maths. Mr Gibb said: “I would like to congratulate you for the very high standard that pupils in your school have Read more…

Westminster to Islip to cycle for church and school funds

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PEDAL power will be used to raise funds for Islip’s village school and church in the annual Westminster-Islip Bike Ride. Cyclists can choose between a 70-mile or slightly easier 65-mile route from Westminster Abbey back to the Oxfordshire village. There is also a 15-mile ride from Thame to Islip, with a later start time so Read more…

Raising funds for Embo

EMBO in South Africa is the destination for three Diocesan staff members. Claire Barratt, Melanie Hawgood and Caroline Todd, who all work at Church House, Oxford are fundraising for their trip, when they will be volunteering in a clinic and an orphanage for people with HIV and tuberculosis. A sponsored run, cake and bacon butty Read more…

Limited space at AA awareness Day

TOGETHER in Recovery is a free awareness day for professionals, including church leaders, who may be helping people to recover from alcohol problems. Limited places are left for the event on Thursday March 30th. More details here  or email aawarenessday.oxford2017@gmail.com.  

Cell Talk in Upper Heyford

DISCOVER more about two fourteenth century women with Cell Talk a play that follows an imagined relationship between Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe. Julian of Norwich was an anchoress confined to a cell attached to a church. From the window she offered counselling. Margery Kempe was a younger woman who became convinced she was Read more…

Launching a prayer calendar with a difference

THIS month the Diocese of Oxford launches a prayer calendar with a difference. Entitled Whatever You Do, the calendar will feature stories of ordinary Christians and how their faith is lived out in their daily lives. This month we feature the stories of ballet teacher Annik Coatalen and Licensed Lay Minister and senior manager in Read more…

‘Whatever you do, do it to the Glory of God’ 1 Corinthians 10, vs 31

Church on Sunday can feel worlds away from our day-to-day lives. We asked Christians to tell us how their lives connect with their faith for our new Whatever You Do prayer calendar. The prayer requests will be tweeted each day. If you have a Twitter account follow them on the Whatever You Do account: @1CorTen31 Read more…