Statement from Bishop Steven following Monday’s terrorist attack in Manchester

  The Rt Revd Steven Croft, the Bishop of Oxford, said: “Once again our country and the world stand appalled at the terrorist attack in Manchester on Monday and the assault which deliberately targeted children and young people.  Today and in the days to come we will weep with those who weep. “Manchester’s response to

Eco classroom kickstarts school expansion


by Jo Duckles WORK on an innovative, modular eco-classroom as part of a plan to expand an ‘outstanding’ church school in Oxfordshire is well underway. Terry Morris recently joined the children to dig the first foundations of the new classroom. Terry attended the school as a young boy, as did his father, son and grandson.

From Cookham to Ethiopia


A PARTNERSHIP between Holy Trinity CE School in Cookham and the Gende Tesfa School in Ethiopia is going from strength to strength. Recently two initiatives have been launched for the charity Partners For Change Ethiopia. Over Lent children were encouraged to donate pennies for the Breakfast Club at Gende Tesfa. A Spring Clean for Ethiopia

A journey towards a common vision

by Jillian Moody AROUND 120 people from across the Oxford Diocese met this week to start the formal process of exploring the future direction for the Church in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.  It builds on Bishop Steven’s year of listening  The group is made up of people from across the leadership community within the Diocese

Prayers for Busy People – have you signed up yet

Press Release     If you’re a busy person, you might think you don’t have time for the Church of England’s global prayer project, Thy Kingdom Come, which runs from Ascension Day to Pentecost (25 May to 4 June).   But don’t panic – help is at hand in the form of resources for busy

Whatever You Do in the fast-paced world of telecoms

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. Darren Sampson talks about the fast-paced world of telecoms. I started out in the telecoms industry over 20 years ago in a temping

Swarming bees create a buzz at Church House Oxford

CHURCH WARDEN Martin Knops came to the rescue when a swarm of bees caused a real buzz in the car park at Church House Oxford. Despite being aware of the need to encourage populations of honey bees, staff at the Diocese needed to find a way of making the bees, which were building a nest

Tea parties “fill the gap” for people with mental health issues

A HUGE array of cakes are on offer as a variety of people, many with mental health problems, relax and chat together at Alice’s Mad Hatter Tea Party in Oxford. Alice Hicks, who herself has a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, set up the monthly party at the Richard Benson Hall at St Mary and St

Whatever You Do “serving my community”

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. Here Nick Hards talks about his role as a Labour councillor. I’ve been a member of Oxfordshire County Council for four years. I

Are you called to ordination?

Today is Vocations Sunday. Hear the advice of three curates to anyone who is considering exploring a calling to ordination. Is it I Lord? A day exploring ordination for young people

The Revd Martha Simpson shares her journey to ordination

TODAY is Vocations Sunday when the Church of England is encouraging people to consider their calling. Hear the young mum and former press officer the Revd Martha Simpson describe her journey to ordination.