Oxford’s Fr Philip on of the last flights from Nepal after charity Everest trek

Retired vicar Fr Phillip Nixon is back in his home in Botley, Oxford, after catching one of the last flights out of Nepal after climbing to Everest’s South Base Camp for Christian Aid.

A contemplative, compassionate and courageous Holy Week


In Thatcham, Berkshire, the team have incorporated the ‘three Cs’ from our Common Vision for a contemplative, compassionate and courageous

Top-notch computer helps St Joseph’s be more Christ-like


It may have seemed like a “cheeky” request. In fact “cheeky” was the word used by the Pioneer Minister,  the Revd Ben Thorpe in his application for a £2,000 Diocesan Development Fund grant for a top-notch laptop.

Reaching more people in Loddon Reach


AN award-winning parish magazine with a circulation that’s risen from 1,000 to 6,000 in a rapidly expanding area is benefitting from a £2,500 Diocesan Development Fund grant.

St John the Evangelist CE School celebrates ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating


Celebrations were in order at St John the Evangelist CE School in Carterton as it was rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Inspectors praised the strong leadership of the school. “Leaders, staff and governors want the best for all pupils. Leaders are unyielding in their pursuit of excellence in all areas. All pupils leave fully prepared for their future learning.”

Peter Groves

God in the Life Of the Revd Canon Dr Peter Groves

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THE rhythm of prayer that is part of the Revd Canon Dr Peter Groves’ daily life helps sustain him in his busy and varied ministry. Peter, the Acting Archdeacon of Oxford, tells Jo Duckles his story. 

Food for the poor in church porch cupboard

Using a £700 grant from the Diocesan Development Fund, St Michael’s, Horton has bought a metal cupboard and stocked it with tinned food. Anyone in need can help themselves, and anyone who wants to be generous can re-stock it.