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The latest news and features from the Diocese of Oxford. To contact the press office, please call 01865 208 277 (out of hours 07824 906 839) or email

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Can you help find beds for asylum seekers?

First published on: 7th December 2023

An annual appeal to give a warm bed to the homeless during winter will be extended this year to support asylum seekers in need. 

Dorchester singer wins national chorister title

First published on: 6th December 2023

A chorister whose singing talent was discovered at Dorchester Abbey has won the BBC Young Chorister of the Year competition for 2023.

Reading community alliance will champion local change 

First published on: 4th December 2023

Over 160 people representing 24 local organisations have celebrated the launch of Reading Citizens, a community alliance coming together to influence change in their local area.  

Reduction in carbon emissions for churches 

First published on: 29th November 2023

Our first diocesan carbon emissions report reveals that churches have managed to reduce their net carbon emissions by 11% since 2019.

Children call for climate action with global song

First published on: 29th November 2023

A choir from Gerrards Cross CofE School has lent their voice to a campaign to raise awareness of climate change.

Taking worship outside to reconnect with God

First published on: 27th November 2023

Wild Worship at St Andrew's, Clewer, emerged out of the pandemic, and is connecting with families, children and the local school

Citizens unite to make Oxford a ‘better place for all’

First published on: 23rd November 2023

An assembly of organisations has been founded in Oxford to champion community issues. The Oxford Citizens assembly comprises churches, charities and action groups who have pledged to ‘make Oxford a better place for everyone’.

£1.5m in mutual support for poorer dioceses

First published on: 21st November 2023

The Diocese of Oxford will extend its commitment to mutual support following the success of its 2020 initiative. The diocese will allocate a further £1.5m to support the five Church of England dioceses in most financial need.

Lego replica of Banbury church built to inspire and engage

First published on: 20th November 2023

St Mary’s Church in Banbury has been replicated in Lego as part of efforts to raise funds to repair their leaking roof. 

Renewable energy success for village church

First published on: 14th November 2023

Several years ago, St Andrew’s in Sandford-on-Thames installed a ground source heat pump to provide renewable heat to the church. The successful project now means that community groups, congregants and visitors enjoy a warm welcome all year round, at a lower cost to the planet.

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