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A baptism in the Thames

First published on: 20th April 2022

Two brave young people from the Minecraft group are baptised in the River Thames, the first full immersion baptism at St Michael's for at least 50 years.

Eco Church in Iffley

First published on: 19th April 2022

The Revd Dr Nikolaj Christensen, curate at St Mary's Church, Iffley, tells us about the church's journey to net zero.

Royal Maundy money honour for members of diocese

First published on: 13th April 2022

Queen honours six people in the Diocese of Oxford in recognition of the significant contribution they have made to their communities.

A family of families

First published on: 13th April 2022

During the pandemic, the Toddler Drop-In ministry team at St John the Baptist kept in touch with local families via weekly doorstep conversations.

The Bishop of Oxford visits Bicester eco-town

First published on: 11th April 2022

Bishop Steven visited the Bicester & Islip Deanery, meeting clergy and local lay leaders and visiting the Elmsbrook eco-town and Park Farm.

Church refurb as a catalyst for community welcome

First published on: 6th April 2022

When refurbishing Hazlemere Church the leadership team used the opportunity to think about how they could create a more missional space.

Bishop Steven in the Wallingford Deanery

First published on: 6th April 2022

Bishop Steven joined clergy, young people, and leaders of other church denominations for an afternoon of listening, learning and table football.

Churches awarded over £78,000 for community projects

First published on: 5th April 2022

The Development Fund awards ten churches grants to support a range of projects, including a community choir and day trips for low-income families. 

Adventure Plus in the Witney Deanery

First published on: 5th April 2022

Bishop Steven spends a day with clergy and laity in the Witney Deanery, visiting the hosts of the diocesan youth weekend away to plant a tree.

Safeguarding case review: Revd Michael Hall, Tylers Green

First published on: 3rd April 2022

The Diocese of Oxford has commissioned a safeguarding case review into allegations of spiritual abuse connected with St Margaret's, Tylers Green, High Wycombe between 1981 and 2000.

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