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All Saints, Didcot

Round 1 - announced December 2019
  • St Mary’s Church, Chesterton – helping the Café church to run for a second year
  • Ivinghoe with Pitstone – extra resources for Messy Church
  • Loddon Reach Benefice – funds to extend the parish magazine to reach out to the new housing in the area
  • St Luke’s, Maidenhead – creative resources for baptism families
  • Dorchester Abbey – support for the acclaimed ‘Narnia’ exhibition, returning in 2020
  • North Bucks Deaneries – provision of the “Rest-a-While” marquee for visitors at the Bucks County Show for three years
  • St Mary’s, Bloxham – tables for Care Church and help for Messy Church
  • Ladygrove in Didcot – funding for welcome activities for people from two new housing estates with 2,500 new homes
  • St Clement’s, Oxford – set-up costs for new monthly “Shared Space” event
  • St Joseph’s, Newton Leys – a laptop for a small but fast-growing church
  • St Michael’s, Horton – establish and stock a community food cupboard to help people in the community
  • Benson – a ‘Stations of the Cross’ sculpture exhibition in the churchyard with links to the Thames Pilgrim Path
  • Reading St Luke with St Bartholomew – Extend the parish garden project with a new greenhouse to enable activities to run all year round
  • St John’s, Stone – new toilets and an improved kitchen to allow greater community use of the church
  • Wallingford Deanery – a conference for all churches in the deanery to develop joint mission initiatives for the new housing in the area
  • Emmanuel Church, Woodley – Neighbourhood Centre building project to increase support for community outreach
  • St Mary’s, Ashbury – toilet and kitchenette facilities to make the church more welcoming and hospitable to visitors
  • St Mary’s, Cogges – an associate minister to develop Cogges as a resourcing hub for the Witney area
  • North Leigh – to build and develop links between churches and schools in Witney and Woodstock
  • St Andrew’s, Dean Court, Oxford – Redeveloping a wooden 1960s building to reach out and serve the community in new ways
  • St Michael at the North Gate, Oxford – an additional part-time minister for three years to establish the future mission and growth in city centre ministry
  • St Barnabas, Jericho – funding for a youth and children’s community choir
  • All Saints’ Sutton Courtenay – key contribution to upgrade church facilities
  • Eton Wick – work with families and the school to serve new unchurched families
  • All Saints, Dedworth – a shower and washroom with washing machines for the homeless
  • St Michael’s, Sandhurst – to extend the existing family worker’s remit to the local school and the new housing close to the church
  • The Claydons – improve the visitor facilities for the church and graveyard
  • SS Peter and Paul, Wantage – provision of resources to kickstart and relaunch work amongst children
Round 2 - announced May 2020
  • St James, South Leigh – to pilot a Sunday afternoon Café Church in the village hall
  • Chalfont St Giles – to support a two day mission and follow-up Christianity course later in the year.
  • St James, Bix – to convert a Victorian church into a community hub, providing additional opportunities to serve the 3 surrounding rural villages.
  • St. Leonard’s Church, Woodcote – to pilot ‘SLOW’ Church (St Leonards Outside Walls) in the village community hall.
  • St Mary the Virgin, Charlbury – to run a Dementia Café for dementia sufferers and their carers in the local bowls club.
  • St Mary the Virgin, Upton – to provide improved facilities in the church annexe to better serve the village by hosting small gatherings.
  • Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – to run craft-based workshops in church as a follow-on to the existing School Open Book assemblies in the local Church school.
  • Bicester Benefice – to develop the ‘Cherish’ course, enabling young girls and women to explore self-esteem and other contemporary issues within a safe context.
  • St Giles, Oxford – to provide counselling services to support mental health issues of the vulnerably housed / homeless users served by the Gatehouse Project.
  • St Thomas Holtspur, Beaconsfield – to create a café in the church that will become a hub for the community, experiencing loneliness and isolation and to support existing social provision such as the foodbank and bereavement group.
  • St Mary’s, Wheatley – to support the ‘Revival’ project, refurbishing the church to make it the central community space in Wheatley, addressing loneliness and isolation issues.
  • All Saints, Wokingham – to support the ‘spaceforall’ project, to transform the church into an active community hub, developing strong relationships with new housing developments in the town, whilst also addressing social isolation issues in the parish.
  • St Paul’s, Wokingham – to hold a mission weekend later in the year showcasing the work of St Paul’s to the local community, with themes around ‘creation, ‘creativity’ and ‘worship’.
  • St Mary’s, Iffley – to run an enquirers course (and follow-up) in a deprived and isolated part of the parish.
  • St Eligius, Arborfield – to create a vibrant, flourishing space to serve the new Arborfield Green Village, particularly focussed on work with young people
  • St Peter’s, Aylesbury – to enhance the existing Community Garden with a summerhouse to provide new children’s ministry opportunities alongside fresh food provision for local community
  • Aylesbury Deanery – to enable the initial phase of the North Aylesbury ‘Resourcing Hub’, developing new congregations to serve the growing population.
  • St James, Cowley – to resource ministry for 21st C by installing an accessible toilet and full Audio Visual system in Norman church.
  • Wycombe Deanery – to establish a community of young leaders serving churches across the Deanery to develop strong links with young families and church/school partnerships
  • Bracknell & Sonning Deanery / Ranelagh & Sandhurst Schools – to create a dual deanery-sponsored chaplaincy role, based at Ranelagh CE School to grow faith and spiritual awareness amongst pupils. to support local churches in building skills and confidence in to enable appropriate engagement in schools.
  • St Mary, Headington – to support the ‘building to serve’ project, to transform existing church to serve the needs of the local community one of the most deprived in England.
  • St Mary Magdalene, Woodstock – to extend the hours of an existing town-based youth worker to provide Chaplaincy in Marlborough School, serving young people from the surrounding villages.
  • St Laurence, Reading – to employ a Youth Work specialist to enable the whole worshipping community to play their part in the shaping of young lives and to build new forms of church with them.
  • Dorchester Team – to build on work with schools and families across the Dorchester Team, making disciples of whole families and developing opportunities for effective work with young teenagers.
  • Newbury Deanery – to develop a local climate emergency action plan by hosting a climate / environmental conference utilising key speakers resident in the deanery and supported by the Diocese environment task group.
  • St Mary Thames / Thame Benefice – to host monthly Sunday evening events (‘Eden’) for 14-18 years across the Deanery.
  • St Michael's, Begbroke – to run termly all-age gathering with follow-on study courses in the village hall close to new housing estate.
Round 3 - announced December 2020
  • St Mary’s, Princes Risborough – To develop teaching and expertise for the congregation to become more environmentally aware
  • St John the Evangelist, Whitchurch with Creslow – To expand work with new online congregations by investing in livestreaming/recording equipment
  • St Laurence Church, Winslow – To expand work with new online congregations by investing in livestreaming/recording equipment
  • St Mary’s, Church Hitcham – To expand work with new online congregations by investing in livestreaming / recording equipment
  • St Mary and St John, Stratfield Mortimer – To develop an outdoor Prayer Garden with the Eco warriors of St John’s School to engage young people in creative forms of prayer, worship, mission and contemplation
  • Holy Trinity Church, Seer Green and Jordans – To expand work with new online congregations by investing in livestreaming / recording equipment
  • St Michael at North Gate, Oxford – To expand work with new online congregations by investing in livestreaming / recording equipment
  • Charlbury with Shorthampton – To expand the “Cornerstone” social action project established during the pandemic to a resource community hub, easily accessible by all members of the community
  • Aylesbury Deanery/North Aylesbury Team – To become a ‘resourcing hub’ for North Aylesbury, building thriving new congregations amongst both the deprived estates and ever-expanding communities of the town
  • St Marys, Cogges – To become a Market Town ‘resourcing hub’ planting fresh expressions of church, equipping rural church mission and supporting church and congregation planting in the Cotswolds and beyond
  • St Mark’s, Bourne End – To help St Mark’s become a forward-looking and driving force in the village by replacing the dilapidated church hall with a safe, accessible church and community hall
  • Holy Trinity, Headington Quarry – To become an effective and sustainable spiritual and pastoral hub to serve the diverse community by improving basic facilities of the building, including the development of a community café
  • Wycombe Deanery – To support the online Lighthouse ‘continuity’ experience at key points in the year (Halloween, Christmas, Easter) to extend the reach of the existing high energy summer holiday club experience
  • St Mary the Virgin, Mursley – To grow the connection with the village school and other community groups by the provision of improved audio-visual facilities (including a loop system)
  • SS Peter & Paul, Wantage – To increase engagement with young people and families by the appointment of a children’s and family worker for 5 years
  • Stoke Poges – To expand work with new online congregations by investing in livestreaming/recording equipment
  • St Mark’s, Milton Keynes – To expand a portfolio of social action projects (St Mark’s meals, Sanctuary (domestic abuse) and youthwork+) as a result of the increased need highlighted by the pandemic
  • All Saints, Didcot – To craft and produce an online event and reflective resource for Advent
  • St Mary’s, Banbury – To develop a series of church-based creative arts activities designed to improve well-being and mental health, for all the local community, particularly those most severely impacted during the pandemic
  • Greater Didcot Youth Work Trust (Harwell and Chilton) – To enable mission and ministry with and among children, young people and their families in Greater Didcot by establishing a youth work trust
Round 4 - announced April 2021
  • St Michael & All Angels, Aston Clinton – To enable the provision of a Dementia Café and further community outreach by funding a feasibility study for the provision of accessible toilet facilities
  • St Barnabas, Thatcham – To support local families and strengthen community links by establishing a group for new parents and their babies
  • St James the Great, Bierton – To develop the new ‘Connect’ family service, online worship and community connections by providing a new audio system
  • St John the Baptist, Burford – To expand work with new online congregations by investing in livestreaming/recording equipment
  • Grove Parish/Wantage Deanery – To establish a schools chaplaincy in Wantage Deanery, working with the community of St Mary the Virgin, local academy trusts and parishes
  • South with New Hinksey, Oxford – To create a church choir of pupils from the local CE primary school
  • Icknield Benefice – To develop pastoral care and bereavement support by providing Cruse bereavement training to a lay-led team
  • St Mary the Virgin, Weston Turville – To expand mission in the parish by providing accessible facilities in a new church extension
  • Reading St Giles – To grow the Urban Abbey initiative for university students by employing a Traineeship and Scriptorium Adviser
  • All Saints’, Faringdon – To increase engagement with young people and families by appointing a children’s and family worker for four years
  • Oxford Academy/Littlemore Parish – To recruit a chaplaincy team leader for the Oxford Academy and the surrounding and supporting primary schools
  • St Laurence, Caversfield – To expand work with new online congregations by investing in livestreaming / recording equipment
  • SS Simon and Jude, Castlethorpe – To equip the church better for its mission by installing a kitchen, toilet and baby unit
  • Penn Street with Holmer Green – To reach out to young families by establishing monthly open-air ‘Woodland Worship’ services
  • St Michael & All Angels, Hughenden – To expand work with new online congregations by investing in livestreaming/recording equipment
Round 5 - announced June 2021
  • Holy Trinity, Theale – To expand work with new online congregations by investing in audio-visual and livestreaming/recording equipment
  • Greyfriars Church, Reading – To grow the church and work alongside partner charities and churches to support those in need by completing the building of a new church centre
  • St Mary’s Church, Ludgershall – To serve the requirements of the community more effectively by providing WC and kitchen facilities and wifi
  • St James’ Downley, High Wycombe – To provide practical support to those with additional needs, build relationships and share faith by setting up Growing Hope High Wycombe
  • St Mary the Virgin, Fawley – To allow greater use for worshipping and community life by carrying out a feasibility study for reordering the church, incl. provision of basic facilities
  • Earley Trinity – To help establish and develop the Earley Community Hub by employing a children’s and youth pastor and an operations co-ordinator
  • Holy Trinity, Drayton Parslow – To serve the requirements of the community more effectively by providing an accessible WC, kitchenette and meeting room
  • St Mary the Virgin, Longcot – To serve the requirements of the community more effectively by providing a WC, kitchen, meeting room and improved access
  • St Mary’s, Chipping Norton – To serve underprivileged and unchurched young people and families in Chipping Norton by employing a youth pastor and a children and families pastor
  • Parish of Witney – To engage with young people in local churches, schools and communities by appointing a youth/schools worker
  • St Clement’s, Oxford – To support the mental health and spiritual needs of teenagers and young adults and to grow wider community relationships by initiating the Flourishing Life programme
  • St Mary & St George, Wycombe – To complete the missional church plant project and continue the trend of church growth in a deprived area of High Wycombe
  • St Peter & St Paul, Buckingham (Buckingham Parish Church) – To lead outreach to young people in Buckingham by employing a youth and student pastor
Round 6 - announced September 2021
  • St Paul’s with St Mary’s, Wooburn – to become a more inviting church by purchasing equipment to produce more accessible service sheets
  • Holy Trinity, Henley-on-Thames – to increase evangelistic opportunities amongst families by starting up an after-schools club
  • St Mary the Virgin, Mursley – to improve connections with the wider community by making better use of the church open space
  • St Andrew’s, High Wycombe – to create a space for young people to meet and to access pastoral and compassionate support by setting up ‘Renew Cafe’
  • St Mary’s, Hardwick – to expand provision to the community by carrying out a feasibility study for the installation of WC and servery and mains water supply
  • Church of the Holy Family, Blackbird Leys – to carry out early-stage project development for a new church building in order to support and reach out to the community and put the church back at its heart
  • Benefice of Colnbrook and Datchet – to create a ‘Community Bridging’ Chaplaincy with local primary and secondary schools
  • Woughton Ecumenical Partnership – to reduce digital poverty by setting up an internet café at Fishermead Trinity Church and Community Centre
Round 7 - announced December 2021
  • Holy Trinity, Sibford – to respond to the spiritual wellbeing and needs of families by holding a monthly fresh expression of church
  • St Mary the Virgin, Charlton-on-Otmoor – to spread the good news about Christ’s birth and resurrection by working with the community to produce and display nativity / Easter scenes
  • St Faith's, Shellingford – to meet the aspirations and practical needs of the community by carrying out a feasibility study for facilities in the church
  • St Matthew with St Luke, Oxford – to develop a more missional, Christ-like church by producing an inclusive Community Passion Play over Easter 2022
  • St James, Akeley – to increase awareness of God’s presence in the community by completing plans for a new church building
  • Parish of Caversham, Thameside and Mapledurham – to increase engagement with families and transform lives by launching a Messy Church
  • Chenies Benefice – to develop a new congregation of local families by starting 'All in at 4' all-age worship service
  • Holy Trinity, Cookham – to extend the church’s mission by providing recording equipment to enable more people to access worship
  • St Mary's, Cholsey – to develop outreach to the growing number of young families in the parish by employing a Families Worker
Round 8 - announced March 2022
  • Broughton Parish – to ‘bless those who need a blessing’ by providing trips on a narrowboat for those in need
  • St Mary Magdalene, Shippon – to improve accessibility and to enable development of further activities by installing a handrail at the churchyard entrance
  • St Peter's, Loudwater – to feed and support vulnerable families by running a Holiday Lunch Club 
  • Akeman Benefice – to develop and deepen relationships with the wider community by strengthening and expanding the Akeman Church Community Choir
  • St James, Leckhampstead – to facilitate increased attendance and greater community outreach by providing essential WC and drainage facilities
  • St Mary's, Thatcham – to extend the church’s mission by providing streaming and recording equipment to enable more people to access services
  • Caversham, Thameside and Mapledurham Parish – to provide a missional presence in greater Reading and to engage with other local churches by staging an open-air service to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee at Pentecost 2022
  • St Luke's, Oxford – to encourage the local community to participate creatively in, and  belong to, the Body of Christ in the aftermath of the pandemic through the 'Coming back to life again' arts project
  • St Mary the Virgin, Burghfield – to increase community use and opportunities to further the kingdom by altering the layout of the Parish Centre
  • St Nicholas, Marston – to develop the church's work with families by employing a part-time children and families minister
  • St Mary's, East Ilsley – to enable further mission in the parish by carrying out building works
Round 9 - announced June 2022
  • St Peter's, Wolvercote – to teach, nurture and positively influence the lives of children and families by employing a children and families worker for 3 years
  • St Michael & All Angels, Stewkley – to make better use of the church by carrying out a feasibility study for installing a WC and kitchen facilities
  • Reading St Luke with St Bartholomew (Redlands Parish) – to contribute to a 'Year of Wholeness and Healing' and community-centred mission by building a healing garden, developing community gardening sessions and producing promotional materials
  • St John's, Manor Park – to expand the worship experience and to reach out and witness to the congregation and community in song by purchasing a Hymnal Plus
  • St Mary's, Charlbury – to improve the welcome at church activities by building a fit-for-purpose kitchen and accessible toilet with baby changing facilities
  • Holy Trinity, Shenington – to work with and serve the local community better by carrying out a feasibility study to adapt the church building for wider use
  • St Aldate's, Oxford – to help identify, encourage and equip people of ethnic diversity to discern their vocation and pursue ordination by creating two Ministry Development Roles for UKME members of the congregation
  • Holy Trinity, Windsor – to support those who are homeless by using Holy Trinity Parish Room as a community hub centre for Windsor Christian Action
  • Holy Trinity, Theale – to employ a pioneering new community chaplain role, bridging the parish and the local school
  • Caversham, Thameside & Mapledurham – to help young people grow in faith and to provide safe spaces for young people and help combat knife crime by employing a Youth Worker for 5 years
Round 10 - announced October 2022
  • Emmanuel Church, Woodley – to help spread the Good News by purchasing equipment to increase provision at Minecraft Church services.
  • Wooburn, St Paul – to extend the use of the pastoral centre as a community hub by undertaking building work and improvements
  • Lantern Community Church (St Mary's), Marlow Bottom – to help more children and their families find out about and respond to the Good News by employing a dedicated, part-time children and families worker
  • St Giles, Oxford – to provide counselling services to support mental health issues of the vulnerably housed / homeless users served by the Gatehouse Project
  • St Mary the Virgin, Fawley – to provide space for a wider range of activities by reordering St Mary’s church and improving facilities
  • Christ Church, Abingdon (North Abingdon Parish) – to increase knowledge and awareness of racial issues and a commitment to justice and inclusivity by presenting the African (Black) History Season interactive exhibition at Christ Church
Round 11 - announced December 2022
  • St Mary's, Black Bourton – to carry out a feasibility study for the installation of running water, WC and a kitchen, and thereby make essential improvements to support the church's mission
  • Thame Benefice – to grow our witness to children and families by employing a full-time children and families worker
  • Sonning Deanery – to support the development of new Cantonese-speaking congregations emerging locally
  • Kidlington with Hampton Poyle – to improve community engagement in the 'Follow that Star' event by augmenting the live nativity procession
  • Cuddington Parish – to provide opportunities for more inclusive worship, contemplation, learning and outreach by installing an AV system and screen
  • Reading Gateway (St Agnes with St Paul & St Barnabas) – to provide loving service to the parish by employing a Parish Nurse
  • Walbury Beacon Benefice – to enable the development of creative outdoor worship across the benefice by using portable sound equipment
  • New Hope Community, Reading – to create missional links with families in the community by starting a quarterly Messy Church
  • St Mary & St Barnabas, Thatcham – to set up and run ‘The Nest’, a parent-toddler group specifically for local adoptive and foster families
  • St Nicolas, Abingdon-on-Thames – to increase opportunities for inclusive outreach and mission by refurbishing and improving access to a toilet and kitchenette block
  • St Peter's, Furze Platt – to develop a more intergenerational and intercultural church by employing a youth minister and an international minister

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