Louise standing smiling wearing a black jumper and stood outside in front of a green bush

New Head of Safeguarding in the Diocese of Oxford

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We are pleased to announce the appointment of the new Head of Safeguarding.

Church and community projects across the Thames Valley awarded £45,000

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Nine churches and parishes in the Thames Valley region have received a share of £45,550 from the Diocese of Oxford Development Fund to support a range of social action, new congregations, youth, and building projects.

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New Chaplain amongst the Deaf Community

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We are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chaplain amongst Deaf People. The Revd Dr Hannah Lewis will join the diocese and the Oxford Diocesan Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODCD) at the end of January.

Great and Small Cotswolds

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Whilst sitting in church one Sunday morning, Samantha Hill had a bright idea to start an intergenerational forest church group in her home village of Alvescot in the Cotswolds.

New Year’s resolutions to help the planet

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At St Mary’s Church, Wendover in Buckinghamshire, churchgoers are setting planet saving New Year’s resolutions to help change lifestyle choices into everyday good habits.

Bishop Alan holding certificate standing with Archdeacon Guy and local Clergy at St Mary's church

First Festival Church in the Diocese of Oxford


St Mary the Virgin Church, Drayton Beauchamp, is the first church in the Diocese of Oxford to be awarded Festival Church status. The building will now remain open for worship and as serving as a welcoming and functional community space.

Christmas messages from the bishops

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Read the 2021 Christmas messages and sermons from bishops in the Diocese of Oxford.

Toddlers in the Woods

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Every Friday, Ali Corke, welcomes a group of energetic toddlers to the local Crutches Woods in Jordans village, for a morning of outdoor play in the mud kitchen, craft making, and singing.

The Church Arms

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After the village pub in Mursley was boarded up in October this year, St Mary the Virgin Church, in Buckinghamshire, had the idea to set up a pop-up bar in the church building.

Bishop Steven in Wendover


In the second of his deanery visitations, Bishop Steven travelled to Wendover in Buckinghamshire for a full day of community visits and clergy and lay gatherings.

Community Gardening in East Reading

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The community garden on Erleigh Road, in Reading, saw many visitors during the summer and locals have been able to make good use of the garden that is providing a much needed relaxing green space away from the busyness and urbanity of the built up area of East Reading.