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The Atrium at Greyfriars

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A new coffee shop, bookshop and community space has opened at Greyfriars Church, Reading. The Atrium, is open to everyone during the week for use as a place to catch up with friends, grab a coffee or even as a workspace.

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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 awarded over £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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Restoring 18,000 floor tiles at All Saint’s Boyne Hill

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In 2020, All Saint’s Church Boyne Hill took on the big task of fundraising to cover the £275,000 cost of relaying and restoring 18,000 floor tiles in the church building.

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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.

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Knife crime and cuts to youth services

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Knife crime stories continue to hit the news headlines on an almost daily basis in the UK and they don’t appear to be getting any less frequent.

Christmas messages from the bishops

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

Bishop Steven in Bradfield

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Bishop Steven travelled to the south of the diocese to Bradfield Deanery in Berkshire on Thursday 9 December for his last Deanery visitation of the year.

Planting Trees in Hungerford

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St Lawrence’s Church, Hungerford, has planted 3,200 trees in 2021 as part of efforts to offset the carbon emissions of the local area.

Bishop Steven visits Maidenhead and Windsor

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In the first week of Advent, Bishop Steven joined clergy and lay leaders for a day of visits in the Maidenhead and Windsor Deanery in Berkshire.

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Hope Bereavement Cafe

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The Revd Suzanne Johnson, Curate in the Parish of Taplow, has rallied around her local community to start a new bereavement cafe for families and individuals who have lost loved ones in recent years.