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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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Church welcomes its first 'happy champers'

First published on: 11th April 2024

St Leonard’s in Watlington has become the first church in Oxfordshire to welcome ‘champers’ for a night’s stay. Church camping – champing – has become popular for guests looking for an unusual place to stay, in a beautiful setting. 

New choir hopes to hit right note with local community

First published on: 10th April 2024

A new junior choir at a Wheatley church is just one of the 14 church projects funded by the latest round of grants from the diocese Development Fund.

Church food charity marks five years of serving up support

First published on: 5th April 2024

A Milton Keynes charity that helps children who are hungry to access a meal at home is marking its fifth anniversary this Easter. Last year, the team at St Mark’s Meals created, packed and delivered more than 6,000 meal boxes. This put 24,000 plates of dinner on the table in the homes of the most vulnerable children in the city.

Faith is the thread running through Stella's life

First published on: 4th April 2024

As we look forward to the service of celebration for the 30th anniversary of the ordination of women as priests, the Revd Stella Fairburn shares her memories of being a history maker. 

An Easter sermon from Bishop Olivia

First published on: 3rd April 2024

The following sermon was preached on Easter Sunday at St Luke's, Reading.

An Easter message from Bishop Steven.

First published on: 31st March 2024

Christ is risen. Alleluia! He is risen indeed, alleluia! Bishop Steven's sermon preached at Christ Church Cathedral, on Easter Day.

Chrism Mass: Celebrating the ministry of the people of God

First published on: 28th March 2024

The Chrism Mass held on Maundy Thursday celebrates the ministry of the whole people of God, espcially those who worship and minister in this diocese of Oxford and invites congregants to reaffirm their commitment to service.

Royal Maundy money presented to community servants

First published on: 28th March 2024

Three people from the diocese will receive Maundy money at a special Royal Maundy service at Worcester Cathedral.

Bishop Gavin blesses first ‘all through’ church school

First published on: 27th March 2024

The primary phase site of a new ‘all through’ Church of England school built on the Wellington Gate development in Grove was officially opened by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Marjorie Neasham Glasgow.

Nature at the heart of making and praising church group

First published on: 20th March 2024

A lesson on the birds and the bees helped support environmental charity A Rocha UK, at a children’s church group in Great Missenden.

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