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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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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.

Warm meals on two wheels

First published on: 20th March 2024

From the Hairy Bikers to the curry bikers! Two volunteers from a church in Botley have got on their bicycles to deliver hot food to those in need in Oxford. 

Church pops up to provide a restful place for families

First published on: 14th March 2024

Rest, rejuvenate and replenish your body and soul – that’s the ethos behind the new pop-up children’s café at St Andrew’s, Clewer. 

Diocesan Synod: focussing on children, youth and families

First published on: 14th March 2024

Saturday 9 March saw over 70 members of the Oxford Diocesan Synod join together for their first meeting of 2024. 

Celebrating 30 years of women as priests

First published on: 12th March 2024

March 2024 marks the 30th anniversary of women ordained as priests in the Church of England. The Ven Christine Allsopp was one of the first women ordained in the diocese at Reading Minster. 

Helping rural churches grow

First published on: 6th March 2024

An opportunity for rural churches to develop their existing missional activities taking next steps towards growth opened with the launch of a rural missional learning community in Aylesbury deanery. 

Cyril rings the changes to retire

First published on: 29th February 2024

A bellringer at Shiplake has retired as Tower Captain after almost 50 years' service.

Synod affirms work as key to ‘human dignity and purpose’

First published on: 28th February 2024

The Church of England’s General Synod has publicly affirmed the place of work as a key component in 'human flourishing' in an era when Artificial Intelligence is driving a “new fast moving industrial revolution”.  

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