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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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Celebrating and equipping church ministry with pre-schoolers

First published on: 28th March 2023

Over 30 people gathered on Saturday 25 March for a day of shared learning about foundations for life and faith in early years.

Free hot meals in Wantage

First published on: 27th March 2023

A food and warm space project at Holy Trinity Church, Charlton, provides free three-course hot meals for locals.

Bras raise funds for local church

First published on: 23rd March 2023

Local churchgoer in Emmer Green, Wendy Howell, has raised over £1,100 for the church by selling new and second-hand bras. 

The Revd Dr Leonard Onugha

First published on: 22nd March 2023

We are deeply saddened to share the news that the Revd Dr Leonard Onugha, Rector of Finchampstead and California, died at his home on 20 March.

Appointment of first female Dean of Christ Church

First published on: 16th March 2023

The King has approved the appointment of Rev Canon Professor Sarah Foot PhD, FRHistS, FSA as Dean of Christ Church, Oxford. Professor Foot is the first woman to be chosen for the role in Christ Church’s almost 500-year-long history.

Confirmations and intergenerational church

First published on: 15th March 2023

The Bishop of Reading confirmed 18 teens and adults in services at St James Church, Southlake, and St Mary’s Purley in February.

Electric vehicle charging stations installed at Church House Oxford

First published on: 13th March 2023

The Diocese of Oxford, which recently announced a £10m programme of environmental works to improve the carbon footprint of vicarages, has taken the next step towards net zero with the installation of EV charging stations at Church House Oxford.

Communities mobilise to count endangered species in churchyards

First published on: 10th March 2023

Parishes can now register to participate in Churches Count on Nature, an annual scheme where people visit churchyards and record the plant and animal species they encounter.

Fully and truly ourselves

First published on: 8th March 2023

The Revd Laura Wheatley Downs, reflects on ministry as a female priest, her calling to ordination, and the role of women in the church for International Women's Day 2023.

There is no limit to what you can do

First published on: 8th March 2023

Dr Anna Thomas-Betts, shares her reflections on lay ministry, early faith influences, and the role of women in the church for International Women's Day 2023.

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