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Fire juggler launches 150th anniversary celebrations

First published on: 13th June 2024

A fire juggler helped to launch the 150th anniversary celebrations at St Laurence’s church in Caversfield, Bicester. The performer was part of the Pentecost all-age service which is part of the programme of outdoor services during the summer months.


Pedal pilgrimage raises funds for church and school

First published on: 16th May 2024

Two intrepid (and fit!) members of the diocese joined the bi-annual fundraising cycle from Westminster to Islip on Sunday. Bishop Gavin and our Finance Director John Orridge hit the saddle to tackle the Islip Big Bike and raise funds for St Nicholas church, Islip, and local school, Dr South’s CofE Primary.


Sarah rings church bells to celebrate cancer remission

First published on: 8th May 2024

It has become customary to ring a bell to signal the end of cancer treatment. Seven-year-old Sarah rang the biggest bell she could find – at her local church – to mark the end of two and a half years of treatment. 


Community rallies to restore church building

First published on: 8th May 2024

Some congregations faced with the challenge of raising £120,000 to save their church might have given up before they even started. Not St Helen’s in Dry Sandford!


Hanging about: Bishop Gavin comes down to earth

First published on: 7th May 2024

Bishop Gavin raised more than £1,700 for two good causes with his abseil at Dorchester Abbey on Saturday.


Bishop Gavin roped into abbey fundraiser

First published on: 25th April 2024

The Bishop of Dorchester will be among a team of brave fundraisers, which also includes the Rector the Revd Jane Willis, abseiling down Dorchester Abbey on 4 May.


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. 


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.


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.


Christmas Day 2023

First published on: 21st December 2023

You can read the Christmas Day sermons from our bishops below, and catch up on the BBC Radio Carol Services with Bishop Olivia and Bishop Gavin via BBC Sounds for Radio Berkshire and Radio Oxford.

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