20/09/2017 – Bishop Steven’s Blog – A Kimberley and Kuruman diary
“I spent four days in Kimberley with over fifty people involved in links and partnerships across our two diocese. Here’s a snapshot….”
18/09/2017 – Bishop Steven’s Blog – Thoughts and Prayers for the Diocese of Sheffield
“My thoughts and prayers are with the Diocese of Sheffield following publication of Sir Philip Mawer’s report into the recent process of appointment of my successor. Sheffield is an amazing and wonderful diocese, full of gifted people of great integrity and full of vitality and life. Sir Philip’s report is accurate and for my part I am grateful for his care and wisdom….”
11/09/2017 – Bishop Steven’s Blog – Faith Communities and Climate Change
“Last week I had the immense privilege of speaking with about 50 senior climate change negotiators from all across Europe and the developing world. I spoke personally to lead negotiators from Sudan, Ethiopia, South Africa, Sweden, Bulgaria and Fiji. Everyone I spoke to affirmed the reality of climate change affecting their country through drought or extreme weather events….”
04/09/2017 – Bishop Steven’s Blog – Called to be Christ-like: contemplative, compassionate and courageous
“I am writing to invite every church, chaplaincy, small group and school in the diocese to do something very simple but life changing over the next year. I am asking the whole Diocese of Oxford to read, study and dwell in the opening words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount: the Beatitudes in Matthew 5.1-10…..”
04/09/2017 – We welcome Rev. Catherine Butt as the new minister at St Frideswide Church, Water Eaton.
26/08/2017 – We welcome Rev. Helen Cameron as the new Chair of the Northampton Methodist District, replacing Rev. Peter Hancock.
Roman Catholic News:
23/07/2017 – Ave atque Vale
The Bishop has announced that he will make St. Augustine’s the ‘hub’ for the parishes of St. Augustine’s, Our Lady of Lourdes, Christ the Cornerstone, Christ the King, St. Bede’s and St. Mary’s, Woburn Sands. (Sr. Yvonne continuing as Parish Administrator of Christ the King & St. Bede’s.)
Fr. Francis Higgins will be Parish Priest of St. Augustine’s, and also Dean of Milton Keynes. He will be assisted by Frs. Pius Amoako, David Barrett and Lijo Payikkattu.
It is expected that Fr. James Cassidy & Fr. Allan Jones will be moving to the parish of Daventry in the week beginning 17th September.
Constance Coltman: There is a series of items available to celebrate the anniversary of Constance Coltman including t-shirts, tote bags, pens, and mugs for sale. To see these items please visit the merchandise section on the URC web-site here.