Deanery Organising: MK Deanery writes: “We are running an experiment with Deanery Synod between February and July. The aim is to see how “Community Organising” might help us to identify projects that will make a difference – and develop new leaders.

At the Synod meeting in March we identified four project teams who will develop their ideas into more concrete proposals. In May we will have an opportunity to vote on these proposals and turn some of them into action!

The projects are:

* Domestic Violence

* Finance (ie parish and deanery)

* Mental Health

* Young People.

The teams have agreed to meet at least once before May.  If you want to join a team, please let us know and we’ll get you in touch with the team convener.”

Tim Norwood (Area Dean) –         More info here


02/04/2018 – Bishop Steven’s Blog – Resurrection

This sermon was delivered by Bishop Steven at the Choral Eucharist on Easter Day (1st April) at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. “Happy Easter. The Lord is risen. Today is the 1st April and it seems a very good day to announce my plans for a new font and baptistery for the Cathedral and the Diocese…”

22/03/2018 – E-news from the Diocese of Oxford – click here

The Archdeacon of Dorchester writes:
“Passiontide is a powerful reminder of our responsibility to be alongside the suffering, the oppressed, the prisoners, and the dying. As we journey towards the cross with Jesus, we remember not only his compassion for the world he loves so much, but also his courage in challenging what was wrong, and his close connection to the heart of God. The icon above reminds us, in the middle of whatever is going on, to listen to the heartbeat of God, as did the beloved disciple that night of the Last Supper and betrayal. May God bless and strengthen you for the journey ahead and bring you to the joy of Easter Day.” Judy French

22/03/2018 – Bishop Steven’s Blog – Tending Creation

06/03/2018 – Bishop Steven’s Blog – Abundant Life: discovering together a common vision



The Baptist Times – The online newspaper of the Baptist Union of Great Britain

Two significant Christian resources were released on International Women’s Day. The Sophia Network published research into women’s experience of the church. It was a report of highs and lows: two thirds of women had experienced sexism in the UK church; several barriers facing women in leadership in the Church were highlighted; a number of positive experiences were chronicled. The Network is encouraging churches to sign up to its ‘Minding the Gap Manifesto’ – eight commitments to making their congregations places of gender equality.

On the same day, a database of women who can speak at local, national and regional Christian conferences and events was launched. Project 3:28 is encouraging Baptist women to create a profile with a photo, bio, and their specialist areas. Baptist theologian Steve Holmes, one of those involved in setting up the project, expressed his hope that ‘there will be a mighty army of gifted women offering themselves to the UK churches to preach the gospel and to teach the faith.’

Next steps for Next Meal 
A Baptist who manages a soup kitchen has launched a website that harnesses technology to connect homeless people with food – and is expanding its reach beyond London



Sabbatical: Please note that Rev. Dawn Saunders, our Methodist Area Superintendent, will be on Sabbatical from Monday 26th March – Wednesday 4th July 2018 inclusive.

In her absence please refer any matters to: Nicola Martyn-Beck, email:

Holy Habits:


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