The Four Temptations (An Open Letter To Parliament)

 eNews – 12 December 2018
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No confidence?

Earlier this week Bishop Steven challenged MPs and peers to resist the four temptations of ambition, faction, nostalgia and idealism.

With news this morning that the Prime Minister is to face a vote of confidence in her leadership, +Steven’s warning is perhaps even more relevant. Read the open letter and share it on social media if you’d like to (retweet this or Facebook share).

At this time, please continue to pray both privately and publicly for our government and Parliament. This is the prayer used each day in the House of Commons.

New diocesan magazine in January

We’re busy putting the final touches to our new magazine. Pathways will be published quarterly, starting next month, and it replaces the Doornewspaper. We’re keen that the new magazine is available in every church across this diocese. Please ask your church administrator to get in touch with usso we can plan distribution.

It’s that time of year

It’s that time when we encourage Parishes to make a start on entering their Mission Returns data for 2018.

Thanks to your hard work last year we were able to get a more accurate understanding of mission and life in this diocese and also tell the story of what our churches are doing. For instance, did you know that over 520 of the churches in Oxford Diocese are involved in social action?

If you’re responsible for mission returns from your parish, look out for more details in another email from us a little later this week.

Lift up your hearts and sing: Bishop Steven has written a new hymn to the tune of the Skye Boat Song. The verses are based on Colossians 1.15-20: praising Christ first for creation, and then for salvation. Find out more.

Events and Campaigns

Christmas Tree Festival, St Andrew’s Church, Chinnor, 
Saturday 15 December – Sunday 23 December 
The theme is ‘Christmas In Words’.
Saturday and Sunday 2-6pm; Monday-Friday 2-5pm.
In aid of church maintenance.Young Women’s Vocation day, Reading Minster, 26 January, 10am-4pm
A day for women 16-32 years young who may be discerning a call to ministry. A chance to meet other young women exploring vocation for the first time and women in ministry training, curacies and senior positions in the Church. Please display this poster in your church, and share our social media posts (Facebook version | Twitter version)Giving Conference, Saturday 9 February, 9.00am – 12.45pm, Greyfriars’ Church, Reading
The conference will enable you to learn about different ways to encourage giving within your church. Topics include the new Parish Giving Scheme digital platform, legacy giving, contactless giving and grant-making trusts funding. Book  Flyer


Death and and Life website: Christian Resources for Living Well in the Light of Mortality 
Inspirational resources to help ministers and pastoral leaders support conversations on death and dying. Visit this new website for a course, workshop, prayer walk, sermon starters, reflection cards, Bible studies and meditations.Church Army Resources for Churches to make a Difference
The Church Army Research Unit have produced an extensive list of resources and organisations.‘Travelling Light’ in the run up to Christmas with Discovering Prayer 
Many of us would like to get to Christmas feeling full of energy and a great sense of fulfilment, but instead we arrive absolutely frazzled.
This series of guided Christian prayer and meditations helps you stay calm and focused.
See also 25 tips to help you have a calmer, more meaningful, and less stressful Christmas.

Courses and Training

Faculty Training Workshop, 16 February, 9:30am-12:30pm, Wootton
Free training session with Darren Oliver (Diocesan Registrar) and Liz Kitch (Senior Church Buildings Officer, Diocesan Advisory Committee) open to all parties who are/will be involved in submissions to the Faculty process. Those with previous experience in this area are also encouraged to attend as part of sharing best practice. FlyerThe Germinate Leadership course is recruiting for the October 2019 intake
Germinate Leadership is for lay and ordained leaders in rural churches who have already displayed some creative and entrepreneurial flair in ministry and are keen to develop  their skills.
Funding to cover the cost of the course for two clergy and two lay people is available. Contact  Glyn Evans, Chair of the rural programme steering group, for details.Equipping for Life: Learning for Discipleship and Ministry Spring Courses provided by the Diocese of Oxford as part of our Local Ministry Programme.


Part-time Church Administrator, Bicester and Islip Deanery

Programme Manager – Growing New Churches and Congregations

Part-time Church Administrator, Barton benefice in Woodstock deanery

All vacancies within the diocese


Prayer Diary for December