Christmas Starts with Christ

The Plan of Campaign We will be running three adverts in the ‘chat show’ format. They will focus on Mary, Gabriel and the Donkey. We think they’re all good both in terms of humour and hook – they each introduce an element of the Christmas story that we could build on… The adverts will be […]


I went to London today for the steering group of ChurchAds – the organisation behind “Christmas Starts with Christ”. It was an interesting meeting and worth reporting back a few things…. The evidence from other areas seems to indicate that working eccumenically is essential for the long term success of a campaign. When one denomination does […]

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First Meeting of New Synod

The First meeting of the new synod took place on Tuesday evening. The meeting included elections of new officers, and members of the new Mission and Pastoral Committee. There was a presentation of the current state of deanery planning and we had a visiting speaker who told us about the Diocese’s link with Sweden. The […]

Starting a Conversation

8 October 2014 A note from Bishop John: ‘FACILITATED CONVERSATIONS’: some supportive themes You will be aware that the Church of England is about to enter a period of ‘facilitated conversations’ around the issue of same-sex relationships following the publication and recommendations of the Pilling Report earlier in the year. The Archbishop’s Director of Reconciliation, […]

National Deaneries Network

The National Deaneries Network is an organisation that conects Area Deans and Lay Chairs in the UK. Amongst other things it organises a bi-anual conference in Swanwick in Derbyshire where people meet to share ideas and learn together, I attended this year’s conference at the weekend as a member of the steering group – spending […]

New Rector in Bletchley

The Revd David McDougall was inducted today as Rector of Bletchley. It was a moving service with a stirring sermon from Bishop Alan about authentic evangelism and a few words from David himself about the need to find old and new wells… David comes to Milton Keynes with his wife Kim, but had previously been […]

Wedding Day Sharing…

We organised a ‘Wedding Workshop’ on Tuesday 23rd September 2014 for all those involved in the administration and organisation of weddings. There were more than 20 attendees from all corners of the city – plus Newport Pagnell – including ministers, administrators and wedding coordinators. The purpose of the day was to give people a chance […]

New Synod

One of the most important decision-making bodies in the Church of England is the Deanery Synod. Each synod is elected for a three-year term and has responsibility for: Setting the strategy of the Deanery through the Deanery Plan Contributing to big decisions at diocesan and national level building relationships between Christians at local level The […]

Deanery Mission and Pastoral Committee (DMPC)

THE ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEMBERS OF DEANERY MISSION AND PASTORAL COMMITTEE Background Deaneries have an increasingly important role in the diocese of Oxford. They are seen as the most appropriate unit for discussions about mission and deployment. In Buckingham Archdeaconry, deaneries have been encouraged to undertake Mission planning. This process must continue as we address the threefold questions: […]

Christian Funerals: Getting our message out

During the past few years, we have become concerned that there was a lot of negative publicity being circulated about Christian Funerals. There are leaflets in circulation which say all sorts of things about funerals taken by Christian ministers which are basically not true. We realise that many of these leaflets are being produced by […]