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16th February 2017
The Bishop of Oxford visits
Rt Rev Dr Steven Croft is the new Bishop of Oxford, and he has wasted no time in arranging to visit all 28 deaneries in his Diocese!
On January 12th he visited our Deanery, with Rev Ron Bundock (Area Dean) acting as guide. Among other groups he visited, Bishop Steven asked to meet some ‘significant lay people’. When he was appointed Bishop of Sheffield, he had carried out a similar pattern of ‘fact-finding, meeting and greeting’, but soon became aware of how many clergy there were! Hence the request to meet lay people when he came to Oxford.
So a dozen or so LLMs and others met with the Bishop over a delicious hot supper, provided by St Edmund’s Church, Maids Moreton. We were invited to ask any questions (though Bishop Steven reserved the right to answer them!) and topics ranged from the report ‘Serving Together’ to the unfairness of Parish Share.
The Bishop rounded off a busy day by meeting a wide range of local congregations at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Buckingham. He set out (in reply to an unasked question!) his vision for the Church of England over the next 25 years, and after coffee answered a variety of questions.
We are very grateful to Bishop Steven for sparing the time to come to our Deanery. Everyone agreed it was an excellent day.