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Faith Development

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God."

(Colossians 3:16)

 

Have you listened to our church bells in your PJs and hope to find out more? Have you drifted away from church, or thinking there must be more than this? Are you reflecting on the state of the world and thinking more deeply on faith? Whatever stage of life you're at, whether you've been to church before or not we aim to create a place where people can explore the Christian faith together and see how it can be lived out each day.

If you want to know more about how to start your journey of faith click here.

Journey of Faith

This section outlines how you can start your journey of faith. You may wish to first come and visit us first. Do contact us in advance to tell us that you are coming so we can welcome you as an enquirier.

  1. The first formal step on your Journey of Faith though begins with your reception as a catechumen. A catechumen is someone who wishes to learn more about the Christian faith and decide whether they wish to proceed further. The period this lasts depends on your existing knowledge of the faith and how you feel. We accept people as catechumens from around the age of 10+.
  2. The second step begins with your application to be baptised and/or confirmed. At which point the Rector will wish to discuss this with you further.
  3. The final stage of initiation is when you are baptised and confirmed.

Your journey as a disciple then begins as you continue in your learning and begin to discern your vocation within the Church. We would seek for you to engage in some aspect of the community as part of your continuing journey of faith.

Contact us if you would like to discuss this further.

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Daily Prayer

Prayer gives you a connection to something greater than yourself, which does wonders for your emotional well-being. It provides a greater sense of purpose, betters your mood, and helps you cope with and overcome the difficulties life brings your way.

You can listen to the most recent daily service of Morning and Evening prayer, in contemporary form, using the audio player below.

 

Daily Prayer

Common Worship: Daily Prayer is published in a range of formats by Church House Publishing.
You can access Common Worship: Daily Prayer on the Church of England website.
This material is subject to copyright.

 

Contemplative Toolkit

Drawing together wisdom from ancient Christian practices, these toolkits provide an invaluable way to slow down in these busy times. The toolkit follows five key practices. The summary sheets, suitable for enquirers and also those with an established faith, can be found on the Diocesan Website. The sheets can be used by individuals, families or when you meet with others. 

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Pilgrim Course

We use in the Parish the Pilgrim Course materials. Pilgrim takes a different approach to other Christian programmes. It approaches the great issues of faith not through persuasion, but participation in a pattern of contemplation and discussion with a group of fellow travellers. Pilgrim is comprised of two stages: the Follow stage for those very new to faith, and the Grow stage for those who want to go further. Each stage contains four short six-session courses which focus on a major theme of Christian life.

 

To find out more about the Pilgrim Course you can visit their website.

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Learning Hub

Grow in your everyday faith and become a confident disciple by joining one of learning pathways in the Learning Hub. This learning hub is open to everyone in the Diocese of Oxford and the content is designed to be accessible to all. The learning pathways are free of charge and there are no mandatory assignments for you to complete.

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GodPod

GodPod is a regular podcast from St Mellitus College. Theologians Graham Tomlin, Mike Lloyd, Jane Williams, and the occasional guest speaker get together to discuss burning issues of God, theology, life, and much more.

 

Do you have a question for the team? Email it to the team

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