The Big Quiz Night

“It was massive, it was brilliant, it was The Big Quiz Night! On 17 November last year thousands of churches and groups took part in what was the largest ever simultaneous multi-venue quiz night. If you attended one, thank you – we hope you had a great night. “Thanks to Read more…

War – or peace?

Observant consumers of the Grove Community News may have noticed the absence of the usual Thoughtslot this month. I missed the deadline! This is more or less what I wrote: “Jesus said, ‘Blessed are the peace makers,’ he might have added, ‘Blessed are the peace inheritors’.” Which, of course, is Read more…

Watch your language!

“And, Sophie, the weather for today – in a word?” “Nebulous.” It could only be Radio Oxford, I thought. Genuinely I heard it one Monday morning recently. “What’s that mean?” asked Jane, when I repeated it. Cloudy, just cloudy. What a stupid way of putting it. And yet, I thought, Read more…

Making St John’s richer

Gemma Gill, lovely wife of Alec our associate vicar, has given me permission to share this here. “I’m all for raising awareness,” she says. “THIS! Every week I wrestle with ‘would it not just be easier to stay at home…..? This was today’s experience :- -I had to break it Read more…

Welcome to the family!

On Sunday 16th in the evening we had one of those special occasions when we could welcome new members to our church family. The jolly Bishop of Dorchester, recently returned from his well-earned break after filling in until Bishop Steven came to Oxford, took the service in his usual relaxed Read more…