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Mint House update 

 Friends may welcome news of what’s happening at the Mint House – the Centre for Restorative Practice that the church helped create five years ago and in which we are still very active. (The centre has also benefited greatly from financial contributions from the church and the Charlton Fund. Myra, Jon and Rosie are also trustees, along with five others from varied backgrounds.) Here are the headlines!
Supporting the county’s children’s workforce: In 2019 the Mint House won a contract to support wider use of restorative practice across Oxfordshire’s children’s workforce (teachers, social workers, mental health workers and others). This work continues to develop. We host monthly reflection sessions where children and families’ workers explore what it means to work restoratively (summed up as working ‘with’ children or families, not doing things ‘to’ or ‘for’ them.) Since January this year we’ve also been running the staff training programme and helping grow a team of in-house trainers.
Growing a network of restorative champions: We used to host lunchtime network sessions in the actual Mint House, bread and soup provided.  Zoom has been transformative! Helped no end by the appointment in January of a part-time communications officer (Joy Bettles) we’ve gone from running ‘in person’ events for a dozen or so people to online events that people join from round the world. A session in April on Restorative justice in cases of sexual violence attracted over 500 sign-ups along with requests for follow-up sessions, now scheduled for September and October. This autumn will also see sessions on Restorative Prisons, Restorative Policing and Restorative Justice and the Climate Crisis.
Restorative practice in higher education: a task group including current and recent students is working on promoting restorative practice in University settings, initially through taster training for student leaders and staff and through ‘conversation cards’ to help freshers get to know each other better. (Thanks to New Road students for their input on these!) We’re also active members of a new Restorative Practice in Higher Education network. Co-ordinated by Warwick University, this brings together a growing band of HE institutions committed to expanding restorative approaches. We hope there will be power in numbers!
Research: we’ve a couple of research proposals under discussion with potential collaborators. One is a scoping study looking at restorative practice in higher education. The other involves action research on how restorative approaches can help reduce school exclusions while also reducing racial disparities in school exclusions.
Restorative practice in faith communities: Oxfordshire’s High Sheriff (Imam Monawar) has appointed a circle of 7 chaplains from a variety of faiths for his year in office. At his suggestion we plan to host a tea and coffee event with Imam Monawar and all the chaplains in the early autumn where we can talk together about peace building and interfaith work in Oxford/Oxfordshire.
There’s lots more to say but space precludes it! Suffice to say that Joy’s arrival has really helped a lot of things take off. Please continue to pray for the Mint House – that we’ll make progress on our journey to being sustainable long-term and sow seeds that make conflict less likely or (where it does occur) help repair the harms that those affected suffer. 
 

Glenys
Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

This church welcomes you!

 

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Who are we?

  • All ages, different backgrounds
  • A mix; visitors, new church members, some with lifetime experience
  • An informal church, accepting people as they are


Coming to a 10.30am Sunday service

  • For directions please see the directions page
  • Aim to turn up around 10.25 a.m. (but sometimes we’re late too!)
  • You’ll be met at the door by a friendly face
  • We are a friendly bunch, if you’re unsure of something, please ask!
  • Please be who you are, not someone you aren’t!
  • Please note that things are a bit different at the moment due to Covid restrictions but you are still assured a warm welcome! Check the latest arrangements on our 'Church during Covid 19' page

What to expect


Our aim: whether you’re looking at Christianity for the first time or have been a Christian for many years,
we want you to be encouraged and inspired by a morning with us.
We hope we will all draw closer to God as a result.
 

Here’s a quick summary:

  • We start at 10.30am with a few notices of coming events, followed by silent reflection
  • The service lasts until about 11.30am
  • Our worship blends Bible reading and prayer with traditional hymns and modern songs
  • Everyone can participate in the worship
  • The average size of our congregation on a Sunday morning is around 50 people
  • At 11am young people go to their own groups, there are also crèche facilities. The church implements a strong Safeguarding policy
  • We have a talk from the bible that is relevant and meaningful to our lives
  • We share the Lord’s Supper together as part of the service (first and third Sundays); we explain this as we take part
  • After our service tea and coffee are served; some services are followed by a lunch
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What we believe


We are a Christian church and believe all can have relationship with God.
We believe this can happen because of Jesus, who invites us to follow him.
 

Is it just Sundays?


Absolutely not! God is with us all week long and we aim to lead lives that show it. We’re not perfect and we do make mistakes, but we want to make a positive difference in everything we do.
 

For those with disabilities


We aim to be an all-inclusive church and to meet the needs of all who use our building.
Our premises are accessible for those with disabilities. We have a loop for the hearing impaired.
For disabled parking or for other specific needs please contact the church office