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Community Action in the Diocese of Oxford

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St Mary’s Church, Slough, exemplifies how adapting church buildings can open up new opportunities for involving the local community without damaging its worship activities in any way.
The Church is situated in the centre of Slough, a couple of minutes’ walk from the shopping centres on Church Street, the centre for voluntary organisations in Slough. It is part of the Church of England parish, which derived its name from two historic districts of Slough – Upton, in the East of the parish, with its Saxon church of St Lawrence – and Chalvey, in the West of the parish, with its nineteenth century church of Saint Peter. The three Anglican churches work together as a team ministry, served by three clergy and two parish wardens. Saint Mary's has a particular civic ministry (through civic funerals, an annual service of remembrance, school carol services, or large scale concerts and events. The parish maintains close connections with the Slough community chaplaincy, known as Kingsway Connections and the hospital chaplaincy at the Heatherwood and Wexham Park NHS Trust and the Upton Hospital.
Our vision is to see the communities of Reading transformed by the life, love and power of Jesus Christ.
Reading is the major urban area of the Thames Valley, with a catchment of 1.7 million people and 800,000 people living within a 25 minute drive. The Reading Christian Network (RCN), a mainly evangelical and charismatic group, wants to see transformation in all of our communities - local areas, different age groups, diverse people-groups, and every sphere of activity in which God's people live out their lives impacted with the Good News of Jesus. This begins with personal transformation as we encounter the living God in our own lives, and overflows to affect the whole created order, bringing blessing to every area of life.

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