Blackbird Leys Ecumenical partnership
We are a Local Ecumenical Partnership— a mix of Anglicans, Methodists, United Reformed, Baptists and Moravians in one Congregation.
We aim to be an Inclusive Church that is the “Heartbeat of our community”, an accessible church, a church for all people.
We have just been celebrating the first 50 years of our church’s existence, which began when Peter Malton arrived as ‘priest missioner’ for the new housing estate being built on the edge of Oxford city.
After initially using the priest’s front room, the church(es) including the Roman Catholics worshipped for a time in a wooden hut, and then the present church with its striking heart-shaped design was built and dedicated under the title of The Holy Family.
Almost from its inception, Free Church members also worshipped in the same sanctuary with Anglicans. We became one of the first Local Ecumenical Projects (now ‘Partnership’), worshipping as a single congregation, ideally with two ministers, an Anglican and one from a Free Church denominaton. Our worship draws on the riches of the various traditions, with our distinctive feature of the Shalom sung as we link hands around the central stone Communion Table.