Welcome to OCSG

The Oxford Centre for Spiritual Growth (OCSG) offers a variety of approaches and events that will appeal to a wide range of people, encouraging growth in reflective practice and heightened awareness of God, others and themselves.

Our iconic image shows Christ (on the right) with a friendly hand on the shoulder of Abbot Mena.  It comes from an 8th Century painting on wood, found at the remains of the Monastery of Bawit in Middle Egypt.  It is held at the Louvre, in the Dept of Egyptian Antiquities.

OCSG is based in The Church of St Michael at the North Gate, the Tower of which which is reputed to be the oldest building in Oxford.  It was from St Michael's tower that in 1555, Archbishop Cranmer, who was later to receive the same treatment, watched Bishops Ridley and Latimer burn to death. Their execution took place outside the medieval city walls in what is now Broad Street.

But now, the Church with its Tower Room is a peaceful, prayerful place in the heart of the city.  Read more about us »

A summary of our forthcoming events is given below, together with a record of past events we have held. For more information (such as event times etc), and to register your interest, or to download a booking form, please click the event name.

Following the series of Virus Pandemic 'lockdowns' and the sad death of Georgie Simpson, (through cancer), the founder of OCSG, we are pleased to announce that we are planning further events  For the time being these will have to take the form of 'Zoom' sessions, the first of which occurred on Saturday 13th February 2021  with a wonderul two talks by Angela Tilby.  More are to follow, with speakers like Mother Clare-Louise SLG and Canon Mark Oakley...

Please click on our [ Events Page ] to see links to forthcoming (and past) events.

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Forthcoming Events

Venue: zoom session
Date(s): 01 May 2021
Time: 2pm - 6.00pm BST
Cost: £15 to £25

Oxford Centre for Spiritual Growth and Oxford Quaker Meeting 

are pleased to announce

Saving Beauty:
Cultivating an abundant heart in a time of pandemic
An online retreat with Dr Mark S Burrows


“My question was the attention I gave to things around me,
and their answer was their beauty.”     —Augustine of Hippo

  The Zoom Sessions will be held
on Saturday 1st May 2021, from 2.00pm (BST) till 6.00pm
Joining instructions will be sent to those registering

There will be 2 sessions with breakouts and an
interval in-between

Please register online, or contact us by email or phone for this event 

    find out more: [ If Beauty is a matter of the Heart ]

We suggest a donation of £15 - £25 towards the cost of the event
and the work of OCSG and Oxford Quaker Meeting, but we do not wish to exclude anyone,
so please contact us if a bursary is needed



Previous events

Venue: zoom session
Date(s): 13 Feb 2021
Venue: Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
Date(s): 13 Mar 2020
Venue: Corpus Christi College
Date(s): 15 Feb 2020

Earlier events can be found on our Events Page