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 A BOOK LAUNCH will be held at St Michael at the Northgate, Oxford on Thursday 6th January 2022. With all profits from sales donated to OCSG, Ben book front coverSimpson has compiled some of his own writings in a remarkable little book, dramatically illustrated, well reviewed and entitled, 'Collected Poems and Meanderings'.  Advance copies of the book (£9.00 + £2.50 P&P) will be available before Christmas 2021. Pre-order with ben.simpson to be sure of a copy. [Click on image for more info]


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 etc 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 death of Georgie Simpson, the founder of OCSG, we are pleased to announce that we are planning further events.  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): 23 Oct 2021
Time: 14.00 to 16.00 BST
Cost: 20.00 conc

We are delighted to announce a Quiet Reflective Study afternoon,

a Zoom/streamed event entitled

St Teresa and the Garden of our Souls
given by
Sister Clare-Louise SLG
Sr Clare-Louise is a member of the Sisters of the Love of God, a contemplative, Anglican Community based in East Oxford. A great lover of St Teresa, she appreciates gardens, literal and metaphorical, as important places of prayer.
 The event is timed to take place shortly before All Souls' Day,
when we remember those who have died.
It will be hosted by Revd Anthony Buckley,
City Rector and Vicar of St Michael at the North Gate, Oxford.

Image used with many thanks, for the
courtesy of visually-impaired
Dutch artist Luz 

Two sessions of aprox 45 minutes with a break in-between will be held
on Saturday 23rd October 2021, 2pm (BST) – 4.00pm

We regret that all space for personal attendance
at St Michael at the North Gate Church has now been taken (14/10/21).

The event will be live-streamed for those not attendng.

Please register online for this event
or contact us by email or phone for personal attendance.
Those registering or attending will be sent joining instructions by email
shortly before the event.

Sister Clare-Louise writes:

Mary, weep not, weep no longer,
Now thy heart hath gained its goal;
Here, in truth, the Gardener standeth,
But the Gardener of thy soul,
Who within thy spirit's garden
By his love hath made thee whole. (New English Hymnal)

Of St Teresa of Avila’s many images and metaphors, the garden of the soul, watered by the waters of prayer, is one of her most famous. In this quiet afternoon we will explore this imagery in Teresa, scripture and elsewhere, and explore ways in which we ourselves can cultivate our own inner garden.


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Venue: St Michael at the North Gate
Date(s): 06 Jan 2022
Time: 17.00 (5pm)
Cost: tbc

OCSG is delighted to announce a BOOK LAUNCH entitled

Collected Poems and Meanderings
by Ben Simpson
in memory of his wife
Revd Georgie Simpson, who founded OCSG in 2009
after 20 years of Parish Ministry in Oxford. 

hosted by Revd Anthony Buckley,
City Rector and Vicar, St Michael at the North Gate, Oxford.

The Book Launch will be held
on Thursday 6th January 2022, at 5pm
at St Michael at the North Gate Church, Oxford.

There will be a brief Epiphany Service
followed by 2 or 3 short readings and reflections
and refreshments

"Ben Simpson writes with poise and great craftmanship. Take Ben's book with you as you travel. It is food for any pilgrim and manna for the soul".

"Time and again what is familiar has new light shone on it, forcing us to see and feel differently. This is a book to treasure".

"A thing of beauty. Quiet, quirky, humorous and wise".

Contact Ben Simpson if you wish to pre-order a copy of the book (£9.00 + £2.50 P&P). 
Advance copies will be available before Christmas.
All profits from the sale of this book will be given to OCSG.



Previous events

Venue: zoom session
Date(s): 23 Oct 2021
Venue: zoom session
Date(s): 10 Jul 2021
Venue: zoom session
Date(s): 13 Feb 2021

Earlier events can be found on our Events Page