While I could imagine Lars in a horned helmet, these Swedes were as un-Viking-like as you could imagine. Five delightful, gentle people from the parish of Gränna Visingsö. The Oxford Diocese is twinned with their diocese, Växjö. Now, Woodstock parish is twinned with them.
I've visited Gränna twice - this was the return match. It was fun. We showed them round the parish, gave them lunch with the Bishop, and dinner with the Mayor. They were amazed by our wonderful Marlborough School, and stunned by the beauty of Blenheim. Oxford was all that they had imagined, and more. On Sunday, their vicar (kyrkoherde) Håkan preached on Lent as 'The Way of Love' - a message we need to hear over and over again.
We're looking forward to our visit to them next year. But until them we shall stay in touch, praying and learning, and discovering more about the worldwide family of the Church through our new - wonderful - Swedish friends.
To see a selection of photographs from the tour of Oxford, scroll through below: