General Election 2017: Archbishops highlight the place of faith in British life

General Election 2017: Archbishops highlight the place of faith in British life

Faith has a central role to play in politics and this general election, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York say today. In a pastoral letter to the parishes and chaplaincies of the Church of England, Archbishops Justin Welby and John Sentamu urge people to set aside “apathy and cynicism” and draw new inspiration from the […]

Can’t buy me love – Election musings

Can’t buy me love – Election musings

by Archdeacon Richard Remember the Beatles? Early in 1964 the Beatles stayed at the five star George V hotel in Paris while they were performing 18 days of concerts at the Olympia Theatre.  During their stay they asked for an upright piano to be moved into one of the rooms so that they could carry on song […]

Church of England celebrates role of Godparents

Church of England celebrates role of Godparents

At least six million people have been asked to become a Godparent at a Church of England christening since the millennium, according to a new analysis released in advance of special church services to celebrate the role of Godparents. Godparents’ Sunday will take place this weekend (April 30) aimed at supporting the relationship between Godparents […]

That church rings a bell

That church rings a bell

This summer the people of Cotterstock, a little village near Oundle, are celebrating the completion of an exciting project to refurbish the bells and bell frames in their church. This has been possible due to fundraising by and generous donations from villagers, a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Peterborough Diocesan Guild of […]

‘Strictly’ fever hits Peterborough Cathedral

‘Strictly’ fever hits Peterborough Cathedral

For fans of BBC TV’s Strictly Come Dancing, a charity event next month at Peterborough Cathedral is a definite date for the diary! On Friday 19 May, at 7.00pm, Strictly Cathedral is an opportunity for you to dance in the beautiful setting of the Cathedral nave, with some expert tuition if you need it. More […]

Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come

It’s now just over a month to go until Thy Kingdom Come begins. What is Thy Kingdom Come? It is a global wave of prayer from 25 May to 4 June. It started out in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England to pray.  It has […]

Vocations Sunday

Vocations Sunday

We celebrate vocations – lay and ordained – on Vocations Sunday, 7 May. The vision of Peterborough Diocese is growth, and to accomplish that there is a commitment to develop people in their vocations.  Last year the Revd Jema Ball was appointed as Young Vocations Officer, to encourage and develop younger people in their vocations; and […]

Bishop Donald in our link diocese of Seoul, Korea

Bishop Donald in our link diocese of Seoul, Korea

Bishop Donald is in Korea to join the consecration of the new Bishop of Seoul Diocese, Peter Lee, taking place on 25 April 2017. While in Korea, Bishop Donald met with the Youth Club from St Bede’s Church in Daehakro.  They took him to visit the ancient city wall, Hanyangdoseong, at the top of Mount Naksan. […]

Dark arts’ of diocesan PR covered in new novel

Dark arts’ of diocesan PR covered in new novel

A novel which documents the ‘dark arts’ of diocesan public relations was published this week. Whatever Happened to Billy Shears? (Marylebone House, £8.99), revolves round Canon William Shearwater, a PR consultant retained by the fictitious Diocese of Southbury. ‘When diocesan directors of communication get together, the first huddled conversation is often about the latest incident that could […]