Praying for Peterborough during Lent

Praying for Peterborough during Lent

By Liz Hurst Many people think of giving something up during Lent but Sister Catherine, a nun from the Anglican Community of the Holy Name who lives in Welland, is taking up a new commitment. On Friday lunchtimes between now and Easter she will be in the Cathedral, praying silently for the city and its […]

Full text of prayers for the HM the Queen’s 90th Birthday

Collects: Heavenly Father, who hast brought our gracious sovereign Queen Elizabeth to the completion of her ninetieth year, and dost gather her people in celebration of the same: grant that we, rejoicing before thee with thankful hearts, may ever be united in love and service to one another, and her kingdom flourish in prosperity and […]

Awards scheme launched for science and faith projects

Churches across England are being invited to apply for grants of up to £10,000 to fund innovative projects fostering a better understanding between science and faith. Large or small-scale project proposals are being invited from Christian churches in all areas of the country for Scientists in Congregations, a scheme aimed at inspiring discussion and learning […]

Prayers for HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday published

Prayers for HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday published

Her Majesty The Queen has approved prayers written for the celebration of her 90th Birthday later this year. Two prayers (or Collects) have been published in traditional and modern forms. The prayers are primarily intended for use in services marking the national celebrations in April and June. In addition two graces have been published for […]

Refugee Update Report from East Northants Faith Group

by Andrew Presland Things have gone a bit quiet locally since over sixty people gathered in Rushden in October to find out how they could support refugees families. That’s largely because only a few of the 20,000 refugees due to be accommodated in the UK have yet arrived, and the Government is still making decisions […]

The Bishop of Peterborough speaks out for prison education

The Bishop of Peterborough speaks out for prison education

by Shelly Stevenson In the House of Lords debate Tuesday,  The Right Reverend Donald Allister, Bishop of Peterborough stated prison education needed “much more joined up thinking”.  Education is essential in the rehabilitation of prisoners; but financial cuts, the contracting process and governmental ‘tinkering’ have managed to disrupt the essence of prison education – local delivery. […]

Fostering older children a joy

Fostering older children a joy

Julie and Kevin Barton have been fostering for nine years – and they love it.    They foster older children, ages 10 and up, those traditionally more difficult to place within the system.  Most people want young children or babies, but the need for carers for older children, especially in Northamptonshire, is critical. Julie said that […]

Publication of pilot audits on safeguarding arrangements

The outcomes of four pilot independent audits into safeguarding arrangements in the Church of England have been published today. The dioceses of Blackburn, Durham, Portsmouth and Salisbury all volunteered to be part of the House of Bishops commissioned project to take a look at current safeguarding practice. The audits will now be rolled out across all […]

Church Publishes 2014 Attendance Statistics

New Church of England statistics for 2014 published today show that just under one million people attend services each week.  The survey, carried out over four weeks in October 2014, found 980,000 people attending church each week, with 830,000 adults and 150,000 children. The statistics also show that 2.4 million attended a Church of England […]