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 […]

Speaking the Gospel today

Speaking the Gospel today

BRF’s The Word’s Out by Revd Dr Paul Weston and Revd David Male seeks to equip the church today where it lacks confidence in its role in evangelism. Their research shows how evangelistic models of the past are waning in value, how the language used by the church to reach out is becoming increasingly foreign, […]

Becoming Reverend in the midst of a messy life

Becoming Reverend in the midst of a messy life

For St Paul, it was the Road to Damascus, for Matt Woodcock, journalist and Oasis fan with high energy and low sperm count, it was on the A19 when he recognised God’s calling.  God presented him with an offer he found impossible to refuse. His diary traces how that offer unfolds. Becoming Reverend, from Church […]

How many times have we seen a hapless politician or other public figure hauled through the barbs of media scrutiny following an unseemly fall from grace? Scratching our heads we ask, “Why on earth did they do it?” Do we tut and frown on the fallen Colossi of our culture? Are we unduly surprised and […]

Postcards from Heaven by Ellie Hart

Postcards from Heaven  by Ellie Hart

Words and pictures to help your hear from God Stemming from a ministry combining art and prayer comes a delightful collection of illustrations, reflections and thoughts written by Elie Hart. Each one brings refreshment as we hear God’s voice and receive his love into our own lives. Ellie Hart is an artist and writer offering […]

Resourcing Rural Ministry by Simon Martin et al

Resourcing Rural Ministry by Simon Martin et al

By Canon Jim Mynors Over the 25 years I have served in rural parishes there has been a welcome growth in the amount of relevant literature and websites available. This book helpfully brings together the best of the last few years’ thinking, as one would expect from the National Rural Officer of the Church of […]

The egg that shares the Easter story

The egg that shares the Easter story

This year The Real Easter Egg range has had a makeover and each single boxed egg includes a unique copy of the Easter story in the shape of a pull out 37 cm high cross illustrated by Helen Cann. The Original milk chocolate egg includes images of spring and three crosses on the box with […]

Exciting new book by our own Rona Orme

Exciting new book by our own Rona Orme

50 Praise, Pray and Play Sessions by Rona Orme A year’s worth of material for running a midweek or weekend group with families from the local community 50 Praise, Play and Pray Sessions provides a practical way for churches to engage with families who might not normally attend Sunday church.  The Peterborough Diocese Children’s Missioner uses her passion for […]

Direct Hit – The Blitz Detective by Mike Hollow

Direct Hit – The Blitz Detective by Mike Hollow

The jagged blast of high explosives rips though the evening air.  In the sky over East London the searchlights criss-cross in search of the enemy. On the first night of the Blitz, a corpse is discovered in a van in the back streets of West Ham.  Detective Inspector John Jago recognizes the dead man as […]

Extreme Crafts for Messy Churches book review

Extreme Crafts for Messy Churches book review

by Karen Setchfield Extreme Crafts for Messy Churches by Pete Maidment and Barry Brand  Published by The Bible Reading Fellowship Extreme Crafts is a book containing 50 Activity Ideas for Messy Churches.  What makes this particular craft book interesting is each activity has a different Mess, Danger and Difficulty rating. Intrigued by the book, I took it home […]