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 […]

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 […]

Historic agreement for the Church

Historic agreement for the Church

The Church of Scotland and the Church of England have reached an historic agreement that recognises their longstanding ecumenical partnership and lays the groundwork for future joint projects. The agreement called The Columba Declaration is set out in a 15-page report by the Joint Study Group “Growth in Communion, Partnership in Mission”. Rev Dr John […]

Defence Minister addresses Armed Forces Covenant Training Day

Church of England parishes have been reminded of the vital role they can play in helping support the Armed Forces, veterans and their families at a training day aimed at promoting the Armed Forces Covenant. More than 80 people including representatives from 34 dioceses, chaplains, serving personnel, Ministry of Defence officials and speakers from the […]