Celebration of Lay Ministry

Celebration of Lay Ministry

On Saturday 23 September Peterborough Diocese held its first Celebration of Lay Ministry. From 9am until 4pm about 120 lay ministers gathered at the Bishop’s Palace, then the Cathedral, for fellowship, teaching, workshops and lunch. In the afternoon the numbers grew to over 350 for the licensing and admission of new lay ministers and readers. […]

Peterborough Diocese says: “You make the difference!”

Peterborough Diocese says: “You make the difference!”

1 – 7 June is National Volunteer Week.  It is time to celebrate all of those people who give their time and skills as a volunteer in Peterborough Diocese. Without you so many things would not happen at all. So a huge Thank you to: Church Wardens, Treasurers, Lay Pastoral Ministers, Children’s Workers, Worship Teams, […]

Peterborough Cathedral’s Canon Precentor to retire

Peterborough Cathedral’s Canon Precentor to retire

Canon Bruce Ruddock, who has been Precentor at Peterborough Cathedral since 2004, is to retire from stipendiary ministry in June, due to ill health. His farewell service at the Cathedral will be at 10.30am on Sunday 4 June. As Precentor, Canon Ruddock has been responsible for the Cathedral’s worship. In addition to the daily round […]

Hundreds of thousands worldwide prepare to pray Thy Kingdom Come

Hundreds of thousands worldwide prepare to pray Thy Kingdom Come

St Peter’s Weston Favell is responding to the Archbishops’ call to prayer this Pentecost with an invitation of a personal time of prayer with God, to offer ourselves afresh to him, and to listen for his voice Saturday 27 May as part of the global prayer movement Thy Kingdom Come which starts next week. Last year […]

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 […]

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 […]

Record turnout for Bishop’s Bible Day

Record turnout for Bishop’s Bible Day

  This year’s Bishop’s Bible day broke attendance records.  The Saturday gathering  had more than 300 people sign up.  Liz Holdsworth, Training Officer for the diocese and organiser of the event was very happy with those numbers. She said:  “We have been holding steady on 200 people for the past couple of years, but this […]

The Diocesan Synod News

The Diocesan Synod News

The Spring session of the Peterborough Diocese Synod was held at the Bishop Stopford School in Kettering on 25 March. The Opening Worship was led by Brackley Deanery. Bishop Donald gave the Presidential Address, talking about 25 March being the feast of Annunciation, or “Lady’s Day.” He said we often think about Jesus as either a […]

Church of England joins forces with academia and the City to shape education

Church of England joins forces with academia and the City to shape education

A leadership development programme for Chief Executives of Multi Academy Trusts has been launched drawing on expertise from the Church of England, academia and the City. The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership programme for Chief Executives of Multi-Academy Trusts will be delivered in partnership with UCL Institute of Education, working with Deloitte. The […]

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