Easter competition launched for Schools and Churches

Easter competition launched for Schools and Churches

The folk behind the Real Easter Egg have launched a competition for Schools, Sunday Schools and Messy Churches. There will be a prize of £250 for the winner with runner-up prizes of £150 for second placed entries. The winners will each also receive a Special Edition Real Easter Egg. The challenge The Real Easter Egg […]

General Synod hails reconciliation as Christians mark 500th anniversary of the Reformation

General Synod hails reconciliation as Christians mark 500th anniversary of the Reformation

The Church of England’s General Synod has welcomed signs of “convergence” between churches on key doctrinal differences which divided Christians for centuries in the wake of the Reformation. Members of the Synod, meeting in London, backed a motion supporting further reconciliation between Roman Catholic and reformed churches as Christians around the world commemorate the 500th […]

Church of England launches new educational foundation

Church of England launches new educational foundation

The Church of England is launching its Foundation for Educational Leadership on Saturday 4th February with a national conference. The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership will provide leadership development training for those holding key roles in education, and is a major intervention by the Church in the education sector. In advance of the […]

Cathedral and Children

Cathedral and Children

By Liz Hurst Going in to the Schools and Families department at Peterborough Cathedral is like entering an Aladdin’s cave! There are child-sized Tudor costumes and monks outfits, tissue paper stained glass windows and prototype crafts amongst the spreadsheets and year planners. An amazing 3500 or more schoolchildren visit the Cathedral every year. The aim […]

Churches’ Mutual Credit Union extends Common Bond to Catholic Church

Churches’ Mutual Credit Union extends Common Bond to Catholic Church

A credit union first launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury and other church leaders is to expand to include eligible members of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and in Scotland. Approval has been given by the regulators for the Catholic Church in England and Wales and in Scotland to become the latest Christian […]

The House of Bishops report on marriage to be discussed in General Synod

The House of Bishops report on marriage to be discussed in General Synod

The Church of England’s law and guidance on marriage should be interpreted to provide “maximum freedom” for gay and lesbian people without changing the Church’s doctrine of marriage itself, bishops are recommending. A report from the House of Bishops to be discussed by the Church’s General Synod next month upholds the teaching, recognised by canon […]

Publication of General Synod Papers

Publication of General Synod Papers

The Church of England needs to undergo a major “culture shift” to mobilise lay members to spread the gospel in their everyday lives, a new report being presented to members of the General Synod argues. The report, entitled “Setting God’s People Free” calls for Christians to be equipped to live out their faith in every […]

Northampton Children Raise Over £900 for Toilets in the Developing World

Northampton Children Raise Over £900 for Toilets in the Developing World

Children living in the some of the poorest communities in the world will have access to hygienic toilet facilities, thanks to an initiative by children and young people at a Northampton church. The youngsters at St Giles Church in the Northampton town centre have raised over £900 to provide four blocks of toilets, three for […]

Church renewal gains momentum with £9 million for new projects

Church renewal gains momentum with £9 million for new projects

Underlining its commitment to renewing the Church across England, over £9.1million has been awarded by the Archbishops’ Council to seven dioceses for projects from East London to Worcestershire and Sussex to Liverpool. The grants are part of the strategic development funding stream that began in 2014 and from which 20 dioceses have now benefitted. The […]

Bishop Donald issues Visitation Charge to Peterborough Cathedral

Bishop Donald issues Visitation Charge to Peterborough Cathedral

“Let’s work together to put things right.” That was the clear message from Bishop Donald as he published his Visitation Charge to Peterborough Cathedral today. The Bishop launched the Visitation – an inquiry into why the Cathedral had got into financial difficulties – back in the autumn. “This wasn’t about attributing blame, he says. “It […]

A new year, a fresh start?

A new year, a fresh start?

Editorial by Shelly Stevenson Winter is such a dark time of the year – and a time to reflect and make some changes. Out with the old and in with the new! I’m thinking in particular of New Year’s resolutions, to be more fit, to be a kinder, gentler person, to read the Bible more […]

Honouring 16 years of a life changing link with Bungoma Diocese

Honouring 16 years of a life changing link with Bungoma Diocese

Representatives of Peterborough Diocese were in Africa in October to celebrate one hundred years of the Anglican Church in Kenya and the 16 year connection with Bungoma Diocese. The link between the Anglican Dioceses of Peterborough and Bungoma was formed by the two bishops, the late Bishop Ian Cundy and Bishop Eliud Wabukala, later Archbishop […]

Love of learning more important than international ranking

Love of learning more important than international ranking

Amid the worry of the low UK rankings in science and mathematics, Bishop Donald brings a voice of concern for educational pressure on the young in the House of Lords on 13 December. In the discussion of the latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) rankings, Lord Nash, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education, […]

Turning ‘swords’ into ploughshares

Turning ‘swords’ into ploughshares

Northampton Hope Centre has been helping homeless, poor and disadvantaged people in Northampton for over forty years. Originally set up as a soup kitchen, the organisation now not only helps people in desperate need, it also helps them to move on out of homelessness and poverty and into training and work. About 100 people a […]

“Sing to God”, a church service for the differently abled

“Sing to God”, a church service for the differently abled

The first “Sing to God” Service was developed with some of the ministry team at St Mark’s and held Sunday 27 November in the early afternoon. Revd Susan Rolfe, Curate of St Mark’s,  said: “When I first became curate at St Mark’s Wellingborough and met the Revd Miranda Hayes, we realised that we both shared a desire […]

Statement from the College and House of Bishops

Statement from the College and House of Bishops

The College of Bishops of the Church of England met at Lambeth Palace on Monday 12th December. The meeting began with a service of Holy Communion and reflections from the Archbishop of York. Discussions on issues of sexuality took place as part of a process of episcopal discernment which began in September and continued at […]

Savings clubs and financial education in primary schools to be expanded

Savings clubs and financial education in primary schools to be expanded

A network of savings clubs and financial education in primary schools across England is formally launched with backing from the Archbishop of Canterbury. LifeSavers, a programme promoting financial education and savings clubs administered by credit unions in primary schools, is on course to reach 30,000 children by the end of 2018 after a successful pilot […]

Church in Syria to celebrate Christmas by serving refugees

Church in Syria to celebrate Christmas by serving refugees

A Syrian church leader has told Open Doors how his church will celebrate Christmas by taking gifts to refugees and telling refugee children the nativity story. The church leader from Tartus, a city on the Syrian coast, known as Pastor B* says, “Because of the war there is no decoration in the church. There are […]

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, […]

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