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, […]

New Warden for Launde Abbey

New Warden for Launde Abbey

Launde Abbey, the Retreat House of the Dioceses of Peterborough and Leicester, has a new warden,  the Venerable David Newman, currently Archdeacon of Loughborough. The Rev’d Canon Helen Newman will also be joining the staff of Launde in a new role of Chaplain. David and Helen have both worked in the Diocese of Leicester for a number […]

Clergy Day 2016

Clergy Day 2016

Steve Benoy, Diocesan Director of Ordinands, developed this year’s clergy day.  He explained that the theme of this year’s study day is vocation. He said:  “Vocation is how we can discover and use our gifts in God’s service.” During the past year the General Synod has approved and promoted plans to see a 50% increase […]

A prayer for remembrance day

A prayer for remembrance day

Ever-living God, We remember those whom you have gathered from the storm of war into the peace of your presence; may that same peace calm our fears, bring justice to all peoples and establish harmony among the nations, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Calais ‘Jungle’ church demolished

The most well-known and longstanding structure in the Calais refugee camp remained until the end

Calais ‘Jungle’ church demolished

Calais ‘Jungle’ St Michael’s Church: photo by Caroline Gregory  Christians for Calais is sad to report the final demolition of St. Michael’s, the well-known Orthodox church in the Calais Jungle refugee camp. During the dramatic events of the overall camp demolition in the past two weeks, on the morning of Thursday 27th October the group […]

Church Urban Fund’s Advent sleep out challenge

Church Urban Fund’s Advent sleep out challenge

The Advent Sleepout Challenge is a national, sponsored campaign to fund local projects for homeless people in England. Church Urban Fund are challenging students, youth organisations, community groups, churches, and individuals throughout England to “sleep out” this Advent, and help transform lives and communities across the country.   By giving up a night of comfort that […]

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 […]

Church Mission Society Pioneer Conversations Day

Church Mission Society Pioneer Conversations Day

The line-up for the Church Mission Society’s annual Pioneer Conversations Day has been announced, and includes prominent theologians Dr John Drane and Dr Nicola Slee, and participatory theatre practitioner Rachel Griffiths, whose work includes running workshops in the Calais refugee camps and with trafficked women in India. The Pioneer Conversations Day is an annual event […]

Carve a Heart

Carve a Heart

by Chad Chadwick On Saturday 29th October Peterborough Diocese partnered with World Vision as part of the HOPE Revolution mission to reach out to young people across the Peterborough area. 440 young people and youth leaders from across the Diocese (and beyond) gathered for an amazing fun-packed evening. The Kingsgate Church and Conference Centre was […]

Bring #JoyToTheWorld with www.AChristmasNearYou.org

Bring #JoyToTheWorld with www.AChristmasNearYou.org

This Christmas the Church of England will be launching a new website inviting people across the country to attend local parish services at Christmas. Parishes are being invited to visit AChristmasNearYou.org/upload from the 1st November and complete a simple form no later than 1st December to register their Christmas church services. On the 1st of […]

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