Bikes, Bishops, tractors and Bridget Jones to help save England’s historic churches

Bikes, Bishops, tractors and Bridget Jones to help save England’s historic churches

Enjoy a Psalmathon, go Biking with the Bishop and visit the church featured in the new Bridget Jones film, ‘Bridget Jones’ Baby’: just some of the things to do on ‘Ride+Stride’ Saturday, 10th September 2016, the annual fundraising day to save England’s historic churches. Over 10,000 people will be taking part in ‘Ride+Stride for churches’, […]

150 years for All Saints’ Church Wellingborough

150 years for All Saints’ Church Wellingborough

By Caroline Skinner All Saints’ Church is busy preparing for its 150th anniversary, with a series of events, starting with a Gala Concert on Tuesday, November 1st this year.  We’re delighted to have Steven Grahl, Music Director of Peterborough Cathedral, and Rowena Bass, formerly a curate at All Saints – and a highly-regarded professional harpist […]

“Taken on Trust” Terry Waite speaks at Greenbelt

“Taken on Trust” Terry Waite speaks at Greenbelt

Terry Waite spoke  at Greenbelt for the first time today in the Big Top.  His talk, “Taken on Trust’ was to celebrate the 25th year anniversary of his book which was written after his release as a hostage in 1991. The tent was packed, with people standing outside of the openings, pressing in to hear […]

And a child shall lead them…

And a child shall lead them…

The communion service at Greenbelt Sunday was led by the children with assistance of Archbishop Justin Welby. It’s estimated that over 200 church members from Peterborough Diocese took part, exchanging their normal service for Communion in the Big Tent. Bishop John had invited churches in Peterborough Diocese to come,  and gave them permission to close and join […]

Archbishop Justin at Greenbelt

Archbishop Justin at Greenbelt

One of the brilliant things that happens at a Christian festival is, first of all, you see all kinds of people that you have met in previous churches all here celebrating with you.  Another equally fabulous thing is the amazing speakers that you’ve only just read about – here in person, talking about so many […]

Greenbelt Festival 26-29th August “Silent Stars” Boughton House

Greenbelt Festival 26-29th August “Silent Stars” Boughton House

Bishop John writes: “Since 1980, I have been a regular at the Greenbelt Christian Arts and Music Festival held over the August Bank Holiday weekend. In those far off days long ago, the festival was based in the grounds of Castle Ashby and Deene Park. After some time away, it has recently returned to Northamptonshire […]

There’s no place to holiday like home

There’s no place to holiday like home

Revd Canon Julie Hutchinson, Team Vicar with responsibility for Langham, Braunston, Brooke, Hambleton & Egleton wanted to give the children and seniors something fun in August;  St Peter and St Paul, Langham Holday Club, and a day of Holiday at Home for the seniors in the village hall.  She didn’t do this alone.  She gathered together the […]

Church Backed Festival Fringe Play In Running for Two National Awards

Church Backed Festival Fringe Play In Running for Two National Awards

A play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival highlighting the plight of a refugee in the Calais ‘Jungle’ is in the running for 2 national awards. “Still Here” by Rachel Partington, Artistic Director of Theatre for Justice and a student at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, has been shortlisted by National Student Drama Festival for […]

Investing in the future of the UK’s church buildings

Investing in the future of the UK’s church buildings

The National Churches Trust, the charity which supports and protects churches, chapels and meeting houses throughout the United Kingdom, has published its Annual Review for 2015-2016. An electronic copy is attached. The Annual Review reports that in 2015, 177 churches, chapels and meeting houses throughout the UK were helped by the National Churches Trust with […]

Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme

Places of Worship Security Funding Scheme

The Home Office has announced bidding for grants under the Places of worship – security funding scheme to provide protective security measures for places of worship in England and Wales.  Bids for funding can be made for teh next eight weeks until 5pm on 20 September.  A second round of bids will open in spring 2017. […]

Protective security advice issued to Christian places of worship

Protective security advice issued to Christian places of worship

While there is no specific intelligence relating at attacks against the Christian community in the UK, police are urging the community to be alert but not alarmed, report concerns to the police and review their security as a precaution. National Operational Police Lead for Protect and Prepare Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said: “There is […]

The Murder of Father Jacques Hamel

The Murder of Father Jacques Hamel

We mourn the terrible murder of Father Jacques Hamel in France and the attack on his congregation. In a Church House statement: “We pray for everyone affected by today’s events in France. Church buildings are public buildings that are open to all. Where there are known risks, churches take measures to ensure the safety and […]

New Wine Celebration at Christ the King Kettering

New Wine Celebration at Christ the King Kettering

Pastor Janaki Menni is coming to speak at the New Wine Celebration on Sunday October 16th at 6.30 pm at Christ the King, Kettering. Janaki`s experiences of God at work are well worth hearing. Janaki was born and raised a Hindu, becoming a Christian when she was 15 years old after a miraculous healing. She […]

Evangelising with Pokemon Go?

Evangelising with Pokemon Go?

First of all, what is Pokémon GO? Pokémon GO is a mobile and tablet app game which lets players find Pokémon (Animated creatures, first created in the 90′s, which players have to catch, train and battle with). The game takes place in augmented reality (meaning the game combines real life action with virtual gaming) by using […]

Church of England Pensions Board publishes 2015 Annual Report and Accounts

Church of England Pensions Board publishes 2015 Annual Report and Accounts

The Church of England Pensions Board (“the Board”) has today published its full Annual Report and Accounts for 2015. The Board provides retirement services set by the Church of England for those who have served or worked for the Church. In total, the Board assists some 35,000 people, including more than 10,000 retired clergy*, almost […]

Church Commissioners top rated for Responsible Investment by UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment

Church Commissioners top rated for Responsible Investment by UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment

  The Church Commissioners have again been highly rated for their work on Responsible Investment over the past year by a United Nations-backed organisation, receiving a series of ‘A’ ratings and scoring above-average in every category. The report, supplied to each signatory of the Principles for Responsible Investment by the organisation of the same name […]

Shared Conversations

Shared Conversations

Over the last 2 days members of General Synod have met in an informal setting in which they have listened and been heard as they have reflected together on scripture and a changing culture in relation to their understanding of human sexuality. Throughout these conversations, deep convictions have been shared and profound differences better understood. […]

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