Hollowell parish church features in Royal Mail Christmas stamp collection

Hollowell parish church features in Royal Mail Christmas stamp collection

The Church of St James in the Northamptonshire village of Hollowell will be part of Christmas for millions of people this year, as one of their stained-glass windows is featuring as part of Royal Mail’s Christmas stamp collection for 2020. Six stained-glass Nativity scenes from churches around England have been chosen for the special collection, […]

A letter to the nation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York

A letter to the nation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have invited the nation to join them in prayer, in a message encouraging ‘calm, courageous and compassionate’ responses to the difficulties of the second national lockdown in England. Dear Friends, These are deeply challenging and difficult times for us all. When we are surrounded by fear and suffering, it can […]

Remember, remember… – a reflection from the Bishop of Peterborough

Remember, remember… – a reflection from the Bishop of Peterborough

November – 1st: All Saints, 2nd: All Souls, 5th: Guy Fawkes, 8th: Remembrance, 11th: Armistice… 22nd: Christ the King (and 29th is Advent Sunday this year). Lots of church, community, and civic highlights. This year still very real, and very important – but subdued and maybe overshadowed by the virus. Remembering still matters though. Not […]

Lockdown log 2

Lockdown log 2

Sarah Howes is one of our new Mission Enablers for the Gen2 Project. Sarah is based at St Mary’s Wollaston and Bozeat, and shares her experience of lockdown with us. When lockdown hit, all our usual youth ministry had to stop and suddenly we were faced with the challenge of trying to reach out, support […]

Working with our Church schools in these Covid times

Working with our Church schools in these Covid times

Peter French, Deputy Diocesan Director of Education, brings us up-to-date with how our Church schools have coped (and continue to cope) with the effects of COVID-19. Within the Diocese of Peterborough there are 103 Church of England schools. All of these have been open for all or part of the time since the lockdown occurred in […]

Peterborough to Land’s End? On your bike!

Peterborough to Land’s End? On your bike!

Michael Moore, Vicar of St Mary’s Church, Peterborough, got on his exercise bike in August for a fundraising challenge. Here is his story of just how hard it was… Each year St Mary’s Church chooses a specific local charity to support, and this year it chose Peterborough Foodbank. As a result, a fundraising garden party […]

Lockdown log

Lockdown log

Nat Stiles is one of two new Mission Enablers (along with Sarah Howes) who joined the Gen2 project in September. She caught up with us to talk about her experiences of the last few months. I am very lucky to be based in two different churches in our Diocese (St Peter and St Paul, Uppingham […]

The Together in Unity appeal

The Together in Unity appeal

“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity.” Psalm 133:1 The COVID-19 pandemic has hurt communities throughout the world. Many communities are not equipped with even the most basic of hygiene and sanitation facilities, and lockdown measures have increased economic hardship in the poorest communities, with people unable to work. […]

The new normal? – a reflection from the Archdeacon of Oakham

The new normal? – a reflection from the Archdeacon of Oakham

We find ourselves living through extraordinary and demanding times, where many things that might previously have been relied upon to be reasonably stable and secure have suddenly become quite provisional and uncertain – whether that be income and employment, education and future prospects, health and wellbeing, or even what will be able to happen in […]

Statement from the Diocese of Peterborough on publication of IICSA report

Statement from the Diocese of Peterborough on publication of IICSA report

A message from Bishop Donald Dear friends The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has today published its full report on the Church of England. The response from the Church of England to the report can be found here. Below are extracts from an open letter from our Archbishops and national safeguarding leads. For survivors, this will […]

Statement from the Church of England on publication of IICSA report

Statement from the Church of England on publication of IICSA report

From the Bishop of Huddersfield, Jonathan Gibbs – the Church of England’s lead safeguarding bishop – and Melissa Caslake – the Church’s national director of safeguarding. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, IICSA, has today published its overarching investigation report into the Anglican Church in England and Wales. It focuses on common themes and […]

Ordination of Deacons takes place at Peterborough Cathedral

Ordination of Deacons takes place at Peterborough Cathedral

Saturday 26th September saw the ordination of ten new deacons into the Diocese of Peterborough. Under current social distancing guidelines, Simon Aley, Keir Dow, Nicholas Edwards, Michelle Frost, Angela Hammett, Kevin Montgomery, Kris Seward, Debbie Smith-Wilds, Joshua Thorne and Alison Wagner were ordained by Bishop John to formally begin their ministry journey. You can watch […]

The Church of England launches Safe Spaces to offer support to survivors

The Church of England launches Safe Spaces to offer support to survivors

A new service from the Church of England providing vital support for survivors of church-related abuse has become operational today. Safe Spaces, commissioned by the Anglican and Catholic Churches in England and Wales, will be run by Victim Support, a national charity with a track record of providing survivor support. Safe Spaces is a free and […]

Titchmarsh/Thrapston Glebe: A note from the Bishop of Peterborough

Titchmarsh/Thrapston Glebe: A note from the Bishop of Peterborough

Under our processes, the Bishop is not directly involved in such matters. I am not a member of the Glebe and Trust Committee (GTC), appointed by the Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF), which “directs and manages the glebe properties on behalf of the Board and acts for the DBF in its corporate capacity as custodian […]

Answered prayers in Antigua

Answered prayers in Antigua

As we begin our unique socially distanced autumn, let’s go back in time to last winter when Jill Cannings visited Antigua as part of her work as the Diocesan Mothers’ Union President. Imagine being able to travel to the West Indies! Anyway, Jill takes up the story of her trip… My visit to Antigua came […]

God calling! Florence, William, Simon – and you?

God calling! Florence, William, Simon – and you?

Andrew Presland, Peterborough Diocesan Lay Chair, has written a blog on how we can learn from historial figures to put our faith into our everyday lives. During lockdown, I’ve had the opportunity to look into a couple of important historical Christians, and to find out what made them tick… Firstly, the 200th anniversary of the birth […]

Ordination of Priests finally takes place at Peterborough Cathedral

Ordination of Priests finally takes place at Peterborough Cathedral

Last Sunday (6th September) saw the ordination of eight new priests into the Diocese of Peterborough. Under current social distancing guidelines, Jordan Allan, Sophie Cowan, Jenni Duffy, Kathryn Evans, Patrick Kelleher, Keri Morrow, Matthew Smith and Alice Watson were ordained by Bishop Donald in front of a very small invited group of family and friends. […]

A walking wonder

A walking wonder

On Saturday 29th August, Chris Dommett, one of our Gen2 Youth Champions based at St Mary’s Wollaston, took part in a very special challenge. He walked from Irchester to Peterborough Cathedral and back in aid of Cancer Research UK, a total of 93 km, in 24 hours. The inspiration for Chris’ challenge was his mum, […]