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, […]

Happiness in Christ – a reflection from the Bishop of Brixworth

Happiness in Christ – a reflection from the Bishop of Brixworth

Dear friends, Please let me begin by saying a heartfelt “Thank you” on behalf of my wife Elizabeth and myself for the many kind messages of support and prayer we received whilst being seriously ill earlier this year. The diocesan family is very special and we really appreciated your loving care. It made a great […]

Ordinations 2020 – meet the deacons!

Ordinations 2020 – meet the deacons!

After inevitable delays due to lockdown, our 2020 ordinations services will finally be taking place in September. Last year’s Deacons – Jordan Allan, Sophie Cowan, Jenni Duffy, Kathryn Evans, Patrick Kelleher, Keri Morrow, Matthew Smith and Alice Watson – will be ordained as Priests, taking the next stop in their ministry calling. Eleven Deacons will […]

Using Discord to create harmony!

Using Discord to create harmony!

Chris Watts, part of the first intake of missioners for our Gen2 Project, talks about his experience of lockdown – and how gaming has helped his youth group at Christ the King, Kettering to thrive! As a youth worker at Christ the King, Kettering, I’ve been given amazing opportunities to talk to our young people about […]

Q & A regarding the glebe land in Titchmarsh and Thrapston

Q & A regarding the glebe land in Titchmarsh and Thrapston

Some background information about Diocesan glebe land People often ask about glebe land; who owns it and what happens to the income. So here are the answers. It all started in 1978 when the Endowments and Glebe Measure 1976 came into effect, transferring the ownership and management of glebe land from incumbents (parish Rectors or […]

Glebe land in Thrapston and Titchmarsh

Glebe land in Thrapston and Titchmarsh

The Diocese of Peterborough is committed to supporting the provision of clergy as a means of leading its churches into growth. This presents a great financial challenge, and did so even before the current pandemic. Many sources of income go towards realising this commitment, including the Parish Share paid by our churches, national grants, donations […]

Response to Daily Telegraph article from 10th July 2020

Response to Daily Telegraph article from 10th July 2020

On 10th July 2020, the Daily Telegraph published an article entitled ‘Church of England accused of turning blind eye to priests’ abuse of their wives’ – https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/07/10/church-england-accused-turning-blind-eye-priests-abuse-wives/ – in which the Church of England was accused of ignoring serious complaints from the spouses of priests about the conduct of their husbands. In this diocese, there […]

Items from Horton Church are available – are you interested?

Items from Horton Church are available – are you interested?

The Church of St Mary Magdalene in the Northamptonshire village of Horton closed in 2012. We are now in a position to find a home (or homes) for some of the items from the church. We would therefore give ‘first refusal’ for these items to churches within the diocese. The items are as follows: Brass altar candlesticks (two) […]

Final part of Past Case Review 2 process begins

Final part of Past Case Review 2 process begins

In 2007, the Church of England commissioned a Past Case Review, which sought to look at the handling by the Church of child protection cases over many years. This entailed an independent scrutiny of the files of clergy and church officers to identify any persons presenting on-going risks to children and young people (a child […]

Hope Beyond – a new grant fund for churches

Hope Beyond – a new grant fund for churches

The Allchurches Trust, a charity which funds projects run by churches and Christian charities, has launched a new grant fund this week. Hope Beyond has been specifically set up by the trust to enable churches and Christian charities to meet changing needs within their communities, helping them and the communities they support to adapt to the […]

Scam alerts

Scam alerts

We have recently been informed about two scams currently targeting some of our clergy and church officers. Two people from our Diocese – a PCC secretary and a treasurer – recently received an email, supposedly from one of our Rectors, asking them to purchase online gift vouchers for her and then to send her the codes. […]

Starting in Rwanda – finishing in Corby!

Starting in Rwanda – finishing in Corby!

At the start of the year, Andrew Silley, Pioneer Curate at St John’s Corby, began training for a 483 mile, week-long cycle challenge in Rwanda to raise money for the Christian charity Great Lakes Outreach. It was due to take place in June – but then lockdown came. However, Andrew still managed to complete the […]

Beware of Test and Trace scams!

Beware of Test and Trace scams!

We recently received notification about a Test and Trace scam which has started to do the rounds. A parishioner within this diocese was telephoned by someone claiming to be from ‘Test and Trace / Track and Trace’, who said that the person MUST go for a test before asking for the long number on their […]

Thought for the Day videos

Thought for the Day videos

We are producing daily ‘Thought for the Day’ videos at 9:30am on weekday mornings during the current coronavirus situation. We will be uploading them onto YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. We will also upload the videos on to this page, so that you can see all of the videos in one place. We really hope that […]

Bishop Stephen Cottrell – safeguarding statements

Bishop Stephen Cottrell – safeguarding statements

Statement from Bishop Stephen (Archbishop of York Designate) “Ten years ago I was approached about a safeguarding allegation regarding a priest. I was able to see the survivor and begin to hear what was a difficult and harrowing story. However, I was moving between roles at the time and although I did speak with colleagues about the […]

Choices, changes and challenges – lockdown for Claire Reetz

Choices, changes and challenges – lockdown for Claire Reetz

Find out what Claire Reetz, Children and Families Worker at the Tove Benefice, has been up to during lockdown. As a Children and Families Worker, one of the things I enjoy most is the privilege of working in two of our local primary schools. I go into both schools each week, and work in a […]